STRATFORD UPON AVON: Royal Shakespeare Company (Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre)
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Love’s Labour’s Lost:
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 23 September 2014 – 14 March 2015
Press performance: Wednesday 15 October, 2014 1pm
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screening: Wednesday 11 February 2015
Love’s Labour’s Won (or Much Ado About Nothing):
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 3 October 2014 – 14 March 2015
Press performance: Wednesday 15 October, 2014 7pm
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screening: Wednesday 4 March 2015
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Christopher Luscombe
Full casting is announced for Christopher Luscombe’s productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing). As part of a season marking the centenary of the First World War, both productions will play in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon with a joint press day on Wednesday 15 October. They will also be broadcast live into cinemas worldwide and streamed free into schools.
Christopher Luscombe makes his RSC directorial debut having last appeared with the Company as an actor in 1998. His recent directing work includes The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as The Madness of George III and Spamalot in the West End. He directs a single company of actors in a fresh pairing of two of Shakespeare’s most sparkling comedies. The productions will be set just before and just after the First World War in a splendid country house based on Charlecote Park in Warwickshire - four miles from the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon.
As already announced, Edward Bennett and Michelle Terry are returning to the RSC to play the lovers in both productions: Berowne and Rosaline, Benedick and Beatrice.
Love’s Labour’s Lost full cast includes: Sam Alexander (King of Navarre); Peter Basham (Gamekeeper); William Belchambers (Longaville); Edward Bennett (Berowne); Nick Haverson (Costard); John Hodgkinson (Don Armado); David Horovitch (Holofernes); Tunji Kasim (Dumaine); Sophie Khan Levy (Housemaid); Oliver Lynes (Footman); Emma Manton (Jaquenetta); Chris McCalphy (Dull); Frances McNamee (Maria); Peter McGovern (Moth); Chris Nayak (Footman); Jamie Newall (Boyet); Roderick Smith (Marcadé); Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Katharine); Michelle Terry (Rosaline); Harry Waller (Gamekeeper); Thomas Wheatley (Sir Nathaniel) and Leah Whitaker (Princess of France).
Love’s Labour’s Won full cast includes: Sam Alexander (Don John); Peter Basham (Butler); William Belchambers (Conrade); Edward Bennett (Benedick); Nick Haverson (Dogberry); John Hodgkinson (Don Pedro); David Horovitch (Leonato); Tunji Kasim (Claudio); Sophie Khan Levy (Housemaid); Oliver Lynes (Soldier); Emma Manton (Margaret); Chris McCalphy (Sexton); Frances McNamee (Ursula); Peter McGovern (George Seacoal); Chris Nayak (Borachio); Jamie Newall (Friar Francis); Roderick Smith (Verges); Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Hero); Michelle Terry (Beatrice); Harry Waller (Balthasar) and Thomas Wheatley (Antonio).
Both productions will be broadcast ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ to cinemas in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment during the performance in the RST of Love’s Labour’s Lost on Wednesday 11 February 2015 and of Love Labour’s Won on Wednesday 4 March and simultaneously screened in over 300 cinemas around the country whilst also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe.
Both productions are designed by Simon Higlett with lighting by Oliver Fenwick. The music is composed by Nigel Hess with sound by Jeremy Dunn. The Movement director is Jenny Arnold.
The Company is also offering another unique opportunity to schools across the UK to experience the productions in the classroom with them being streamed into schools in March and April 2015. As the first theatre company to broadcast its work to schools the RSC reached over 34,000 students with its first streaming of Richard II in November 2013.
This hugely popular initiative is made possible through collaboration with Ravensbourne College. Alongside the webcast, the RSC will create an extensive package of online resources for use by teachers and students in the classroom, both in the lead up to the broadcast and for use as follow up materials afterwards.
