My first of 2016 London adventures and Shakespeare list


So from 19 to 22 May I had my first 2016 London adventure, planning to be there again in September, ready to travel to Stratford-Upon-Avon to see two other RSC plays (will be great to visit the Bard’s birthplace on his 400th anniversary!). I will also see Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville.

This May holiday has been such a treat! Short, but amusing and full of good theatre!

I’ve also made two pleasant… “close encounters” that made my days! Especially the second one, with a lovely, nice blonde actor…

I saw Orange/Blue at the Young Vic…


…and RSC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican Centre.

Both the plays are such fun, I will write a proper page for them in the Theatre session.

I collected everything I could find from newspapers and magazines about the two shows and some “theatricalia” of course, for my collection which is getting big.

Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange deserves all the 4 stars the ES review gives it! The three actors were great, it’s a play worth to see! I wanted to see David Haig on stage for some time and finally happened, in a role that is perfect for him!

While I’m 80% agree on the 3 stars by Time Out and review of CamdenNewJournal about Dream 2016: it deserves 4-5 stars and it really charms! Lucy Ellinson, Jack Holden and Chris Hayak deserve all the phraises, of course, I’m 100% agree, I got tears in my eyes and pain in my stomac for laughters thanks to them and the mechanicals! I don’t see Titania and Oberon so understated, but, ok, it’s an opinion. Other members of the cast would deserve to be mentioned, as well. While I liked Tom Piper’s staging and costumes, as I find interesting to see it posponed in more modern times, not necessarily a play staged in a medieval forest.

My reports and opinions on the two plays to come soon!

I will add a Puck tribute page to my “Favourite Stuff”, too, because it’s a very likeable character!


I also came back to the Southbank for a walk on Sunday morning, which is always a pleasure to me!

A brief look at the National Theatre….

National Theatre

…and then inside the BFI, where I have always to visit their exhibitions in the mezzanine each time I go to London. The one on currently is “Shakespeare On Film“.


Thinking about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I feel ashamed to say I didn’t see all the 37 plays, yet.

LIST OF THE 37 PLAYS BY SHAKESPEARE

(source)

37 Shakespeare plays list

 

SO FAR I SAW

Nr.2 One screen version (which I didn’t like at all)

Nr.5 One screen version (terrifying)

Nr10. Two screen versions, one TV version, one radio play, one stage version (three times the same, wonderful production)

Nr.11 One screen version, one stage version (at V&A archive), two ballet versions

Nr.14 One screen version

Nr.18 One screen version, one stage version

Nr.20 One screen version

Nr.22 One screen version, two stage versions (and one with NT Live, one on DVD)

Nr.26 Two stage versions (one with NT Live)

Nr.29 Two stage versions (one with NT Live)

Nr.30 One screen version, two stage versions (one with NT Live)

Nr.33 One stage version with NT Live

Nr.36 Two screen versions, one stage version

Nr.37 One stage version

 

And Chimes At Midnight, The Hollow Crown and West Side Story versions.


I HAVEN’T SEEN, YET

Nrs. 1 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 12 – 13 – 15 – 16 – 17 – 19 – 21 – 23 – 24 – 25 – 27 – 28 – 31 – 32 – 34 – 35

(for some, I have the BBC DVDs, which I have to watch, yet)


I HAVE TO SEE SOON

Nr.29 and Nr.35 in Stratford on September 2016


Ok, I saw only 14 of 37 plays (soon to become 16), but I will do better in the future!

Living The Dream: Act 5


I miss this play already! You were all great and hilarious! Thank you!

Read what John Chapman/Bottom has to say:

Notes From The Bottom

I always knew this would be the hard one to write – the last day of performance week – and so it has turned out. A combination of extremely long days, euphoria, massive physical exertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep and high levels of concentration have taken their toll, hence this last piece is a bit later than originally promised. Anyway, let’s to it and see if it doesn’t provide some sort of catharsis.

Touch tour 2Lucy and Maria helping out at the touch tour

The day began with yet another new experience as the RSC was offering a “touch tour” for those attending the matinee performance and who would be using the audio description facility. The tour gave audience members the opportunity to meet some of the cast, explore the set and handle some of the key costumes and props. This was a really interesting half hour and it was evident…

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Living The Dream: The Prologue


Seeing this play very soon at the Barbican! Yay!

Notes From The Bottom

D16 Call Monday 16th May

Walking through the stage door of The Barbican theatre at 10.30 am and signing in for the day is the first action of a desperate man – desperate to get things right that is. The RSC have devoted so much time and support to this project and it has been going so well so far that none of us want to go down in infamy as the one who “mucked up”. So it’s a deep breath and then down into the bowels of the Barbican to the rehearsal room. We’re in the rehearsal room because up above us the stage is being fitted up ready for the performances to start the following day.

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It’s just the Tower Dreamteam in the morning with Erica and Kim. Voice guru Michael is feeling unwell and we hope he can return to the fold really soon; I have a…

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Cymbeline production images


Cymbeline is a play I can’t wait to see live in Stratford!

I haven’t seen this play by WIlliam Shakespeare, yet, in fact I never heard of it before the RSC announced it in their new season.

No surprises, as is being told that this is a play seldom performed and not much loved by the British audience.

From articles and reviews, this new version intrigues me, it got refers to relationship between Britain an othe countries (with modern refer to Brexit), some of the characters turned in female, like the title’s character, and they added to the script some dialogues in Italian, French and Latin with English subtitles on screen. Of course I’m intrigued!

The reviews are very different so far, from 2 to 4 stars, but in general they praise the cast, especially Bethan Cullinane and Oliver Johnstone. I’ve booked immediately when I read he was in the cast.

And the style they chose for the staging is very interesting, as you can see in the images below.

The use of these images by Ellie Kurttz on my blog is courtesy of the RSC Press Office.

Help Romeo&Juliet Post Scriptum going to Edinburgh!


Romeo&Juliet Post Scriptum goes to Edinburgh!
Sweden and Italy together adding a new wrinkle to the story of Shakespeare’s star crossed lovers.
Please support this crowdfunding campaign runned by Georgia Lepore, Italian Actress, Director, Writer!
They wrote an interesting development of the story of Romeo And Juliet.

First Look at David Mitchell as William Shakespeare in Upstart Crow


Looking forward to it!

The Consulting Detective

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The BBC has today released the first promotional picture of David Mitchell as William Shakespeare in Ben Elton’s new BBC 2 sitcom Upstart Crow. Set to be broadcast this April as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare festival, described by BBC 2’s controller as a “wonderfully witty new show”.

It’s 1592 and Will Shakespeare is just at the beginning of his extraordinary career. The series will focus on both Will’s family and professional life and include the surprising stories of where many of his ideas came from. Also featured are his wife Anne and his extended family, his servant Bottom, his friends Kate and Marlowe, his theatrical troupe, and his rival Robert Greene.

In the series, Will finds inspiration for Romeo from an unlikely source; mislays a nearly treasonous masterpiece; gets tricked into a very embarrassing pair of tights; has a spot of bother with the wife over some sonnets; meets…

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