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Top Shows of 2017 (According to me)

Theatre’s great isn’t it? Well not all of it – some of it is shit. 

Anyway, 2017 has been a terrific year for theatre – through which I have tried to do what most of the theatre media forgot to do – salute theatre’s good bits, even if doing so required shining a light on the bad bits… 

As 2018 rolls around, I’ve published my annual list of half-decent stuff from the last twelve months below.

  1. Angels in America – National Theatre, London.

Subtitled “a gay fantasia on national themes”, over two extensive plays – separately titled Millennium Approaches and Perestroika – lasting a combined total of eight hours. The cast was led by the seriously good Andrew Garfield, Russell Tovey, Denise Gough and Nathan Lane. The revelatory performance and superb focal point was Garfield’s Prior Walter. 

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Andrew Garfield in Angels in America 

Everything was exquisite, Marianne Elliott’s direction completely breathtaking, the overall vision both flawlessly plotted and magnificently executed. And it’s the only show on this list without a single dud moment. The National’s timely revival of Tony Kushner’s play was 100% superb.

Angels in America heads to Broadway from February 2018, so well done everyone. 

  1. Follies – National Theatre, London. 

James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s 1971 musical was close to perfection. It felt like a genuinely special theatre experience, and when was the last time you felt like that about a thing?

Director Dominic Cooke delivered a really incredible, dramatic happy-sad musical of epic proportions. Every performance was sublime – from Tracie Bennet’s scene-stealing Carlotta to Janie Dee’s dynamic Phyillis.

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Follies

No other musical in 2017 tried quite this hard to be amazing, and no other musical production succeeded in as many ways.

It is fair to say that this is one of the greatest musicals I’ve ever seen. Bill Deamer’s choreography blurred real life and performance to spectacular effect enveloping us in in an emotional no man’s land, unsure where artifice began.

Follies allowed us to see and feel Sondheim’s classic in exhilarating new ways.

Glorious, glorious, glorious.

3. An American In Paris – Dominion Theatre, London. 

Christopher Wheeldon’s stage adaptation of the 1951 film was simply wonderful.

In its best moments, An American in Paris pulled off the trick of homaging multiple sources while looking and sounding like nothing else; a musical at its sophisticated and unhurried best.

George and Ira Gershwin’s irresistible songs coupled with beautiful dance was largely enhanced by Bob Crowley’s stunning design.

The company was fortunate to be led by the insanely talented New York City Ballet dancer Robbie Fairchild and Royal Ballet’s Leanne Cope; both sang, acted and danced sensationally. Remarkable stuff. 

N.B. Ashley Day took over from Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan in July and was quite splendid. So well done to Ashley.

4. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – Harold Pinter Theatre, London

A decadent, pensive and astute production.

It says something about the high standard of theatre in Britain that Imelda Staunton – nominated for 2017’s Evening Standard Awards in the Best Actress category for her portrayal as Martha, didn’t win. Staunton was a razor-sharp maniac in this role and demonstrated yet again to be one of our finest & fiercest Stage performers.

Director James Macdonald matched a breathtaking Staunton with a tremendous Conleth Hill and cut straight to the plays dark, throbbing heart.

Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots held their own too, in this disturbing portrait of marital relationships gone wrong.

Edward Albee’s savage play remains, of course, a completely chilling, classic masterpiece.

  1. An Octoroon – Orange Tree, Richmond. 

As a theatre fan it’s hard to beat the feeling of finding out about a show early on and seeing something special. It’s hard to beat the feeling of seeing it in tiny, little theatres before they’re at the National Theatre, then championing it to anyone who’ll listen. And it’s hard to beat the sensation of seeing that play take a bold and brilliant step forward and being able to say to yourself: I was there.

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Ken Nwoso in An Octoroon 

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins reworking of a slave drama was both new and old; an adaptation of a 19th-century melodrama and a biting modern critique of it.

Directed with radical aplomb by Ned Bennett, it was Ken Nwoso’s energetic performance, however, that branded itself on the mind. 

A masterclass in smart theatre and a first-rate cast made this unforgettable viewing.

‘FYI’ An Octoroon will transfer to the National Theatre in June 2018. Don’t miss. 

Note:

1. Have I missed anything? Let me know E: [email protected] – I’ll publish some of the best suggestions.

2. I feel a bit bad about ‘The Ferryman’ not being on the list – it probably should have been. OH WELL.)

 

Hoxton Hall announce full cast for world première of all-female musical Oranges and Elephants opening the spring season: Female Parts

Girls ‘dancing for trade’ in the mid 1800s
Girls ‘dancing for trade’ in the mid 1800s

Girls ‘dancing for trade’ in the mid 1800s

Karena Johnson, Artistic Director of Hoxton Hall, today announced full cast for the world première of Oranges and Elephants, the first production in the venue’s all-female spring season Female Parts. The musical centres on two rival female gangs in Victorian London blending Music Hall, Fairground and Musical Theatre storytelling. Susie McKenna directs a cast of actor-musicians: Kate Adams (Flo), Rebecca Bainbridge (Ada), Susannah van den Berg (Chair), Rosalind Ford(Nora), Liz Kitchen (Annie), Natasha Lewis (Violet), Sinead Long (Mary), Kate Marlais (Maggie), Christina Tedders (Nellie) and Sarah J Warren (Minnie). The production opens on the Thursday 25 January, with previews from Tuesday 23 January, and runs until Saturday 10 February.

The narrative follows Mary’s arrival in London and her introduction to gang life. How will she make her life expectancy of twenty-five when the two gangs are after owning her? Mary wants to be a Music Hall star. Nellie of The Elephants falls in love with Mary and they try to escape from thievery to the bright lights of Piccadilly. Are the gangs going to allow that to play out?

This is a story of how important your wits are to survive if you are a poor woman in Victorian London. How you play the fame game set against a backdrop of a West End pickpocket turf war and an enormous divide between the rich and poor. “Same ol gravy, different flavour.”

Lil Warren is from the East End and has been creating for live performance in London and beyond for over twenty years. Including surviving as a stand up in Glasgow. Her credits include Nine Lives, Ten Tales, Blackout (Soho Theatre), Lost Souls and Lunatics, Strange The Road (The Hope Theatre) and a promenade production of The Changeling. She is currently working on a new play about the Miss World Competition and in post-production of the forthcoming feature film adaptation of Strange The Road directed by her brother, James Warren.

