Posts Tagged ‘Nick Asbury’

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?



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John will be playing Richard II at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol from 10th February to 19th March. As usual, their website has all the important information so have a look at either  http://www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com/ or http://www.sattf.org.uk/.
Meanwhile, Kieran is back at the Octagon Bolton  http://www.octagonbolton.co.uk/ playing Mercutio and the Prince in Romeo & Juliet, running from 3rd February to 5th March. Also in the cast is long term alumnus Rob Edwards with Michelle Collins as the Nurse.

.. and on next Friday (14th) for Nick Asbury who’s appearing in Hustle @ 9pm on BBC1.


And get in the queue for tickets for David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado at the Wyndhams http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk from May to Sept 3rd!


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I am not one for rushing time away, but we cannot escape the fact that it is seven weeks to Christmas. Our splendid shop at The Courtyard (and I am sure we are ALL looking forward to the new shop in our new theatre) provides a wealth of  ideas for gifts and stocking fillers, especially when it comes to books.

At present, you may purchase three of the finest books available written about acting, and especially for the RSC. They are:

YEAR OF THE KING by Sir Antony Sher – a now classic account of  preparation and rehearsals for Richard III during the 1984 season, as well as some insights into other roles such as the Fool and Tartuffe.

EXIT PURSUED BY A BADGER by Nick Asbury – a marvellous account of what it was like to be part of the Histories Ensemble during 2006/8.

SOMETHING WRITTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK by Keith Osborn -an equally fascinating account of playing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost during the 2008 season.

What you have in these outstanding  books is a wonderful insight into being part of the RSC at a particular time in the history of the Company plus some fascinating “warts and all” anecdotes.

I DO hope that one of our current ensemble might have the time to eventually put pen to paper, as it were, to write a similar account of the past two seasons, not forgetting the one to come when we could have a historic account of  what it was like to be in the first productions of Shakespeare in the new RST.

Ah well, perhaps that is a treat in store. Meanwhile, the books already mentioned provide a treat ,and moments of pure nostalgia ,each time you dip into them. Buy them as seasonal gifts for those who love theatre and if YOU haven’t got copies, spoil yourself at the same time !

Tony Boyd-Williams

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Nick Asbury’s next role will be Athos in a new version of “The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain” that starts at the Belgrade in Coventry playing 9 – 23 October(http://www.belgrade.co.uk/). The show then tours with the English Touring Theatre (http://www.ett.org.uk/) to Brighton, Malvern, York, London Richmond ending at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh from 30 November to 24 December.

Other “Nick Asbury” things to look out for are: appearances in the new “Midsomer Murders” series (transmission dates tbc) and “Hustle” and he continues in the “Inbetweeners”.

 Geraldine Caulfied

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After a relatively quiet period, news of some RSC alumni.
First is Siobhan Redmond, most recently seen in “Dunsinane” at the Hampstead Theatre, who is appearing as the “Electress” in the Donmar’s production of the von Kleist masterpiece “The Prince of Homburg”. Adapted by Dennis Kelly so two alumni for the price of one!  The show runs from 22nd July to 4th September. More details at http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/ 
Just cast in “The Master Builder”, a Chichester Festival Theatre production running from 9th September to 9th October, is Maureen Beattie. Check it out on http://www.cft.org.uk/

AND …What Nick did next……..

Anyone following the career of the amazingly versatile Nick Asbury will probably already know that as well as turning his Histories blog into a book, he has a regular Sunday morning slot on Stratford Community Radio (see http://www.breakfastiebrunch.co.uk/blog.html ). Now it seems he’s been commissioned to write another book. Check out http://astratforddiary.blogspot.com/2010/06/nick-asbury-commissioned-to-write-new.html  for all the details.


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How did I miss him? Nick Asbury is also in “Dunkirk” BBC2 1st, 2nd and 3rd June.
And an extra is that Kieron Hill is once again at the Octagon Bolton, this time using his wonderful singing voice, in the musical “The Hired Man”, based on the Melvyn Bragg novel of the late 60s. It runs from 10th June to 3rd July. For more details, see http://www.octagonbolton.co.uk/ .

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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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