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DERBY: Derby Theatre / Derby Live

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WORCESTERSHIRE: Malvern Theatres

WOLVERHAMPTON: Grand Theatre


 

THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

AT STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

RSC TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 800 1110

For full details visit:  www.rsc.org.uk

 

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN - Royal Shakespeare Theatre - 26 March – 2 May 2015
THE JEW OF MALTA - Swan Theatre: 18 March – 8 September 2015
LOVE’S SACRIFICE - Swan Theatre: 11 April – 24 June 2015

 

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

 

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 

Press Night: Wednesday 1 April, 7pm
 

The 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
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 in advance on the phone, online or in person with some available for sale on the day of the performance.  The scheme is supported by Project Partner, BP.  

Production Access Information: www.rsc.org.uk/visit-us/access.aspx
Friday 24 April, 7.15pm – Audio described performance
Friday 1 May, 7.15pm – Captioned Performance
Saturday 2 May, 1.15pm - Audio described performance

 

 

 



 

SWAN THEATRE

 

 

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY’S SUMMER SWAN THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

THE JEW OF MALTA:
By Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Justin Audibert
Swan Theatre: 
18 March – 8 September 2015
Press night: Thursday 26 March, 7pm

LOVE’S SACRIFICE:
By John Ford
Directed by Matthew Dunster
Swan Theatre: 
11 April – 24 June 2015
Press night: Monday 20 April, 7pm

Full casting is announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s summer productions of The Jew of Malta and Love’s Sacrifice, continuing a commitment to celebrate the work of Shakespeare’s contemporaries in the RSC’s intimate Swan Theatre.

Making his RSC debut Justin Audibert directs Christopher Marlowe’s play of religious conflict and revenge, The Jew of Malta. Justin is the Artistic Associate for HighTide Festival Theatre and Red Ladder; his recent credits include Beached (Marlowe Theatre/Soho Theatre) and Hamlet (Watermill Theatre). Returning to the RSC, having played the title role in Gregory Doran’s productions of Henry IV Parts I and II, Jasper Britton plays the complex Machiavellian protagonist, Barabas. The Jew of Malta plays in the Swan Theatre from March 2015 with a press night on Thursday 26 March.

Love’s Sacrifice is directed by Matthew Dunster who also makes his RSC debut with this rarely performed thrilling revenge tragedy powered by the destructive force of unrequited love. Matthew is an Associate Artist at the Young Vic and his forthcoming production Liberian Girl opens at the Royal Court in January 2015. Staged for the first time in 400 years, Love’s Sacrifice was the winning play of the Scholar’s Pitch, a challenge set by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran for academics to suggest a forgotten 17th century play that would appeal to a modern audience.

At the centre of this tale of jealousy is the beautiful Bianca who will be played by Catrin Stewart, most well-known for her recent roles as Jenny Flint in Doctor Who and Emma in Ruth Jones’ Sky 1 comedy drama series, Stella. Playing her devoted and jealous husband the Duke of Pavy, a character with echoes of Shakespeare’s Othello, is Matthew Needham. Matthew returns to the RSC following the 2013 productions ofCandide and Titus Andronicus and is currently appearing in The Knight of the Burning Pestle at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Love’s Sacrifice plays in the Swan Theatre from April 2015 with a press night on Monday 20 April.

The productions are cross-cast. The cast for The Jew of Malta includes: Andy Apollo (Don Lodowick); Sheila Atim (Attendant); Jasper Britton (Barabas); Guy Burgess (First Knight); Beth Cordingly(Bellamira); Geoffrey Freshwater (Friar Barnadine); Marcus Griffiths (Calymath); Rhiannon Handy (Attendant); Simon Hedger (Merchant); Julian Hoult (Merchant); Matthew Kelly (Friar Jacomo); Annette McLaughlin (Katherine); Lanre Malaolu (Ithamore); Matthew Needham (Pilia-Borza); Steven Pacey (Ferneze); Richard Rees (Martin del Bosco); Colin Ryan (Don Mathias); Nav Sidhu (Callapine); Catrin Stewart (Abigail) and Gabby Wong (Abbess).