Shakespeare teachers’ packs including resources from Gregory Doran’s Richard II and Henry IV Parts I and II are available here: www.rsc.org.uk/education/online-resources/shakespeare-teachers-pack.aspx
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Love’s Labour’s Lost Wednesday 15 October, 2014 1pm
Love’s Labour’s Won Wednesday 15 October, 2014 7pm
For cinema listings and booking visit onscreen.rsc.org.uk/
Schools wanting to sign up for streaming direct to the classroom should also visit onscreen.rsc.org.uk/
The £5 ticket scheme for 16 – 25 year olds gives access to £5 tickets for all RSC productions whether we are performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or on tour. Tickets can be booked
THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE:
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 29 November 2014 – 31 January 2015
Press night: Tuesday 9 December, 7pm
By Phil Porter
Directed by Erica Whyman
Full casting is announced for the world premiere of Phil Porter’s new play, The Christmas Truce. Inspired by the real events of the First World War exactly 100 years ago and directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, this uplifting play for families opens to the press on Tuesday 9 December in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Erica Whyman makes her Royal Shakespeare Theatre directorial debut having recently directed plays by Timberlake Wertenbaker and Alice Birch as part of the RSC’s Midsummer Mischief festival in The Other Place. Erica was Chief Executive of Northern Stage from 2005 to 2012; her productions whilst there included Oh What a Lovely War, which was nominated for two TMA awards, Oh, The Humanity, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. As Gregory Doran’s deputy Erica takes a lead on the development and commission of new writing for the RSC.
Porter’s The Christmas Truce is
inspired by the incredible true Christmas story from 1914, when soldiers along
the Western Front left their trenches on Christmas Eve to meet their enemies in
No Man’s Land to talk, exchange gifts and play football. Phil’s
previous work at the RSC includes Here
Lies Mary Spindler and editing The Tempest, Pericles and
with Sean Foley A
Mad World My Masters,
which begins a UK tour with English Touring Theatre in 2015. His other plays
include Blink (Soho
Theatre/Traverse Theatre/New York) and The
Cracks In My Skin (Manchester Royal Exchange, Bruntwood Award).
The Christmas Truce draws on the story of Warwickshire Regiment Soldier and local cartoonist, Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather, who worked at the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as an electrical engineer. Bruce Bairnsfather is played by Joseph Kloska returning to the RSC having last been with the Company in Measure for Measure and Gregory Doran’s Written on the Heart.
Bairnsfather’s most famous cartoon character Old Bill is brought to life in the play and is played by Gerard Horan. They are joined by Sam Alexander; Peter Basham; William Belchambers; Nick Haverson; Tunji Kasim; Sophie Khan Levy; Oliver Lynes; Emma Manton;Chris McCalphy; Peter McGovern; Frances McNamee; Chris Nayak; Jamie Newall; Roderick Smith; Flora Spencer-Longhurst; Harry Waller; Thomas Wheatley and Leah Whitaker.
The production is designed by Tom Piper with lighting by Charles Balfour. Music is composed and arranged by Sam Kenyon with sound by Andy Franks.
As the RSC creates the production the Company continues to invite local people and those with connections to the Warwickshire Regiment to share and discover their own First World War family history. A short film of some of these stories is available here: www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/the-christmas-truce/sharing-stories-video.aspx
Alongside The Christmas Truce there will be a free exhibition exploring the life and work of Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather, who became world-famous during the First World War for his cartoons depicting life on the frontline. Published weekly in ‘The Bystander’ magazine his cartoons caught the imagination of the soldiers at war, and their families back home. Bairnsfather became a household name and published volumes of his cartoons selling over a million copies. This free exhibition will explore his fascinating life and work as well as the artist’s interesting personal connections to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Curated by the Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Mark Warby, a leading Bruce Bairnsfather collector and writer, the exhibition opens on the 10 October 201 4.
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South Staffs Musical Theatre Company consider themselves at home, presenting Lionel Bart’s
Performance Dates: Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 October 2014
Press Night: Tuesday 14 October 7:30pm
South Staffs Musical Theatre Company (SSMTC), one of the Midlands best loved amateur companies return home to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre with their latest production,OLIVER! – the Lionel Bart musical based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
OLIVER! is undoubtedly one of the best loved musicals in theatre history. When orphan Oliver Twist utters the immortal words “Please Sir I want some more”, little does he know his actions will take him on unimaginable adventures in the underworld of Victorian London, alongside the colourful characters of Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes and The Artful Dodger, not to mention Bullseye - the English Bull Terrier.
