Posts Tagged ‘Westminster Abbey’

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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News of another Histories girl:
Ann Ogbomo is listed as taking part in a conference being run by the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford on Saturday 11 – Sunday 12th September 2010 called “WRITING ABOUT WOMEN IN SHAKESPEARIAN PERFORMANCE”. Ann, of course played Lady Percy before moving on to various fiends and attendants, the Countess Auvergne and ending the cycle as Lady Grey and Queen Elizabeth.

Also scheduled to be taking part is Penny Downie, an unforgettable, if not definitive, Gertrude in David Tennant’s Hamlet.

Details and registration can be found by emailing education1@shakespeare.org.uk  or calling 01789 207131.

and Latest news about Geoff Streatfeld
Once Geoffrey has finished at Westminster Abbey he will be appearing in “Earthquakes in London” at the National Theatre from 28th July. Earthquakes is a new play by Mike Bartlett and will be directed by Rupert Goold, whose production of “Romeo and Juliet” is currently playing at the Courtyard Theatre. http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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Members of the RSC Histories Ensemble will perform at Westminster Abbey from 20th April to 11th May at 7pm when the Abbey joins forces with the Royal Shakespeare Company to tell the story of six kings of England, all linked with Westminster Abbey, as they battled for crown and kingdom in the turbulent times of medieval England.

Actors from the award-winning RSC Histories Ensemble will perform excerpts from the History Plays and music from the period will be sung by Lay Vicars of The Westminster Abbey Choir.

Audiences will be seated in the historic setting of the coronation ‘theatre’- the place in Westminster Abbey where kings and queens of England have been crowned since 1066 and just metres away from the tombs of four kings: Edward III (13/4), Richard II (20/4), Henry V (4/5 Sold Out) and Henry VII (11/5 Sold Out) who will be featured in these special evenings of performance, music and interpretation along with Henry IV (27/4) and Richard III (11/5 Sold Out).
A little birdie tells me that Geoffrey Streatfeild will be reprising his Henry V and that Nick Asbury will also be taking part in one of the evenings. Who will join me in the returns queue?

Tickets are £15.00 or £8.00 (students/schools). Sadly, some performances are already sold out but there are still a limited number of tickets available. Look on http://www.westminster-abbey.org/ for more information.

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