Derek Jacobi, Emma Fielding And Ronald Pickup Star In Heartbreak House By Bernard Shaw At The Chichester Festival Theatre, Directed By Richard Clifford
June 12, 2012
6 July – 25 August
Derek Jacobi returns to Chichester Festival Theatre during its 50th Anniversary season in Heartbreak House, Bernard Shaw’s comic exploration of love and social mores. The notable cast also includes Emma Fielding and Ronald Pickup.
Bernard Shaw, the master of wit and social commentary, brilliantly debates money and morality, idealism and realism, as he chronicles a society teetering on the threshold of enormous change. On the brink of World War I, Ellie Dunn, her father and her fiancée attend a house party at the home of eccentric Captain Shotover. The guests are soon divided by Ellie’s pragmatic decision to marry for money, not love.
Derek Jacobi plays Captain Shotover. His numerous credits at Chichester include Uncle Vanya, Playing the Wife, Hadrian VII, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Saint Joan. Other theatre credits include King Lear (Donmar Warehouse, UK tour and Brooklyn Academy of Music), the West End production of Twelfth Night, for which he won an Olivier Award, A Voyage Round My Father (Donmar Warehouse and West End), Don Carlos (Sheffield Crucible and West End), Becket (UK tour and West End), Kean and The Grand Tour (both for The Old Vic), West End productions of Richard III and Richard II, and Breaking the Code (UK tour, West End, Washington DC and Broadway). Numerous productions for the RSC include award-winning productions of Much Ado About Nothing (which transferred to the West End, Broadway and Washington DC) and Cyrano de Bergerac (which transferred to the West End, Broadway and Washington DC). Film credits include My Week with Marilyn, The King’s Speech and Gosford Park. Television credits include The Borgias, The Long Firm and I, Claudius.
Emma Fielding plays Hesione Hushabye. Theatre credits include The King’s Speech (UK tour and West End), Decade (Headlong at St Katherine’s Dock), Private Lives (West End and Broadway) for which she received an Olivier Award-nomination and Theatre World award, Playing with Fire, Look Back in Anger and Arcadia (all for the National Theatre), The School for Scandal, for which she received an Olivier Award-nomination and The School for Wives, for which she won the Ian Charleson and Critics’ Circle Awards. Television includes Cranford and Kidnap and Ransom. Film includes Twenty8k and Fast Girls.
Ronald Pickup plays Mazzini Dunn. Recent credits include his role as a would-be womaniser in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Television credits include Larkrise to Candleford and Fortunes of War. Theatre credits include the West End production of Waiting for Godot alongside Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow, and Amy’s View (National Theatre and Broadway), for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. He also worked with Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre, most notably in Three Sisters and Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
George Layton plays Billy Dunn. He is perhaps best known for two television roles: Dr Paul Collier in the comedy series Doctor in the House, and its sequels, and Bombardier ‘Solly’ Solomons in It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum. He has enjoyed success as a screenwriter, co-writing episodes of the Doctor in the House series with fellow co-star Jonathan Lynn (who went on to write the Yes, Minister series). Layton and Lynn also co-wrote another sitcom, My Brother’s Keeper. Layton was one of the original presenters of BBC TV’s That’s Life, hosted by Esther Rantzen. His theatre credits include West End productions of Chicago and Oliver! and Chips with Everything (Royal Court Theatre and Broadway).
Jo Stone-Fewings plays Randall Utterwood. He has already featured in Festival 2012, playing Mirabell in The Way of the World. He has previously appeared at Chichester in King Lear and The Scarlet Letter. Other theatre credits include War and Peace, Fuente Ovejuna and Ghetto (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The City Madam (RSC Stratford), King John, The Taming of the Shrew and The Park (all for the RSC), Richard III and Twelfth Night (RSC and West End), Dancing at Lughnasa (The Old Vic), and West End productions of The 39 Steps and The Country Wife.
