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

 

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LOVE’S SACRIFICE - Swan Theatre: 11 April – 24 June 2015
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE - Royal Shakespeare Theatre 14 May – 2 September

OTHELLO Royal Shakespeare Theatre 4 June – 28 August

 

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

 

 

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE:
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Polly Findlay
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 
14 May – 2 September 2015
Press night: Thursday 21 May, 7pm
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon: Wednesday 22 July 2015

OTHELLO:
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Iqbal Khan
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 
4 June – 28 August 2015
Press night: Thursday 11 June, 7pm
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon: Wednesday 26 August 2015

Casting is announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) summer productions of The Merchant of Venice and Othello, running in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and broadcast worldwide ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’.

Makram J Khoury, one of the most celebrated actors in Israel, makes his RSC debut to play Shylock in Polly Findlay’s production of The Merchant of Venice. The Palestinian-Israeli actor has worked on stage and screen for over 50 years; he was awarded the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival’s Achievement Award and the Israel Prize for acting, regarded as the state’s highest honour. Makram’s credits include international films such as Fatih Akin’s The Cut, which was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2014, Steven Spielberg’s Munich, Natalie Portman’s Amos Oz adaptation A Tale of Love and Darkness, and Richard Raymond’s Iran-set Desert Dancer, as well as Israeli comedy Sukaryot and Magic Men, for which he won an Israeli Film Academy award for best actor. His extensive theatre and TV credits include touring with Peter Brook’s theatre production 11 and 12 and Channel 4’s BAFTA winning drama Complicit.

Joining Makram, and also making her RSC debut in the role of Portia, is Patsy Ferran. Winner of Most Promising Newcomer at this year’s Critics’ Circle Awards, Patsy is currently playing Jim Hawkins in the National Theatre’s production of Treasure Island, also directed by Polly Findlay. Her other credits include Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre West End) and The Angry Brigade (Paines Plough).

The Merchant of Venice cast also includes: Nadia Albina (Nerissa); David Ajao (Singer/Citizen of Venice); Jamie Ballard (Antonio); Scarlett Brookes (Jessica); James Corrigan (Lorenzo); Eva Feiler (Lady/Attendant); Owen Findlay (Salerio); Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (Bassanio); Guy Hughes (Singer/Citizen of Venice); Rina Mahoney (Portia’s Servant/Duke of Venice); Ken Nwosu (Gratiano/Morocco); Brian Protheroe (Aragon); Jay Saighal (Solanio) and Tim Samuels (Launcelot Gobbo/Tubal).

The Merchant of Venice set is designed by the renowned German designer Johannes Schütz; the costumes are designed by Anette Guther with lighting by Peter Mumford. The music is by Marc Tritschler with sound by Gareth Fry. Movement is by Aline David.

As previously announced Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati return to the RSC to play Othello and Iago in Iqbal Khan’s production. Joining them in the role of Desdemona is Joanna Vanderham, who makes her RSC debut. Joanna, best known for playing the lead character of ‘Denise Lovett’ in BBC’s The Paradise, has also starred in feature film What Maisie Knew and BBC drama Dancing on the Edge. Joanna will next appear in Jimmy McGovern’s Banished on BBC Two in early March and as ‘Marian Maudsley’ in a new BBC adaptation of L. P. Hartley’s classic novel The Go-Between in July.

The cast for Othello also includes: Nadia Albina (Duke of Venice); David Ajao (Montano); Scarlett Brookes (Bianca); James Corrigan (Roderigo); Ayesha Dharker (Emilia); Eva Feiler (Citizen of Venice); Owen Findlay (Gentleman of Cyprus); Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (Cassio); Guy Hughes (Soldier); Rina Mahoney (Citizen of Venice); Ken Nwosu (Gentleman of Cyprus); Brian Protheroe (Brabantio); Jay Saighal (Gentleman of Cyprus) and Tim Samuels (Lodovico).

