A Scena Aperta: an open day for historic theatres of Emilia Romagna


On 9 and 10 April, historic theatres of Emilia Romagna will be open with visits, shows, ballets and other events, in the name of Ariosto, Cervantes and Shakespeare!

(Region Emilia Romagna’s card for the event)


This year, in fact, the world celebrates three very important anniversaries:

  • on 1516, 500 years ago, Ludovico Ariosto published “L’Orlando Furioso” for the first time,
  • both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes died on 1616, 400 years ago.

The theatres which will take part to the event under the name of “A Scena Aperta” (At Open Scene) will make lectures, gigs and other things to commemorate the three writers.

Here an article, in Italian: http://ibc.regione.emilia-romagna.it/appuntamenti/2016/a-scena-aperta-incontri-nei-teatri-storici-dellemilia-romagna

Here, 107 pages of the beautiful historic theatres of Emilia Romagna with photos, in Italian: bbcc.ibc.regione.emilia-romagna.it teatri storici

The full programme, in Italian: https://issuu.com/istitutobeniculturali/docs/programma-finale


 

The IBC Region Emilia Romagna also launched an Instagram contest: people who will attend to the week-end, can share their pictures to describe their experience at one of the theatres, adding the hastag #ascenaaperta and tagging @ibcemiliaromagna (from the 9th to the 16th of April).

All the pictures will be reposted by the IBC and the best ones will be published on a brochure dedicated to the event and on the pages of the theatres on the IBC website. No pictures of children and minors allowed.


 

Read: “My Love Letter to the Dream16 company”


So rare to read the composer’s point of view on a play! Makes even more hard to me to wait to see Dream2016 in May! I feel sorry for the amateur who literaly broke a leg, while I find amazing the digital lessons and that children can work so hard (but having much fun, I bet)! Great piece of writing below!

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There is a special kind of grief reserved for composers. It’s the moment when your presence is no longer needed to make your music function. You can listen and give notes for ever, of course, but ultimately, the whole point of the exercise is to provide a score which is iterable, coach it until it resembles as closely as possible your ideal version, and then leave them to it. The deadline for scores in theatre is the Press night, at which point the vast majority of companies consider the show ‘frozen’, ie no substantive changes will be made thereafter.

Last week I was at Northern Stage in Newcastle with the RSC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a Play for the Nation. I’ve been working on this show since April 2015. We’d already opened the show in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and there had, indeed, been a press night there, but the dimensions of…

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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



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 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

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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My fave 15secondshakespeare videos


Actors are reciting pop songs like Shakespeare and the results are incredibleradiotimes.com article.

Famous faces tweeting videos of themselves performing lyrics in the style of the Bard.

And here my favorites, in order as I saw them! I must add some thoughts on each one…

Direct links to:

Lee Ingleby

Rebecca Callard

Amanda Abbington

Ian Gelder

Ben Daniels

Jamie Wilkes

John Heffernan

Jamie Parker

Tim Downie

MyAnna Buring

Charles Edwards

Sarah Parish

…still keeping an eye on the hashtag for more…

What happens if they are nominated twice? They do it twice? 🙂

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