It’s Dream 2016 opening night!!


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


00 dream2016 is nearly here

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!

Notes From The Bottom

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 Professor on Stage


This is a very lovely blog post on the late Rossi Lomanitz, with refer to the play “Oppenheimer”.

David Lee Summers' Web Journal

This last week, I was surfing the internet when I came across references to a play called Oppenheimer put on by the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. One of the characters in the play was J. Robert Oppenheimer’s young protg, Giovanni Rossi Lomanitz. Thing is, Ross Lomanitz was one of my professors at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Here he is as I knew him.

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Huffington Post UK has a review of the play, which also includes a photo of actor Oliver Johnstone as Ross.

I took Modern Physics from Ross during my sophomore year. Not only that, but I met my wife in his class. A few years later, Ross’s wife Josephine would be one of the musicians at our wedding. Of course Ross was there as well. In addition to that Modern Physics class, I went on to take both undergraduate and graduate level quantum…

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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.

The White Feather 16 ott

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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Young Vic new season 2016


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Great news. The Young Vic today announced on Twitter the 2016 season and added a week to Macbeth: 26 November 2015 – 23 January 2016, before it goes on tour in UK!

https://youngviclondon.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/just-announced-yv-2016-season/

I immediately waited in their “waiting room” (I was 102 in queue!) and finally got a very good seat for Saturday 23 January matinee!

Since I recently had to take the appointment to renew my driving licence in Italy and they chose the 15 of January (of course!!!), fearing I couldn’t arrive in time for the 16 January matinee in London, I booked for ‪the last week and found already someone who will take the 16Jan ticket. Satisfied…as I told, I can’t miss a perfornan!

Macbeth ticket 23 Jan