My London-Stratford-London diary!


My London-Stratford-London diary in pictures!

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Everything began last January, when I noticed these two tweets by the theatre expert Terry Paddock:

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I booked as soon as I could manage a new holiday, I wouldn’t have missed the occasion, even if the two plays got an alternate schedule and I had to think about my booking accurately! RSC Oppenheimer’s actor Oliver Johnstone (an actor I’m following for some time) was going to play two opposite characters, one good person and one villain, Edgar and Iachimo. Edgar is my favourite character in King Lear! While I was new to Cymbeline, we didn’t have it in our bookcase, yet, so I bought the book in double language and read it.

I know that isn’t very popular to say so, but I immediately liked the cheeky Iachimo on paper, more than Posthumus, Imogen’s soulmate. I have the impression that William Shakespeare himself didn’t root for this love story, while the sneaky bedroom scene is maybe the best one he wrote in the whole play.

I don’t like Cymbeline (and his wife and step-son) either, another selfish king in the Bard’s long bibliography, who causes his own ruin, as often happens in Shakespeare. While Imogen is lovely and bold, as well as her servant Pisanio, Belarius and his two sons, who are actually the king’s sons. I found the gender changes in the RSC production intriguing.

I also liked the idea of seeing the two plays in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, on the year of the 400th anniversary of his death. I hadn’t visited the city before.

Since I had to travel via London and to stay a few nights there, I took a look to some more plays to watch.

So, here my diary of that new UK adventure.


TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

I went to London via Bologna airport. The day was splendid in Italy, so I could see the surface of my beautiful country from above! I was particularly impressed by the shapes of the San Luca mountain near Bologna and of the Lake of Garda! Pity I didn’t think to take photos, but maybe I enjoyed the view better, with my mp3 player on. While, approaching the UK, the weather went cloudy.

At Heathrow, I changed my booking with two train tickets to Stratford. At my hotel on middle afternoon, I had only to wait for the night to come.

Hobson’s Choice, the play with Martin Shaw and Bryan Dick (an actor I admire and I want to see on stage whenever I’m able) in its cast, was announced at the Vaudeville Theatre after the UK tour. I booked for it on that first night in London. It was a very enjoyable show, I wrote my report there. It was great to be back at that gorgeous theatre to see it!

It was also a real pleasure to meet Bryan Dick at the stage door after the show: he was very lovely, hugged me and signed my programme with a nice dedication! He writes my name right, that’s even nicer! Not common in my experience, haha!


WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

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On the morning, I had an appointment with the National Theatre Archive to see a recording of War Horse, before to go to Stratford. I saw the 2013 and 2015 cast at the New London Theatre already, but consulting the archive online, I noticed they had some recordings of previous cast. At home in Italy, I exchanged some emails with a member of the staff: I asked her if it was possible to watch it again, with Luke Treadaway or Jack Holden in the role of Albert Narracott. It looked like it was possible, she told me I could watch the one with Holden, plus I could consult the script and the programme. I was very happy! I saw some scenes with the actor on the NT 50th DVD and in the 2012 trailer and I was curious to see that performance!

So scheduling my holiday, I posponed for some hours Stratford while booking and I decided to take an appointment at the NTA for that morning. But once at the archive, the woman apologized she thought I could watch the one I wanted, but the NTA put away those recordings, so only the newest are now available to watch there. I was disappointed, but I didn’t protest… too much. The recording was the 2013 one with Sion Daniel Young as Albert, so I decided to watch it again, also because I loved Ian Shaw’s performance as Friedrich Müller. But the programme was the 2015 one, so I didn’t consult it, as I have it at home. I don’t blame the NTA, though. I saw some great recordings, there, so I can’t complain.

Once I left the NTA, I took a walk along The Cut, because it was a bit too early to get to the train station. So I took this photo of the Young Vic, in appreciation of them putting these two flags on their balcony:

I had my train for Stratford on early afternoon. At Marylebone, a poster of Cymbeline was waiting for me:

Cymbeline's poster, Marylebone station, London

Cymbeline’s poster, Marylebone station, London

It was the first time I was on train in UK, if we don’t consider the one I took sometimes from Gatwick to London, so I was excited but worried at the same time I could take the wrong train or do something wrong changing it at Leamington Spa. But getting to Stratford was quite easy and I arrived around five o’clock.

