Park Theatre has announced its new July to December 2019 season. Featuring four world premiere productions, two UK and London premieres and a range of revivals from Broadway and the West End and featuring Miriam Margolyes, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Meaghan Martin.
One of the benefits in producing such a wide-ranging festival as Pinter at the Pinter has been the flexibility in its programming, allowing for thematic evenings to emerge as opposed to a straight chronological trip through the canon. So here, Jamie Lloyd is able to bring together two plays set at gatherings, both conveniently cast for nine people.
The purpose of Jamie Lloyd’s still and contained approach is extremely well and atmospherically realised by a top-notch cast who bring such clarity to Pinter Six’s social commentary.
The Cold War surveillance drama Pack of Lies is interesting enough, but its old-fashioned qualities are not an unmixed blessing.
Hugh Whitemore’s 1983 play Pack of Lies, immaculately set in every humble postwar detail, reconstructs a real case: the plight of a hapless suburban couple who found their daughter’s bedroom requisitioned for surveillance of the opposite neighbours.
Full casting has been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory’s major revival of Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies. Hannah Chissick directs Jasper Britton as (Stewart), Sia Dauda (Sally), Alasdair Harvey (Peter Kroger), Chris Larkin (Bob Jackson), Macy Nyman (Julie Jackson), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Helen Kroger), Natalie Walter (Thelma) and Finty Williams (Barbara Jackson).
Further all-star casting has been announced for Jamie Lloyd Company’s Pinter at the Pinter, an unparalleled event featuring all twenty short plays written by Harold Pinter in the West End theatre that bears his name.
Keith Allen, Phil Davis, Paapa Essiedu, Rupert Graves, Gary Kemp, John Simm and Maggie Steed have joined the extraordinary company of Pinter at the Pinter, the unprecedented season featuring all 20 of Harold Pinter’s one-act plays, running from September 2018 to February 2019, to mark the tenth anniversary of the Nobel Prize winner’s death.
Pinter at the Pinter, a unique event presented by the Jamie Lloyd Company, featuring all 20 one-act plays written by the great British playwright, will be performed in the theatre that bears his name from 6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019.
The entire cast of Present Laughter executed every scene with a fabulous, animated, flamboyant energy yet there seemed to be an awful lot of unnecessary shouting throughout this production.
Yes, the Present Laughter is a bit jokey and, as one critic has said, cartoonish, but perhaps that is just what audiences want. You can’t say that it isn’t entertaining.
What begins as a comedy of manners in Present Laugher does turn gradually into true farce: wrong people behind doors, disastrous revelations of affairs, panic. And in this area director Sean Foley is wholly reliable.
The full company has been revealed for the opening production of Chichester’s Festival 2018, Noël Coward’s Present Laughter, with Rufus Hound as Garry Essendine, Katherine Kingsley as Liz Essendine and Tracy-Ann Oberman as Monica Reed.
Matt Lucas, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Patricia Hodge will be joining the Festival 2018 cast at Chichester Festival Theatre.
In the shadow of Grenfell Tower, new west London theatre The Playground will premiere Gregory Evans’ Shirleymander, a dramatization of the Shirley Porter Westminster Council ‘homes for votes’ scandal of the 1980s. This week’s reading stars Tracy-Ann Oberman, Patrick Ryecart and Michael Simkins.
If I Were A Rich Man, I would fund this production’s transfer to the West End right this minute.
Though my life has long been filled with musicals, Fiddler on the Roof has never been the one. I’ve only ever seen it the once (2013’s touring version) and though I quite enjoyed it then, I can’t say I was hankering after seeing another production.
Omid Djalili steps up to the pivotal role of Tevye the milkman. Married to Golde and with 5 daughters (3 of marriageable age) Djalili captures a hen-pecked, hardworking weariness of the poor pious family man who dreams of maybe, just a small fortune.
The full company is announced today for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, running at Chichester Festival Theatre from 10 July to 26 August 2017, led by Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman.
There may be few real surprises to be had at Stepping Out but what Maria Friedman’s production here at the Vaudeville does, is to conjure a marvellously congenial atmosphere which is ideally suited to the play.
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