Log in

13 June 2007 @ 07:24 am
Thanks for the responses to my last question. I think we're going to try to see Merchant.

Catch is, it's playing the evening we arrive -- and we don't know how jet lagged we'll be -- or a Saturday matinee.

If we want seats (and I will want to sit; can't stay on my feet long enough to groundling), how likely will it be that we can get them day of the show?

Thanks in advance. I saw the Exhibition my last visit to London, but it was November so no shows were playing. Seeing a play @ the Globe is one of my must-see experiences.
12 June 2007 @ 09:48 am
I saw Othello on saturday and I meant to share thoughts on the production with you. They're not entirely coherent I'm afraid but I always like hearing other people's reactions to the plays so I thought I'd share!

Has anyone seen Merchant yet?
Current Mood: busy
11 June 2007 @ 08:06 pm
I just saw a news story that the Globe is recasting Portia and delaying the press opening of Merchant

However, we're going to be in London at the end of the week, and I was hoping to find some reviews to help me decide between that and Othello

I'm particularly wondering how their "Renaissance staging" would handle the antisemitic aspects of the story.

Has anybody here seen Merchant yet? How bout Othello?
Any comments or recommendations?

Thanks in advance.
Another little boast for Liam Brennan!  He has been nominated as Best Actor in the Scottish Theatre Awards for his performance as Otto in Tom Fool at Glasgow Citz.  This is his third successive year he's been nominated (and he won it last year!)  Fingers crossed for him at the Awards Ceremony on June 10.  More news as I get it!!
01 May 2007 @ 09:35 pm
This is a new(ish) series from canada, starring Paul Goss from Due South, about a Shakespeare Festival. It's fairly aesthitic I gather, and what I wanted to know if BBC 4 or ITV3 have bought it. Does anybody know?

This is way off current discussions but grateful if anyone could advise how I could get hold of this series in region 2 dvds - or if it is on multi region format, would it playback on region 2 dvd player
23 February 2007 @ 04:26 pm
Here's an interesting link from Whatsonstage:

Patrick Stewart in Shakespeare at Chichester, playing Malvolio in "Twelfth Night" and "Macbeth"

And Mark Rylance is also to be at Chichester, in the Minerva in a "play wot he's wrote" about Shakespeare and the Authorship question "The Big Secret Live "I Am Shakespeare" Webcam Daytime Chatroom Show". Has anyone seen Mark in "Boeing Boeing" yet? I am hoping to go in next couple of weeks, simply cos it sounds fun!

This was going to be a quick "heads-up" but I thought whilst I was on-line, I'd do you a catch-up!

Other Globe alumni:

Frances Barber is to be in the McKellen King Lear at the RSC;

Other ex-Globies including Hannah Barrie, Ann Ogbomo, Roger Watkins, Matt Costain, Patrice Naimambaya (sp?) (amongst others) continue to play in "Richard III " as part of the RSC's Wars of the Roses over the rest of this year.

Tony Bell and Simon Scardifield who have both worked with Globe Ed are touring with Propeller in "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Twelfth Night". They are taking the productions all over the globe (literally!) - no pun intended!

Eve Best is playing Rosalind in "As you like it" directed by Sam West in his last production as Artistic Director of the Sheffield Crucible

Liam Brennan is opening tonight (23 Feb) in a new play, "Strangers Babies" at the Traverse Theatre, in Edinburgh. Garry Collins ("Coriolanus" and "Under the Black Flag") is also in "Strangers Babies".

Immediately after "Strangers Babies" ends, Liam Brennan is in London at the Bush Theatre from March 28th - April 21st, in the Glasgow Citizens' production of "Tom Fool" This got 5 star reviews in the Scottish and National press when it opened last year, so it's a chance for us in the South East to see it.

Patrick Brennan (most recently at Globe in "Antony & Cleopatra" & "In Extremis") is at the National Theatre. Patrick is in "The Reporter".

Michael Gould (Edmund in the Globe's "King Lear", in 2001) and Liz Kettle (Bishop of Ely in "Richard III" and the false Vicentio in the "Taming of the Shew", 2003) are in "Attempts on her life", again at the NT

Alex Hassell (The Tempest", "Measure for Measure" and "The Storm" )is flirting with Liza Tarbuck on ITV1 in "Bonkers" on Thursday nights, while Sheila Reid (The Abbess in "In Extremis") is in "Benidorm" also on ITV1 immediately afterwards.

Douglas Hodge ("Titus Andronicus") is to play "The Doctor" in a stage adaptation of the Powelll & Pressburger film, "A matter of life and death" at the National Theatre. He is also playing Sir Thomas Bertram in "Mansfield Park" on tv, and is recording songs and performing his music most recently at the Trafalgar studios.

