The Taming of the Shrew remains an undoubtedly stimulating evening and well worth a visit, if only to witness the script re-imagined and reinterpreted – a pleasing rarity.
As the RSC’s latest staging of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, here’s a throwback to when Mate Terri Paddock chaired a fascinating panel discussion in Stratford-upon-Avon around the themes in the play and production.
Later this year, the three Shakespeare productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) summer 2019 Stratford season transfer to the Barbican from 26 October 2019.
Two days after Shakespeare’s birthday (23 April), I’ll still be celebrating the bard myself as I make my Royal Shakespeare Company ‘debut’ chairing a panel discussion in Stratford-upon-Avon connected with their new production of The Taming of the Shrew.
I went with glee to Justin Audibert’s production of The Box Of Delights, John Masefield’s first novel about Kay Harker, elegantly adapted by Piers Torday.
The Young Vic’s artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced the venue’s 2019 season which includes Marianne Elliott directinf Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, with Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke and Arinzé Kene cast as Willy, Linda and Biff Loman.
RSC artistic director Gregory Doran announced today his ambition for a new collaborative cross-cast ensemble which reflects the nation, to play three Shakespeare productions in a newly reconfigured Royal Shakespeare Theatre next summer.
The Unicorn Theatre has announced the appointment of Justin Audibert as the company’s new Artistic Director. Justin will take up the position in summer 2018, taking over from Purni Morell who steps down as Artistic Director this spring after nearly seven years in the role.
What is personally the most galling is the programming of Twelfth Night. Emma Rice’s production was my favourite show of 2017. It almost feels like they’re trying to brush it under the carpet by putting it on again so soon.
What would you do if you were given a magical box with special time travelling powers? It is a question that has endless possibilities but in the case of Kay Harker it has to be used to save Christmas and his friends against the wicked sorcerer Abner Brown who will stop at nothing to get the Box of Delights back.
We should applaud productions brave enough to kick against the seasonal schmaltz. From exciting trap doors in floors and cupboards, to a talking disembodied head and spectacular floods, Tom Piper’s stage set is a big draw.
Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle are to star in the new, world premiere stage adaptation of John Masefield’s 1935 Christmas book The Box of Delights, which runs at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall from 1 December 2017 to 6 January 2018.
Two walls of Marshall amps sit either side of gleaming trusses. A DJ booth manned by a black-clad figure sports a banner for a place called Heorot. Smoke seeps through vents in the floor and a woman in goth metal dress prowls the stage.
Justin Audibert directs Debbie Korley as the brave, bold and charismatic Beowulf in Chris Thorpe’s searing new version of this ancient, epic masterpiece opening in October.
Shirley’s script, with its echoes of Hamlet, Othello and The Spanish Tragedy, is less philosophical and more action. Whilst this makes it easy to follow and immediately engaging, the characters are more generally more limited in their scope for interpretation.
Why has THE CARDINAL gone so long unproduced? How did director Justin Audibert discover it? Why stage an epic, 19-character tragedy in Southwark’s 120-seat Off-West End theatre?
Ahead of tomorrow night’s Q&A chaired by My Theatre Mates’ co-founder Terri Paddock, production and opening night photos have been released for the Troupe’s production of rarely seen 17th-century classic The Cardinal.
Rehearsal photos and show trailer have now been released for the Troupe’s forthcoming new production of rarely seen 17th-century classic The Cardinal.
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the director and company of rarely seen 17th-century tragic masterpiece THE CARDINAL on Thursday 23 February 2017. Got any questions? Book tickets to join her for this post-show Q&A.
Katie Leung stars in the world premiere of Snow in Midsummer, a contemporary re-imagining of Guan Hanqing’s Chinese classic drama by the playwright, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, and directed by Justin Audibert. It runs at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 23 February to 25 March 2017, with a press night on 2 March.
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