This week the London theatre bloggers discuss the revival of JB Priestley’s The Roundabout at the Park Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing in a pop-up production at Selfridges department store, and Zoe Lewis’ new play Britten in Brooklyn.
Bessie Carter has the knack of moving seamlessly from a carefree, smiley young woman, to a conniving estranged daughter, to an opinionated Communist. Facial expressions that she puts to excellent use in abundance speak volumes.
I spoke to actress Bessie Carter about her character in JB Priestley’s The Roundabout, running at London’s Park Theatre until 24 September 2016, how the show has been received so far and her famous parents.
I wanted to do the play as truthfully and faithfully as JB Priestley intended it to be. I said to Priestley’s agent that I had no intention of setting it in a fairground just because it’s called The Roundabout. I believe that, as director, I should put across what the writer is trying to get across rather than having a vision or concept of my own.
Park Theatre Artistic Director Jez Bond today announces its new season of work, all in association with a host of exciting and diverse producers, including four world premieres, three UK premieres, two European premieres and a London premiere.