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JUST THEATRE AND A BIT OF CINEMA…

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THEATRE

PLAYS IN UK

2017

STARTS IN JANUARY

UK – LONDON – INVISIBLE SCAPEGOATS, the shocking new play by Dylan Costello @dylancostello74 and directed by Matthew Gould. Produced by @giantcherry1. 9th January – 4th February 2017 –> official Twitter account – website giantcherryproductions.com/invisible-scapegoats.html.  A casting call will be made in Spring 2016.

2016
COMING SOON
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START IN SEPTEMBER
UK – LONDON & UK TOUR – Park Theatre – THE BOYS IN THE BAND by Mart Crowley, director Adam Penford, cast: Mark Gatiss will play Harold, Ian Hallard, will play Michael, further casting to be announced – 28 September – 30 October 2016 –> Official website boysbandplay.com, Twitter account @BoysBandPlay and Facebook page BoysBandPlay. Park Theatre @ParkTheatre – Then it will go to MANCHESTER, BRIGHTON, LEEDS.
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START ON AUGUST
UK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – Royal Shakespeare Theatre – KING LEAR by William Shakespeare, director Melly Still, 20 August – 15 October 2016 – cast list on their web site: rsc.org.uk/king-lear – Facebook page thersc – Twitter account @theRSCI’ve booked for Wednesday 7 September 2016! Then, they will BROADCAST IT ON UK CINEMAS from 12 October 2016. Then it will part of the RSC LONDON SEASON at the Barbican Centre 10 November – 23 December 2016 –> barbican.org.uk
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START ON JULY
UK – CHICHESTER – Chichester Theatre – HALF A SIXPENCE – The New Flesh Bang Wallop! Musical from the book by Julian Fellowes, starring , directed by Rachel Kavanaugh – 14 July – 3 September 2016 –> official Twitter account – websites https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/half-a-sixpence and http://stilesanddrewe.com/shows/halfasixpence/

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START ON JUNE
UK – LONDON – Arts Theatre – SAVAGE, World premiere of new play uncovering the true story of a forgotten Nazi doctor and his ill-conceived ‘cure’ for homosexuality – 29 June – 23 July 2016 –> official Twitter account @SavagePlayUK – Theatre Twitter account – website https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/
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UK – LONDON – Theatre N16, The Bedford Pub – GERTRUDE, Chris Hislop  will be directing a new production of Howard Barker’s play, with producing – 12-30 June 2016–> theatre Twitter account and website http://www.theatren16.co.uk/
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UK – LONDON – Vaudeville Theatre – HOBSON’S CHOICE by Harold Brighouse, directed by Jonathan Church, Wednesday 8 June – Saturday 10 September 2016 – see the cast list below. –> Several sites sell the tickets, I bought mine at nimaxtheatres.com/vaudeville-theatre/hobsons_choiceI’ve booked for Tuesday 6 September, will be great to be back at the Vaudeville!
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START ON MAY
UK – LEEDS (Yorkshire) – West Yorkshire Playhouse and Courtyard Theatre –  KES by Barry Hines, adapted for the stage by Robert Alan Evans / Director Amy Leach – cast: Jack Lord as Man, Dan Parr as Billy and Company – 20 May – 4 June 2016 –> Official site: wyp.org.uk/events/kes – Facebook page westyorkshireplayhouse – Twitter account @WYPlayhouse – Here an interesting article on the making of: yorkshiretimes.co.uk, pity I can’t make it!
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UK – LONDON – Young Vic – BLUE ORANGE by Joe Penhall, direction by Matthew Xia, 12 May – 2 July 2016 – cast: David Haig, Daniel Kaluuya, Luke Norris –>  Official site: http://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/blue-orange – Facebook page youngvictheatre – Twitter account @youngvictheatreI’ve booked for Friday 20 May 2016!
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START ON APRIL
UK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – Royal Shakespeare Theatre – CYMBELINE by William Shakespeare, director Melly Still, 29 April -15 October 2016 – cast list on their web site: rsc.org.uk/cymbeline – Facebook page thersc – Twitter account @theRSCI’ve booked for Thursday 8 September 2016! Then, they will BROADCAST IT ON UK CINEMAS from 28 September 2016. Then it will part of the RSC LONDON SEASON at the Barbican Centre 31 October – 22 December 2016 –> barbican.org.uk
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START ON FEBRUARY
UK – BATH & UK TOUR – Theatre Royal Bath – HOBSON’S CHOICE by Harold Brighouse, directed by Jonathan Church, 25 February – 5 March 2016 – Theatre Twitter account @TheatreRBath – website http://theatreroyal.org.uk/page/3028/Hobsons-Choice/1143 – Cast list: http://www.whatsonstage.com/milton-keynes-theatre/shows/hobsons-choice_84632/cast/ Martin Shaw, Christopher Timothy, Bryan Dick, Naomi Frederick, Ken Drury, Joanna McCallum, Gabrielle Dempsey, Florence Hall, Mark Donald, David Shaw-Parker, Emily Johnstone and Ryan Saunders. Then, they added a run at the Vaudeville Theatre in London! See above.
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UK TOUR – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: A Play for the Nation – An event that will celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, 1616-2016. “In 2016, the RSC and 14 amateur companies around the UK take you on a very special Midsummer adventure with a unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” – Professional casting announced: “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– 17 February – 4 June 2016 –> Dream 2016 Official site with all venues dream2016.org.uk – Twitter account  Instagram rscdream2016 – Facebook Page RSCDream2016 – I’ve made a Twitter list with the accounts of the cast&crew (work in progress): dream2016 – I’ve booked for the 21th of May at the Barbican Centre in London (but thinking about more)!
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 CONTINUE

