Principal cast announced for Tipping The Velvet!

Principal cast announced by Lyric Hammersmith for Tipping The Velvet!

Sally Messham plays the protagonist Nan Astley and Laura Rogers is Kitty Butler.

Sally Messham  Laura Rogers

I haven’t seen these young actresses on stage, yet, but the first official pictures of Sally in the main role are charming!

(copyright Lyric Hammersmith)

Rehearsals have started today!


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.


There will be other performances:

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

– Performances at Stratford-upon-Avon 26 July – book tickets at

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


Here a five star review of the Garsington Opera performance:

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

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!


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.




She Stoops To Conquer reviews

She Stoops 00

First pictures and reviews for the play “She Stoops To Conquer” with the wonderful Catherine Steadman @CatSteadman and Jack Holden @jackholdenactor I liked much in “Oppenheimer”.

Gallery from Theatre Royal Bath official site:



She Stoops 01 Steadman as Kate Hardcastle is lovingly devious.


She Stoops 02 Steadman also puts in a fine turn as Kate Hardcastle“.

. Hardcastle – a sparkling portrayal by Catherine Steadman – pretends to be a barmaid to cure and catch him.


listomaniabath.comThe play is less a vehicle for social comment than an opportunity for comedy, and all is resolved satisfactorily when Kate (well played by Catherine Steadman) reveals that she has deigned to stoop from her social postion to that of barmaid (calm, this was first produced in 1773) to conquer her man.

Fingers crossed to the cast & creatives for tonight’s Press Night in Bath!

10 July, more reviews: The Times gives it 3 stars, but you need a subscription to read the article.

thepublicreviews.comCatherine Steadman is outstanding as the vivacious and independent Kate, while Charlotte Brimble makes an engaging Constance. Hubert Burton and Jack Holden are a suitably arrogant-yet-lovable double act as Marlow and Hastings“. Review: She Stoops to Conquer, Theatre Royal Bath (with a nice gallery). works up a head of steam by the madhouse second-half, though, as London rakes Marlow and Hastings, played in Jeeves and Wooster fashion by Hubert Burton and Jack Holden, […] and his daughter Kate, made delightfully feminine by Catherine Steadman, as the serving girl. What’s On Stage review. to go far too, Catherine Steadman switches likeably and effortlessly between cool, high-born Kate and her warm, West Country alter-ego. […] There’s spirited support from […] Jack Holden as the hoity-toity Hastings“.

(to be continued…)