I found my b&b Stretton House the office of tourism suggested me by email, a lovely house not too far from the station and the theatres. The owner was very welcoming and gave me a map of Stratford, explaining me the best way to get to the RSC theatres and Shakespeare’s famous places. It was good, I should remember not to trust entirely the Google maps I print, it’s better to ask to hotel’s owners!

I took a walk to the theatres and I was immediately taken by the modern/ancient building from far!

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I visited the bookshop of the RSC and bought the two programmes in advance. I also noticed some stuff I would have liked to buy the following days.

The first of the two plays with Oliver Johnstone, King Lear, was taking place that night.

It’s hard to say if I was more curious to see Oliver playing Edgar, a wonderful character, or Iachimo, the sneaky Italian, a fellow countryman of mine then, who tries to seduce the chaste Imogen. I can say he performed both the men in a wonderful way!

But let’s tell things in order.

On the night, I was sitting at my place inside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It was a very good seat at one side of the stage, on the front row. I didn’t dare to take a photo, but the atmosphere was exciting. A full report on the play will be posted there soon. The whole cast was terrific! The RSC always chooses well!

After the show, I wanted to meet Oliver at the stage door to say congratulations to him for the wonderful performance, but also to tell him I was going to see Cymbeline the day after. That because I read the cast speak Italian, French and Latin in the play, so I wanted to see if he could say any comment about it, knowing I was Italian.

He was very nice and asked me from which part of Italy I came. Then he exuberantly explained that Iachimo is from Siena, while I replied I thought he was from Rome (I didn’t remember that detail from the book). I also told him that I wanted to see him playing such opposite characters and he told me that, yes, they are two very different roles to play, but he finds it stimulating.

I thought that Oliver’s performance was very physical and reminded me of a figure from a painting of Caravaggio. I was right, as later, browsing the programme, I found a page mentioning the painter!

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I had a great night.


THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER

After a delicious English Breakfast, on the morning I decided to visit Shakespeare’s grave first. It was due to pay homage to the Bard!

With my precious map on my hands, I reached the Holy Trinity Church, a beautiful church with original Gothic architecture. Photos were allowed, so I could take several pictures inside and outside. It was a great emotion to me to be there! Here the gallery with the description:

Outside the historical complex, the garden overlooks the Avon river and the view is stunning. You can see the RST tower from far. I took a walk along the river through a passage in the party wall. Definitely, this city is still focused on Shakespeare, as you can see from the gallery (see the pavillion’s photos, for example):

In my walk, I found by chance the famous The Other Place, the RSC mentions often on Twitter and I wanted to visit. I bet that, if I was looking for it on purpose, I wouldn’t have find it so soon! I liked that place. If I only think that inside there rehealsals take place!!

They use the walls as a glorious gallery of the RSC productions, so I couldn’t help taking pictures. You’ll see why:

I also had a delicious cappuccino at the bar.

Then, I continued my tour along the river and around the RST. I had the whole morning.

I took some stuff for my theatre collection at the bookshop and then I came back to the b&b to get ready for the other play, Cymbeline. You can well see why I wanted this calendar…I don’t think I’ll move the page any further, when I’ll find the one with Oppie….

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There, a bad news: my mobile didn’t charge! Gosh. I had just the time to text my friend Chris time and place for our appointment on the evening, before the battery abandoned me.

I run to be at the theatre in time for Cymbeline. This time, I had a seat in front of the stage, first row. I was very curious to see if detractors of the play were right. They weren’t. Apparently we saw a different show. I greatly enjoyed the play, it was dynamic and funny, played not in a classic way. A full report on the play will be posted there soon.

Meeting Oliver at the stage door again, he smiled at me and told he hoped his Italian was okay and looked glad that I thought so. I can’t talk for French people and I didn’t study Latin, but I think that he did well. Actually, he spoke the best Italian in the cast and I told him so. I have to admit I didn’t understand some lines from the others actors during the scenes taking place in Rome and I had to read subtitles in English on screen, oops! But it was just the languages, because I really enjoyed all the performances!

I would have liked to ask Oliver how he manages two different performances day after day and where did he learn Italian and French, but I felt silly and I left him with his acting secrets.

He also asked me when I was going back to Italy and if I planned to see other plays in London. I replied that I had booked for Pride And Prejudice and Groundhog Day, he told me he was hoping to see GDay, too, once in London. Unless he saw the play on one of the last two Sundays, I’m sorry he will be disappointed, as the play ended last Monday, 19 September! I didn’t notice, or maybe I could have told him. What a pity for him, that musical was great!

