Posts Tagged ‘Sam Alexander’

It was a delight, on Saturday, to watch and listen to the script/in/hand reading of The Hang of the Gaol in the wonderful Ashcroft Room. This superb play about corruption in a British prison so brilliantly written by Howard Barker was first performed by the RSC in 1978.

It never stops to amaze us how these readings can create such an enthralling atmosphere. This play, red/hot and not at risk of losing its topicality any time soon was no exception. Forbes Masson led the audience through hatred and sympathy with just the tiniest tilts of his voice but major kudos too to Stephanie Street and Rebecca Johnson and who could not love Matthew Wilson as Turk and Ricky Champ and Neal Barry, the two “Screws”. And wow to Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Sam Alexander and Oliver Ryan fabulous performances. Yes, it was great to listen to both of them, who together with Joseph Arkley and naturally Forbes were recent Ensemble actors here.

We were also impressed with John Stahl as the Home Secretary and keep asking ourselves who this was meant to be. Who was HS at the time? It was a really good idea to have this on at the same time as Marat Sade which we recommend. Thank you RSC

by David and Ingrid (Stevens)

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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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Jo Stone-Fewings, the RSC’s most recent Orsino, is currently appearing in “The Invisible Man” at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre, London until 13th February 2011. As the blurb says “H.G. Wells’s classic tale is retold in a joyous, comedy music hall spectacular, packed with magical entertainment. This charming story combines tongue-in-cheek humour with jaw-dropping special effects and ingenious illusions.” Clearly the story has been greatly adapted!  http://www.menierchocolatefactory.com/
Sam Alexander, an alumni of the Tennant Hamlet, is at Manchester Royal Exchange in “The Bacchae” but it finishes on 4th December so hurry along if you haven’t already see it.  http://www.royalexchange.org.uk/page.aspx


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