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A quick update on the whereabouts and doings of some RSC alumni:

1. Nick Asbury is part of the new Propeller company that will be staging Henry V and The Winter’s Tale starting on 9th November at Guildford and climaxing next July at Hampstead Theatre in London. Find all the details you’ll ever need at http://www.propeller.org.uk/;
2. John Heffernan, such a fine Richard II at the Tobacco Factory recently, is in the new show at Hampstead Theatre running from this Thursday (20th) until 26th November. Called “The Last of the Duchess” it’s about the final days of the Duchess of Windsor, is written by Nicholas Wright and, apart from John, stars Sheila Hancock, Angela Thorne and Anna Chancellor. Check it out on http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/;
3. I’m sure you’ve all seen the news (but no harm in repeating) that the RSC  is collaborating with the Soho Theatre, London, now run by Steve Marmion who cut some of his directorial teeth assisting Rupert Goold on Antony & Cleopatra a few years ago, to produce a play about football featuring Katy Stephens;
4. Edmund Kingsley has another week in “The River Line” at the Jermyn Theatre www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/ 
5. Tamsin Greig can be seen in the current show in the Royal Court’s Theatre Downstairs until 19th November http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/
6Penny Downie AND Michael Pennington will be appearing at the Print Room in “Judgement Day”, a new version of Ibsen’s “When We Dead Awaken”. The Print Room is a new(ish) space in the Notting Hill/ Westbourne Green area of London at 34 Hereford Road W2 5AJ. Have a look at http://www.the-print-room.org/ for more details 

And I notice that it’s farewell to Michael Boyd and Vikki Heywood who announced on Friday that they will both stand down next year after 10 years running the RSC together. What will we do now?

Regards

Geraldine

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..can be seen at the Hampstead Theatre from 8th September in a new play called “No Naughty Bits” that deals with the events when Monty Python was broadcast in the US with all the naughty bits cut out! As usual, www.hampsteadtheatre.com  has the details.

Geraldine Caulfield

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 Cardenio: a challenge‏ for you

Last Saturday, I attended a very interesting “conversation” between, the Friends’ own, Greg Doran and Tiffany Stern and chaired by Paul Edmondson at the Shakespeare Centre about “Cardenio”. Fortunately, it was recorded, so you can listen to the first half at http://bloggingshakespeare.com/listen-to-cardenio-in-conversation.  During that conversation, Greg admitted he had used two lines from Hamlet that none of the critics had spotted, so my challenge is: can anyone out there find it? Get checking!

News on Geoffrey

Fans of Geoffrey Streatfeild are in for a double treat next week as he’s appearing in TWO Afternoon Plays on Radio 4 at 2.15pm. The first, “Success Story” on Monday 20th, is about an actor on the brink of stardom when his past catches up with him. In the second, “Playing for his Life”, Geoff is a German tennis player who offends Hitler. Make sure you tune in!

 Happenings at Hampstead Theatre‏

Not content with putting on 3 new works and preparing for a season in New York, the old RSC company are also performing 4 plays in the Michael Frayn Space, in their spare time, and with a little help from some friends such as David Fielder, Martin Turner and Marjorie Yates. Sadly, for most of us, the plays (Mojo, The Bullet, The Price (Miller) and Ahaseverus) are only available for an invited audience but, I have seen one play, in my capacity as an usher, and I’m pleased to say that the production values and performances are to the RSC’s normal high standards. Shame that more people can’t enjoy them!

by Geraldine Caulfield

BUT – Happily you can see Dunsinane at the Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon now until July 2nd. First performed at Hampstead last year – I went to see it last night and thought it was very good – well written, thought provoking, great casting and music and funny which was unexpected. I highly recommend it.

by Jane Cromack

And just to add..

 

Some thoughts on DUNSINANE…..The opening night was marvellous. There was a great script from David Greig, super direction by Roxana Silbert and what a cast and set. Well done in particular Siobhan Redmond and Jonny Phillips. Congratulations to the National Theatre of Scotland

 

Enjoyed a chat with Tony-Boyd-Williams after the show about the merits of the play and how true it was of events happening today. I slept well but woke up, at 6.am, thinking about Dunsinane. I picked up the wonderful programme which includes the script and re-examined it. This is clearly a play that should be seen by all modern politicians and make them think hard about certain situations they place our commanding officers when involved in a country other than their own. If only one or two took note of this perhaps they would not be so prepared to make questionable and hasty decisions. It was clear to me that Jonny Phillips, as Siward, had given considerable thought regarding the role and he captured the part very adeptly and showing  the strengths and failings of even the most competent of COs when receiving instructions from weaker, greedier and ambitious superiors.

 

The horror and ethics of fighting a war that is not your own concern, in an alien country, is as topical today as it was then. Scotland? Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya? Where next?

 

There was humour, which was superb and typical of people placed in impossible situations, and the dialogue between Malcolm (portrayed rather well by Brian Ferguson) on the Throne ,at the Great Hall, in Dunsinane very early in the play was both humorous and thought provoking. Indeed this is a play that you will think about for many days after.  If you have not booked to see this production, you should.

 

by David Stevens

 

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Dunsinane

I was very lucky to see a preview of “Dunsinane” this Saturday at the Hampstead Theatre. The play takes up the story of “Macbeth” almost at the point where Shakespeare finished but with some major differences in the story, for example, Lady M lives, and it focuses on what the “good” Englishman Siward does in Scotland after Macbeth’s death.

The piece is beautifully written (David Greig) and effortlessly blends humour with violence and the darkest aspects of human behaviour to describe what happens when, even with the best of motives, cultures collide. Sound familiar? The production is full of energy and vigour, as the actors charge through the audience, and yet the story is told with absolute clarity and purpose.

Book early, book often. This is a show you MUST see.

by Geraldine Caulfield, London

Book online at www.hampsteadtheatre.com or call 020 7722 9301

For more info look at www.rsc.org.uk/content/8770.aspx

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