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Death of a Salesman” in Leeds‏

Just back from seeing this wonderfully spare production at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Very much stripped to its essentials. Nothing is on that stage that doesn’t need to be there and the result is an extraordinarily concentrated focus on the characters. Lex Shrapnel plays “Biff” and ranges from childhood adoration of his father through total disillusionment to a final acceptance of who and what he is. Brilliant. I was delighted to see that Tom Hodgkins is also in the cast as “Charlie ” the long suffering, indeed only, friend of Willy Loman. Another surprise was that Christoper Ettridge, a member of the millennium Henry VI/Richard III company, is playing “Uncle Ben”. The show is on until May 29th http://www.wyp.org.uk/events/list_events.asp


Keep an eye open for Lex’s latest movie “Emulsion” that he hopes will be in a cinema near you soon!


In case you haven’t seen this week’s Radio Times, Geoff Streatfeild will be appearing in the final episode of “Ashes to Ashes” on BBC 1 this Friday (21st). His character is called “New arrival”.

 And finally did you know….

The staff in the Costume Hire Department assisted Oscar award winning designer Janty Yates with the mammoth task of costuming Ridley Scott’s latest epic, ‘Robin Hood’ staring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The film was released this week.

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Last night’s performance was based around Henry V but, as a bonus, we started with Hal’s rejection of Falstaff from the end of Henry IV (2) and finished with Henry’s burial from the opening scene of Henry VI (1). Another extra was a delightful extract from Holinshed about the benefits of archery practice as exercise read by Nick Asbury.

The first scene from Henry V itself was Chorus’ commenting on the night before Agincourt, beautifully done by Nick. Geoff then took up the baton as Henry reflected on the coming battle and prayed that God would not take revenge on the English army for the actions of Henry IV. Once again, Big Ben was right on cue, chiming the half hour as Henry pleaded with his God..”Not today, O Lord, O, not to-day, think not upon the fault my father made in compassing the crown!” Henry then exhorted us all, however few in number, to join the happy few, his band of brothers: I would certainly have joined them. After Agincourt, we listened to the roll call of French dead, once again accompanied by the chimes of Big Ben tolling overhead. The evening ended with a candle light procession to the tombs of Henry V and Katherine de Valois. Something you won’t get in any other venue.
Wow, definitely worth an hour’s wait in the return’s queue!


Before appearing at Westminster Abbey last night (4th May), Nick finished filming an episode of “The Misfits” for E4. This show is described as a “Heroes-meets-Shaun of the Dead” teen comedy drama and it features a cast of five teenage “outsiders” who get caught in a flash storm while on community service and develop superpowers. Wow!
In total contrast (I hope) today (5th May) he starts recording an episode of “Doctors”, the long running BBC 1 soap.
No transmission dates available as yet.

by Geraldine Caulfield

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Geoffrey Streatfeild can be heard on Radio 4 on 8th May at 2.30 in the Saturday Play, “An English Tragedy”. Written by Ronald Harwood, it tells the story of John Amory, the son of a WWII government minister, arrested for treason. Geoffrey plays John Amory.


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Short review of the performance last night
I was fortunate to attend a performance in the Abbey last night (27th April) based around Shakespeare’s two plays about Henry IV. In addition to some memorable scenes from the plays, we had Nick Asbury reading from Chaucer, who was a contemporary of John of Gaunt and Henry Bolingbroke. As an avid fan of the Histories it was truly amazing to hear Clive Wood saying the opening words of the plays again. Roger Watkins and Geoffrey Streatfeild gave us the scene between Falstaff and Hal where they take it in turns to imagine how King Henry will deal with the errant Hal. Geoff and Clive then played the scene in Part 2 when Hal brings back the crown and is reconciled to his father. Finally, and to the chimes of Big Ben, King Henry took his last journey to the (actual) Jerusalem Chamber. Magic. 
I found the accompanying music a little disappointing: I’d been expecting a fuller, more ecclesiastical sound but, all in all, a fascinating evening. 

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I’m very pleased to say that Geoffrey Streatfeild has surfaced again. He will be appearing in “Eigengrau” by Penelope Skinner at the Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush, London. The play runs from 10th March to 10th April.  More details can be found at http://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/.

by Geraldine Caulfield, RSC Friends, London

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