John in Britten In Brooklyn reading


That would be amazing!

John Heffernan Actor

On February 17, two tweets announced that John Heffernan took part to a reading of Zoe Lewis’ new play Britten In Brooklyn!

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  “Fantastic reading of Zoe Lewis’ new play just now at the St. James Theatre.…

If you take a look to the list of cast and characters, it’s amazing! I must find out more!

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Imagine if Britten In Brooklyn becomes a long run play with John Heffernan as W.H.Auden (my favorite poet) and Samuel Barnett as Benjamin Britten (maybe the greatest musician on the XX Century), as in the reading!!! I’d book immediately!!

John and Wystan really have a great resemblance!

And I’m sure Samuel would be brilliant…

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Oh, damn you, London theatre!


It’s all member of the cast’ fault if I noticed almost last minute the musical The White Feather and, reading the synopsys, I had to book immediately!

The White Feather tweet

I’ve booked for this musical on Friday 16 October night, on their second last day of performances.

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So now my list of plays to see in London is: Teddy Ferrara (at least twice), The White Feather, The Bright And Bold Design plus one or two I will choose from the NTArchive.

I greatly appreciate the Union Theatre releases E-tickets, so I got it already! More theatres should do that!

The White Feather is a musical on the Great War, gender inequality and refers to homosexuality (that it seems was not unusual between WWI soldiers) – official site

The White Feather poster

<<This September, Arion Productions presents the world premiere of new British musical The White Feather at the Union Theatre.  It tells the story of Georgina Briggs whose brother was one of over 300 allied soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World War.  She won’t accept the shame and she won’t let it lie.  But as she fights for justice a shocking discovery awaits her.  

Memorials to the soldiers who fought and died in the Great War grace almost every town and village but 306 names are conspicuous by their absence – the men who were executed by their own side. Some were deserters and others were condemned for putting down their weapons in the course of battle but many were suffering from what we know now as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The White Feather tells the story of one soldier and his sister’s lifelong fight for a posthumous pardon. It also encounters the issues of homosexuality and gender inequality at the turn of the century. With powerful songs and a storyline with a twist, this production has a sharp emotional intensity generated by words and music.>>

 

I’m searching the Twitter accounts of cast&creatives:

CAST

Willows: Christopher Blades

Edith: Katie Brennan

Adam Davey: David Flynn

Brown/Edward: Zac Hamilton

Emma Cardinall: Cameron Leigh

Georgina Briggs: Abigail Matthews

Harry Briggs: Adam Pettigrew

Hannah Fisher: Kathryn Rutherford

Peter Arthurs: Lee Dillon Stuart

CREATIVES

THE WHITE FEATHER: By Ross Clark

Directed & Developed: Andrew Keates

Book: Ross Clark and Andrew Keates

Music & Lyrics: Ross Clark

Additional Songs: Matthew Strachan

Arrangements: Dustin Conrad & Martin Coslett

Costume Designer: Natasha Prynne

Designer: Tim McQuillen-Wright

Lighting Designer: Neill Brinkworth

Musical Director: Dustin Conrad

Producer: Arion Productions Ltd

Sound Designer: James Nicholson

Stage Manager: Chuck Deer

Voice Coach: Sarah Stephenson

ACCOUNTS

The Union Theatre

The White Feather

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The Royal Court annonced new season and I booked for Hangmen


Royal Court new season

17 July – The Royal Court annonced their new season on Twitter:

We have announced the casting for our new Autumn season. Take a look here:

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as soon as the booking online opened, I immediately booked for “Hangmen” 19 September matinee!

http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/hangmen

Hangmen 19Sep matinee

 

It will be my 3rd time at the Royal Court, after “Haunted Child” in 2012 and “The Low Road” in 2013.

I already saw Johnny Flynn at the as protagonist of “The Low Road” and I wanted to see Reece Shearsmith on stage for long time, so I couldn’t miss the occasion! David Morrissey is a great extra bonus! I’m curious on the other members of the cast, too!

 

Today I also voted for the Royal Court as my favorite theatre at the “Time Out Theatre Awards 2015“: I hope they win!

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HANGMEN, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Storyline: ‘I’m just as good as bloody Pierrepoint’  – In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.

‘Don’t worry. I may have my quirks but I’m not an animal. Or am I? One for the courts to discuss.’

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Hangmen cast includes (in alphabetical order and Twitter accounts):

Josef Davies as Hennessy,

James Dryden as Clegg,

Johnny Flynn  as Mooney,

Graeme Hawley as Bill,

Ralph Ineson as Inspector Fry,

Bronwyn James as Shirley,

David Morrissey as Harry,

Ryan Pope as Charlie,

Sally Rogers as Alice,

Simon Rouse as Arthur

and Reece Shearsmith as Syd.

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Creatives:

Martin McDonagh Writer,

Matthew Dunster Director,

Anna Fleischle @AnnaFleischle Design,

Joshua Carr Lighting,

Ian Dickinson Sound,

Royal Court Theatre @royalcourt.

 

 

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The Sum Of Us announced on stage


I could have found another interesting play to see during my September holiday!

The Sum Of Us has been announced today at the Above The Stag Theatre!!

TheSumOfUs poster

I found sweet the Australian movie and the sensitive performance by Russell Crowe and his tender relationship with his father! So I’m tempted to book for this play, too!

Created by David Stevens, directed by Gene David Kirk – “A hit Off-Broadway and later a film starring Russell Crowe, this play by gifted Australian writer Stevens explores the volatile relationship between an ageing widower and his gay son. After meeting in a local pub, Jeff and a young gardener, Greg, hit it off and begin to date. When he meets Jeff’s stubborn, opinionated Dad however, Greg begins to back off. Meanwhile Dad too has a new flame: a woman he met through a dating service. Put off by Jeff’s homosexuality, prosaic Joyce too pulls away just before a surprising and poignant ending.” – 9 September – 4 October 2015 –> site: abovethestag.com – Facebook page: abovethestagtheatre – Twitter account: @abovethestag