The RSC new season got valuable elements to me!


The incoming 2016 season launched by the Royal Shakespeare Company got very valuable elements to me!

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, they make new productions of the Bard’s plays.

They start with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” A Play for the Nation, I talked about already in my previous posts.

Then they annunced the new season in Stratford-Upon-Avon (regarding other writers, too) http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/

I’m sure lot of interesting actors will be in the cast.

For the moment, today I noticed, thanks to Terri Paddock tweets, that actor Oliver Johnstone is even in two plays by William Shakespeare!

He will play:

  • Iachimo in Cymbeline  http://www.rsc.org.uk/cymbeline/ 29 April – 15 October 2016 – that seems another sneaky role for him, according to the plot (I don’t know this play).

Cymbeline from the brochure

 

  • and Edgar in King Lear  rsc.org.uk/king-lear/ 20 August -15 October 2016 – according to what I remember from King Lear NT Live, Edgar is an unlucky, apparently naive man, who’s wiser than he seems.
  • King Lear from the brochure

 

Those plays will be also broadcast live around the world:

RSC Live from the brochure

(images: copyright Royal Sakespeare Company, from the Winter brochure)

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This would be the right occasion to visit Stratford on Summer: celebrating the Bard myself and seeing Oliver on stage twice.

I’m also curious to see performing  live: What’s On Stage nominated him one of “11 faces to look out for in 2016“.

Let’s see what I can manage… I believe that Stratford will be much expensive during the whole year, but what a holiday this would be!

 

It is not enough to speak, but to speak true


Very nice and interesting interview with Jack Holden. I particularly like the suggestions to the amateurs! I just can’t wait to finally see Midsummer performed on stage, and in London at the Barbican!

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For the second of this blog’s seasonal specials I am thrilled to bring readers an interview with a member of the professional cast of A Play For The Nation. Jack Holden will be playing the role of Lysander, one of the four mixed up young lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Jack’s love of performing started at the age of 7 with a camcorder-recorded spoof of a popular children’s BBC show entitled ‘Bloop Eater’. He was born in Tonbridge, Kent in 1990 and was educated at the Judd School after which he was awarded a place at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2011. Since then he has never looked back and has played in a range of productions including a couple of highly praised one man plays and a previous season with the RSC. His last stage outing was as Hastings in the Theatre Royal, Bath…

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The RSC announced Professional Casting for Dream2016!


Today the RSC announced the Professional Casting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream tour 2016!

rsc.org.uk/press/releases/rsc-announces-professional-casting-for-a-midsummer-night-s-dream

I was waiting for it for a while. I had the intention to see it in any case, but seeing who’s in the cast…

“[…] Ayesha Dharker will take on the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies. […] Ayesha Dharker is joined by Jamie Cameron (Fairy); Lila Clements (Fairy); Lucy Ellinson (Puck); Aimee Gray (Fairy); Peter Hamilton Dyer (Egeus); Laura Harding (Hippolyta); Jack Holden (Lysander); Chris Nayak (Demetrius); Mercy Ojelade (Hermia); Chu Omambala (Oberon); Sam Redford (Theseus); Laura Riseborough (Helena); Isaac Ssebandeke (First Fairy); Alex Tomkins (Fairy) and Jon Trenchard (Philostrate). With further casting to be announced. […]

 

…I decided to book immediately for it at the Barbican Centre next May! It’s the venues I can reach more easily than others (see the list on their official site).

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I’m curious to know the further casting. Meanwhile, I couldn’t help to send tweets to @RSCDream2016 and to Jack Holden saying “Congratulations for the role!”

He posted this nice tweet (link to the original):

Jack on Dream2016

I saw this play only in a movie and I’m glad to be able to see a stage version, finally. Here some information on Lysander from another production, one of those characters I immediately like, who likes “Being rebellious & forbidden love” according to his profile.

Now I can’t wait to see it and to see the first pictures in rehearsals and then official!

I find very interesting that Puck is played by an actress. Looks like next 2016 could be my Shakesperian year!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation


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An event that will celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, 1616-2016.

The Royal Shakespeare Company some months ago announced:

<<A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK.

In 2016, the RSC and amateur companies around the UK take you on a very special Midsummer adventure with a unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The nation’s favourite Shakespeare play is performed as never before; magically intertwining professional and amateur actors, deep in an enchanted wood on Midsummer’s night. During its tour of the UK, catch the show in Stratford-upon-Avon and on tour around the UK where regional amateur groups will perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

On Midsummer’s Day we announced the 14 amateur companies from around the UK who will be joining us on our journey. Meet the Bottoms in our brand new trailer and visit the Dream 2016 website to get to know each company.

This is an arrangement developed between the RSC and Equity.
Supported by Arts Council England Cross-Border Touring Fund.>>

LINKS:

Dream 2016 Twitter account 

Instagram rscdream2016

Facebook Page RSCDream2016

SLOGANS:

<<In 2016, will take you on a special adventure with a production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream with professional & 14 amateur groups. Across the UK in 2016! dream2016.org.uk >>

<<Follow the journey of the 14 UK Amateur groups with this account and hashtag – let the fun beginning!>>

<<Oct 26 we’re asking everyone to design a fairy ‪#‎TheBigDraw‬ ‪#‎dream2016‬ We’re can’t wait to see your Fairy>>

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I love this logo with the donkey! It’s from the Dream 2016 site.

I’m keeping an eye on this event that sounds amazing! I never saw the play on stage, so this would be a good occasion to see it performed in such original way.

I still don’t have the cast list, but I will try to see it in London, if possible.

