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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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Jonathan Slinger

Nick Asbury

Kieran Hill

Many of us enjoy watching the careers of actors who have been part of the RSC. For those Friends interested in where the members of the Histories ensemble are now, take a trip to the Octagon Bolton where Kieran Hill is playing a wonderfully theatrical “Bottom” in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”  until March 7th(www.octagonbolton.co.uk ). The Bolton production is directed by David Thacker, who worked at the RSC in the 1990s and stars Rob Edwards, another RSC stalwart, as Theseus/Oberon. Kieran played Mayor’s Officer in Henry VI Part I, Horner in Henry VI Part II, Westmoreland in Henry VI Part III, Lord Mayor in Richard III, Ned Poins in Henry IV Parts I and II and was in Henry V as part of the ensemble.

Just down the road at the Manchester Royal Exchange Tom Hodgkins has just finished a short run in “Raisin in the Sun”. Alongside Tom was Ray Fearon, a distinguished Othello for the RSC before he found wider fame in Strictly Come Dancing and Coronation Street and Tracy Ifeachor, recently seen in “Noughts and Crosses”. From the rave reviews let’s hope that this production will reappear in a theatre near you. Tom played Bedford/Bassett in Henry VI Part I, Duke of Buckingham in Henry VI Part II, Hastings in Henry VI Part III and Richard III, Earl of Westmoreland in Henry IV Parts I and II and was in Henry V as part of the ensemble.

Another “Histories” boy, Nicholas Asbury, is currently to be seen at the Orange Tree, Richmond, until March 20th, in a new play called The Promise by Ben Brown (www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk) about the birth of the state that became Israel. The play also stars Oliver Ford Davies, last seen at the RSC as Polonius to David Tennant’s Hamlet, and Christopher Ravenscroft, whose RSC credits include the original production of “Nicholas Nickleby”. Nicholas played Somerset in Henry VI Parts I, II and III, Vaughan in Richard III, Henry Bushy/Abbot of Westminster in Richard II, Pistol in Henry IV Part II and Henry V as part of the ensemble.

It is also great when our favourites return to the RSC and it is good to learn that Jonathan Slinger will be at the Hampstead Theatre next month in the RSC production of The God’s Weep.

by Geraldine Caulfield, Friends of the RSC, London

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