I’ve booked for two plays in Stratford!


I couldn’t resist, even if I’ve still to plan everything else and I’m not even sure if I can make it!

But tickets are selling fast and I was afraid to miss the occasion to see two plays by William Shakespeare in his birthplace the year of the celebration of Shakespeare 400 (400 years since his death), or to find none or bad seats last minute! Those I’ve bought in stalls seem quite good.

And I’ve never seen Cymbeline, so it was worth to book for it and King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Company, with very interesting cast performing in both the plays!

It will be also a good occasion to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon for the first time. It looks gorgeous from the pictures!

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Cymbeline  http://www.rsc.org.uk/cymbeline/ 29 April – 15 October 2016 – hashtag #RSCCymbeline

King Lear  http://www.rsc.org.uk/king-lear/  20 August -15 October 2016 – hashtag #RSCKingLear



In protest: too few nominations for Oppenheimer!


I look back in… anger!

I can’t find an explanation on why Oppenheimer is not getting recognition from the theatreland: time goes by and some important awards on season 2015-2016, after just few months, seem to have forgotten how beautiful, gripping, entertaining and ridiculously well performed this play was, giving preference to latest productions and, even more irritating, to more famous – not necessarily more deserving – actors! Not talking about the fact that musicals seem to steal attention everywhere.

I’m so disappointed that any other nomination for other good plays I saw last year didn’t take me at all and I know is not nice from me, I should be happy for them and support them all, but I can’t help it!

I’m so so happy Catherine Steadman got her Olivier Awards nomination, of course! It’s amazing but I shouldn’t be surprised: she really deserved that!

I know there were little chances that any of the other supporting actors could get a nomination, they were all at the same good level, so it would be hard to choose between them, but they could get one as Ensemble, at least! How could be possible they didn’t?

No noms for Best New Play, Direction, Music, Sound, Set Design, Light Design either! I would give it a nom even for Choreography for the dynamic movements the cast made on stage, even if it wasn’t a ballet nor a musical!

And Oppenheimer got very good 4* and 5* reviews from many important magazines and blogs and it’s a fact that it was requested by the audience of London, after the run in Stratford-Upon-Avon and was sold-out in several dates. Both the Trailers made as adv for the two cities would deserve an award, too, expecially the first one in black&white.

Are theatrical awards’ juries blind or too posh to reward it, I wonder?

But, even more absurd and unfair, the wonderful John Heffernan has been ignored for his performance as Robert J. Oppenheimer! He’s a performer of great sensitivity and dedication, he got the play on his shoulders, I’ve never seen an actor so taken by a role like him at the end of the play! He totally blew me away! What an amazing actor!

Yesterday and even today, I read many tweets of other people disappointed by the lack of nominations for Oppenheimer and Heffernan, so I’m not the only one who’s gutted!

I know awards shouldn’t matter, as you can read in this conversation:

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and that those actors and creatives who worked in Oppenheimer will stay in the audience’s hearts forever (I suspect the cast itself had great fun doing it), and – again – I’m aware anyone can say that about their own favorite play or musical, but I’m still convinced this particular one should deserve awards like rain! I wouldn’t have seen this play four times in eight days, if I wasn’t totally taken by it! It never happened before and I will never regret it! You can read my review there. It’s a pity it wasn’t recorded for streaming or disks!

Anyway, at least let’s root for:

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2016 nominees

Fingers crossed for both the nominations!

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You can have your say writing me a comment below.

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It’s Dream 2016 opening night!!


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Finally Dream 2016 opens in Stratford-Upon-Avon tonight!!


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GADGETS! (images copyright of The RSC)

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I follow A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2016: A Play For The Nation on Twitter for the very beginning! They wrote their progress every day for months. It has been very interesting following their steps from the announcement to the last tweets with the trailer, through clips and pictures of the rehearsals.

I was interested to see it already, since I find amazing a project that involves a whole nation, and so far I saw only screen version of the play, I still have to see it on stage! I’m also intrigued by the fact that they set it in the ’40s of 1900, so it’s a modern version of Midsummer.

But then the cast was announced and it was even more exciting! As I’ve I said already here and here, it will be a pleasure to see Jack Holden on stage again, playing Lysander, one of the four lovers. Not talking about a female Puck, played by Lucy Ellinson! And, as you can well see from this clip on the rehearsals, also the other members of the cast look very nice, like Ayesha Dharker who plays Titania.

It looks so poetic and intriguing already! In the play there will be different Bottoms in each city of the tour and lot of fairies who will sing and dance, plus students from schools involved in this big project. They rehearsed in their free time, like on the evenings, to be ready for the great event, they deserve a great applause! And to get in touch with every amateur group, the staff used video conferences, laptops and so on. People of different age and background were involved. It’s going to be something we have never seen before.

There’s the interesting blog by John Chapman, who will play Bottom in London at the Barbican, talking about working in the play, with pictures from the rehearsals: https://bottomdream16.wordpress.com/

There are artists, too, in the team. Jon Trenchard for example makes wonderful mini castles 1:12 scale, with materials like cereal packet and pencils. Take a look to his amazing blog: http://miniaturecastle.blogspot.it/

Watch Alex Tomkins, a member of the cast, introducing the fellow professional actors in the clip “Rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation | Royal Shakespeare Company” during rehearsals at Northern Stage, Newcastle.

And watch the trailer: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation from The RSC YouTube channel:

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Here a rehearsal gallery from The RSC Facebook page. Photos by Topher McGrillis.

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I’ve started a list on Twitter with the cast&creatives, here all the accounts I could find so far, some don’t seem to have one:

OFFICIAL ACCOUNTS

Dream 2016

The Royal Shakespeare Company

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VENUES

Stratford-Upon-Avon February 17, 2016 – March 5, 2016 – Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Newcastle Upon Tyne 16 – 26 March 2016 – Northern Stage

Glasgow 29 March – 2 April 2016 – Citizens Theatr

Blackpool 5 – 9 April 2016 – Grand Theatre

Bradford 12 – 16 April 2016 – Alhambra Theatre

Canterbury 19 – 23 April 2016 – Marlowe Theatre

Norwich 26 – 30 April – Theatre Royal

Nottingham 3 – 7 May 2016 – Theatre Royal

Truro 10 – 14 May 2016 – Hall for Cornwall

London 17 – 21 May 2016 – Barbican     I’ve booked for this venue, Saturday 21 May matinee!!

Cardiff 24 – 28 May 2016 – New Theatre

Belfast 31 May – 4 June 2016 – Grand Opera House

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CAST&CREATIVES

The Professional:

Bottoms:

Others:

  • Fiona Galloway plays Snout in Stratford & Bradford
  • Alex Powell plays Flute

All amateur groups

And:

 

Creatives:

Feel free to correct me if I wrote anything wrong or to add more members and information.

Now I can’t wait for the production pictures and to see it in London!

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AUDIO

Listen to The Common Lot on RNorfolk talking A Midsummer Night’s Dream: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03gsyk0?platform=hootsuite scroll to 3:39

How TheRSC is using tech to rehearse Rude Mechanicals across UK for RSCdream2016: https://audioboom.com/boos/4192924-is-all-our-company-here

 

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I want to espress all my admiration for this great team! Break a leg everyone involved!

Let’s the journey begin!!

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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
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Glasgow
Citizens Theatre
29 March – 2 April 2016
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Blackpool
Grand Theatre
5 – 9 April 2016
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Bradford
Alhambra Theatre
12 – 16 April 2016
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Canterbury
Marlowe Theatre
19 – 23 April 2016
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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
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TRAILERS & CLIPS:

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