July 31, 2013
Chichester Festival Theatre & Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Fiery Angel
By Julian Mitchell
Director Jeremy Herrin
Minerva Theatre, Chichester
18 September – 19 October
Director Jeremy Herrin returns to Chichester to stage Julian Mitchell’s award-winning drama Another Country, a fictionalised account of the youth of such people as the spy Guy Burgess and the Communist John Cornford, who died in the Spanish Civil War.
Another Country is co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Fiery Angel.
It’s the 1930s: an English Public School.
Bennett and Judd are both outsiders, one coming to terms with his homosexuality, the other already a committed Marxist. But the Establishment has traditional ways of dealing with rebels and when a scandal rooks the school, the young men must confront their beliefs and make choices which will have a momentous impact on their lives.
Julian Mitchell is an English playwright, screenwriter and novelist whose theatre credits include After Aida. His screenplays include Arabesque, Wilde and Vincent and Theo. Television credits include Consenting Adults and episodes of Inspector Morse.
Jeremy Herrin directed Uncle Vanya for Chichester during Festival 2012. He also directed South Downs for Chichester’s Festival 2011, which transferred to the West End in 2012. Earlier this year he was announced as the new Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre. He is Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre where his credits include The Heretic and That Face. Other credits include the critically acclaimed production of This House for the National Theatre, Children’s Children, Haunted Child, Absent Friends, Death and the Maiden and Much Ado About Nothing, and the forthcoming Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the RSC.
Will Attenborough plays Judd. His theatre credits include Festen, All My Sons, Noises Off and Journey’s End (ADC Theatre), the title role in Hamlet (SPS Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge Arts Theatre).
Cal Brigden plans Delahay. His theatre credits include the West End production of Butley, and screen credits include Casualty and The Telemachy.
Rob Callender plays Bennett. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2013.
Dario Coates plays Sanderson. His theatre credits include Trailing Dirt for which he received the Best Actor Award at the San Francisco Festival. Screen credits include Drifters and Coronation Street.
Mark Donald plays Devenish. His theatre credits include Widowers’ Houses and A Christmas Carol. Television credits include The Café and Best of Men.
Orlando James plays Barclay. His theatre credits include ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, The Duchess of Malfi, The Madness of George III (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, West End and Theatre Royal Bath), Judith and Macbeth (Cheek by Jowl, New York, Barbican and European tour).
Oliver Johnstone plays Fowler. His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Screen credits include Inspector George Gently, The Syndicate, Little Crackers, Lewis, Whitechapel 3 and Skyfall.
Bill Milner plays Wharton. His screen credits include The Secret of Crickley Hall, My Boy Jack, X Men – First Class, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Son of Rambow.
James Parris plays Menzies. His theatre credits include Richard III and King John (both for the RSC).
Julian Wadham plays Vaughan Cunningham. His previous Chichester credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Philanthropist and Cavalcade. Other theatre credits include This House (National Theatre), West End productions of The Tempest and When We Are Married, That Face, The Recruiting Officer, Our Country’s Good and Serious Money (all for the Royal Court Theatre). Screen credits include The English Patient and The Madness of King George.
Design is by Peter McKintosh whose Chichester credits include Festival 2012’s Uncle Vanya, Love Story (which later transferred to the West End), The Scarlet Letter, Just So and Pal Joey. Other credits include The 39 Steps (West End and Broadway), which received Tony nominations for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design, Crazy For You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and West End), the West End production of Butley and Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
Lighting Design is by Paul Pyant, whose Chichester credits include Separate Tables, Aristo, I am Shakespeare, The Scarlet Letter, Six Pictures of Lee Miller, King Lear, Electra and Talking Heads. Other theatre credits include The Heretic (Royal Court Theatre), West End productions of Flare Path and The Tempest, Richard III (Bridge Project London and New York), Grief (the National Theatre) and Noises Off (The Old Vic and West End).
Sound Design is by Fergus O’Hare whose credits include Festival 2011’s The Syndicate, Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), The Entertainer, Inherit the Wind, Richard II, The Philadelphia Story, Aladdin, Cloaca, Hamlet and The Tempest (all for The Old Vic), Julius Caesar, King Lear, Volpone and The Seagull (all for the RSC), The Merchant of Venice, The Black Album, Translations, Money and An Enemy of the People (all for the National Theatre).
Another Country is sponsored by Thomas Eggar.
