Tag: Gregory Doran

RSC Announce Winter 2017 Season and More!

Image credit: Peter Cook
(c) RSC

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

Cheap Seats chat with Alex Waldmann

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

King Lear @ The Barbican Centre

Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c) RSC

Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c) RSC

For many actors Lear is the ultimate role, hence the proliferation of productions that appear every year. In 2016 alone we’ve had Timothy West, Don Warrington and Michael Pennington all pop up in the role and Glenda Jackson is currently giving us a female perspective over at the Old Vic. RSC stalwart Antony Sher’s take on the role has been something we’ve been waiting a few years for… so how does he do? Continue reading

RSC Announce 2017 Spring-Summer Season

Photo by Tara Moore. Image Courtesy of Kevin Francis Gray Studio.

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

RSC To Transfer 6 Plays To London In 2016

LONDON - MARCH 06: A general view of the Barbican Centre on the day of a concert celebrating its 25th Birthday on March 6, 2007 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II opened the Barbican Centre on March 3, 1982 and declared it to be "one of the wonders of the modern world". Funded by the City of London, the Barbican is the largest multi-arts centre in Europe, housing a 2,000-seater concert hall, two theatres, two art galleries, three cinemas, three restaurants and conference suites and a floor space of 20 acres. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Following the four Shakespeare history plays, King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, which kicked off 2016 at the Barbican Theatre, the touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation visits the Barbican for a week of performances in May, with London amateurs from the Tower Theatre joining the cast as the Rude Mechanicals, and pupils from Eastbury Community school and Beam Primary school in Barking and Dagenham playing Titania’s fairy train. Continue reading

Henry V @ The Barbican Centre

Royal Shakespeare Company production of HENRY V by William Shakespeare directed by Gregory Doran

Shakespeare has loomed large over London’s theatre scene in 2015, from the fevered anticipation to Benedict Cumberbatch’s performances in (the underwhelming) Hamlet to Kenneth Branagh forming his own company and presenting a series of plays built around a pair of the Bard’s pieces. With such fanfare the RSC’s return to the Barbican with the last of their King and Country cycle (and later the whole cycle in repertory) has almost slipped in under the radar, but the less heralded shows are, in our experience, often the most rewarding… Continue reading

RSC Shares Update on Productions at The Barbican Centre

tumblr_inline_nvt5ws3D2o1rgiv1h_500The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) returns to the Barbican in November with Henry V, followed by a major theatrical event in January 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death – with performances of all four productions of Gregory Doran’s history plays in repertoire. Continue reading

The RSC Announce Spring Summer 2016 Season

tumblr_inline_nuaskybXlO1rgiv1h_500Very exciting news this morning as the Royal Shakespeare Company announce their spring/summer season for 2016. A special year as it marks the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare himself! Read on below for full details. Continue reading

Antony Sher – Year Of The Fat Knight

It’s strangely comforting to realise that even the greatest actors have their fair share of fears and worries over their performances. Though most performers work hard to hide them, in his latest book Year of The Fat Knight Antony Sher (a Sir himself) confronts those feelings head on in a brilliantly honest and wonderfully engrossing diary that encompasses the days between the Gregory Doran deciding to direct the Henry plays and opening night at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Continue reading