Kate Adams plays Flo. Previous credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (York Theatre Royal), Thieves’ Carnival (The Watermill Theatre), Cider With Rosie (New Vic Theatre), A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Salty Socks of Dunkirk and Alice in Wonderland (Royal & Derngate Northampton), James and the Giant Peach and The Wind in the Willows (Mercury Theatre Colchester). She is currently studying for a Masters in Music in Development at SOAS University of London.

Rebecca Bainbridge plays Ada. Her theatre credits include The Terrible Infants (Wilton’s Music Hall), Grimm Tales for Young and Old (The Ditch), Mamma Mia!(Prince of Wales, Novello Theatre), Partners in Crime (Queen’s Theatre), Alice’s Adventures Underground (The Vaults), The Vaudevillians (The Lowry, Charing Cross Theatre), The Goodbye Girl (Gatehouse), Our House (New Wolsey Theatre, UK tour), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Curve), Cabaret (Lyric Theatre), Hi De Hi!Tonight’s the Night (UK tour), Jailhouse Rock (Piccadilly Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (European tour) and Buddy (UK and European tour).

Susannah van den Berg plays Chair. Theatre credit includes Alice in Winterland (Rose Theatre Kingston), Sister Act (UK and international tour), Diana of Dobson’s (New Vic Theatre), I Love Paris (Orange Tree Theatre), Can’t Buy Me Love, A Man of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse), Business as Usual (Everyman Theatre), Sweeney Todd (English National Opera), The Sound of Music (Curve) and Man of La Mancha (Royal Lyceum Theatre).

Rosalind Ford plays Nora. Theatre credits include Mother Courage and Her Children (Southwark Playhouse), These Trees are Made of Blood (Arcola Theatre),Vampire Hospital Waiting Room, Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair (Gilded Balloon, Above The Arts), Sard Traven and Boostak are DeadThe Fear (Theatre N16), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh), Rent (Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh), The Drowsy Chaperone and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).

 Liz Kitchen plays Annie. As an actor her credits include Fiddler on the Roof and Sister Act (UK tour). As a Musician/Musical Director her credits include They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (Contact Theatre), M. Butterfly (West End), Blood Brothers (Liverpool Playhouse, Phoenix Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Liverpool Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Young Vic), Rocky Horror Show (German tour), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Battersea Arts Centre) and A Winter’s Tale (RSC).

Natasha Lewis plays Violet. Her credits include Peter Pan In Scarlet (New Vic Theatre, Oxford Playhouse), Corbyn The Musical: The Motorcycle Diaries (Waterloo East Theatre), The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion (National Theatre Wales), The Life of Galileo, Promises and LiesThe BFG (Birmingham Rep), Little Shop of Horrors, Rope and Dear Brutus (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Bloomsbury Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre, UK tour), Tommy, Our House – The Madness Musical, The Jungle Book, Britain’s Got BhangraBuddy – The Buddy Holly StorySouth Pacific (UK tour), The Vagina Monologues (Royal Festival Hall), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (New Wolsey Theatre), Charmin’ (Greenwich Theatre, Soho Theatre, National Theatre Studio), 20,000 Leagues Under the SeaBaiju Bawra (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Emancipation Day (Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East). Film credits include Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Sinead Long plays Mary. Her theatre credits include Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Peter Pan (Gordon Craig Theatre), Bad Girls (Union Theatre), Tonight’s The Night (UK tour) and Legally Blonde (UK tour).

Kate Marlais plays Maggie. Theatre credits include War Horse (New London Theatre), The Two Gentlemen of VeronaStig of the Dump,  As You Like It(Storyhouse Open Air Theatre, Chester), The Human Comedy (Young Vic), The Busy Body (Southwark Playhouse), The Immortal Hour (Finborough Theatre),In The Can (Theatre503), Extra YarnUnsung (Orange Tree Theatre), The Great Gatsby (Riverside Studios), Tactical Questioning (Tricycle Theatre), In Touch(Trafalgar Studios), My Fair LadyAnything Goes (Cambridge Arts Theatre) and The Turn of the Screw (Royal & Derngate Northampton, UK tour). Kate was recently Music Assistant to Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert on Frantic Assembly’s FATHERLAND by Scott Graham, Simon Stephens & Karl Hyde (Frantic Assembly/Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester/Manchester International Festival). As a composer she won the S&S Award 2015 for Herecreated in conjunction with Curve and Mercury Musical Developments.

Christina Tedders plays Nellie.  Her theatre credits include Once the Musical (Phoenix Theatre), A Little Night Music (The Watermill Theatre), The Commitments(UK tour), Calamity Jane (The Watermill Theatre, UK tour) and Putting It Together (Belfast Lyric Theatre).

Sarah J Warren returns to Hoxton Hall to play Minnie having previously appeared in Round Our Way. Her theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Restoration Wyfe (Hoxton Hall), The ChangelingPulse (New Wolsey Theatre), Blackout (Soho Theatre, Hoxton Hall), Woeful PuppetFarewell To HoratioThe Good Person of SzechwanTwelfth Night, (UK tour), and Romeo and Juliet (The Nave). Clowning and Puppeteering credits include C-C-Control (Almeida Theatre), Treasure Island (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Why? (Battersea Arts Centre) and Jack’s Story (UK tour). She is also Artistic Director of the inclusive arts company 09 Lives.

Susie McKenna directs. She is currently Creative Executive Producer at Hackney Empire with the remit to develop new musical theatre for the venue – having left her role as Creative Director in January 2017. Her credits for Hackney Empire include CinderellaRudy’s Rare Records, Blues in the Night, Beau Jest, Sit and Shiver,Kat and Tameka Show, La Variété, Sing Out , Alter Ego, Once on this Island and Ha Ha Hackney. Other credits include A Midsummer Night’s Madness (National Black Theatre of Harlem, Hackney Empire Edinburgh Festival), A Christmas Carol (Arts Theatre London) and The Silver Sword (Coventry Belgrade Theatre, UK tour). Acting credits for theatre include Cats (Ambassadors Theatre), Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar and In The Midnight Hour (UK tour). For film her credits include Jack and Sarah.

