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DEATH OF A SALESMAN
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Gregory Doran
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 26 March – 2 May 2015
Press night: Wednesday 1 April, 7pm
Casting is announced for Gregory Doran’s production of Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer prize-winning play Death of a Salesman, opening in the centenary year of Arthur Miller’s birth. Previews start from 26 March, with the press night on Wednesday 1 April, 2015.
After a life of honest hard work, it is salesman Willy Loman’s birth right to retire with his loving wife whilst his sons continue his legacy. Yet as old age and retirement approaches Willy struggles to reconcile his long cherished dream with the life he has actually lived. Miller’s play of failed dreams and thwarted ambition is surely the greatest 20th Century American tragedy ever written.
As previously announced, Antony Sher and Alex Hassell return to the RSC following their roles as Falstaff and Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I and II (currently running in London at the Barbican until 24 January 2015) to play father and son, Willy Loman and Biff. Playing Willy’s loyal wife is Harriet Walter, who was last at the RSC as Cleopatra in Gregory Doran’s 2006 production of Antony and Cleopatra. Harriet’s other theatre credits include the recent all-female production of Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse and Women Beware Women at the National. Completing the Loman family, as younger son Happy, is Sam Marks, who also returns following his role as Poins in Henry IV Parts I and II.
They are joined by Paul Birchard (Older Waiter); Ross Green (Stanley); Emma King (Miss Forsyth); Miranda Nolan (Letta); Sarah Parks (The Woman); Guy Paul (Uncle Ben); Joshua Richards (Charley) and Brodie Ross(Bernard). Further casting to be announced.
The production is designed by newly appointed RSC Director of Design Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell. The music is composed by Paul Englishby with sound by Martin Slavin.
To book tickets call 0844 800 1110 or online at www.rsc.org.uk
Night: Wednesday 1 April, 7pm
RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and
THE KOVNER FOUNDATION
Death of a Salesman is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
£5 tickets for 16-25s
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Friday 24 April, 7.15pm – Audio described performance
Friday 1 May, 7.15pm – Captioned Performance
Saturday 2 May, 1.15pm - Audio described performance
Tickets: 0844 800 1110 or www.rsc.org.uk
Casting is announced for two Royal Shakespeare Company premieres in the Swan Theatre this winter. Philip Breen directs Jacobean comedy, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, by Thomas Dekker, which is produced for the first time by the RSC and opens for previews on the 11 December 2014. Angus Jackson makes his RSC debut, directing the world premiere of Tom Morton-Smith’s new play, Oppenheimer, which takes us into the heart of 1930s America and the Manhattan Project, opening for previews on 15 January 2015. Both productions are crossed cast and run in repertory until 7 March 2015.
The Shoemaker’s Holiday is Dekker’s eccentric city comedy of a cobbler who ends up as Mayor of London around a back drop of star crossed lovers and wars, playing the larger than life character of Simon Eyre is David Troughton. David is an RSC Associate Artist and was last at the RSC in 2007 with Macbeth and Macbett, his other theatre credits include My City (Almeida) and Enjoy(Bath Theatre Royal).
Oppenheimer, a major new play by Tom Morton-Smith about ‘the father of the atom bomb’, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is played by John Heffernan. John returns to the RSC having last been with the company in 2007 for The Seagull and King Lear, more recently he was at the National Theatre playing the title role in Edward II.
A play about our own recent history, Oppenheimer is set against the backdrop of hedonistic 1930s America and looks into the heart of the Manhattan Project; exploring the tension between scientific advances and the justification of their use during wartime, revealing the personal cost of achieving greatness.
The Shoemaker’s Holiday full cast includes: Ben Allen (Askew); Ross Armstrong (Warner); Daniel Boyd (Ralph Damport); Vincent Carmichael (Earl of Lincoln); Laura Cubitt (Seamstress); Hedydd Dylan (Jane Damport); Sandy Foster (Sybil); William Gaminara (Sir Roger Oatley); Michael Grady-Hall (Lovell); Michael Hodgson (Hodge); Jack Holden (The King); Andrew Langtree (Dodger); Joel MacCormack (Firk); Tom McCall (Skipper); Josh O’Connor (Rowland Lacy); Vivien Parry (Margery Eyre); Thomasin Rand (Rose Oatley); David Troughton (Simon Eyre) and Jamie Wilkes (Hammon).
Oppenheimer full cast includes: Ben Allen; Ross Armstrong; Daniel Boyd; Vincent Carmichael; Laura Cubitt; Hedydd Dylan; Sandy Foster; William Gaminara; Michael Grady-Hall; John Heffernan; Jack Holden; Oliver Johnstone; Andrew Langtree; Joel MacCormack; Tom McCall; Josh O’Connor; Thomasin Rand; Catherine Steadman and Jamie Wilkes.
The Shoemaker’s Holiday is designed by Max Jones. The lighting is designed by Tina MacHugh with music by Jason Carr. Sound is by Andrea J Cox and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.
Oppenheimer is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins. The lighting is designed by Paul Anderson with music by Grant Olding. Sound is by Christopher Shutt and movement by Scott Ambler.
