It may be Shakespeare but thanks to the ensemble cast and their excellent interpretation this production of Much Ado About Nothing could not be described as stuffy, taking the audience from high comedy to moments of dramatic tension in minutes.
Northern Broadsides has announced that Laurie Sansom will succeed Conrad Nelson as artistic Director and CEO in June this year. Sansom’s first production for the company will be in spring 2020 and will be announced later in the year.
In the final days of the great Rutter’s leadership of Northern Broadsides, he is directing and starring in Blake Morrison’s adaptation of Alain-René’s 18th-century satirical comedy Turcaret, and giving at least half the characters an extreme Yorkshire argot.
Barrie Rutter will play the role of The Emperor in his forthcoming production of The Captive Queen, a Shakespeare’s Globe and Northern Broadsides co-production, which runs in the Globe’s indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 2 February to 4 March 2018.
Northern Broadsides today announced that their founder and artistic director Barrie Rutter OBE will step down in April 2018 after leading the company for twenty-five years. He has cited lack of suitable Arts Council funding as a reason for his departure.
There can be few cultural places with more of a sense of anticipation than Hull, with 2017 just around the corner. The slogan “we know who we are” is on the station, the banners are flying and I was lucky enough to spend a day with creatives who are determined to make work of the highest standard for the people of Hull, now and into the future. Thank you, Hull Truck, for the invitation.