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SEASON AT A GLANCE

Hoxton Hall presents

ORANGES AND ELEPHANTS

Theatre

23 January – 10 February 2018

Press night:  25 January, 7.30pm

Jumoke Fashola present

JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX

Theatre

16 February & 9 March 2018

The Swing Time Dance Company present

SPRING SWING

Theatre

17 February 2018

Tonic Theatre present

TONIC CELEBRATES

Theatre

21 February 2018

Funny Women present

FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS: LONDON REGIONAL FINAL

Theatre

22 – 23 February 2018

Funny Women present

FUNNY WOMEN (WORKSHOP)

May Scott Studio

24 February 2018

Hoxton Hall and Jesus Paolini Park present

MS PAOLINI’S PHANTASMAGORIA CABARET

Theatre

24 February 2018

 

Upfront Comedy

DESIREE BURCH: UNF*CKABLE

Theatre

2 March 2018

Vintage Misfits present

ORGANIC NUBIANS CLUB NIGHT

Theatre

3 March 2018

Hoxton Hall present

WOMAN-ISH

Theatre

8 March 2018

 

Hoxton Hall present

FEMALE PART SHORTS: THE WOMAN ALONE

Palmer Room

13 March – 31 March 2018

Female Part Shorts press night:  15 March 2018, 7.30pm

 

Hoxton Hall present

FEMALE PART SHORTS: THE IMMIGRANT

Theatre

13 March – 31 March 2018

Female Part Shorts press night:  15 March 2018, 7.30pm

Hoxton Hall present

FEMALE PART SHORTS: A MOTHER

Theatre

13 March – 31 March 2018

Female Part Shorts press night:  15 March 2018, 7.30pm

 

Casting announced for the world première of Howard Brenton’s The Shadow Factory – the inaugural production in NST City

The Shadow Factory
The Shadow Factory

The Shadow Factory

Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Samuel Hodges, today announced casting for the theatres inaugural production at NST City – the world première of Howard Brenton’s The Shadow Factory. Hodges directs David Birrell (Fred/Hugh), Catherine Cusack (Lil/Sylvia), Lorna Fitzgerald (Jackie Dimmock), Hilton McRae (Lord Beaverbrook) and Daniel York (Len Gooch). Further casting to be announced. The Shadow Factory opens on 15 February, with previews from 7 February, and runs until 3 March.

This world première will open Southampton’s brand-new theatre, NST City, conceived by NST’s director Samuel Hodges and 59 Productions – the Tony Award-winning artists behind the video design of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Alongside the production, the company will mount The Shadow Factory Exhibition, giving audiences the opportunity to step into the stories behind The Shadow Factory in an installation featuring the visually stunning moving set designed by 59 Productions.

NST City is part of Studio 144, Southampton’s new £30m city centre arts venue situated in the heart of the city centre. This new venue will include a flexible 450 seat main house theatre, a 133 seat studio, screening facilities, rehearsal, workshop spaces and bar and restaurant managed by Southampton ‘s 2017 Business of the Year winner, Mettricks. NST City will transform NST’s ability to show high quality professional work from local, national and international artists and allow the programme to include dance, film and music. This includes a new pop-up music collective, The Space Between Collective, to accompany leading rock and pop acts from around the country; a brand-new dance programme will see the world-renowned Hofesh Shechter Company perform in Southampton for the first time and the nascent film programme will feature an event cinema strand, including NT Live screenings. The bar and restaurant, Tyrrell’s, will be themed on the 1950s former department store Tyrrell & Green which occupied the same site. NST will run the new city centre venue alongside its existing theatre on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus.

The Shadow Factory tells the story of Southampton’s courage in 1940 during The Battle of Britain. Southampton is home to our only hope of victory: the Spitfire. But when the Luftwaffe drops 2,300 bombs in three devastating raids, the city goes up in flames and the Woolston Supermarine Spitfire factory is destroyed. From the ashes, a story of chaos, courage and community spirit emerges. Lorna Fitzgerald makes her stage debut as Jackie Dimmock.

Howard Brenton has written over 50 plays. His most recent credits include Miss Julie (The Theatre By The Lake & The Jermyn Street Theatre), Paul (National Theatre), In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe and tour retitled Eternal Love), Never So Good (National Theatre), Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe, plus revival and tour, winner of the WhatsOnStage Best Play Award and UK Theatre Awards Best Touring Production), 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre), #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei(Hampstead Theatre), The Guffin (one act play, NT Connections), Drawing The Line (Hampstead Theatre), Doctor Scroggy’s War (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ransomed(one act play, Salisbury Playhouse), Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre) and The Blinding Light (Jermyn Street Theatre). Versions of classics include The Life of Galileo and Danton’s Death (National Theatre) and Goethe’s Faust (RSC). Other adaptations include The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool Everyman and Chichester Festival Theatre) and Dances of Death (Gate Theatre). For television, he wrote 13 episodes of the first four series of the BBC Television Drama Spooks (winner of the BAFTA Best Television Drama Series 2003).

David Birrell plays Fred/Hugh. His theatre credits include Wind in the Willows (UK tour), Sweeney Todd (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Royal Exchange Theatre)The Death of King Arthur (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Last Days of Troy (Royal Exchange/Shakespeare’s Globe), Company (Sheffield Crucible), Passion, Grand Hotel(Donmar Warehouse), Spamalot (West End), Oh! What A Lovely War (National Theatre), The Gates of Paradise, The Jewess of Toledo, The Venetian Twins, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Moby Dick, The Tempest, Murder in the Cathedral, Hamlet, Columbus, Romeo and Juliet (RSC); and for television, Holy Flying Circus, Buried and Angels.

Catherine Cusack plays Lil/Sylvia. For theatre her credits include A Parting from the BodyFragileFactory Girls (Arcola Theatre), The Seagull (UK tour), All That Fall (Jermyn Street Theatre and New York), Bingo (Chichester Festival Theatre/revived Young Vic), The Two Character Play (Jermyn Street Theatre/USA), The Early BirdThe Gigli Concert (Finborough Theatre), What Fatima Did (Hampstead Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Venetian Twins (Watermill Theatre)Our Lady of Sligo (National Theatre), Measure for Measure (ETT), Prayers of Sherkin (The Old Vic), Mrs Warren’s Profession (Lyric Hammersmith) and Phaedra’s Love (Gate Theatre). For television her credits include The Last Days of Anne BoleynJonathan CreekBallykissangel and Cadfael; and for film, Finding NeverlandConspiracy of SilenceBoxed and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.