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ANNOUNCES STAR CAST INCLUDING BELINDA LANG & GARY WILMOT.
Music & Lyrics Limited and Royal & Derngate Northampton present a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical OKLAHOMA!, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and with new choreography by Drew McOnie, which will tour the UK and Ireland next year, at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tue 3 – Sat 7 March 2015.
From the award-winning producers of the highly successful tours of The King & I and Fiddler on the Roof, this new production of one of the great classic American musicals will feature a large cast and chorus led by Belinda Lang (School for Scandal, Ladies in Lavender, The Killing of Sister George) as Aunt Eller, Gary Wilmot (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pajama Game, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Ali Hakim, Ashley Day (The Book of Mormon, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical) as Curly, Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of Music, MAMMA MIA!, Spring Awakening) as Laurey and Nic Greenshields (Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera) as Jud Fry, accompanied by a live orchestra led by musical director Steve Ridley. Set and costumes will be designed by Francis O’Connor, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Ben Harrison.
Rachel Kavanaugh is former Artistic Director of the Birmingham REP. She is directing An Ideal Husband at the Chichester Festival Theatre this autumn. Other credits include The Sound of Musicat the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Love Story in Chichester and the West End, and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Drew McOnie’s choreography credits include In the Heights for Southwark Playhouse, The Sound of Music and Chicago for Leicester Curve, Soho Cinders at the Soho Theatre, and Dames at Sea and On the 20th Century at the Union Theatre. He recently launched his own theatre dance company, The McOnie Company.
OKLAHOMA!, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, was based on the Lynn Riggs play Green Grow the Lilacs and was the first musical written by the duo. It was originally produced on Broadway in 1943 and the Academy Award-winning film was released in 1955. Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, the musical tells the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers. Cowboy Curly loves Laurey, Aunt Eller’s niece, but Curly’s rival is the mysterious and dangerous hired hand Jud Fry. Meanwhile, Ado Annie is torn between cowboy Will and peddler Ali Hakim. Their stories are told with the help of some of the best loved songs in musical theatre history, including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, I’m Just a Girl Who Cain’t Say No, Surrey With a Fringe on Top, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re in Love and the title song.
The UK & Irish tour of OKLAHOMA! will be presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.
Tue 3 – SAT 7 MARCH 2015
Mon – Sat evenings 7.30pm, Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm
Tickets from £24.50 - £37.50
ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY POLLY TEALE
A SHARED EXPERIENCE AND NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE THEATRE COMPANY CO-PRODUCTION
On tour across the UK from March 2015
Press Night: Tuesday 17 March, Nottingham Playhouse
by Tom Piper; Movement by Liz
Ranken; Lighting by Olly
Fenwick; Sound And Music by Jon Nicholls
Award-winning theatre company Shared Experience, renowned for its imaginative and physical adaptations of literary classics, today announces casting and tour dates for the world première of Mermaid, its bold re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy story of The Little Mermaid.
Plundering the haunting tale for its dark, erotic, mythic power, writer and director Polly Teale transports the story to a contemporary setting in this unique, new production. Designed by Tom Piper, who recently designed 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London', Mermaid opens in Nottingham and tours to Leeds, Mold, Richmond, Cardiff, Southampton, Edinburgh, Watford and Oxford from 13 March to 23 May 2015. The cast includesNatalie Gavin and Polly Frame, with further names to be announced.
Mermaid is a powerful coming of age story about love, loss and longing.
Below the ocean there is no death or pain or separation. Above the water is the modern world beset with war, poverty and desire.
On her sixteenth birthday, a mermaid rises up to the surface, leaving her childhood behind forever when she falls in love with a mortal prince. She knows that she can no longer live at the bottom of the ocean, but must she destroy herself in order to be loved?
During the creative development of Polly Teale's scripted adaptation, Shared Experience explored the idea of using an on-stage choir of young people and discovered that their presence heightened the central themes of the play which explores self-image, identity and the pressure on young people today from the media and internet. From this, Shared Experience has created a pioneering, participation project around Mermaid which is open nationally to young women aged 14 to 20. In each of the cities the tour is visiting, the company will recruit a chorus of young women who will be part of the production, performing on stage and creating the sound of the mermaids' singing. They will also take part in a nationwide project that accompanies the show that looks at the effect of the media on girl's sense of self and empowers them to challenge myths about femininity. Onstage the mermaid chorus will bear witness as a girl faces the challenge of becoming a young woman in a complex world.
Since 1976, Shared Experience have pioneered a thrillingly distinctive performance style that celebrates the union of physical and text based theatre. It was Shared Experience's work in the 1970s that sparked the contemporary British interest in stage adaptations of literature, with landmark productions of Arabian Nights and Dickens's Bleak House. Since 1987 continuing with Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale, the company has produced acclaimed adaptations of Jane Eyre, War and Peace, A Passage to India, Orestes - Light and Blood, War and Peace, Mill on the Floss, Anna Karenina, Gone to Earth and critically acclaimed new writing such as After Mrs Rochester, Bronte, Speechless, Mary Shelley and now Mermaid.