They also launched this other nice hashtag: people can draw their fairies and share them on Twitter and Instagram. They appears on the official site.

There are very beautiful drawings posted by their authors. And here’s my fairy I shared with them, “The Fairy of the Leaves“:

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TOUR:

(some tickets are not available, yet)

Newcastle Upon Tyne
Northern Stage
16 – 26 March 2016
Buy tickets

Glasgow
Citizens Theatre
29 March – 2 April 2016
Buy tickets

Blackpool
Grand Theatre
5 – 9 April 2016
Buy tickets

Bradford
Alhambra Theatre
12 – 16 April 2016
Buy tickets

Canterbury
Marlowe Theatre
19 – 23 April 2016
Buy tickets

Norwich
Theatre Royal
26 – 30 April
On sale late July

Nottingham
Theatre Royal
3 – 7 May 2016
Buy tickets

Truro
Hall for Cornwall
10 – 14 May 2016
On sale late September/early October

London
Barbican
17 – 21 May 2016
Priority Booking from Autumn 2015

Cardiff
New Theatre
24 – 28 May 2016
On sale late October/early November

Belfast
Grand Opera House
31 May – 4 June 2016
Buy tickets

TRAILERS & CLIPS:

Meet the Bottoms | A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation | RSC

July with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Just learned that this new version of Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was on stage 16 July – 19 July 2015 as part of Garsington Opera’s 2015 season.

http://www.garsingtonopera.org/our-season/a-midsummer-nights-dream/

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There will be other performances:

– Performances at the Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 22, 23, 24 July – book tickets at southbankcentre.co.uk

– Performances at Stratford-upon-Avon 26 July – book tickets at rsc.org.uk

Featuring three actors from the wonderful Oppenheimer cast:

Ross Armstrong plays Lysander
Hedydd Dylan plays Helena
Oliver Johnstone reprises in the role of Puck after having played him at the Open Air Theatre of  Regent’s Park in London in 2012 openairtheatre.com

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Here a five star review of the Garsington Opera performance:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review – orchestral manoeuvres in the park ***** theguardian.com

Anyway, from what I’m finding on Internet, this play divides critics: it’s getting from bad to 5 stars reviews….that’s very strange!

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Cast& Creatives list and their Twitter accounts:

Garsington Opera
Royal Shakespeare Company @TheRSC

Conductor Douglas Boyd @dougieboyd
Director Owen Horsley @OwenHorsley
Under the creative guidance of Gregory Doran
Designer Rosanna Vize @RLVize
Lighting Designer Caroline Burrell

Lysander Ross Armstrong
Helena Hedydd Dylan @hedusan
Egeus / Philostrate David Collings
Flute / Mustardseed Chris Lew Kum Hoi @ChrisLewKumHoi
Hermia Joan Iyiola
Puck Oliver Johnstone
Starvelling Jake Mann
Demetrius Simon Manyonda @SimonManyonda
Snout / Pease Blossom Chris Nayak @Chrisnayak
Oberon / Theseus David Rintoul
Quince / Moth Tim Speyer @TimothySpeyer
Bottom Forbes Masson  @forbesmasson
Titania / Hippolyta Marty Cruickshank
Snug / Cobweb Sophie Khan Levy @sophiekhanlevy
Soprano Soloist Anna Sideris
Mezzo-Soprano Soloist Catherine Backhouse @CathBackhouse

Garsington Opera Orchestra & Chorus

Sung and spoken in English.

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TRAILER OF THE SEASON AND GALLERY

 

What’s next for the wonderful Oppenheimer cast


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What’s next for the wonderful Oppenheimer cast?

John Heffernan

– he’s on TV with the BBC series “Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell” playing Henry Lascelles in all the 7 episodes –> IMDb.com

– he made also the first episode of “Luther” season 4, unknown role –> IMDb.com

– 3 episodes of the TV Mini-Series “Sons of Liberty” as Governor’s Aide –> IMDb.com

– and he’s the incoming movie “Eye in the Sky” as Major Harold Webb –> IMDb.com

Update 14 August 2015: he’ll return on stage in the title role of Macbeth at the Young Vic in London 26 December 2015- 16 January 2016 and UK Tour –> youngvic.org

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Catherine Steadman and Jack Holden

– they are together in the incoming production of “She Stoops To Conquer” at the Theatre Royal Bath, 1-18 July 2015 –> site theatreroyal.org.uk

– Jack plays Roland Pemberton in BBC Radio4 “Home Front“, too –> site bbc.co.uk and page on his character Roland Pemberton

No news on screen roles for the moment.

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Oliver Johnstone

– takes part to the RADA London Festival with the play “Young Bloods” in the role of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Gielgud Theatre, 25-26 June and 2 July 2015 –> site rada.ac.uk

– Update Summer 2015: he reprised the role of Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” UK Tour by The Royal Shakespeare Company

– is in the cast of “Teddy Ferrara” at the Donmar Warehouse (role not known yet) 01 October – 05 December 2015 –> site donmarwarehouse.com

No news on screen roles for the moment.

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 Ben Allen

Not sure yet on his next steps. The 13rd of May the Propeller Theatre Co tweetedWe are bringing Pocket Merchant to @ElectricTheatre 17th Sept. Tix are on sale #GuildfordFringe #Guildford” and posted a picture with Ben, I wonder if he will be in the cast again?? –> site propeller.org.uk (he was in a previous production)

No news on screen roles for the moment.

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Sandy Foster

– I think she’s working on the production of a play she wrote, pity I didn’t get more information about it, but she tweeted: 3 June and 8 June

No news on screen roles for the moment.

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Please share other news about them with me if you have!