We are swiftly approaching theatre festival season – Brighton Fringe kicked off on 5 May and it won’t be long before the biggest theatre festival in the world, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, rolls around once more. At the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, the second of the year’s three festivals, And That’s Another Story, has kicked off.
Award-winning comedian, actor, writer and director Harry Enfield will play Hollywood studio boss Glogauer in Richard Jones’ production of Once in a Lifetime from 25 November 2016 in the Young Vic’s Main House. Joining Enfield in the company are Daniel Abelson, Claudie Blakley, Okorie Chukwu, Lucy Cohu, Lizzy Connolly, Buffy Davis, Otto Farrant, Amy Griffiths, Amanda Lawrence and John Marquez. Further casting is still to …
Shakespeare often seems to come in cycles, with several productions of the same play on at once in different venues. At the moment, it’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream though it’s a common summer favourite anyway. With so much competition, individual productions need to distinguish themselves from the rest as well as have a distinctive concept, even if that concept is to stick to tradition.
Anarchy! It’s not what you expect from a Shakespeare play… even one that has been performed in as many ways as A
Midsummer Night’s Dream has been tackled. Emma Rice’s debut piece in her first season as Artistic Director for the Globe throws the rulebook right out of the window though with performers wearing head mics, set dressing seemingly hanging from the sky and a distinctly non-reverential approach to William’s words.
The Beeb wheeled out Peter Capaldi for its launch of A Midsummer Night’s Dream due to air on BBC1 at the end of May. Not because he’s in it but because the entire play, adapted to an ‘accessible’ 90 minutes by Who’s reinventor Russell T Davies and filmed with the special effects team at Roath Lock in Cardiff where Dr Who is made, it’s fashioned specifically for Whovian fans.
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