LONDON AND AROUND THE WORLD – THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME – Now Playing at the Gielgud Theatre London and on tour across UK & Ireland + Broadway production –> London and UK Tour site: curiousonstage.com – Facebook Page: curiousonstage – Twitter account: — Broadway site: curiousonbroadway.com – Facebook Page: CuriousBroadway – Twitter account — (curiosity: there has been a Mexican production, as well, at the Teatro Insurgentes, October 2013 tweet – and in Copenhagen I believe tweet – how far this novel went!). I saw it 18 August 2012 and 04 May 2013 plus with NT Live on 5 May 2015 already, but never say “enough”.

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AROUND THE WORLD – WAR HORSE 2007-2016 schedule at the New London Theatre and in other theatres –> sites: nationaltheatre.org.uk and warhorseonstage.com I’ve seen it in London the 8th of August 2013 and the 17th of September 2015, courtesy of War Horse on Stage! Also Holland, Germany and South Africa got their own stage versions! I hope in an Italian version…one day…. West End Run ended the 12 March 2016.

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READINGS & PERFORMANCES

UK – LONDON – Guildhall Art Gallery’s Basinghall Suite – GUILDHALL’S ‘OPEN MIC’ SHAKESPEARE DAY: a ‘drop in’ event to encourage people to perform their favourite piece from Shakespeare’s plays will be opened by recitals from actors Simon Russell Beale and John Heffernan, at on 10 May 2016. Here the information: http://news.cityoflondon.gov.uk/leading-actors-perform-at-guildhalls-open-mic-shakespeare-day/

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THEATRE FESTIVALS

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CURIOUS THEATRES OF ITALY

ITALY – FLORENCE (Tuscany) – RETE DEI TEATRI DI PAGLIA aka STRAW THEATRE – “A theatre built entirely of straw bales: the idea comes from Italy, where in the year 2003, in the small Tuscan village of Rendola (50 km from Florence), the first straw theatre was built by Nicholas Bawtree, an environmental journalist. […]” Continue to read at the sites teatrodipaglia.wordpress.com and strawtheatre.wordpress.com – Twitter account:

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ITALY – COTIGNOLA (Emilia Romagna) – NELL’ARENA DELLE BALLE DI PAGLIA aka INTO STRAW BALES ARENA – “The straw bales arena, made up of blades of grass and amphora made of runners, is visited by artists, musicians, and poets.” (cit. emiliaromagnaturismo.com) –> site: primolacotignola.it and Facebook page

 

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MOVIES FESTIVALS

GERMANY – BERLIN – Berlinale – February, evey year –> official site: berlinale.de

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FRANCE – CANNES – Festival De Cannes – May, every year –> official site: festival-cannes.com

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ITALY – VENICE – Venice Film Festival – End of August> Early September every year –> official site: labiennale.org

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EXHIBITIONS

(related to Performing Arts)

 

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ANNIVERSARIES

1916-2016 – This year is the 100th anniversary of the creation of Agatha Christie’s Belgian character ERCULE POIROT. I particularly love the TV series version with David Suchet.

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1616-2016 – This year two important anniversaries take place: 400 years ago both the writers WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and MIGUEL DE CERVANTES died, on the same day 23 April. There are several events around the world to celebrate them. Follow the hashtags #Shakespeare400, #ShakespeareLives and . A nice emoticon appears in automatic when you write the first two on Twitter, read why here: dailymail.co.uk

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 MISSED THEATRE IN LONDON?

WHO YOU CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH TO SEE PAST PRODUCTIONS:

 

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BROADCASTING

National Theatre Live: the National Theatre’s exciting initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre direct to cinemas around the world. ntlive.com

Nexo Digital is the Italian distributor for the NTLive events nexodigital.it

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ONLINE

(you can rent or buy the digital version from their sites)

Digital Theatre: the best of British theatre, ballet and opera – Watch online, join in cinemas, get app. digitaltheatre.com

The Globe Player: all the Shakespeare titles staged at The Globe of London available to rent or buy, or in some occasions for free, on globeplayer.tv!!!

 

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ARCHIVES

National Theatre Archive – NT Studio in London: on previous appointment –> archive and contact the archive

Victoria & Albert Museum Archive – Blythe House in London: on previous appointment –> archive

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WHAT ABOUT THE OLD NEWS?

You can still read the old news here –> Archive

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