I also got the occasion to ask for the autograph to the lovely Bethan Cullinane, I told her I loved her performance and that she and Oliver were my favorite in the cast. She said me smiling that they went to the acting school together, so I told her that I knew that last Summer they made together Young Bloods, a RADA play about Waterloo, too.

They both cheered my day up! Cheeky me, I looked for these two actors at the stage door only, as I think they stole the play.

I was in Stratford just for a short holiday, it’s a pity I could see each play only once, I’d need to focus on details! Who knows if I can make the London season at the Barbican, but looks like tickets are selling fast! So I hope that the RSC will edit the two plays on DVD, next year!

I will always regret I didn’t make an effort and didn’t go to Stratford before, to see Oppenheimer at the Swan Theatre! I found Stratford and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre gorgeous and I greatly miss them already!

On the evening, I had an appointment with Chris, an English friend I met through Twitter. We had dinner together at the RST restaurant. It was a lovely way to end the day. Courses were delicious and a pleasure for the eyes.

I found bizzarre the changes that have been made inside the building, as Chris explained me. They left just three seats on the wall to show where the old circle of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre ended. And posters.

After dinner, we walked around to see the city by night. Chris suggested me a shop where I could ask to check my phone in the morning. Pity I couldn’t take photos of Stratford by night, as my camera card was full already and I couldn’t use the phone. The atmosphere outside Shakespeare’s house was magic.


FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

Another lovely English Breakfast. I had my train for London around 5 pm, but I had to renounce to visit to some Stratford places as I planned, for I had to fix my phone problems and I couldn’t leave my luggage at the b&b for more than few hours, as they apologized they had a last-minute commitment on the afternoon. So I took another long walk through the city, but it was nice.

Then I stayed around the RSC theatres and I sat on Ian Richardson’s bench. What a honour!

But I had enough time to visit the RSC’s free exhibition “WELL SAID, Favourite Shakespeare Quotes” inside the RST. Lines by Shakespeare were chosen by actors, like Ayesha Dharker, Hiran Abeysekera and Paapa Essiedu and inspired new artworks made by some artists.

After that, walking around the ground floor, I noticed that big photo Tom Morton-Smith tweeted about some months ago. Looks like at the RSC are still proud of that wonderful performance by John Heffernan! Oppie is still there! I can’t blame them!

I didn’t want to leave the RSC palace too soon, so I decided to have another lovely cappuccino and a slice of cake at the bar. The British now how to prepare them!

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Later, I visited the Guild Chapel, another amazing Gothic church in the city. There are some ancient affrescos in need for restoration, so they’re collecting money. I really hope they can make it.

And around the city there still are some amazing buildings of the time of Shakespeare, fortunately the city saved fro the passing of time. Is part of their cultural heritage, no?

I would have liked to stay in Stratford more days, but I had to leave. I took some last photos at the train station.

I had no plays to see in London in the evening, so I enjoyed an episode of Law & Order: UK on TV. It’s always a pleasure to see James Steel on screen!


SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

I started my day going to The Cut again. In my schedule, I didn’t think I could excange my ticket for Groundhog Day at the Old Vic on Wednesday. Oh well, it was also an occasion to do my ritual: walking along the Southwark, which for me is like throwing a coin into the Fontana Di Trevi to get back to Rome!

Waiting for the Old Vic’s box office to open, I went to the bar of the Young Vic, where I know they do a good cappuccino. It was fun, because the barman asked me if I was there for an audition. Haha! I told him that I wished I was! Then he asked me if I was seeing Yarma, but no, unfortunately.

I took my ticket for GDay and then I went to the Southbank. Everytime, I have to go inside the National Theatre for their bookshop, where I bought a copy of The Stage, and then inside the BFI, where I use to visit the exhibition they set on the mezzanine. This time it was “Recent acquisitions to BFI special collection“. I took with me a programme of the incoming Film Festival, too. I wish I could have attended to it.

I was nervous and excited for the afternoon. I was going ot the Open Air Theatre for the first time, to see Pride And Prejudice, but the weather was cloudy, so I feared it could rain. I was right. As I wrote in my report there, I was able to see just few minutes of it, then the staff interrupted the play! I was so disappointed! For the second time in that holiday, I couldn’t see a play I planned to see!! I just took some photos around.