Colin Hurley ("In Extremis", Globe 2006), Tas Emiabata ("Antony & Cleopatra"), Tom Stuart ("In Extremis") and Jacqueline Defferary (Isabel in "Under the Black Flag" are in the Globe Education's Playing Shakespeare production of "Much Ado about Nothing" at the Globe in a couple of weeks.

Fred Ridgway (Enobarbus in last year's "Antony & Cleopatra", and Heloise's Uncle in "In Extremis" ) is playing Siscinius the Tribune in the RSC's "Coriolanus", in which William Huston is playing the title role. Darlene Johnson (The Nurse in "Titus Andronicus") is Valeria in this production.

Mo Sesay & Nicholas Tennant ("Under the black flag" ) are also at the NT in "The Caucasian Chalk Circle".

Zoe Wanamaker is in "The Rose Tattoo" at the NT and then this Christmas, she is playing Beatrice opposite Simon Russell Beale as Benedick in "Much Ado about Nothing" again at the NT.!

More news of the "Globe Family" !

Michael Brown was in "Summer & Smoke" in the West End but that closed early, I'm afraid!

Edward Hogg was a wow "off Broadway", just before Christmas in "Woyzeck" at the St Ann's Warehouse Theatre, Brooklyn, New York, ( where the "Measure for Measure" company played at New Year in 2006.)

Juliet Rylance & David Sturzaker have formed their own theatre company, Theatre of Memory and have just finished performing in "Bash", directed by Tamara Harvey at the Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall

Peter Shorey has just finished as "Widow Twankey" in Aladdin at Watford - I hear it was great fun!

Simon Trinder and Paul Chahidi were in "Merry Wives, the Musical" at the RSC but I don't think it's transferring, sadly.

Jodie Whittaker ("The Storm", Globe 2005) has just starred (as you all probably know!) in the film "Venus" opposite an Oscar-nominated Peter O'Toole.

Phew! Think that's everyone that I know of at the moment. Anyone else got any gossip (err I mean interesting news!).
03 January 2007 @ 09:24 am
Just another little boast ! Some of you may know Liam got astounding reviews for Tom Fool the rather grim play he did in Scotland last Nov - it is transferring to the Bush Theatre in London in March & April so another globe alumni for us to go and see - He also got some great write-ups in the Scots press end of year theatre round ups: (mostly in the last paragraphs of the following!!)

The Scotsman: http://living.scotsman.com/performing.cfm?id=1886032006
The Herald: http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/77554.html
The Sunday Herald: http://www.sundayherald.com/culture/arts/display.var.1089928.0.2006_cultural_review_theatre.php
Liam is also in a new play at the Traverse in Edinburgh in February before he comes to London for Tom Fool. Gary Collins (who was in various roles in Coriolanus at the Globe) is in that too.

Other Globe actors news: Juliet Rylance and David Sturzaker (The WInter's Tale), are in "Bash" at the Trafalgar studios from 10th Jan.
Mark Rylance, as you will know is in Boeing Boeing in the West End in the Spring.
Peter Shorey is in panto till the end of this week at Watford.
Paul Chahidi and Simon Trinder are in "Merry Wives the musical" at the RSC in Stratford - there are vague rumours that it will come into London at some point.
The RSC are also bringing in Richard III with the Henries into Stratford and hopefully by the end of this year, will also be doing both tetrologies with lots of Globe and RSC alumni!

Also (not quite so Globe related but with a few potential OBAs), Edward Hall's all male company, Propeller, are bringing "The Taming of the Shrew" and "12th Night" into the Old Vic from this weekend onwards - they are usually good but I still have such fond memories of the Globe's, they will have to work hard to impress me :-) )
Current Mood: excitedexcited
08 December 2006 @ 11:26 am
Mark in West end play at Comedy: February 3rd to April 28th

06 November 2006 @ 08:48 pm

Only one review in so far for Liam but signs are promising for his new play "Tom Fool" in Glasgow.

Simon Trinder (Puck 2002) and Paul Chahidi (Maria also 2002) are in Merry Wives in Stratford with Judi Dench and Simon Callow (Des Barrit has had to pull out sadly) but Callow is apparently looking forward to being Falstaff. I can't believe it's Callow's first role with the RSC.

Michael Brown is in Summer & Smoke in the West End

Edward Hogg is off to New York in the revival of Wozyeck

Peter Shorey has just finished in rep at the Theatre on the Lake in Keswick in the Lakew District and is going into panto as Widow Twankey - definately worth an expedition :-)

Who've I missed out? Any other news?