Lorna Fitzgerald plays Jackie Dimmock. She is perhaps best known for her role as Abi Branning in EastEnders. Having played this role since 1996, Fitzgerald makes her final screen appearance as Abi this Christmas. Other credits for television include The Golden HourAccording to Bex and Cherished. This production marks her professional stage debut.

Hilton McRae plays Lord Beaverbrook. Theatre credits in the West End include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Ambassadors Theatre and Broadway), 1984 (Playhouse Theatre), End of the Rainbow (Trafalgar Studios, Olivier Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor), My One and Only (Piccadilly Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre), Les Miserables (Palace Theatre) Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) Rabbit (Trafalgar Studios) and Piaf (Piccadilly Theatre). Other theatre credits include Uncle Vanya (Almeida Theatre), The Cocktail Party (The Print Room), The Kreutzer Sonata (The Gate/La MaMa New York), Timon of AthensCaroline or Change (National Theatre), The Danton AffairTroilus and CressidaAs You Like ItTotal EclipseMuch Ado About NothingThe InnocentAnthony and CleopatraCaptain SwingThe Churchill PlayThe Merchant of VeniceFactory Birds and Bandits (RSC) The Oresteia Trilogy (Fisher Centre, New York) and The Front Page (Donmar Warehouse). For television, credits include Injustice, ZenRed Riding Trilogy – 1983The Execution of Gary GlitterFrances TuesdayMurder CityBaby FatherSerious & OrganisedDeacon BrodieKing of HeartsFirst TakeTo Each His OwnRoll Over BeethovenPoppylandForever Young. For film, credits include Darkest HourDenialThe Sense of an EndingMacbethFar From the Madding CrowdMansfield ParkReturn of the JediSecret RaptureGreystoke and The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Daniel York plays Len Gooch. Theatre includes The Merchant of VeniceThe Country WifeMoby Dick, Snow In Midsummer, Dido Queen of Carthage (RSC) Welcome Home Captain Fox! (Donmar Warehouse) The World of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre)Our American Cousin, We Know Where You Live, P’yongyang (Finborough), Une Tempete (Gate Theatre)Porcelain (Royal Court)The Magic Fundoshi (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith), Hamlet (Riverside Studios)Sun is Shining (King’s Head/Battersea Arts Centre/off Broadway)The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse)Branded (Old Vic Theatre) and Turandot (Hampstead Theatre). For television his credits includeWhitechapelMoving OnWaking the Dead, Peggy Su!Chambers, Supper at EmmausA Fish Named Tao; and for film, Scarborough, The Receptionist, Rogue Trader, The BeachFarawayAct of Grace and Doom.

Samuel Hodges is Director of The Shadow Factory and of Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST). His productions for NST includes Dedication – Shakespeare and Southampton, following The Glass Menagerie in 2015. Previously he founded the HighTide Festival Theatre in 2007 and was the Artistic Director for five years, during which time he produced over 25 new plays, co-producing with the National Theatre, The Old Vic and the Bush Theatre, amongst others. Between 2012 and 2014, he ran the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End, for whom he curated a late-night programme and a one-off summer season of new work to celebrate the London Olympics.

59 Productions is the multi award-winning company of artists behind the video design of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and War Horse, the design and creative direction of the record-breaking David Bowie is exhibition, and video design of Christopher Wheeldon’s celebrated stage adaptation ofAn American in Paris (Tony Award in 2015). Led by directors Leo Warner, Mark Grimmer, Lysander Ashton and Richard Slaney, 59 Productions are world-leading specialists in design for stage and live events. They are the go-to team for generating creative and technical ideas to realise ambitious artistic projects across a range of disciplines: from architectural projection mapping to exhibition design, VR experiences to events, theatrical design to technical consultancy. In 2017, 59 Productions began producing its own theatrical work, opening its first full scale production, Paul Auster’s City of Glass (HOME, Manchester, Lyric, Hammersmith).  Current and upcoming projects also include, Oslo (Lincoln Center, National Theatre and currently Harold Pinter Theatre), The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Santa Fe Opera), Marnie (The Met Opera & ENO), Reflections (a four-day projection-mapping event to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao) and A Perfect Harmony (specially-commissioned as the centrepiece of the weekend-long celebrations for the re-opening of Washington’s Freer|Sackler museums in October 2017).

Studio 144, Southampton’s ambitious new venue for theatre, visual art and film brings two world-class arts organisations – Nuffield Southampton Theatres and John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton – into the heart of the city centre for the first time, together with media and film specialists City Eye.

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The Shadow Factory                                                                                                                                       Listings

Studio 144, Above Bar, Southampton SO14 7DU

Box Office: 023 8067 1771 / ww.nstheatres.co.uk

Monday – Friday10am – 6pm

Saturday: 10am – 4pm

THE SHADOW FACTORY EXHIBITION 

16 Feb -2 Mar 11am –4pm (excluding matinee performance days and Sundays)

Step into the stories behind The Shadow Factory in this installation featuring the visually stunning moving set designed by 59 Productions, the Tony Award-winning design team behind the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. FREE

SEASON AT A GLANCE

The Shadow Factory

NST City

7 February – 3 March

Press night: 15 February

 

A Streetcar Named Desire

NST City

23 – 31 March & 5 – 16 June

Press night: 28 March

 

SS Mendi, Dancing the Death Drill

NST City

29 June – 14 July

Press night: 4 July

 

Son of Rambow The Musical

Workshop at The Other Palace, London

22 May – 2 June

 

Women in Power

NST City

8 – 29 September

Press night: 13 September

 

Don Carlos

NST City

23 October – 3 November

Press night: 15 October at Exeter Northcott

 

Billionaire Boy

NST Campus

19 November – 6 January 2019

Press night: 28 November

 

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake to return to Sadler’s Wells for Christmas 2018 and also tour The UK

Swan Lake
Swan Lake

Swan Lake

New Adventures has announced that Matthew Bourne’s legendary “SWAN LAKE” will return to Sadler’s Wells in 2018 for the Christmas season with a fresh look for the 21st Century and will also tour the UK. Tickets go on sale at Sadler’s Wells on Monday 26 February 2018. Dates for Sadler’s Wells and the UK tour will be announced in January 2018.