But I took consolation on the evening, as Groundhog Day was indoors and very enjoyable! My report there.


SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

A brief visit to the British Library to buy a present for one of my two brothers, who celebrated his birthday the day after.

And then, on my way back to Italy, sigh. End of another great holiday! Looks always too short to me! Haha!

I hope you liked the gallery, I had to share how beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon is!

Perhaps this diary matters just to me, really…

I took many other photos, but I posted here just the more interesting.

Bye bye!

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What Bryan Dick is rehearsing


Nice, talented and – of course – handsome stage/screen actor Bryan Dick is working hard!

It started with a mysterious tweet on January 25, 2016:

First day of rehearsals. Nervous as always. What a weird job I have.

So I asked him “Hey! Can I ask what are you rehearsing? Don’t worry! You do well!

No answer.

But yesterday actress Kate Sisson liked some of our tweets regarding Bryan’s hair (here, here and here) the actor liked himself :D, so I took a look to her timeline and finally I found out one play he’s going to do, a musical actually!

@StilesandDrewe wrote: “# – book by Julian Fellowes starring dir. Rachel Kavanaugh 14 July-3 Sept

Half A Sixpence poster

I was so excited that I immediately tweeted: “Oh my, here what @bryandick is rehearsing!!! Congrats!” – here the link I found on Chichester Theatre’s website: cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/half-a-sixpence

And Bryan tweeted back: “Actually I’m rehearsing this But then I’ll be rehearsing that. And that makes me a lucky sod

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So Bryan will be in two shows: Hobson’s Choice at the Theatre Royal Bath 25 February – 5 March 2016, also starring Martin Shaw and Christopher Timothy, and then Half A Sixpence 14th July – 3rd September 2016 (no further cast announced, yet).

I’m glad he’s doing lot of theatre! I wish I could see them both! But I would see the musical mostly!

I should tour UK in August and catch it in Chichester, together with plays in Stratford!

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INFORMATION

Theatre Royal Bath @TheatreRBathHobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse, directed by Jonathan Church, 25 February – 5 March 2016 – http://theatreroyal.org.uk/page/3028/Hobsons-Choice/1143Bryan Dick will play Willie Mossop. Cast list: http://www.whatsonstage.com/milton-keynes-theatre/shows/hobsons-choice_84632/cast/

Chichester Theatre @ChichesterFTHalf A Sixpence based on the H.G. Wells novel, fresh adaptation by Julian Fellowes,  directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, 14th July – 3rd September 2016 – https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/half-a-sixpence and http://stilesanddrewe.com/shows/halfasixpence/Bryan Dick will play Arthur Kipps.

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!

 

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
Buy tickets

Blackpool
Grand Theatre
5 – 9 April 2016
Buy tickets

Bradford
Alhambra Theatre
12 – 16 April 2016
Buy tickets

Canterbury
Marlowe Theatre
19 – 23 April 2016
Buy tickets

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
Buy tickets

TRAILERS & CLIPS:

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

Goodbye Jonathan Ollivier, 1977 – 2015!


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(sorry, I will post credits for this picture a.s.a.p.)

The news on Sunday evening was far too sad, one of those news you wouldn’t never read! The dancer Jonathan Ollivier 1977 – 2015 died in the morning after a motorcycle accident.

I feel so sorry for him and his family and colleagues! I read he was a father, too! Destiny can be so unfair and yet he had an amazing life and will stay young forever!

I had the privilege to see him performing as Luca in “The Car Man” about one month ago, Sunday 5 July at the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna, and I want to remember him smiling to people who asked for his autograph at the stage door after the show. I was watching from far all those wonderful dancers of the cast coming out of the theatre, unable to introduce myself and now I regret it!

That Sunday he had yet to make his last performance of “The Car Man” for Sadlers Wells in London.

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Here some articles from colleagues and magazines, remembering him.

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures post

Matthew Bourne and New Adventures tribute

Matthew Bourne and New Adventures pictures on their Facebook page

Chriss Mann photographer chrismannportraits.com 10 August

The Guardian article theguardian.com

Etta Murfitt tweet

Tom Clark tweet

Ashley Shaw tweet

Dominic North tweet

Layton Williams tweet

Ravenna Festival tweet

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Update 18/8: a very moving one on 15/8 “In honour of a consummate artist” by Paul Valley

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!