The cast also features Fiona Button, Raymond Coulthard, Sara Stewart, Trevor Cooper and Maroussia Frank.
Bernard Shaw’s plays include Pygmalion, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, You Never Can Tell, Man and Superman and Major Barbara.
Richard Clifford directed Playing the Wife for Chichester in 1995. Other directing credits include The School for Scandal, The Game of Love and Chance and All’s Well That Ends Well. Other credits include The Tempest, Faerie Queen, The Clandestine Marriage, Elizabeth the Queen, She Stoops to Conquer, All’s Well That Ends Well, Comus, The Mikado and Die Fledermaus.
Design is by Stephen Brimson Lewis whose Chichester credits include The Master Builder, Separate Tables and Racing Demon. West End credits include The Lion in Winter, The Tempest, Flare Path and Waiting for Godot. Other theatre credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew (all for the RSC, where he is an Associate Artist), Indiscretions (which received a Tony Award nomination and won an Olivier Award for the National Theatre production as Les Parents Terrible), A Little Night Music, Marat/Sade, Private Lives, Inadmissable Evidence, Uncle Vanya and Mrs Klein (all for the National Theatre).
Lighting design is by Peter Mumford whose Chichester credits include The Last Confession, The Master and Margarita, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Out of this World, The Seagull, The Gondoliers, Heartbreak House, Easy Virtue and Saturday Sunday…and Monday, The Waltz of the Toreadors, Three Women and a Piano Tuner. Other theatre credits include Top Hat, Absent Friends, Much Ado about Nothing, The Lion in Winter, The Misanthrope, Carousel and Fiddler on the Roof (all for the West End), Cock and The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre and New York), Jumpy (Royal Court Theatre and West End), and National Theatre productions of All’s Well That Ends Well, The Hothouse, Exiles and The Bacchae (which won an Olivier Award).
Music is by Jason Carr whose Chichester credits include The Water Babies, Six Pictures of Lee Miller, Fortune’s Fool, The Seagull, The Master and Margarita, Three Women and a Piano Tuner, Doctor Faustus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5/11, Carousel and Funny Girl. Other credits include Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre and West End), Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway, and for which he received a Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nomination), La Cage aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory) and A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factor and Broadway).
Heartbreak House is at Chichester Festival Theatre from 6 July – 25 August, Evenings 7.30pm (except Press Night: Thursday 12 July at 7.00pm), Matinees 2.15pm. Tickets: University of Chichester Previews £10 & £27, Previews/Press Night £14 – £33, Evenings/Matinees £15 – £36. To book, go to cft.org.uk or contact the Box Office on 01243 781312.
In the pre-show talk, Before Heartbreak House, playwright David Hare introduces George Bernard Shaw’s own ‘favourite play’. This event takes place on Friday 13 July at 5.45pm in the Festival Theatre. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance through the Box Office on 01243 781312.
After Words, a post show talk with some of the Heartbreak House cast and creative team, is on Thursday 2 August.
Release issued by: Chichester Festival Theatre
January 25, 2011
Bruce Norris’s new play Clybourne Park, produced by the Royal Court last year and transferring to the Wyndham’s Theatre from 28 January, has scooped two major best new play awards.
In ceremonies held today in central London, the South Bank Sky Arts Awards and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards both presented Clybourne Park with Best New Play gongs.
The Royal Court also picked up two more awards from the Critics’ Circle, both mirroring their wins at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards last year: the Most Promising Playwright Award for Anya Reiss’s Spur of the Moment and Daniel Kaluuya for most promising newcomer for Sucker Punch.
The National, RSC and Donmar Warehouse also did well from the Critics’ Circle awards with Michael Grandage and Thea Sharrock jointly awarded best director for King Lear at the Donmar and After the Dance at the National respectively.
Other winners included theatre veterans David Suchet receiving a best actor award for All My Sons at the Apollo and Derek Jacobi a best Shakespearean performance award for King Lear at the Donmar. Best musical went to the RSC’s Matilda The Musical based on Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book and best actress was awarded to Jenny Jules for her performance in Ruined at the Almeida.
