It’s never too much for a theatregoer!


What I’ve booked for from September to January. It’s never too much for a theatregoer! I’m so excited, even for “War Horse“, which I saw already!

I’m glad to see Ben Whishaw, Oliver Johnstone and John Heffernan on stage again. Can’t wait to see some others for the first time: Bertie Carvel, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Johnson, Dan Parr, Reece Sheersmith, David Morrissey, Sally Messham, Laura Roger, Luke Newberry, Anna Maxwell Martin and others.

I’ve great expectations on the three LGBT plays “The Sum Of Us“, “Tipping The Velvet” and “Teddy Ferrara“, which feature young cast mostly.

And, despite I tried hard to…. resist, I HAD to book for “Macbeth” in January, because since “Oppenheimer” I realized I can’t miss a “perfornan” (aka a John Heffernan’s performance). My notebook is ready for my notes!

Last but not least, I’ve great expectations for 2016: I wish so much one actor announces his next stage role….but, shhht, I can’t talk….(yet).

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A bit of Heffernan a day!


Not only he was brilliant reading “Iliad” for the Almeida Theatre and the British Museum on Friday, 14 August 2015, as part of a cast of 60 performers along the day (tweets), talking with his lovely voice and moving hands in his own peculiar, fascinating way (a detail I loved so much in his wonderful “Oppenheimer” performance, too).

Iliad

John Heffernan was also announced to play the title role in the incoming production of “Macbeth” at the Young Vic Theatre and Anna Maxwell Martin will play Lady Macbeth, from 26 November 2015 to 16 January 2016 http://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/macbeth before transferring to Birmingham REP (26 to 30 January 2016) and HOME in Manchester (Tue 2 – Sat 6 February 2016).

The cast also includes Mark Ebulue, Thomasin Gulgeç, Ira Siobhan Mandela, Ana Beatriz Meireles, Prasanna Puwanarajah & Clemmie Sveaas.

I’m so excited for this news, as Macbeth is one of the greatest play Shakespeare wrote and I would really like to see it with such fine cast! *sighs*

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Here the official picture of Macbeth:

Macbeth, Young Vic Promo, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson

Macbeth, Young Vic Promo, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson

Read about the full 2015/16 season: http://www.youngvic.org/get-in-touch/press

 

Bakkhai cast


Bakkhai

I’m a bit in late, but I want to share the cast for Almeida Theatre‘s Almeida Greeks “Bakkhai” announced in June on What’s On Stage:

<<Ben Whishaw makes his Almeida debut as Dionysos,

Bertie Carvel returns to the venue as Pentheus,

Kevin Harvey,

the chorus will include Amiera Darwish, Eugenia Georgieva, Kaisa Hammarlund, Helen Hobson, Hazel Holder, Melanie La Barrie, Elinor Lawless, Catherine May, Louise Mills and Belinda Sykes.

According to press material:

Pentheus has banned the wild, ritualistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. Euripides’ electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god.

Design is by Antony McDonald, with light by Peter Mumford, sound by Paul Arditti, composition by Orlando Gough and musical direction by Lindy Tennent-Brown. Choreography is by Jonathan Burrows and Gillie Kleiman. Casting is by Anne McNulty.

Bakkhai, which will use a new version of Euripides’ text by Anne Carson, runs from 23 July to 19 September 2015.>>

I started to follow those I found on Twitter and made a list of them.

Read about Week Three of rehearsals for Bakkhai

What I will see in London next Autumn


Now that the cast lists are updated every day, I’m even more happy to have booked for these plays in London, because of the actors mostly, but also because of the storylines! I’m also glad to see three plays LGBT related.

From 15 to 19 September:

24 October and around:

BAKKHAI: I booked because of Ben Whishaw mostly, but despite I’m more fond of new writings, I’m curious to see this piece from ancient theatre and it will be a pleasure to come back at the Almeida, after “Our Town“, it got a peculiar stage I liked much. And some days ago it was announced that actor Bertie Carvel has joined the cast. I’m liking him as one of the two protagonists in “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” on BBC One, so he’s one more reason to be satisfied for the ticket. Just in time!

HAMLET: first, it’s my second favorite Shakespeare’s play. Then, when it was announced Benedict Cumberbatch as protagonist, I couldn’t miss the occasion to see him on stage, because he’s the British’s national treasure these years and he impressed me in some roles, most of all his modern “Sherlock”. Then as it was announced some days ago, some interesting actors have joined the cast. Ciarán Hinds, a good Irish screen actor, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who I liked in “The Low Road” at the Royal Court. Then, the wonderful Karl Johnson in the role of Ghost of Hamlet’s father, which makes me happy because I wanted to see him on stage from ages! I’m pleased also the young actor Dan Parr, who played the sweet but bold Charlie Dawlish, one of the “Lucky 13” in “The Crimson Field“, will play Barnardo. With him, I saw two elements of the cast from that wonderful series on stage. I find great the poster with the children.

WAR HORSE: I’m going to see this wonderful play for the second time, courtesy of “War Horse On Stage”, with a new cast! There’s always a good reason to see it. It’s such a beautiful production!

TIPPING THE VELVET: when I read the news on Twitter, I booked immediately for it even if even today the cast hasn’t been announced, yet! Having little hope that Rachael Stirling, Sally Hawkins or Anna Chancellor would reprise three roles which gave them celebrity in the TV series, as someone suggested (despite I’d love it), I think this would work brilliantly on stage and it’s from the same director of Hamlet, Lyndsey Turner, who’s much admired into the London theatreland. Last but not least, finally a play on women in love, with almost all female characters. They should make more productions like this! They’re such teasers: I can’t wait to know who’s in the cast. I hope something great this way comes!

TEDDY FERRARA: several good reasons, again, brought me to buy a ticket. I was lucky to find one because seats are selling fast from yesterday. First, a Twitter friend annunced me the Donmar new season was out and that it would make me happy. In fact, “Oppenheimer” actor Oliver Johnstone, I’m keeping an eye on for some months, is in the cast. I’m glad he got two more stage roles after Oppie (unfortunately I will not able to see him playing Napoleon for RADA Festival) but I’m not surprised! Then, I read the name of Luke Newberry in the list! He was terrific in the TV series “In The Flesh” playing a gay zombie and I’m even more happy to see him on stage for the first time! Then the plot: it’s on some gay lads at college, freely inspired by a sad true story, written by the American playwright Christopher Shinn. I’ve great expectations on it! And finally I’m going to see a play at the Donmar Warehouse!!! I haven’t had the occasion, yet!

EDWARD II: if I’m able, I wanna take an appointment with the “National Theatre Archive” to see this play, featuring the wonderful John Heffernan in the main role, who I greatly appreciated in “Oppenheimer” and these days in “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” as Lascelles. This is also a classic which unfortunately I wasn’t able to see when it was on in London.

I will take notes and I will write my reports on all these plays! Only one takes place in modern days (Teddy Ferrara), the others in old ages.

I haven’t booked my holidays, yet, so who knows if something more will be announced before September comes? And I’m still deciding for other plays announced…