The Cut Halesworth Suffolk 27 April-10 May 2009.
“Just Between Ourselves,,,”, “Man of the Moment…” and “Private Fears in Public Places” – the titles of the Alan Ayckbourn plays being performed this summer in Northampton somehow express the playwright’s diverse worlds: intimate conversation, headline declaration and a sociological thesis-heading. All come, of course, with laughs but they have their darker sides too. As the season reaches its climax Timothy Ramsden meets Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre and former Ayckbourn associate, who put the …
Playwrights - and what they get up to in private. I have just finished reviewing David Edgar’s excellent book on How Plays Work. Reviewing this book has focused my thinking on a word - the noun that describes the activity of writing plays. Rod Dungate explores a linguistic anomaly in the world of writing plays . . .
London. AN INSPECTOR CALLS by J B Priestley. Transfer to Wyndhams Theatre. Tue-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed, Thu 2.30pm Sat 3pm. Runs 1hr 50min No interval. TICKETS: 0844 482 5120. Review: Timothy Ramsden 30 September at Novello Theatre. Seemingly imperishable play and production.
RSC actor Harriet Walter puts together an intriguing photographic exhibition in the RSC Theatre, Stratford. Harriet Walter is starring in Antony and Cleopatra with Patrick Stewart - sold out in Stratford and moving to the Novello Theatre, Aldwych in January. Here's information about a photographic exhibition she has put together - celebrating the beauty of the ageing face. It will run from 2 December till February 2007. ‘Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety’ Antony and Cleopatra
It wasn’t hard to estimate the Saturday night stalls crowd at Northampton’s Royal Theatre for the final performance there of Arthur Schnitzler’s Liebelei in a production by Luc Bondy of David Harrower’s English version, called Sweet Nothings.
Peter Cheeseman died on 27 April 2010, aged 78. It’s incredible to think he was that old. Of course, I hadn’t seen him much recently – he retired in 1998, and I had only one sighting after that – which itself was shocking. But whenever I saw, or very occasionally met, him he seemed perennially somewhere in his forties: energetic, enthusiastic, sure of himself in the world around him. A New Theatre Form Cheeseman was one of the leaders of …
Adam Spreadbury-Maher is not one to avoid a challenge. Deciding between the cultural opportunities Australia offered in Melbourne or Sydney, the Canberra-born, opera-trained performer decided on London for a career as theatre director. Because it is, he says, home to the English-language theatre tradition, has more theatres than any other city, and plenty of pubs.
On 10 January, the Royal Court became one of the first London theatres to open its 2005 season, in the Theatre Upstairs, with a piece called Tim Fountain: Sex Addict. While this was undoubtedly spot-on in terms of the Trade Descriptions Act, it does seem to have limited qualities in some other departments. Mr Fountain, who has written several scripts and advised on many others, nightly recounts his, of necessity, one-night sexual encounter following the previous show. He then proceeds …
Maureen Lipman is going to Birmingham Rep in September to play the worst singer in the world! Peter Quilter's play about Florence Foster Jenkins premiers at the Rep 2nd September.
Birmingham Rep inform us that they're going to produce a new musical featuring the songs of Birmingham based UB40. It's called PROMISES AND LIES and till be performed in 2006. The musical is the result of a collaboration with young writer, Jess Walters.
RSC HOSTS THE FIRST EVER FESTIVAL OF SHAKESPEARE'S COMPLETE WORKS IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON For more details of this enormous undertaking, read on . . .
Rod Dungate speaks with Joe Harmston Chief Executive of an innovative new-writing company THE IDEAS FOUNDRY. What's innovative about it? 'It's a business' says Harmston.