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards led by Melvyn Bragg, the first to be presented by the Sky Arts channel following ITV’s axing of Bragg’s South Bank Show last year, saw Dame Judi Dench awarded the Outstanding Achievement award. Alongside Clybourne Park’s win, best opera production was awarded to Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg from Welsh National Opera and best dance was Akram Khan’s Gnosis at Sadler’s Wells.
January 25, 2011
Awards announced: 25 January 2011, Prince of Wales Theatre London
Best New Play:
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
Presented by Kate Bassett
The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival):
Matilda, A Musical
Presented by Matt Wolf
David Suchet in All My Sons
Presented by Charles Spencer
Jenny Jules in Ruined
Presented by Jane Edwardes
The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance:
Derek Jacobi in King Lear
Presented by Michael Billington
Awarded jointly to: Michael Grandage for King Lear
Presented by Georgina Brown
Thea Sharrock for After the Dance
Presented by Claire Allfree
Best Designer: Bunny Christie for The White Guard
Presented by Paul Taylor
Most Promising Playwright:
Anya Reiss for Spur of the Moment
Presented by Ian Shuttleworth
The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright):
Daniel Kaluuya for Sucker Punch
Presented by Henry Hitchings
December 6, 2010
This week’s West End openings include romantic new show Love Story, Christmas treats with Potted Panto, The Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker, plus Derek Jacobi in King Lear.
Love Story gets its official opening night at the Duchess starring Emma Williams and Michael Xavier on 6 December. Erich Segal’s best-selling novel Love Story, which was famously turned into a film starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, has been given the musicals treatment by Howard Goodall and Stephen Clark.
The show had its premiere earlier this year at the Chichester Festival Theatre and was well received by critics, with The Stage calling it a “gorgeous new chamber musical”. The producers of the show include West End star Michael Ball, Adam Spiegel and Stephen Waley-Cohen and it is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with design by Peter McKintosh and musical direction by Stephen Ridley. Read our interview with Michael Ball. Book tickets to Love Story at the Duchess Theatre.
King Lear at the Donmar
Derek Jacobi gives his King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse, opening on 7 December in a new production by Michael Grandage. Also starring Gina McKee. Book tickets.
The Night Before Christmas
Magical family show The Night Before Christmas opens at the Ambassadors Theatre on 8 December. Meet Father Christmas and see a wonderful story come to life in this brand new show, full of songs, poems and stories. Book tickets.
Those CBBC rascals Dan and Jeff bring Pantomime mayhem to the Vaudeville with Edinburgh family hit Potted Panto on 10 December. CBBC’s Dan and Jeff, the masterminds behind Potted Potter and Potted Pirates, turn their attentions to that much loved British institution, the pantomime. Potted Panto crams seven much-loved pantomimes into one show. Dan and Jeff career through Cinderella in 3D, dazzle with a Dick Whittington featuring Jeff as the Mayor of London and struggle to work out how two people can play seven dwarves and which of them will make the prettiest princess. From conventions and costume to heroes and villains, the dastardly double act explores all the elements of the art form we both love and loathe as a nation. Book tickets to Potted Panto at the Vaudeville Theatre.
English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker
On the same night English National Ballet open their seasonal production of The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum in a sumptuous new production by Artistic Director Wayne Eagling to celebrate the Company’s 60th birthday. Book tickets.
And next week… A Flear in her Ear opens on 14 December at the Old Vic starring Tom Hollander, Lisa Dillon and Jonathan Cake.
November 29, 2010
This week’s new West End shows include Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, the RSC’s winter season at the Roundhouse and Tom Hollander in A Flea in her Ear at the Old Vic.
