Posts Tagged ‘Mariah Gale’

Well we have been in Stratford for almost a year after our sojourn around the world. What a wonderful place. The RST, as my wife, Ingrid, so aptly puts it is an Olympus of Magic Places. I so much enjoy being an RSC Friend and am delighted to help where I can. Great memories of the last year  the “Visitor Counting’, the Candlelight Procession, the Builders Evening,  Backstopping for the Tours. the Costume Sale, the superb and so well organised RSC Events, the friendship and welcome by so many of you in particular the industrious Jane, Penny and Valerie. And not forgetting the friendliness and professional approach of the Guides, FOH, Box Office and the Marketing team. I have met so many interesting people. Becky Loftus, Head of Audience Insight, who was in charge of the Visitor Counting and Feedbacks like everyone in the Marketing Department, seems to work around the clock. Thank you all for making the last year so enjoyable.

The theatre is wonderful, the acoustics outstanding and the productions all great. I have been looking at some of the notes I made about them. 

Romeo and Juliet.                 “Jonjo was brilliant, the best Mercutio we have ever seen and Rupert Goold should be very pleased with his cast. Well done all of them. Listening to Mariah Gale with her back to us proved yet again how wonderful the acoustics are in this magnificent place.”  (3 March) “Our son, over from Germany, had the wonderful opportunity to watch R&J last night and like us thoroughly enjoyed the performance. He was really impressed by the theatre, the acoustics, the seating, the décor, the architecture etc. In addition, thank you to the superb box office team who were helpful and informative and went out of their way to help him as was evident to most people standing around the foyer.” (10 March)

Antony and Cleopatra               We very much enjoyed Antony and Cleopatra. There were outstanding dynamic performances by Katy Stephens and Darrell D’Silva. Very impressed by all the cast-well done in particular, Brian Doherty, Hannah Young and Sandy Neilson. We were very impressed too by the FOH lady who was so kind to an elderly gentleman sitting near us, in ensuring he found his way to his seat. Congratulations to the RSC and Michael Boyd. We enjoyed the production much more than last year at the Courtyard. (14 March)

King Lear                                 I watched this brilliant production twice within a week .Very impressed. Greg Hicks and the cast were outstanding. Darrell D’Silva, when Caius, proved yet again his acting skills and remembered his South Yorkshire roots. The director, David Farr, must be very pleased with what he has achieved. The casting director should also be commended-what joy to have Kelly and Katy as the evil sisters. We really enjoyed Geoffrey Freshwater as Gloucester, even better than his skinning a rabbit (AYLI). Yes, we were bowled over; just hope the England cricket team is not at the world cup! (16 March)

by David Stevens, RSC Friend, Stratford upon Avon

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Richard Cordery is currently appearing in the West End transfer of the Chichester musical “Love Story”. It runs at the Duchess Theatre until 26th February.
There’s a great interview with Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale to coincide with the opening of “Romeo & Juliet” at the Roundhouse. Check it out on http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/
And finally, for those who love “Matilda” and I’m with Tony on this: it is FANTASTIC, there’s an interview with Tim Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics in this wonderful show, on the Whatsonstage website http://www.whatsonstage.com/index.php?pg=198&types=Z&site=D


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I expect many of you will know about this but I wanted to draw your attention to the 57th Poetry Festival that will be taking place in and around Stratford from July 14th to 1st August. The varied and interesting programme includes many RSC Alumni including Janet Suzman, David Troughton, Anton Lesser, Greg Doran, Kelly Hunter, Greg Hicks, Rory Kinnear, Mariah Gale and Jane Lapotaire. Wow! Details can be found at:

Click to access Poetry_v6_8pp.pdf

If any of you manage to attend some of the events do post in a review of them.

Jane Cromack

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The award season continues and Congratulations go to Mariah Gale and Tunji Kasim who were both recognised at Friday’s Ian Charleson Awards ceremony. Mariah received a Special Commendation for her performance in As You Like It.

 Tunji Kasim was Commended for his work in Julius Caesar

Other winners with RSC connections were Natalie Dew who received third prize for her ‘Celia’ in As You Like It at the Curve, Leicester, Tracy Ifeachor for ‘Rosalind’ in the same production, Jack Laskey for ‘Orlando’ at the Globe, Henry Pettigrew for his performance in ‘Hamlet’ at the Donmar at Wyndham’s, Prasanna Puwanarajah for ‘Messenger’ in Thyestes at the Arcola and George Rainsford for ‘Bertram’ in All’s Well That Ends Well at the National.  

The awards commemorate and celebrate the life of the actor Ian Charleson who died in 1990. The Sunday Times and the National Theatre collaborate annually to present awards for outstanding performances anywhere in the UK, by actors under the age of 30, in a classical role.


Congratulations to the RSC’s Deputy Chairman Susie Sainsbury who received a well-earned CBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.  And well done to John Nettles and Sophie Okonedo who each received an OBE for services to drama.

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Photograph by Ellie Kurttz


Having thoroughly enjoyed the preview performance on 15th March, one can justifiably say – they certainly do! I have long admired Terry King’s fight arrangements, but this time he has excelled in every possible way, supported by the committed members of the ensemble who are involved. You really feel they mean business with their weaponry and if David Carr’s magisterial Escalus had not intervened during the first brawl there might have been more corpses on the stage than called for in the text. As it was the deaths of Mercutio, Tybalt and Paris are symptomatic of a  community where cold steel (and a rope) are used to settle disputes in preference to parley. It is also the first production of the play I have seen where Lady Capulet and Lady Montague are quite ready to inflict damage on each other during the first brawl, whilst their husbands show they can certainly stand alongside the younger members of their houses when it comes to swordplay.

I was interested to note that Michael Billington has drawn comparisons with Zefferelli’s1960 production. Like the latter (as well as the fights) the Capulet’s ball is quite memorable as are the performances (in my view, much stronger in this fantastic RSC staging by Rupert Goold).

The title roles are splendidly played with great aplomb and depth by Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale supported by memorable performances from all the other major characters and the company  in general. As with the recently opened KING LEAR, we have ensemble work par excellence and a text spoken with great meaning and relish. Bravo to all concerned! I now eagerly await the Public Understudy performance on 30th March.

by Tony Boyd Williams

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