If you’re of a certain age and grew up in a time before Harry Potter dominated childrens literature then the author you went to for a sense of wonder (and often of the macabre) was Roald Dahl. Responsible for a clutch of stories still loved today perhaps his best rounded and most relatable tale is of the book loving rebel Matilda and the mostly ogre-ish adults she is surrounded by. Continue reading
Antony Sher’s diaries, charting his exploration of some of Shakespeare’s most iconic roles, could easily be marketed as essential ‘how to’ guides for young actors , his honesty and anxiety must be reassuring for performers who no doubt all feel the same way at various points in their careers. Continue reading
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
Josette Simon and Antony Byrne.
Photo by Helen Maybanks
After the heated political tension of Julius Caesar, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season continues with a foray into Egypt for Antony & Cleopatra. The mood here is, initially at least, much lighter than the previous visit to Mark Antony but there are still tensions in Rome! 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
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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
There’s no better way to kick the post-Christmas blues than an early January trip to the theatre, so this year we decided to go an extra step and head to Stratford upon Avon for a short break. Of course, when you’re in Stratford you’d be mad to miss a trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company so we booked well in advance to see The Tempest. Continue reading
2016 is nearly over and while we’re looking excited to see what 2017 holds it would be remiss of us not to reflect on the shows that have entertained us this year! Continue reading
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