Retaining all the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and the creative team will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production.

Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotional, Matthew Bourne’s “SWAN LAKE” is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.

Collecting over thirty international theatre awards including three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved tale is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.

New Adventures & Re:Bourne is a national portfolio organisation supported using public funds by Arts Council England.

Mothers Who Make is set for National Takeover

Mothers Who Make
Mothers Who Make

Mothers Who Make

Mothers Who Make, a grassroots national initiative that supports mothers who are artists, is set for a national takeover. The network has been supported by Arts Council England to develop hubs across the UK, commission new work and create a digital platform. Mothers Who Make are committed to creating spaces where every kind of maker is welcomed, and every kind of mother. For participants, access to these spaces provides a ‘vital lifeline’ during a time when motherhood requires a renegotiation of their artistic practice.

Mothers Who Make network has received support from some of the UK’s top cultural venues including the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Manchester’s HOME and Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre and from 2018 its plans are to grow its national network including new hubs across London – at the BAC, Arcola Theatre and JW3, as well as across regional venues in Sheffield, Leicester, Brighton, Cambridge, Oxford. Each hub is facilitated by a local artist, and is accessible for all mothers and their children.

Founder, Matilda Leyser, Aerialist, Writer and Improbable Associate director explains that the initiative grew from her sense of there being experiences and challenges specific to being both a mother and an artist. She noticed many parallels between the two roles: both are concerned with creativity and play, both require stamina, patience and sensitivity. Both are fuller than full time. This is work that will not be left behind at 5.00pm, yet despite this both jobs have precious little status in the current cultural climate. She hopes the project will shift this, and enable mothers to reframe the value of both mothering and creating.

Mothers Who Make is currently crowdfunding to support plans for creating new hubs, commissioning work and fostering a digital platform. Support the project here:

http://crowdfunder.co.uk/mothers-who-make

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Join the facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1484128908536006/

Mothers Who Make is supported by Arts Council England and Improbable Theatre.

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National Youth Theatre announces a spring season and nationwide auditions

  • Nessah Muthy’s award-nominated The Host comes to St James’S Church Piccadilly for a limited run from 1 – 3 February
  • The Fall by James Fritz runs at Southwark Playhouse alongside Dennis Kelly’s DNA from 28 April – 19 May
  • Auditions to be held in more locations than ever before in a search for talented new members aged 14 – 25 at over 40 Venues Nationwide
  • The NYT Rep Company Celebrates five years in the West End As The 2017 Season Ends On 8 December

The UK’s leading youth arts organisation, The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) today announced a spring 2018 programme as the 2017 season draws to a close.  Nessah Muthy’s award-nominated The Host, which follows the life of a Syrian refugee in the UK, will return in February following its acclaimed run at The Yard Theatre. Directed by Zoe Lafferty, the production will run at the iconic Central London venue St James’s Church Piccadilly in conjunction with a major art installation reflecting experiences of refugees. For the first time, NYT will have a three-week engagement at Southwark Playhouse with Olivier Award nominee and NYT Alumni James Fritz’s (Parliament SquareFour Minutes Twelve Seconds) The Fall alongside Dennis Kelly’s DNA. Auditions and interviews will also be held from January to March in over 40 locations nationwide for ages 14 – 25 for NYT’s 2018 acting and backstage summer courses.

Originally commissioned by NYT in response to Brexit and the European refugee crisis, The Host tells the story of a Syrian refugee and the impact of his arrival on a local family, exploring race, relations and family ties. The production will be running alongside  Suspended, a major installation by artist Arabella Dorman from 14 December – 8 February, featuring salvaged refugee clothing suspended above the nave of the church, reflecting the rootless and volatile experience of life as a refugee. A 360 video featuring real accounts of refugees living in the UK will accompany the production, exploring the responses and opinions of refugees based on their real life experiences.  The Host runs 1-3 February 2018.

For the first time NYT will also have a three-week run at Southwark Playhouse with plays from two celebrated writers. Having received its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre as part of NYT’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, James Fritz’s topical play The Fall takes a candid look at young people’s relationships with older people and confronts the frightening prospect of ageing in a country undergoing a crisis of care. Running alongside The Fall will be DNA from Olivier Award winner Dennis Kelly (Matilda, Pinocchio)The Fall, directed by Matt Harrison, runs 28 April – 19 May with a Press Night on Thursday 3 May. DNA runs 1 – 18 May, directed by Sean Hollands.

Paul Roseby, NYT Artistic Director and CEO, said: “Thanks to our best audience ever this year, it’s a joy to be able to bring back these challenging pieces of new work in 2018. These plays tackle vitally important subjects, from the tension between the refugee crisis and Brexit in Nessah Muthy’s Writers’ Guild Award-nominated The Host, to the spiralling costs of social care for the elderly and lack of affordable housing for the young in James Fritz’s The Fall. Equally important is the fact that we’ll be auditioning at over 40 venues around the UK at the same time, with more than 10 new venues enabling us to reach those who haven’t been able to access our work before.

NYT is holding auditions and interviews nationwide in the search for talented new members aged 14 – 25 for its 2018 intake. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of alumni such as Helen Mirren, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Craig and Matt Smith and take part in a range of acting and backstage courses.

It is also announced today that NYT has a new Development Board with members including Krishnan Guru-MurthyAnnette Lynton MasonDiana HiddlestonHelen NorthupFreddie Lewis, Tilly McAuliffe and Chair Peter Clayton.

National Youth Theatre are still to announce their full 2018 season.

AUDITIONS

NYT is holding a search for talented new members at more locations than ever before, with auditions and interviews taking place at more than 40 locations across the UK for ages 14 – 25 for its 2018 intake. Successful applicants will follow in the footsteps of celebrated alumni, getting the chance to develop their talent with the world’s leading youth arts organisation.

