The concept of the piece was fascinating, with the production beginning with an introduction of the actors in a travelling performance group tasked with telling the story of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Iris Theatre’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel is certainly an ambitious and refreshing take on the story – but can’t always make up its mind whether it wants to be taken seriously or not.
Love London Love Culture offers her guide to five shows opening in London this month…
Robert Rhodes chatted to us about taking on the role of Quasimodo in Iris Theatre’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
For swashbuckling family fun this summer, look no further than Iris Theatre’s The Three Musketeers. Set at the beautiful St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, the largely open-air production takes Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel and condenses it into a thrilling adventure.
The Three Musketeers rip-roaring, swashbuckling, feminist historical romp the whole family can enjoy, especially in a heatwave.
It’s time to head to 17th-century Paris with d’Artagnan, desperate to become a Musketeer – but hiding a secret that could bring those dreams crashing down in an instant.
I’d recommend The Tempest to anyone looking for a traditional Shakespearean production with a bit of a twist. While it may not bring us any radical new interpretations of the text, it does make for a thoroughly enjoyable evening,
A nice enough experience and a valiant attempt at making The Tempest more bearable, though a bit more trimming would be ideal – however, it’s a visual wonder that makes excellent use of the church & its garden, incorporating some magical set designs.
Preparations are well underway for the UK premiere of a double bill of two new one-act operas showcasing women in lead roles, Ruth and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets. Sneak a peek into the rehearsal room with Pegasus Opera Company and American composer Philip Hagemann ahead of next week’s run, for four performances only, at the Actors Church (St Paul’s) in Covent Garden. And then get booking!
Next week, Pegasus Opera Company presents the UK premiere of a double bill of two new one-act operas showcasing women in lead roles, Ruth and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets. Their American composer Philip Hagemann has flown in specially to conduct the production running for four performances only at the Actors Church (St Paul’s) in Covent Garden. He took a break from preparations to tell us more. Read our interview – and then get booking!
Pegasus Opera Company this month presents the UK premiere of a double bill of two new one-act operas showcasing women in lead roles. Ruth and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets – both composed and conducted by American artist Philip Hagemann – will run for four performances only from 28 February to 4 March 2018 at the Actors Church (St Paul’s) in Covent Garden. Learn more – and then get booking!
Not long left to see Iris Theatre’s latest outdoor family production, performed in the grounds of St Paul’s Church. The company’s new adaptation of Hansel & Gretel, which continues until next Sunday 3 September 2017, has been Offie-nominated for Best Production for Young People (Aged 8+) and has attracted some lovely notices.
Hot on the heels of its critically acclaimed Macbeth, Iris Theatre continues its tenth anniversary season this summer with a new family adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel, told in the company’s signature immersive style around the grounds of St Paul’s, the Actors’ Church.
Even if the audience understands that Macbeth is about somebody who murders the king and sees witches, they still want to grasp what is happening line to line and scene to scene. When a play stretches to over three hours, this can sometimes be a daunting task, for actors as well as directors.
The theatrical axis usually tilts north towards Edinburgh in August, but this year there’s still plenty happening in London as summer heads to a conclusion. Here are a few of the most notable London openings this month that you should keep an eye out for…
There are some imaginative touches in Iris Theatre’s Treasure Island – the trouble is, in a play that is 2 ½ hours long, they are too few and far between. Daniel Winder has taken Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale and boiled it down to an economically staged spin through the narrative.