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KING LEAR – RSC, Stratford & London

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

William Shakespeare’s tragedy depicting the 17th Century King’s descent into madness has been given a pared down, modern retelling by director Gregory Doran in this new production at the RSC. The audience draw is clearly Antony Sher, taking on the eponymous role (the Stratford run is apparently returns only) but this production has much to commend it.






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NEWS: RSC announces Winter 2016 season, marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

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The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its winter 2016 season, marking Shakespeare’s 400 anniversary with seven productions in its Stratford-upon-Avon home, including three productions in the Swan Theatre, which itself celebrates its 30th anniversary. Overview ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE King Lear directed by Gregory Doran, with Antony Sher in the title role, David Troughton as Gloucester and Paapa Essiedu as Edmund …

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INTERVIEW: Alex Hassell on his journey from Hal to Henry V

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

As the RSC cycle of Shakespeare’s Histories arrives at London’s Barbican Theatre, Alex Hassell appears first as Hal in Henry IV Pts 1 & 2, before maturing into the series’ Henry V. 35 years old and with enviably chiselled features, whilst not yet a household name, Hassell is commanding increasing respect. It was only last month that he achieved a podium finish as a Best Supporting Performance nominee in the 2015 UK Theatre Awards for his portrayal of Biff in the RSC’s acclaimed revival of Death Of A Salesman.






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DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Noel Coward Theatre, West End

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Plaudits have already been heaped on Antony Sher’s performance as Willy Loman in Greg Doran’s scorching production of Death of a Salesman for the RSC. Arthur Miller’s keynote play, long held up as a searching critique of the 20th-century American psyche, pitches Sher into a role that sees him suicidally depressed, hurled onto the scrap heap and casually catapulted between imaginary decades at the playwright’s whim. Often referred to as the Hamlet of American literature, Sher’s immersion in the role is total as he nails Loman’s doomed fragility.






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Curse of the character actor? Antony Sher doubted he could play Falstaff

In Awards, Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Tonight, Antony Sher opens in the West End in RSC’s transfer of Death of a Salesman. But, as acclaimed as the production is, as important as it is in this centenary year of Arthur Miller’s birth, and as epic a part as the role of life’s underdog Willy Loman (who Sher plays) is, the truth […]