RSC at the Roundhouse
The RSC takes residence at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm for its Winter season, from 30 Noevmber. The ten-week repertoire of eight plays by Shakespeare – six full-scale productions and two specially adapted for children and families, will feature the RSC’s current 44-strong ensemble. The season opens on 30 November with Rupert Goold’s production of Romeo and Juliet and runs in repertoire to 5 February next year, with Michael Boyd’s production of Antony and Cleopatra; The Winter’s Tale directed by David Farr; Julius Caesar directed by Lucy Bailey; As You Like It directed by Michael Boyd; and David Farr’s King Lear. Book tickets to the RSC at the Roundhouse.
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella makes a glamorous return to Sadler’s Wells on 30 November, featuring a brand new production of his dazzling ballet set in London during the Second World War and played against Prokofiev’s haunting score. First seen in the West End in 1997, but now completely revised, this new production is created to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Blitz. It features design by Lez Brotherston who won an Olivier Award for his original designs, and new lighting by Neil Austin. Cinderella will be performed in Surround Sound, designed by Paul Groothius. Featuring a specially commissioned new recording of the score, New Adventures will create a cinematic experience, taking the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent music and the sound world of war-torn London. Book tickets to Cinderella.
King Lear at the Donmar
Derek Jacobi gives his King Lear at the Donmar Warehouse from 3 December, in a new production by Michael Grandage. Also starring Gina McKee. Book tickets.
A Flea in her Ear
Tom Hollander starts previews of A Flea in Her Ear at the Old Vic from 4 December. Written by Georges Feydeau in 1907, A Flea In Her Ear is a classic French farce set against a backdrop of jealousy, misunderstandings and confrontation. Richard Eyre directs an all-star cast including Tom Hollander (Rev), Lisa Dillon (Design for Living) and Jonathan Cake (Mosely). This adaptation of A Flea in her Ear by John Mortimer is returning home to the Old Vic, where it was originally performed by the National Theatre in 1966 starring Albert Finney. It was later revived in 1989 starring Jim Broadbent. Other cast include Di Botcher, Oliver Cotton, Freddie Fox, Fiona Glascott, Lloyd Hutchinson, Tim McMullan, John Marquez, William Maxwell, Rebecca Night, Maggie Service and Walter van Dyk.
And next week… Love Story gets its official opening night at the Duchess starring Emma Williams and Michael Xavier on 6 December; those CBBC rascals Dan and Jeff bring Pantomime mayhem to the Vaudeville with Edinburgh family hit Potted Panto on 10 December; and on the same night English National Ballet open their seasonal production of The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum in a sumptuous new production by Artistic Director Wayne Eagling to celebrate the Company’s 60th birthday.
September 6, 2010
The Donmar Warehouse in London has announced its 2011 season, including a revival of Harold Pinter’s Moonlight, the UK premiere of Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeand Felicity Jones in Schiller’s Luise Miller.
Michael Grandage, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, has announced the venue’s new 2011 season.
Tony-award winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will open at the London venue on 11 February 2011.The hit show, about six teenagers competing in an American spelling competition, has a book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by William Finn. The musical will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, who opens his new production of Sondheim’s Passion this week at the Donmar, starring Elena Roger.
The new season will also feature Harold Pinter’s 1993 play about a dysfunctional family, Moonlight, which will receive its first major London revival, directed by Bijan Sheibani (7 April to 28, May 2011).
Finally, the season ends with up-and-coming actress Felicity Jones, who recently starred in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s movie Cemetery Junction, in a new version of Schiller’s Luise Miller, from 8 June. The play will be directed by Michael Grandage and adapted by Mike Poulton. No stranger to the Donmar, Felicity appeared in their acclaimed 2008 production of The Chalk Garden.
Also, as previously announced, the new season will open with Derek Jacobi giving his King Lear, following his hugely successful Donmar West End performance as Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 2009. The production will also star Gina McKee.