Another Country is at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester from 18 September – 19 October. Evenings 7.45pm, except for Wednesdays at 8.00pm and the Press Night, Tuesday 24 September, 7.00pm. Matinees will be 2.45pm on Saturdays and 3.00pm on Wednesdays. Tickets: Previews/Press Night: £24.50, Monday evenings & Wednesday matinees: £30.50, Tuesday – Saturday evenings & Saturday matinees: £35.00. To book, go to cft.org.uk or contact the Box Office on 01243 781312.
Special Prices for 18s – 25s
An allocation of tickets for 18s – 25s priced at just £8.50 for all performances of Another Country will be released on Saturday 17 August. These may be booked on 01243 781312, online at cft.org.uk or in person.
Director Jeremy Herrin will be in conversation with writer Kate Mosse about Another Country on Monday 23 September, 6.00pm, Minerva Theatre. Tickets for this pre-show talk are free; please book in advance through the Box Office on 01243 781312 or online at cft.org.uk/festival-2013-events.
After Words – join some of the Company of Another Country after the performance to discover more about the production on Monday 7 October.
Another Country is co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Fiery Angel. The production runs at Theatre Royal Bath from 4 – 14 September.
May 10, 2013
The National Theatre’s acclaimed political play This House is to transfer into the West End this Autumn for a 16 week season. James Graham’s hit play This House will run at the Aldwych Theatre from September 2013.
The critical and audience hit about the phoney war between Labour and Tory whips in 1974, which sees both sides become embroiled in a war of attrition.
The cast will include players from the National Theatre production including Julian Wadham, Phil Daniels and Reece Dinsale.
1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it’s a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote.
Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham’s This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.
Theatre: Aldwych Theatre
August 19, 2011
Rehearsal photos of The Tempest starring Ralph Fiennes at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Trevor Nunn continues his season of plays at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with Shakespeare’s The Tempest from 27 August 2011.
Ralph Fiennes leads the cast as Prospero, with Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo, Chris Andrew Mellon as Sebastian, Michael Benz as Ferdinand, Tom Byam Shaw as Ariel, Jim Creighton as Adrian, Ian Drysdale as Francisco, Elisabeth Hopper as Miranda, Andrew Jarvis as Gonzalo, James Simmons as Alonso, Giles Terera as Caliban, Julian Wadham as Antonio and Clive Wood as Stephano.
The play is booking until 29 October 2011 and will feature set and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis.
Full Casting Announced For Trevor Nunn’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company Production Of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest
July 15, 2011
Joining Ralph Fiennes, who leads the company as Prospero in Trevor Nunn’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, are Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo, Chris Andrew Mellon (Sebastian), Michael Benz (Ferdinand), Tom Byam Shaw (Ariel), Jim Creighton (Adrian), Ian Drysdale (Francisco), Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda), Andrew Jarvis (Gonzalo), James Simmons (Alonso), Giles Terera (Caliban), Julian Wadham (Antonio) and Clive Wood (Stephano) as well as Steven Butler, Eke Chukwu, Meline Danielewicz, Gisele Edwards, Hayley Ellenbrook , Grahame Fox, Charlie Hamblett, Jami Reid-Quarrell and Itxaso Moreno.
The Tempest, the third production in the Trevor Nunn Season, previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 27 August, with press night on 6 September and is booking until 29 October 2011. Set and costume designs are by Stephen Brimson Lewis, with lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Groothuis and music by Shaun Davey. The Tempest is produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, Duncan C Weldon, Paul Elliott & Terri and Timothy Childs.
Almost certainly Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest can lay claim to being the first ever work of magic realism. Marooned and left to die on a remote island, Prospero can command spirits, create apparitions and manipulate the elements. By using his magic, he assembles his enemies to take revenge on them, and in the process awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first experience of love. The theme of reconciliation gives immense emotional force to Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage.
Ralph Fiennes was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket playing the title role in Brand. His extensive theatre credits include the title role in Oedipus and Jung in The Talking Cure for the National Theatre, Faith Healer at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and on Broadway, God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre, Julius Caesar at the Barbican and on tour as well as many productions for the Almeida Theatre including the title roles in Hamlet, Ivanov, Richard II and Coriolanus, and, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Edmund in King Lear, Henry VI in The Plantagenets, and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida. His multi award-winning film career includes The Constant Gardner, Sunshine and Schindler’s List, as well as the English Patient, The Duchess, End of the Affair, Quiz Show and The Reader. More recently he made his mark as one of literature’s most terrifying villains, the evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series of films and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s bio-pic Bernard and Doris. In 2009 he filmed roles in Clash of the Titans, Cemetery Junction, Nanny McPhee 2 and the final instalments of the Harry Potter films. In 2010 he directed and starred in a feature film of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus which he also produced. The film was invited to premiere In Competition at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and will open at the end of 2011.