For the last 78 years, South Staffs Musical Theatre Company have performed at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Following their highly successful productions of Carousel, The Sound of Music and Guys and Dolls recently, they are again set to delight audiences, this time with the fun family favourite, OLIVER!
The cast of local actors includes veteran performer, Mike Thomas from Albrighton as Fagin, James Collins, a secondary school teacher at Smestow School in Wovlerhampton as Bill Sykes, student Lexie Bennett from Upper Gornal as Nancy in her first principal role for SSMTC, 9 year old James Shaw and 12 year old Ben Sidaway who are sharing the title role.
Lionel Bart’s sensational score includes the timeless melodies, You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two, Who Will Buy?, As Long As He Needs Me, I’d Do Anything and many, many more tunes for the family to sing along to.
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Performance dates: Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 October 2014
Performance Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm
Tickets: £8.50 - £19.00 with concessions available
Box Office: 01902 42 92 12
Friday 12 – Saturday 27 September
Time and the Conways
By J. B. Priestley
Directed by Fiona Buffini
If the future is broken, can the past be fixed?
A World War has just ended. A seemingly happy family gather to celebrate a birthday party. Eighteen years later, we see that the future is far from the one they imagined that night.
What has determined the future?
Priestley offers us many answers; complacency and class arrogance, their own mistakes and the interference of others have all led to the darkening of their lives. Beneath the surface of this simple family story, Priestley explores the political and social history of Britain between the wars, and the nature of time itself.
Can we change the course of our lives?
“Remember what we once were and what we thought we’d be. And now this.”
Evenings 7.45pm; Matinees 2.30pm.
Friday 3 – Saturday 18 October
By Peter Arnott
Directed by Hamish Glen
How did the Devil have the best tunes?
The jazz scene in 1930s Berlin was one of the most vibrant and exciting in the world – a time captured brilliantly in the musical, Cabaret. But what happened to those talented singers and musicians as the Nazis’ grip tightened?
Propaganda Swing is a new play that throws a spotlight on the gripping true story of ‘Charlie and his Orchestra’. Featuring a fantastic swing band live on stage, this enthralling show reveals the characters behind the story of how some of the greatest German jazz musicians of the day entered into a Faustian pact with the Fascists – they could keep playing their beloved music at the price of seeing it corrupted for evil.
The captivating combination of WWII intrigue and drama set against a backdrop of glitz, glamour and Big Band swagger, makes Propaganda Swing a must-see show.
Evenings 7.45pm; Matinees 2.30pm.
Friday 31 October – Saturday 15 November
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Giles Croft
A serious comedy about science, sex and landscape gardening.
1809. Lust, longing and literary rivalry seize the inhabitants of Sidley Park, a grand house in Derbyshire, where proposals for the remodelling of the landscape are being contemplated. In the midst of this, the teenage Thomasina Coverly is making a scientific discovery that could change the way people understand the world. On the brink of adulthood, she is also increasingly fascinated by her rakish tutor, Septimus Hodge.
1993. Rivalry once again seizes the inhabitants of Sidley Park, as academics Bernard and Hannah compete to unpick the historic secrets of the estate and its earlier occupants, under the contemptuous eye of the current inhabitant, a young mathematician. Who was the mysterious hermit, do a young lady’s notebooks indicate a precocious scientific genius, and what – if anything – was Lord Byron up to?
Set in one room, spanning these two periods, Arcadia is an exuberantly funny, thought-provoking and touching masterpiece by Tom Stoppard which has dazzled audiences from the National Theatre to Broadway.
“Tom Stoppard’s richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and…emotion.”
— The New York Times
Evenings 7.45pm; Matinees 2.30pm.
Friday 28 November 2014 – Saturday 17 January 2015
Written and directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor
Prepare to be spellbound with Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 31st pantomime at Nottingham Playhouse!
Join us as we tell the magical tale of Sleeping Beauty, a princess cursed by a wickedly evil witch. Will a handsome young prince be able to save our beautiful princess and help her live happily ever after?
Featuring everything you have come to love about Playhouse pantomimes such as dazzling costumes, stunning sets, mischievous fun and thrilling musical numbers that will excite the whole family.
Evenings 7.45pm; Matinees 2.30pm. (Tues. 13 January 1.30pm)
BOX OFFICE: 01332 593939