Natalie Gavin plays The Girl. Theatre credits include the widely acclaimed production of The Crucible directed by Yäel Farber at The Old Vic and Bracken Moor (Shared Experience). Television credits include Prisoners Wives, The Syndicate and Shameless. On film, she portrayed a young Andrea Dunbar in The Arbor, the film about the late Bradford playwright, with other film credits including Hector, Jasmine, and The Knife That Killed Me. Radio credits includeWho Cares? for Radio 4.
Polly Frame plays The Mother/Grandmer/Queen. Theatre credits include Arcadia (Tobacco Factory), Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre), Pastoral (Soho Theatre), After Miss Julie (Young Vic), The Crossing 66 Books (Bush Theatre), The Comedy Of Errors (Stafford Shakespeare Festival), Earthquakes in London (RNT), The Count of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Macbeth (Chichester, West End & Broadway), Home-Work (Bodies in Flight for Singapore Esplanade), A Response to Twelfth Night (Filter), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Poor Mrs Pepys (New Vic), ACDC (Royal Court), Cleansed (Arcola), Who By Fire and Skinworks (Bodies in Flight), Seven and a Half Minutes of Happiness, Di-sect and Eve (Bristol Old Vic). Television credits include Man Down, The Tunnel, Coronation Street, Holby City, Doctors, The Curse of the Hope Diamond, Silent Witness, EastEnders, Bunny Town, Sea of Souls, Accused, Life Begins, New Tricks, Meet the Magoons, The Giblets, and Servants. Film credits include: Macbeth, Half Light, and Duplicity.
Polly Teale (writer and director) has created a unique body of work that has won critical and audience acclaim with productions transferring to the West End and touring internationally. An award-winning theatre practitioner, she has been joint artistic director of Shared Experience since 1995. She authored a number of original plays and stage adaptations. Her seminal 1997 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre was followed by After Mrs Rochester, her original play about the author Jean Rhys being locked in a room with Bronte's mythical mad woman. For this production Polly won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director and the Time Out Award for Best West End Production. Polly is currently working as Director on a feature film based on the Brontes.
Tom Piper (designer) is an award-winning designer and is the Associate Designer of the RSC. His recent work there includes Antony & Cleopatra (RSC/Miami/New York), Boris Godunov, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth And City Madam, the Histories Cycle (Courtyard Theatre and at the Roundhouse), designing Richard II, Henry IV – Parts 1 And 2, Henry V, Henry VI – Parts 1, 2 And 3, and Richard III - for which he won the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Set Design - , As You Like It, The Grain Store, The Drunks and Antony And Cleopatra. Other recent designs include: Hamlet, Libertine, King Lear (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); Bakersfield Mist (West End); Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre & New York); Bracken Moor (Shared Experience & Tricycle Theatre); Goodbye To All That (Royal Court Theatre & Theatre Local); Richard III, The Tempest and As You Like It (Bridge Project at BAM and the Old Vic); Dealer's Choice (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End); Plough And The Stars, The Crucible and Six Characters In Search Of An Author (Abbey, Dublin). Tom is the designer for the critically acclaimed exhibition, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London. Tom collaborated on the exhibition Shakespeare: Staging the World in 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Mermaid is a co-production between Shared Experience and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company.
Shared Experience is supported by Arts Council of England through Grants for Arts and by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Shared Experience are committed to working with a wide range of young people, aged 14 to 20 and from a variety of backgrounds. Participants do not have to be the best singers, just enthusiastic and willing to get involved, with a passion for drama.
Shared Experience have pioneered a thrillingly distinctive performance style that celebrates the union of physical and text based theatre. The Company are committed to creating work that goes beyond our everyday lives, giving form to the invisible world of emotion and imagination and examining the hidden parts of the self. Shared Experience explore the relationship between the world we inhabit and our inner lives. Text and language plays a major part in the company's productions as it strives to offer audiences not only visual excitement, but also deep emotional engagement and intellectual stimulus. The company views the rehearsal process as a genuinely open forum for asking questions and taking risks that redefine the possibilities of performance. At the heart of the company's work is the power and excitement of the actors' physical presence and the collaboration between actor and audience - a shared experience.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation was set up by Andrew in 1992 to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit; since inception Andrew has been the principle provider of funding for all its charitable activities. In 2010, the Foundation embarked on an active grant giving programme and has now awarded grants of over £9m to support high quality training and personal development as well as other projects that make a real difference to nurture young talent and enrich the quality of life both for individuals and within local communities.
For more details on how to apply for a grant and the projects supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, please see our website www.andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com
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MERMAID Tour Listings
Friday 13 to Saturday 21 March
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West Yorkshire Playhouse
24 – Saturday 28 March
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Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Tuesday 31 March to Saturday 4 April
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Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 April
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Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 April
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Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Tuesday 28 April to Saturday 2 May
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Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
6 to Saturday 9 May
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Watford Palace Theatre
Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 May
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