The cast for Love’s Sacrifice includes: Andy Apollo (Ferentes); Sheila Atim (Julia); Guy Burgess (Nibrassa); Beth Cordingly (Fiormonda); Geoffrey Freshwater (Abbot); Marcus Griffiths (Roseilli); Rhiannon Handy (Colona); Simon Hedger (Guard); Julian Hoult (Attendant); Matthew Kelly (Mauruccio); Jamie Thomas King (Fernando); Jonathan McGuinness (D’Avalos); Annette McLaughlin (Morona); Matthew Needham (Duke of Pavy); Richard Rees (Petruchio); Colin Ryan (Giacapo); Nav Sidhu (Attendant); Catrin Stewart (Bianca) and Gabby Wong (Attendant).

The Jew of Malta is designed by Lily Arnold with lighting by Oliver Fenwick. The music is composed by Jonathan Girling with sound by Claire Windsor. Movement is by Lucy Cullingford and the Fight Director is Kev McCurdy.

Love’s Sacrifice is designed by Anna Fleischle with lighting by Lee Curran. The music is composed by Alexander Balanescu with sound by Ian Dickinson. Movement is by Charlotte Broom and video design byDick Straker.

Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk 0207 845 0512 or amy.belson@rsc.org.uk 01789 412622.

For press tickets please contact dean.asker@rsc.org.uk 01789 412660

To book tickets call 0844 800 1110 or online at www.rsc.org.uk 

THE JEW OF MALTA
Press night: Thursday 26 March, 7pm

LOVE’S SACRIFICE
Press night:
 Monday 20 April, 7pm

The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION

£5 tickets for 16-25s
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 in advance on the phone, online or in person with some available for sale on the day of the performance.  The scheme is supported by Project Partner, BP.  

Production Access Information: www.rsc.org.uk/visit-us/access.aspx

The Jew of Malta
Thursday 14 May, 7.30pm & Wednesday 10 June, 7.30pm – Captioned Performances
Saturday 23 May, 1.30pm & Saturday 27 June, 7.30pm - Audio described performances

Love’s Sacrifice
Friday 29 May, 7.30pm & Tuesday 23 June, 7.30pm – Captioned Performances
Saturday 13 June, 1.30pm & Wednesday 17 June, 7.30pm – Audio described performances

Made in Stratford-upon-Avon - Seen around the world

Everyone at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. Our work begins its life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we share it with audiences across the world through our touring, residencies and online activity. So, wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work that is made in Shakespeare’s home town.

Shakespeare has been performed and celebrated in Stratford for centuries and the RSC has trained generations of the very best theatre makers since the Company was founded in 1961.  We pioneer contemporary approaches to Shakespeare’s plays, as well as staging the work of those who inspired him and the work of today’s playwrights. www.rsc.org.uk

 

 


GRAND THEATRE

WOLVERHAMPTON

BOX OFFICE: 01902 42 92 12

www.grandtheatre.co.uk

 

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S

“OKLAHOMA!”

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 ScandalLadies in LavenderThe Killing of Sister George) as Aunt Eller, Gary Wilmot (Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe Pajama GameChitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Ali Hakim, Ashley Day (The Book of MormonThe Wizard of OzHigh School Musical) as Curly, Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of MusicMAMMA MIA!Spring Awakening) as Laurey and Nic Greenshields (Guys and DollsBilly ElliotThe 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 MorninI’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.

 


LISTINGS INFORMATION

OKLAHOMA!

Tue 3 – SAT 7 MARCH 2015

Mon – Sat evenings 7.30pm, Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm

Tickets from £24.50 - £37.50

 

 

 

 


 

NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Wellington Circus

Nottingham NG1 5AF

BOX OFFICE: 0115 941 9419

Book Online - www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

 

MERMAID

 

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

 

Designed 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 boldly imaginative adaptations of literary classics, today announces full casting for the world première of Mermaid, its modern re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy story of The Little Mermaid. Mermaid opens in  Nottingham and tours to Leeds, Mold, Richmond, Cardiff, Southampton, Edinburgh, Watford and Oxford from 13 March to 23 May 2015.

 

Joining Natalie Gavin and Polly Frame, are Ritu Arya, Finn Hanlon, Miranda Mac Letten, Steve North, Amka Okafor and Sarah Twomey. Writer and director Polly Teale transports the story to a contemporary setting in this unique, new production which is designed by Tom Piper, who recently designed 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London'.  Mermaid is a powerful coming of age story about love, loss and longing.

