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Between 3-6 April fourteen companies came together in the small Northumberland town of Alnwick to present and debate examples of the work they tour, mostly to rural settings. Timothy Ramsden reports.
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.
Geoff Ambler FOLLIES Days 1 - 3 Geoff has been invited to attend all rehearsals in Northampton for the show. His fly-on-the-wall account gives an intriguing insight into preparations. Here's the start: days 1 - 3
Geoff Ambler continues his observations of Follies rehearsals at the Royal Theatre, Northampton Geoff, our Musical theatre man, is sitting in on rehearsals. He's giving us a unique step-by-step account.
Ben Jonson: Theatre Revolutionary Rod Dungate (Rod Dungate is a playwright and poet, arts journalist and co-editor of ReviewsGate) Length: 1400 words Jonson's reputation really rests on three plays, Volpone, The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair. Even so, these are infrequently performed. His other later plays are much neglected, even thought unstageable. There are those who, not to put too fine a point on it, think that as he grew older, Jonson gradually lost his marbles.
Les Misérables – Twenty-one years on and you can still hear the people sing. ReviewsGate team member, Geoff Ambler, reports back on a very special theatre event. Read on . . .
Noel Coward: In or out of Society: he WAS Society Joe Harmstone: Notes on Directing and Acting Coward (HAYFEVER): given as a lecture to students at Birmingham University Drama Dept, Jan 2000 (Joe Harmstone is a freelance director.) Length: 3100 words In 1998, I was directing two Pinter plays at the Donmar warehouse when I was asked by a journalist to explain how you approach a Pinter? Before I could think of anything erudite, one of the actors responded, as …
Geoff Ambler continues his Fly-on-the-wall's eye view of the Follies Rehearsals at the Royal Theatre, Northampton . . . he has two more weeks to go. His observations are in three parts. They are all held in the Features area of Reviewsgate.com; a unique record of a rehearsal process.
Bollocks to the Pause, or, Relative Truth Joe Harmstone on directing Pinter in Pinter's plays, given as a lecture to students at Birmingham and Northampton Universities 4000 words (Joe Harmstone is a freelance director) Since 1994 I have worked with and got to know Harold Pinter and in 1997 I directed the first revivals of The Lover and The Collection in London since the early sixties. Harold played Harry the homosexual. My association with Harold began at Chichester where I …
Geoff continues with his account of Follies Rehearsals at the Royal Theatre, Northampton. Here he is from days 19 - 22. Run throughs and first visits to the stage . . .
'Oh no she didn't!' 'Oh yes she did!' 'Oh no she didn't!' Recognise this? Right . . . the sort of thing we expect and possibly enjoy in pantomime. Is it good seasonal fare but bad theatre? Not surprisingly at this time of year, Rod Dungate has been wondering just that.
Geoff Ambler completes his account of rehearsals for Follies at the Royal Theatre, Northampton. He starts with the 'tech stuff' and completes his account with a note about the Press Night. Which is where Timothy Ramsden takes over - as ReviewsGate co-editor, he attended the press night to review the show. Read on . . .
Interview with JOAN COLLINS, talking about her forthcoming role in THE CIRCLE. Syndicated from Birmingham Hippodrome THE CIRCLE (Alan Melville) is at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 5 -10 April and tours. Her career has spanned more than five decades, 55 films, 50 TV shows, nine plays, 10 books, three children and five husbands. She was superbitch Alexis Carrington Colby for eight years in the TV soap of the 80s, Dynasty; took most of her clothes off for Playboy at the …
The following note by Rod Dungate is reprinted from Encore Theatre Company's programme for their 2004 production of THE IMPORTANCE. In my play Friends of Oscar I have Oscar's son Vyvyan in conversation with a male prostitute, Jack Saul (I lifted him from an erotic novel of the period). Part of the conversation goes:
TALKING HEADS AND TALES An Audience with Alan Bennett University of Warwick Arts Centre 26.05.04 ReviewsGate reviewer John Alcock reports on a visit to Warwick Arts Centre by Alan Bennett This week's guest in the Warwick Writers' series was Alan Bennett, not so much following the usual practice of reading from his work as talking about it a monumental task in itself as he dipped in and out of three decades of writing for theatre, television and film.
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 …