Nicholas Lyndhurst is best known for his roles in the award-winning BBC series Only Fools and Horses and Goodnight Sweetheart. His other television credits include Butterflies, The Two of Us, The Piglet Files, Gulliver’s Travels, After You’ve Gone and, most recently, Rock and Chips. His theatre credits include Straight & Narrow at the Aldwych Theatre, The Foreigner for the Albery Theatre, Harding’s Luck for Greenwich Theatre andTrial Run at the Oxford Playhouse. Most recently he received great critical acclaim when he starred as Norman in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre. His film credits include Endless Nights, Bequest To The Nation, Bullshot, Gunbus and Lassie.
Tom Byam Shaw graduated from Guildhall in 2010. His theatre credits include Salome for Hampstead Theatre and Les Parents Terribles for the Donmar Warehouse at the Trafalgar Studios. His film credits include Grand Street directed by Lex Sidon. His television credits include A Room with a View and The Bill.
Elisabeth Hopper returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to play Miranda having made her professional stage debut playing a courtier in Trevor Nunn’s current production, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Chris Andrew Mellon is currently playing The Player in Nunn’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His other recent theatre credits include Aspects of Love, directed by Trevor Nunn and La Cage aux Folles, directed by Terry Johnson, both for the Menier Chocolate Factory. He was a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company for two years, appearing in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Complete History of America both at the Criterion Theatre.
Julian Wadham’s West End theatre credits include That Face at the Duke of York’s Theatre and Plenty at the Albery Theatre. He has worked extensively for the National Theatre, most recently playing Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. For the Royal Court his many credits include Serious Money. His film roles include Madox in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient, William Pitt in Nicholas Hytner’s The Madness of King George as well as Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Maurice, The Secret Agent and Wah Wah as well as the forthcoming War Horse and Iron Lady. His numerous television credits include Foyles War, My Boy Jack and Downton Abbey.
Clive Wood was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in Trevor Nunn’s production of Flare Path. His extensive list of credits for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes the title role in Henry IV as well as Bolingbroke in Richard II, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Claudius in Hamlet and MacDuff in Macbeth. On television his credits include Land Girls and Waking the Dead and on film, Treasure Island and Buster.
Trevor Nunn was the longest-serving Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1968 to 1986). During that time he directed most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables. He returned to the RSC to direct King Lear and The Seagull. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the National Theatre where his 21 productions included award-winning revivals of Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk and The Cherry Orchard, as well as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Anything Goes. He has directed the world premieres of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Coast of Utopia and Rock ‘n’ Roll, and of Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber. His more recent theatre work includes Hamlet and Richard II at The Old Vic, Timon of Athens and Skellig for the Young Vic, The Lady From the Sea for the Almeida, Scenes from a Marriage for the Belgrade, Coventry, A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on Broadway, Cyrano de Bergerac for Chichester Festival Theatre, Inherit the Wind for The Old Vic and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre.
Previously, as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Season Trevor Nunn has directed Flare Path and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Since Masterclass was created in 1998, it has established itself as the leading provider of free training for young people interested in engaging with and being inspired by theatre. Masterclass runs a year round programme of talks, workshops, special projects, career advice sessions, showcases and performance opportunities for 14 – 30 year olds. Its unique apprentice scheme gives anyone aged 17-30 unprecedented opportunities to work on Theatre Royal Haymarket Company productions allowing emerging theatre makers to gain further insight into all aspects of theatre from acting and design to directing, producing or a career backstage, with masters of the craft.
During the run of The Tempest, three apprentices from Masterclass will shadow members of the creative team.
Masterclass will also be holding a Gala Performance of The Tempest on 15 September 2011. This fundraising gala supports the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust enabling them to continue their work with young people of all backgrounds and allowing them to continue to inspire and empower young people to achieve their full potential through theatre. Tickets for this Gala are from £100 – £250. For more information please visit http://www.masterclass.org.uk/
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