 

Shared Experience has created a pioneering, participation project around Mermaid and are recruiting young women between the age of 14 to 20 to perform on stage and create the sound of the mermaids' magical singing. In each of the cities the tour is visiting, Shared Experience is searching for a chorus of young women who will work with the company and become part of the production. The heart of the play explores coming of age and sexual awakening, and its themes centre on self-image and identity. Mermaid's young 'mermaids' 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.

 

Ritu Arya plays Mermaid 2.  Theatre credits include A Fire of Small Virtues (Arcola Theatre), Funk (Soho Theatre), Secret Cinema presents The Grand Budapest Hotel (Secret Cinema), The Collector (Gilded Balloon/ Arcola Theatre),Blood and Honour (Arts Theatre), Carpe Diem (National Theatre), Liar Liar (Unicorn Theatre) and O.K Tata Bye Bye (Royal Court Theatre).Television credits include Doctors, Sherlock 3: Sign of Three and The Tunnel. Radio includes In Aldershot for BBC 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.

 

Natalie Gavin plays Blue. 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.

 

Finn Hanlon plays Prince. Theatre credits include War Horse (national tour), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V and The Winter's Tale (Propeller), The Trial (Watford Palace Theatre),Private Peaceful (tour), Beautiful Thing (BAC), Once We Were Mothers (Orange Tree), Tartuffe and 'Tis Pity She's A Whore (Bristol Old Vic). Television and film includes Being Human, Not Me, and Tristan and Isolde.

 

Miranda Mac Letten plays Mermaid 1. After graduating from London Contemporary Dance School, Miranda became an apprentice for Punchdrunk's and the English National Opera's The Duchess of Malfi, and she has continued performing professionally in The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, the biggest and most ambitious production yet from the award winning Punchdrunk. Site specific and immersive theatre has featured heavily in Miranda's career going on to be part of Bold Tendencies' Titus Andronicus, a collaboration with Parkour practitioners, beat boxers and actors. Other companies she has worked with include Secret Cinema, Smallpetitklein, Gideon Reeling. C-12 Dance Theatre, The People Pile and Bicycle Ballet. She is also founder of her own company kerfuffle Dance.

 

Steve North plays King. Theatre credits includes War Horse (RNT/West End), Meeting Joe Strummer  (Edinburgh Fringe First Winner & National Tours),  Pretend You Have Big Buildings (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Not The Love I Cry For (Arcola Theatre), and Fever Pitch (Arts Theatre & National Tour - nominated for Best Actor in the Manchester Evening News Awards). Television and film includes: War Horse NT Live (National), Holby City, Doctors, Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, Mongrels, EastEnders, The Bill, Whistleblower, Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Sense & Sensibility, Murphy's Law, Is Harry On The Boat? and London's Burning.

 

Amaka Okafor plays Mermaid 3. Theatre credits include Glasgow Girls (Glasgow Citizens and Stratford East), The Snow Queen, The Three Musketeers, Beauty and the Beast, The Tempest, Cinderella (Unicorn Theatre), Dr Korczak's Example (Manchester Royal Exchange and Arcola), The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland), Branded (Old Vic), Tracey Beaker Gets Real (National Tour, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre). Television includes the regular character of Jasmine in the BBC children's series Grandpa in my Pocket, The Bill and Doctors.

 

Sarah Twomey plays Little Mermaid. Sarah graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art last year, and Mermaid will mark her professional stage debut.

 

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 IndiaOrestes - Light and Blood, War and Peace, Mill on the Floss, Anna Karenina, Gone to Earth and critically acclaimed new writing such as After Mrs RochesterBronteSpeechlessMary Shelley and now Mermaid.

 

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 2Henry VHenry 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 ItThe Grain StoreThe Drunks and Antony And Cleopatra. Other recent designs include: HamletLibertine, 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 StarsThe 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.

 

 

 

 


 

DERBY THEATRE

 

Theatre Walk

Eagle Centre

Derby

DE1 2NF

 

BOX OFFICE: 01332 593939

or

www.derbytheatre.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALVERN THEATRES

FORUM and FESTIVAL

Grange Road

Malvern

Worcestershire

WR1 3HB

BOX OFFICE: 01684 892277

www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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