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Those of you familiar with the Shakespeare properties, may be interested to know that the Time Team filmed at the New Place excavations is being shown this Sunday, March 11th on Channel 4 at 8pm.

There was brief coverage of the excavation when they were here filming but this will be the first time the complete programme is broadcast.

The press announcement from Channel 4 reads:

Sunday, 11/03/2012 8pm Searching for Shakespeare’s House: A Time Team Special Tony Robinson and the Time Team cameras join archaeologists as they dig the site of William Shakespeare’s house, New Place, in Stratford on Avon. There’s little of it above ground now, but records show it was Tudor Stratford’s biggest private home, with up to 20 rooms. However, in 1702, New Place was demolished to make way for a grand Georgian pile. But, with the site now accessible, the archaeologists aim to show for the first time not only where Shakespeare really did live with his family but also how grand his house was.

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Jonathan Hyde

We have just put on sale a Friends event in Newcastle, the event is next Friday with the wonderful Jonathan Hyde, tickets for the event can be booked online or by calling 0844 800 1110.

Jonathan Hyde –  Friday 16 March, 4pm
Theatre Royal Newcastle

Jonathan Hyde is no stranger to Newcastle audiences having visited the area on several occasions with the RSC. His last visit was in 2007 when he took the part of Kent in King Lear and Dr Dorn in The Seagull. Jonathan is familiar to millions for his film and TV appearances. We are pleased that Jonathan has agreed to be our guest whilst visiting Newcastle as Lionel Logue in the stage production of The King’s Speech. Tickets £5 Friends / £6 Guests / under 18s £2.50.

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In the true spirit of collaboration without which theatre would not exist, on the subject of Thomas Hardy’s poetry (with a smattering of prose) the passion and intellect of Oliver Ford-Davies, the scholarship of Bruce Alexander, the vocal dexterity and enthusiasm of Marty Cruikshank, the heavenly tones of The Pentateuchs – the singers from ‘Written on the Heart’, have been harnessed to present, for one night only, ‘Thomas Hardy, Poems Said and Sung’.

It will take place on Sunday 19th February in the Swan Theatre at 7pm, last approx 80 mins and tickets are on sale from the RSC box office.

Time for a few drinks and a bite afterwards, and what’s more it’s in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice, and Andrew Nicklin as MD has managed to bring together a twelve piece ensemble, including the harpist from Covent Garden Opera, to accompany the singers.

So book your tickets now…..http://www.rsc.org.uk/buy-tickets/select.aspx?performanceNumber=15590


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As part of the National Video Archive of Performance’s 20th anniversary programme the Victoria and Albert Museum will be screening last year’s production of Cardenio at 2pm on Sunday 12 February. Greg Doran will be introducing the screening and will hold a book signing afterwards. This is one of a number of screenings of British theatre productions from the last twenty years (more details at http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/1637/date/20120212/#single-event-layout). All screenings are free with places allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day.

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Clive Wood is confirmed at the Almeida  BUT the good news is that he is in Filumena, so if you want to see him you don’t have so long to wait as the run is from 15th March to 12th May.

Playing in London NOW at the Lyric Hammersmith (www.lyric.co.uk  ) is the ever lovely Ed Bennett (of understudy fame!). He can be seen in “Lovesong” a Frantic Assembly Production running until 4th February.



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Cheer on the finalists at the BBC’s first ever national Shakespeare recital contest Off by Heart.

Nine teenage finalists have won their place at this event by competing against their peers from schools across the UK.

Jeremy Paxman presents as they deliver some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches in front of a panel of judges including Simon Schama and actor Samuel West.

Special Offer – £5 per ticket. Call the RSC ticket hotline on 0844 800 1110 and quote Off by Heart

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The Whatsonstage.com Awards nominations are still live and you can cast your votes until 31st January.  RSC nominations include  Matilda The Musical which has been nominated for a total of 9 awards with all four of Matildas nominated as Best Actress in a Musical.  Bertie Carvel is in the running for Best Actor in a Musical, Lauren Ward is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, and Paul Kaye is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.  Rob Howell is nominated for Best Set Designer, Peter Darling for Best Choreographer, and Matthew Warchus for Best Director. Tim Minchin has been nominated as London Newcomer of the Year and the show is up for Best New Musical.

And the 50th anniversary season and the opening of the RST and Swan Theatre has also been recognised and is nominated for The AKA Theatre Event of the Year! 

These awards, also known as the Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, are the only major UK theatre awards decided by members of the public, and you can cast your votes at www.whatsonstage.com   The winners will be announced on Sunday 19 February 2012. 

So cast your votes…

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Casting just announced by Sheffield Theatres is that Geoffrey Streatfeild will be appearing in “Copenhagen” with Henry Goodman at the Lyceum Theatre from February 29th to March 10th 2012.

 Have a look at http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/ for booking information etc.

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I’m told that Clive Wood will be appearing at the Almeida Theatre next year in Children’s Children, running from 17th May to 30th June. No confirmed casting on the website yet but keep an eye on http://www.almeida.co.uk.
Meanwhile, this week there has been a double treat for Geoffrey Streatfeild fans on Radio 4. The first, The Gate of Angels was on Saturday afternoon (10th) and can still be heard on BBC i player; the second play was on Thursday (15th) at 11 pm 2 of 4 in the third series of “Weird Tales”. Good listening.


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The Arts Theatre in London are presenting Juliet Stevenson in conversation with Fiona Lindsay as the next guest in their Face to Face series on Thursday 17th November and would like to offer RSC Friends a two for one offer.

Face to Face is a series of intimate conversations presented by broadcaster Fiona Lindsay, raising money for the independent and unsubsidised Arts Theatre, a vibrant theatre in the heart of London’s West End. Prepare for an hour of candour and comedy from this series whose previous guests include Stephen Mangan and Alison Steadman, as Fiona Lindsay talks to leading show business names, revealing why they do what they do – and how they do it.

One of the greatest, most versatile and most charming actors of the last thirty years, Juliet Stevenson’s incredible body of work ranges from the stage to the screen via both television and radio. Join us to talk to another multi award winning guest about her long and successful path – the Royal Shakespeare Company to Truly Madly Deeply, A Dolls House to Lewis – and find out what’s still to come.

To buy tickets, go to http://www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk or telephone 020 7907 7092 and quote BLACK.  Please note that the final guest in the autumn series is David Baddiel and the offer extends to this event as well.


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