Sope Dirisu as Caius Martius
Angus Jackson bookends the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season, his traditional dress Julius Caesar having opened it he now caps it off with a modern set Coriolanus. If the latter is the least well known of Shakespeare’s Roman plays its central theme – dissent of the masses against an ignorant ruling class – is surely as pertinent as any of the Bard’s work in the current climate. Continue reading
Andrew Woodall as Caesar.
photo by Helen Maybanks
It’s an accepted cliché that, whatever the prevailing political mood there is a Shakespeare play that adequately reflects, comments on or holds a mirror up to it. Like all the best clichés it has become so ingrained in the consciousness of theatregoers because it is largely true. Thus at a time when we worry about the power of world leaders like Trump and the ability of political parties with extremist views to gain momentum Julius Caesar seems incredibly apt. Continue reading
Image credit: Peter Cook
We’ve often said that when the Royal Shakespeare Company announce a new season it’s like we get an extra Christmas and their latest news is particularly exciting with a new adaptation of a Christmas classic, a West End transfer and a particularly exciting play series in the Swan. Read on to find out all the details… Continue reading
Alex as Orlando in the RSC’s ‘As You Like It’
It probably won’t come as a surprise to any regular reader that I always get excited about the new Royal Shakespeare Company season and I’ve been particularly looking forward to them attacking Shakespeare’s Roman plays.
Despite the season not starting until March I’ve been hungry for information on what to expect. Thankfully Alex Waldmann was kind enough to give me – and you – an idea of what to expect! Alex is a veteran of the RSC and of Shakespeare productions in general so it was fascinating to get his insight… grab a cup of tea and settle in, this is a cracking read! Continue reading
Photo by Tara Moore. Image Courtesy of Kevin Francis Gray Studio.
It’s just our luck… we go away for a few days break in Stratford-upon-Avon to check out theRoyal Shakespeare Company‘s King Lear and they go and announce their 2017 season. Well, it’s a good one so just in case you haven’t heard already, here’s the news: Continue reading
It’s among the most rampant of theatrical clichés that every actor aspires to one day play Lear. Everyone it would seem, except Frank Langella who is quoted as saying “I’ve never waited to play any part. Things happen and I decide OK I suppose it’s time”. Indeed he has turned down Lear’s crown previously, but something about this production appealed to him and thus we find the Oscar nominated actor in the cosy confines of Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. Continue reading
The sun, in my experience at least, always shines on Chichester. This is my third trip this year to the Festival Theatre and each time the weather has been kind. As we stroll toward the gorgeous Theatre In The Park the sun is shining. People are walking dogs and the whole scene is rather idyllic. What a way to start a Friday evening! Continue reading
I’ve always felt that I’m lucky to have been born and raised in Portsmouth (and you won’t often hear people say that), not just because of the wealth of great theatre, both professional and ‘amateur’ in this city, but also because we’re so close not only to The Mayflower in Southampton but also to the wonderful Chichester Festival Theatre! Continue reading