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
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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

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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!

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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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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!

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Tickets!


The Donmar Warehouse is well organized indeed! Yesterday morning I got my paper ticket for “Teddy Ferrara” by mail, October 24 should come so fast!

Teddy Ferrara ticket

I also appreciate theatres that manage e-tickets. I’ve booked for “The Car Man” by Matthew Bourne at the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna for “Ravenna Festival 2015” for Sunday 5 July matinee and I immediately got it by email.

The Car Man ticket

This is going to be another great year seeing theatre!