Set designers are brilliant. They create the most incredible performance spaces for actors. But the opportunity to see Murder in the Cathedral staged in an actual cathedral is just too good to resist? Take a look at Robert Hubert Smith’s fantastic images of Scena Mundi’s production in Southwark Cathedral, then book your tickets!
Have you ever seen a more stunning rehearsal space than that being used for Scena Mundi’s production of Murder in the Cathedral? Take a look at the awesome images, then book your tickets!
TS Eliot’s tale of the killing of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, Murder in the Cathedral, will be staged in a trio of religious buildings next month as Scena Mundi Theatre takes it on a short tour. Book your tickets now.
Lots & lots of shows have their first performances in London and across the country this month, including new productions of Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.
Well, we’re all still here… The big red button hasn’t been pushed yet and theatre is better than ever! But what’s coming up this year?
I get rather drawn to the stats page of the blog at times. But it’s always interesting to see the search terms that bring people here – and which posts get the most hits!
This year variety has been the thing (though I’ve still managed to stack up certain repeat attendances), so that means I’ve seen a serious amount of performers – some even two or three times!
Much of my ‘touring’ has been concentrated in Bristol and Chichester; there are a few other UK venues to add to the list, as well as some from my week in New York, of course.
Shakespeare productions in churches are similar to those at the Globe: the ornateness of the environment is a set in itself that gives the show grandeur and importance. Scena Mundi’s Twelfth Night attempts to emphasise these aspects by drawing on the fashion world, Elizabethan beauty and pageantry with rich costumes and self-indulgence, performed in a small Soho church.
Following the acclaimed success of their production last year of Sad Stories of the Death of Kings, Scena Mundi mark their own celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a production of Twelfth Night, which they describe as “haute-couture and Surrealist” inspired.
With exquisite costumes and graceful execution, there is an undeniable elegance to Scena Mundi’s production of Twelfth Night. The striking French Protestant Church in Soho provides a fitting backdrop.
Viola is in love with Duke Orsino who is in love with Countess Olivia who in turn is in love with Viola dressed up as a man servant of Duke Orsino. A pretty straight forward plot that is simply told in the atmospheric surroundings of the French Protestant church in Soho Square.
Now I’m no republican, but the problem with a hereditary monarchy is that you never really know who you will get ruling you. They could be good or evil, sensible or mad, a statesman/woman or just a state, it’s all a bit of a lottery. This then is the central theme to Christopher Marlowe’s play “Edward II” or to give it its full title “The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer.”