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Jonathan Slinger as Malvolio in Twelfth Night

Jonathan Slinger as Malvolio in Twelfth Night


All RSC Friends’ will shortly be receiving a letter with information about forthcoming Friends’ events. We have events taking place in London, Stratford and Newcastle so make sure you come along to hear direct from the actors about what it’s like to be part of this year’s international celebration of Shakespeare.  The events are available to book online now.


What Country Friends Is This? Company TeaTuesday 19 June Circle Bar,  Roundhouse, London, 5pm
The schedule for the What Country Friends Is This? Company during their stay at the Roundhouse, London is incredibly busy. We thought it would be friendly to acknowledge their hard work by giving them tea and cake! This has been arranged for 5pm on 19 June as the Company prepare to rehearse for an understudy performance. They would be delighted if Friends joined them to chat about the shows and to eat cake. Tickets £9.50 Friends / £10 Guests to include tea/coffee, sandwiches and cake. Booking closes on 17 June at 5pm. – Book Online


Jonathan SlingerSaturday 14 July Holy Trinity Parish Centre, 10am
When Jonathan spoke to us last year he said he would be willing to come back and tell us about the varied roles he is playing this season. True to his word, he has agreed to spend some time with us in July and I am sure there will be plenty of questions you will want to ask about the parts he is playing in the What Country Friends Is This? trilogy – The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night(some unforgettable images in that one!!) and The Tempest. Please note that this event will begin at the earlier time of 10am. Ticket £5 Friends/£6 Guests/£2.50 under 18s. Booking closes on 12 July at 10am. – Book Online

Meera SyalSaturday 11 AugustHoly Trinity Parish Centre, 10.30am
Actress, comedienne, writer and singer, Meera Syal MBE is also a Governor of the RSC and will be playing the part of Beatrice (a favourite role for so many women!) in the forthcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing at The Courtyard Theatre. We are delighted that she has agreed to speak to us in August. Tickets £5 Friends/£6 Guests/ under 18s £2.50. Booking closes on 9 August at 10.30am. Book Online


Ray FearonWednesday 25th July 2012Theatre Royal Newcastle, 4.30pm
Julius Caesar will open in Newcastle on the 19 July – Ray has kindly taken time out to come and talk to us about his role as Mark Antony in the production and his career to date. Tickets £5 Friends/£6 Guests/£2.50 under 18s. Booking closes on 23 July at 4.30pm. Book Online

Don’t forget Ray Fearon is also meeting the Stratford Friends on 22 June at 4pm, there are still a few tickets remaining for this talk. Book Online

We look forward to welcoming you to one of the Friends’ events soon.

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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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Just to let you know that the next quarters Friends’ Events are already open for booking. The first two events are very soon on April 16th – Greg Doran is meeting Friends in Stratford and in Newcastle there will be Birthday celebrations (a little early).

The newsletter with details of these events and others will be with you very soon but to see more details and book now follow the link above to RSC Friends Events.

Jane Cromack

RSC Friends Co-Ordinator

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“Pamela ‘R, Pamela ‘R”, a little boy said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Alison Steadman was describing a meeting she had had with a couple and their small son, when recognition of her role in “Gavin and Stacey” the BBC TV comedy was thus exclaimed. “ I was well chuffed”.

She was a guest of the RSC Friends in Newcastle Upon Tyne while appearing in Alan Bennett’s play ‘Enjoy’ at the Theatre Royal. Yvonne Richardson the Friends Organiser in Newcastle was keen to give the Friends the chance to get to know this fine actor and had arranged a talk at short notice. The event took place in part of the fourth floor reception area of the theatre near the site of the grand piano which will be well known to many RSC actors. There surrounded, by the Friends of the RSC, Alison and Yvonne sat while more than 40 RSC Friends listened and gave comment.

Alison illustrated descriptions of her life as an actor on stage, screen, and TV with vivid descriptions of the roles she had played. Favourites such as roles in “Fat Friends“,” Gavin and Stacey” and of course “Abigail’s Party” and others such as Mrs Bennett in “Pride and Prejudice”. She was excellent in giving great and thoughtful insight into how she researched and built a character via reference to people she had met, or relatives and sometimes friends. Reference was also made to directing on screen and stage. The building of a character via speech, costume and physical mannerisms was highly informative.

For example illustrating the illness of the character she was playing, she mentioned how buttoning a cardigan in regard to the character made the point regarding lack of awareness. A very small item and gesture, but significant to the part. Or the fact that local accents change with time and therefore generations and individuals of differing ages will have different accents though born in the same area.

Questions were asked by the gathered Friends who were interested in how she learnt her lines. To this she said that she had been taught to learn the lines in small chunks and signpost her lines via the entrances or lines of other players. A general feeling of interest was apparent and thus the hour long talk was deemed a great success. Everyone was impressed by Alison, who displayed a very knowledgeable, clever and sensitive observation of people and their ability, which she imparts to any performance in which she is involved.

This was the general feedback from those present who marvelled at her ability to give such spontaneous reactions and characterization during the discussion.

By Violet Rook, Friends of the RSC, Newcastle.

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