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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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Something that sounds really interesting coming up over the next couple of weeks on Radio 4 – 

Over the past 10 months the RSC have been working with Radio 4’s James Naughtie and his Producer, Beaty Rubens to create a three part documentary about the Company being 50.

As part of the series James explores how the Company first came into being in 1961;  the creation of the Ensemble system;  some landmark productions and the opening production, Macbeth, in the RST.  The RSC have worked with James and Beaty to give exclusive breadth of access to the key people from the last half century including the voices of all five of the artistic directors –  Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn, Terry Hands, Adrian Noble and Michael Boyd;  as well as Peter Brook, Cicely Berry, Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart and David Tennant; plus the wider team of artists, technicians and specialists who support the actors on stage.   The transmission dates are below:

The Ensemble:            Tuesday 5th April 11.30 am

The First Ten Years:   Tuesday 12th April 11.30 am

The  New Theatre       Tuesday 19th April 11.30 am

Happy Listening   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0101p01

by Jane Cromack

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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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There is now a special section on the RSC website where you can find an interview with Michael Boyd in which he discusses the benefit of ensemble to the company and audiences. The same site features interviews with members of the current ensemble talking about their experiences in Stratford and looking forward to the current season in Newcastle as well as the imminent visit to London. In addition, the same actors share their thoughts about the performances in New York next year. The fact that all these interviews are filmed is a real bonus and they are exciting to experience at this historic time in the history of the RSC. Just log on to www.rsc.org.uk/about-us/ensemble/

So enjoyable in fact, that I think I shall log on again.

 Tony Boyd-Williams

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