Paddington star Hugh Bonneville, who is a National Youth Theatre Patron and alumnus said:

“I loved meeting this year’s National Youth Theatre REP Company recently after watching their terrific, visceral production of Othello in the West End. I’d encourage any young person looking to find an outlet for their talent to sign up for an audition. The skills you develop at the National Youth Theatre will help set you up for whatever you want to go on to do in life, on stage or off it. And you’ll make lifelong friends, too.”

The NYT’s application process gives applicants from all backgrounds across the UK the chance to join the prestigious company and build careers in the industry whilst learning to work with other young people. The courses provide skills development in theatre practice, voice and movement. The backstage programme provides practical experience, allowing participants to develop skills within a range of fields including lighting, sound, scenic construction, stage management or costume. This year NYT will launch a new Digital Course as part of the Backstage Courses.

After a successful audition for NYT’s Intake Acting Course, applicants aged 14-17 will gain a space on NYT’s Junior Acting Course; successful applicants aged 18-25 will join NYT’s three week Senior Acting Course or a four week Epic Stages Course.  Intake courses take place in August. Acting Auditions consist of a three hour group workshop and an individual performance of a prepared speech. Speeches should be from a published play and learned by heart.

The NYT membership that participants receive on completion will allow them the opportunity to showcase their acting abilities through the NYT’s productions, locally, nationally and internationally. As part of membership participants can also be considered to be part of the NYT REP Company, a free alternative to formal training that offers a group of members workshops with leading practitioners and the chance to perform three productions in an established London venue.

This year the NYT REP Company celebrated its fifth year in the West End with a three-month run at the Ambassadors. Since its conception 77 actors have benefitted from the free training the course offers, which collectively would have cost nearly £700,000 to train for a year at drama school. Over half of the REP actors have been female and over 25% have been BAME. Over 95% of participants have gone on to work professionally in the creative industries with alumni including Sope Dirisu (2013), title role star of the RSC’s 2017 production of CoriolanusSeraphina Beh (2016) recently seen as Madison Drake in EastEnders and who was cast after being spotted in the REP and started filming the following week, Ellise Chappell (2015) who plays Morwenna in BBC One’s Poldark and Lauren Lyle (2015) who stars as Marsali in the Amazon Prime drama series Outlander. It has recently been announced that the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded the NYT REP Company £75,000 over the next three years.

National Youth Theatre are proud to acknowledge the support of our major funders Arts Council England, the Pureland Foundation, Think Publishing and The David Pearlman Charitable Foundation who enable us to deliver our vital work with young people across the country.

LISTINGS

 

The Host
By Nessah Muthy
Directed by Zoe Lafferty

St James’s Church Piccadilly, W1J 9LL
Thursday 1 – Saturday 3 February
Evening performances: 7.30pm

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 15 December
Website: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/national-youth-theatre-the-host
Box Office: 020 7452 3000

The Fall
By James Fritz
Directed by Matt Harrison

Southwark Playhouse
Saturday 28 April – Saturday 19 May
Press performance: Thursday 3 May
Evening Performances: 28, 30 April, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 May
Matinee Performances:  12, 19 May

Website: www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/the-fall/
Box Office: 020 7407 0234

DNA
By Dennis Kelly
Directed by Sean Hollands

Southwark Playhouse
Tuesday 1 May – Friday 18 May
Evening Performance: 1, 5, 8. 15 May
Matinee Performance: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 May

Website: www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/DNA/
Box Office: 020 7407 0234

Auditions

Audition dates are now on sale and can be purchased here. All dates are listed below.

Applicants need to apply by 24 March 2018. Auditions cost £46 and the NYT operate a bursary fund for those facing financial barriers to applying. In 2017 £650,000 worth of support has been awarded.

Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
23 and 24 Feb
www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

Barnsley Civic
17 March
www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

Belfast Grand Opera House
10 Feb
www.goh.co.uk

Bexhill On Sea , De La Warr Pavilion Marina 24 March
www.dlwp.com

Birmingham, MAC
24 and 25 Feb
www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Blackburn, The Bureau
17th March
www.bureaublackburn.co.uk

Birmingham, Old REP
17 and 18 Feb
www.oldreptheatre.co.uk

Bradford, Alhambra Theatre
3 Feb
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

Bridlington Spa
3 and 4 March
www.bridspa.com

Brighton, Dome
3 and 4 Feb
www.brightondome.org

Bristol, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
17, 18 Feb, 10, 17 March
www.oldvic.ac.uk

Bristol, Hamilton House
14 – 17 Feb
www.hamiltonhouse.org

Bournemouth – Arts University Bournemouth 3 March
www.aub.ac.uk

Canterbury, Gulbenkian
17, 18 Feb
www.thegulbenkian.co.uk

Cardiff, WMC
3 and 4 Feb
www.wmc.org.uk

Cornwall, Hall for Cornwall
17 Feb
www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Chelmsford, Tomorrow’s Talent
16 Feb
www.tomorrowstalent.co.uk

Edinburgh, Traverse
10 and 11 Feb
www.traverse.co.uk

Elgin, Gordonstoun School
25 Feb
www.gordonstoun.org.uk

Glasgow, Platform
17 and 18 Feb
www.platform-online.co.uk

Guildford, G Live
3 March
www.glive.co.uk

Hull, Hull Truck
10 Feb
www.hulltruck.co.uk

Lancaster, The Dukes
3, 4 Feb
www.dukes-lancaster.org

Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse
15, 16, 17 Feb
www.wyp.org.uk

Leicester, The Curve
10, 17 & 18 Feb
www.curveonline.co.uk

Liverpool, Everyman
3 March
www.everymanplayhouse.com

London, Archway Methodist
12 – 16 Feb
www.londonmethodist.org.uk/archwaymethodistchurch.htm

London, ArtsDepot
20, 21 Jan
www.artsdepot.co.uk

London, Theatre Peckham
15, 16 Feb & 3, 4 March
www.theatrepeckham.co.uk

London, Jacksons Lane
4, 11, 18, 25 Feb & 4 March
www.jacksonslane.org.uk

London, London Bubble
12 -16 Feb
www.londonbubble.org.uk

London, National Youth Theatre
13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 Jan, 10 – 18 Feb
www.nyt.org.uk