The Othello set is designed by Ciaran Bagnall with costume design by Fotini Dimou, and lighting by Ciaran Bagnall. The music is composed by Akintayo Akinbode with sound by Andrew Franks. Movement is by Diane Alison Mitchell and the fight director is Kev McCurdy.

 

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Press night: Thursday 21 May, 7pm
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon: Wednesday 22 July 2015

OTHELLO
Press night:
 Thursday 11 June, 7pm
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon: Wednesday 26 August 2015

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

The BP £5 ticket scheme and BP Shakespeare Pass for 16 – 25 year olds gives access to £5 tickets for all RSC productions in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or on tour. Tickets can be booked in advance on the phone, online or in person with some availability for sale on the day of the performance.

Production Access Information: www.rsc.org.uk/visit-us/access.aspx
The Merchant of Venice
Saturday 4 July, 1.15pm & Friday 7 August, 7.15pm – Captioned Performances
Wednesday 29 July, 7.15pm & Saturday 22 August, 1.15pm - Audio described performances

Othello
Friday 17 July, 7.15pm & Wednesday 12 August, 7.15pm – Captioned Performances
Friday 10 July, 7.15pm & Saturday 25 July, 1.15pm – 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

 



 

SWAN THEATRE

 

 

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

THE JEW OF MALTA:   read Andrew’s review:- www.theatreworldinternetmagazine.com/theatreworld/midrev.htm#JoM

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.

 

 


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

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

 

WOLVERHAMPTON IS SET TO BELIEVE IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN

WITH

 

GHOST THE MUSICAL

 

 

View the trailer for WBOS Ghost The Musical here | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOEk4E56SRg

 

 

The West End smash-hit GHOST THE MUSICAL made its Midlands premiere at the Grand Theatre back in June 2013 and now it returns with a production from West Bromwich Operatic Society. The company, who perform the musical from Wed 13 – Sat 16 May present a first for the show – being the only amateur production to date to perform the show on the same stage as the professional version.

 

Based on the phenomenal Oscar® winning movie that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation back in the 90s, GHOST THE MUSICAL is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.  Young professional Sam Wheat is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic – Oda Mae Brown, in the hope of saving her from his murderer in a rollercoaster ride of romance and comedy.

 

Stepping into the original movie actor Patrick Swayze’s shoes is John Wetherall from Great Barr as Sam Wheat. John has been with the company for ten years and previous roles have included The Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Albin/Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles. He plays alongside Laura Stanford from Wolverhampton as Molly Jenson. Also from Great Barr, Psychic Oda Mae Brown will be played by Laura Wynter, Carl by George Stuart (Wolverhampton), Willie Lopez by James Mateo-Salt (Great Barr), Clara by Lizzie Buckingham and Louise by Charlotte DeAbreu (both from Walsall) and the Subway Ghost by Tipton’s Maison KelleyLiam Sargeant from Wolverhampton will understudy the role of Sam Wheat and Olivia Jones (Sedgley) will understudy Molly Jensen. The cast is completed by an experienced company of local performers in supporting roles and as the dance ensemble.

 

GHOST THE MUSICAL is directed by Simon Pugh. Musical Direction is by Adam Joy and choreography by Claire Flavell.

 

West Bromwich Operatic Society (WBOS) has been running since 1938 and have performed at the Grand Theatre for over 20 years, with 80 current members.

 

West Bromwich Operatic Society will return to the Grand Theatre to stage a second production in the autumn - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seven-time Tony Award-winning musical SUNSET BOULEVARD, about silent movie star Norma Desmond and her longing to return to the big screen. Performed for the first time on the Grand Theatre stage from Tue 8 – Sat 12 Sept. Tickets are already on sale.

 

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

GHOST – THE MUSICAL

Wed 13 – Sat 16 May 2015

Evenings at 7:30pm, Wed & Sat matinees at 2:30pm

Tickets £15.50 - £21.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Wellington Circus

Nottingham NG1 5AF

BOX OFFICE: 0115 941 9419

Book Online - www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

 

 

 


 

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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