June 18, 2010
OLIVIER AWARDS – Best Actor Winners
2012 Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller for Frankenstein
2011 Roger Allam for Henry IV Parts 1 & 2
2010 Mark Rylance for Jerusalem
2009 Derek Jacobi for Twelfth Night
2008 Chiwetel Ejiofor in Othello
2007 Rufus Sewell for Rock ‘N’ Roll
2006 Brian Dennehy for Death Of A Salesman
2005 Richard Griffiths for The History Boys
2004 Matthew Kelly for Of Mice And Men
2003 Simon Russell Beale for Uncle Vanya
2002 Roger Allam for Privates On Parade
2001 Conleth Hill for Stones In His Pockets
2000 Henry Goodman for The Merchant Of Venice
1999 Kevin Spacey for The Iceman Cometh
1998 Ian Holm for King Lear
1997 Antony Sher for Stanley
1996 Alex Jennings for Peer Gynt
1995 David Bamber for My Night With Reg
1994 Mark Rylance for Much Ado About Nothing
1993 Robert Stephens for Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2)
1992 Nigel Hawthorne for The Madness Of George III
1991 Ian McKellen for Richard III
1989/90 Oliver Ford Davies for Racing Demon
1987 Michael Gambon for A View From The Bridge
1986 Albert Finney for Orphans
1985 Antony Sher for Richard III and Torch Song Trilogy
Actor of the Year in a New Play
1988 David Haig for Our Country’s Good
1984 Brian Cox for Rat In The Skull
1983 Jack Shepherd for Glengarry Glen Ross
1982 Ian McDiarmid for lnsignificance
1981 Trevor Eve for Children Of A Lesser God
1980 Roger Rees for Nicholas Nickleby
1979 Ian McKellen for Bent
1978 Tom Conti for Whose Life Is It Anyway?
1977 Michael Bryant for State Of Revolution
1976 Paul Copley for King And Country
Actor of the Year in a Revival
1988 Brian Cox for Titus Andronicus
1984 Ian McKellen for Wild Honey
1983 Derek Jacobi for Cyrano De Bergerac
1982 Stephen Moore for A Doll’s House
1981 Daniel Massey for Man And Superman
1980 Jonathan Pryce for Hamlet
1979 Warren Mitchell for Death Of A Salesman
1978 Alan Howard for Coriolanus
1977 Ian McKellen for Pillars Of The Community
1976 Alan Howard for Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2) and Henry V
Best Actor in a Musical
2012 Bertie Carvel for Matilda The Musical
2011 David Thaxton for Passion
2010 Aneurin Barnard for Spring Awakening
2009 Douglas Hodge for La Cage aux Folles
2008 Michael Ball for Hairspray
2007 Daniel Evans for Sunday In The Park With George
2006 James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower for Billy Elliot – The Musical
2005 Nathan Lane for The Producers
2004 David Bedella for Jerry Springer – The Opera
2003 Alex Jennings for My Fair Lady
2002 Philip Quast for South Pacific
2001 Daniel Evans for Merrily We Roll Along
2000 Simon Russell Beale for Candide
1999 The cast of Kat and The Kings
1998 Philip Quast for The Fix
1997 Robert Lindsay for Oliver!
1996 Adrian Lester for Company
1995 John Gordon Sinclair for She Loves Me
1994 Alun Armstrong for Sweeney Todd
1993 Henry Goodman for Assassins
1992 Alan Bennett for Talking Heads
1991 Philip Quast for Sunday In The Park With George
1989/90 Jonathan Pryce for Miss Saigon
1988 Con O’Neill for Blood Brothers
1987 John Bardon and Emil Wolk for Kiss Me Kate
1986 Michael Crawford for The Phantom Of The Opera
1985 Robert Lindsay for Me And My Girl
1984 Paul Clarkson for The Hired Man
1983 Denis Lawson for Mr. Cinders
1982 Roy Hudd for Underneath The Arches
1981 Michael Crawford for Barnum
1980 Denis Quilley for Sweeney Todd
1979 Anton Rodgers for Songbook