London, Toynbee Studios
10 – 17 Feb
www.artsadmin.co.uk/toynbee-studios

London, St James the Less, Pimlico
27 Jan, 3, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 3, 10, 17, 24 March
www.sjtl.org

Manchester, Z Arts  (Backstage Interviews)
24 Feb
www.z-arts.org

Manchester Royal Exchange
3, 4, 10, 11, 20, 21, 24 Feb
www.royalexchange.co.uk

Milton Keynes – Stantonbury Theatre
24 Feb, 17 March
www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk

Newcastle / Gateshead, Baltic
17, 18 March
http://baltic.art/

Northampton, Royal & Derngate
16 Feb
www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Norwich, Theatre Royal
15 -18 Feb
www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Nottingham Playhouse
17 Feb
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Plymouth, Devonport Guildhall
17, 18 Feb
www.devonportguildhall.org

Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres
23, 24 Feb
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Swansea – Gower College
24 March
www.gcs.ac.uk

York Theatre Royal
15,16 Feb
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

 

Royal & Derngate Northampton and simple8 present a vivid new adaptation of A Passage to India

A Passage To india
A Passage To india

A Passage To india

One of the great novels of the twentieth century, E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India is vividly re-imagined by award-winning ensemble simple8, in a co-production with Royal & Derngate, Northampton. This new adaptation by Simon Dormandy with original live music by Kuljit Bhamra and design by Dora Schweitzer opens in Northampton on Thursday 11 January 2018, with a press night on Tuesday 16 January, as part of the theatre’s Made in Northampton season. The production then tours to Salisbury PlayhouseBristol Old VicLiverpool Playhouse and Churchill Theatre Bromley.

How can we love each other in a world divided by race, power and religion?

This question at the heart of A Passage to India challenges us today just as it did a hundred years ago. With their fresh, new adaptation of Forster’s masterpiece, simple8 finds in the past a mirror for our own divided times, vividly and carefully re-imagining this ground-breaking novel for contemporary Britain.

Multi-award-winning simple8 summons worlds out of nothing. Rooted in “poor theatre”, this ensemble company creates all atmosphere and setting without extravagant costumes, scenery, props or recorded sound, producing dynamic plays that tackle big ideas. This new approach to Forster’s masterpiece will transport their audience to British India, conjuring up its elephants and trains, courthouses and temples – and the mysterious Marabar Caves – with the simplest of means.

Delighting in spectacle but dispensing with nostalgia and clutter, the production focuses instead on the novel’s beating heart. A Passage to India argues that friendship in a world divided is not possible “yet”; the natural question for us today is “Is it possible now?”

simple8 seek to address this question in the form of the production itself. Performed by a multi-ethnic company of fourteen, the entire spectacle provides a powerful image of different people working together to tell a story, using nothing but their shared imagination.

A Passage to India is adapted and co-directed by Simon Dormandy, whose recent directing work includes co-directing his own adaptation of Coen Brothers’ filmThe Hudsucker Proxy (Nuffield, Southampton and Liverpool Playhouse), and directing Julius Caesar (Bristol Old Vic), Luce (Southwark Playhouse) and Waiting for Godot (Arcola Theatre). He co-directs with Artistic Director of simple8 Sebastian Armesto whose extensive credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tulip Fever, Anonymous and Bright Star on screen and leads in Damned by Despair, A Woman Killed With Kindness, and Rocket to the Moon onstage at the National Theatre. Design is by Dora Schweitzer with lighting design by Prema Mehta.

Original music is composed and performed live by Kuljit Bhamra, one of the most prolific musicians, composers and producers on the British Asian music scene, having composed and produced over 2000 songs and worked on film scores including A Winter of Love and Bend it Like Beckham. On stage, Kuljit has appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria Theatre) and Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre) which he also orchestrated. He holds an MBE for his services to Bhangra and British Asian music.

The cast features Liz Crowther (The Witch of Edmonton, RSC) as Mrs Moore, Matthew Douglas (An Inspector Calls, West End) as Callendar, Christopher Doyle(The Playboy of the Western World, Old Vic) as McBryde, Hannah Emanuel (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Arcola Theatre) as Mrs Callendar/Stella, Tibu Fortes (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Globe Theatre) as Hamidullah, Richard Goulding (King Charles III, Almeida, West End and Broadway) as Fielding, Nigel Hastings(Henry V, Globe Theatre) as Turton, Asif Khan (Handbagged, UK tour) as Aziz, Edward Killingback (Hay Fever, West End) as Ronny, Ranjit Krishnamma (Behind the Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre) as Godbole/Das, Phoebe Pryce (The Tempest, Globe Theatre) as Adela and Maanuv Thiara (King Lear, Bristol Old Vic) as Mahmoud Ali. Music is performed by Kuljit Bhamra and Asha McCarthy.

Previous simple8 productions include Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes (Park Theatre), The Texas Sharpshooter: A new play about economicsMoby DickThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Les Enfants Du Paradis (all Arcola Theatre).

@RoyalDerngate      @simple8

#PassageToIndia18 

Made in Northampton is sponsored locally by Michael Jones Jeweller.

Listings Information:

 Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

Press Night: Tuesday 16 January at 7pm

DatesThursday 11 to Saturday 20 January 2018

Times: Evenings 7.45pm (except Tuesday 16 January 7pm)

Matinees – Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm (excl. Thursday 11 January)

No performances on Sundays

Tickets: £10 to £30*

Box Office:  01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk

* A charge of £3 applies for all transactions over £15. Does not apply to Groups, Friends or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.

Then touring to:

Salisbury Playhouse

Monday 22 – Saturday 27 January 2018

Box Office: www.salisburyplayhouse.com Ɩ 01722 320 333

Bristol Old Vic

Tuesday 30 January – Saturday 3 February 2018

Box Office: www.bristololdvic.org.uk Ɩ 0117 987 7877

Liverpool Playhouse

Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 February 2018

Box Office: www.everymanplayhouse.com Ɩ 0151 709 4776

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 February 2018

Box Office: www.churchilltheatre.co.uk Ɩ 020 3285 6000

Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick announced as the RSC’s Romeo and Juliet

RSC

Today the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced who will play the roles of Romeo and Juliet in the forthcoming production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick.

Directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman and designed by Tom PiperRomeo and Juliet begins previews on the 21 April 2018 and it will be broadcast live to cinemas on the 18 July 2018. A nationwide UK tour is planned for 2019.

Bally Gill made his RSC debut as part of The Other Place Mischief Festival in 2016, this year he appeared in Vice Versa, Salome andCoriolanus. He will now play the iconic role of Romeo, taking on his first Shakespeare leading role. His other credits include The Island Nation(Arcola Theatre), A Local Boy (The Arts Theatre), Dinner with Saddam (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Bureau of Lost Things (Theatre 503) and NW (BBC/Mammoth Screen).

Karen Fishwick will make her RSC debut playing Juliet. She most recently appeared in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland/Live Theatre). Her other credits include Glasgow Girls (NTS/Citizens), Hansel and Gretel (Citizens Theatre), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Christmas Carol (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Badults (BBC Three), James Kirk’s Comedy Blaps, The Illuminati (The Comedy Unit) and Tides and Telegrams (for The Winter Tradition).

Further casting for Romeo and Juliet will be announced soon.

For further information, please contact: [email protected] 01789 412622

For Midlands press enquiries and press tickets, please contact: [email protected], 01789 412660

To book tickets call 01789 403493 or online at www.rsc.org.uk

The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION

BP £5 tickets and BP Shakespeare Pass for 16-25s
The BP £5 tickets and BP Shakespeare Pass for 16 – 25 year olds gives access to £5 tickets for all RSC productions whether we are performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or on tour. The pass enables 16-25 year olds to see five shows in Stratford-upon-Avon for £20 – the cheapest way to enjoy shows at the RSC. Tickets can be booked in advance on the phone, online or in person with some available for sale on the day of the performance. The scheme is supported by Project Partner, BP.

Lazarus Theatre announce 2018 company of Marlowe’s Edward II

Timothy Blore
Timothy Blore

Timothy Blore

Lazarus Theatre Company are proud to announce that Timothy Blore will make his Lazarus debut as the title role in Marlowe’s epic gay play, Edward II.

Timothy Blore makes his Lazarus debut as King Edward. Previous credits include: Captain Crewe/Carisford, A Little Princess, Steffi Nancy Walker, Theatre N16. Young Robert/Cellist, Earthquakes in London, Rikki Beadle Blair, New Diorama Theatre. First Soldier, Salomé dir. Izzie Price, Theatre N16. Ben, Breathing Corpses, Nick Edwards, Barons Court Theatre.

Returning to the company Alicia Charles plays the role of Queen Isabella. Previous Lazarus credits; HerodiasSalome, Ricky Dukes, the RoundHouse. Previous Theatre Credits Include; Olivia, Twelfth Night, Jennie Lee, Brockwell Park. Lady McDuff,Macbeth, Alice Lacey, The Broadway theatre. Lauretta, Invisible Mountains, Tom Daly, The National Theatre. Television Includes: Eastenders, Father Brown, Holby City, The Five, Doctors, WPC56, Coronation Street.

Making his Lazarus debut Oseloka Obi plays the role of Gaveston. Previous credits include; Man, Crossing The Line, Nicholas Morgan, The Cockpit. Joseph, We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary, Daniel Fulvio and Martin Moriaty, The Albany. Ian, A Boy Named Sue, Claudia Lee, The Rosemary Branch. Delroy, SUS, Hugo Wilson, The Bierkeller. Caecilius Clay, Nougat For Kings, Sam Rayner, Underbelly EdFringe.

Jamie O’Neill (Previous Lazarus credits include; Supervacuo, The Revengers Tragedy, Gavin Harrington-Odedra, The Brockley Jack) also returns to the company as Mortimer. Alex Zur (Alexander, Dying For It, Andrew Norton, Corbett Theatre. Macduff,Macbeth, Ian Henderson, Corbett Theatre) and John Slade (Talthybius, The Trojan Women, Pip O’Neill and Luke Ofield, Streatham Hill Theatre. Oliver, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Jess Barton, Stockwell Playhouse) take on the roles of Kent and Warwick respectively.

Stephen Emery (Lazarus Credit include; Cosroe/Orcanes, Tamburlaine the Great, Ricky Dukes and Gavin Harrington-Odedra, The Tristan Bates. Pentheus, The Bacchae, Gavin Harrington-Odedra, Blue Elephant Theatre. Other Credits include; Ensemble, Lord of the Rings, Matthew Warchus, Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Ensemble, Carousel, Lindsay Posner, Savoy Theatre) returns to the company to play Lancaster.

 While John Hogg (Previous theatre credits include: Lennox, Macbeth, Ben Crystal, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Oswald, Ghosts, Andy Arnold, Tron. Mark, Dim Sum Nights, Mingyu Lin, Golden Dragon) plays the role of Elder Mortimer and David Clayton, (Cliff,Dea, Edward Bond, Sutton Theatre. Jack, The Superhero, Phoebe Ladenburg, Lyric Hammersmith) plays Canterbury.

 

Listings

Dates 16th – 27th January 2018, Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Wednesday and Saturday matinee at 3pm.

Venue The Greenwich Theatre

Tickets £25.00, £15.00, £10. Concessions are £15 on top price seats.

To Book www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

PRESS NIGHT Thursday 17th January 2017 at 7.30pm

Press Contact Gavin Harrington-Odedra @ [email protected]

Social Media:

Twitter @Lazarustheatre #Marlowe #EdwardII / Facebook: LazarusTheatreCompany

 

Cast

Edward II – Timothy Blore

Queen Isabella – Alicia Charles

Gaveston / Lightborn – Oseloka Obi

Kent – Alex Zur

Mortimer – Jamie O’Neil

Elder Mortimer – John Hogg

Warwick – John Slade

Lancaster – Stephen Emery

Canterbury – David Clayton

Creative

Written by Christopher Marlowe

Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes

Designed by Sorcha Corcoran

Lighting Design by Ben Jacobs

Sound Design by Jack Barton

Costume by Cristiano Casimiro

★★★★★ “This remains a visionary company who have once again brought us a stunning and thoughtful adaptation. Not to be missed.”

View from the Gods on Tamburlaine