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Roger Allam And Colin Morgan In The Tempest At Shakespeare’s Globe

March 12, 2013 

Shakespeare’s Globe launches its 2013 theatre season on 23 April with Jeremy Herrin’s production of The Tempest. Olivier award-winner Roger Allam makes a welcome return to the Globe as Prospero, with Colin Morgan as Ariel and Jessie Buckley as Miranda. The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece, imbued with magical spirits and supernatural charm. This production marks the first of the Globe’s trio of enchanted Shakespeares this summer, running from Shakespeare’s birthday (23 April) until 18 August.

Director Jeremy Herrin returns to the Globe following his widely applauded production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2011. Herrin is associate director at the Royal Court and during his time there has presented No Quarter, The Heretic, The Vertical Hour, The Priory, That Face and Tusk Tusk, for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Best Director Award. He directed Roger Allam in Uncle Vanya at Chichester in 2012. He also directed This House at the National Theatre.

Roger Allam won the Best Actor Olivier Award for his portrayal of Falstaff at the Globe in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. His many other stage credits include Boeing Boeing and The God of Carnage. He created the role of Peter Mannion in the BBC political satire The Thick Of It, and his film credits include Tamara Drewe and The Queen. Allam will reprise his role as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday in the Morse prequel Endeavour, due to air on ITV this spring.

Making his Globe debut will be Colin Morgan as Ariel, who created the role of Merlin in the popular BBC television series for which he recently won Best Actor in a Drama at the National Television Awards. Other theatre credits include Vernon God Little and All About My Mother at the Young and Old Vics.

In her graduating year at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Jessie Buckley will also make a Globe debut as Prospero’s daughter, Miranda. Jessie competed in the TV series I’d Do Anything, the search for a new Nancy in Oliver! and performed in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factory and at the Garrick.

Completing the cast is Jason Baughan, Sam Cox, Pip Donaghy, Trevor Fox, James Garnon, Peter Hamilton-Dyer, Joshua James, William Mannering, Sarah Sweeney and Amanda Wilkin.

Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2013 ‘Season of Plenty’ features fifteen plays, including three world premières, an expansion of the Globe’s award-winning touring, and the return of three Globe to Globe productions from last year’s once-in-a-lifetime festival. The full lineup includes The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, the three plays about Henry VI, Samuel Adamson’s Gabriel, Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, The Lightning Child from Ché Walker, two small-scale tours of King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew, three returning Globe to Globe shows – Venus and Adonis from South Africa, As You Like It from Georgia, King Lear from Belarus, and Footsbarn’s Indian Tempest.

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Rehearsal Photos: The Tempest starring Ralph Fiennes

August 19, 2011 

Rehearsal photos of The Tempest starring Ralph Fiennes at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Ralph Fiennes rehearsing to play Prospero in The Tempest

Ralph Fiennes rehearsing to play Prospero in The Tempest

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.

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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.

Masterclass

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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RALPH FIENNES in The Tempest

July 15, 2011 

Trevor Nunn’s third production as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket will be Shakespeare’s The Tempest, starring acclaimed stage and screen actor Ralph Fiennes as Propsero.

RALPH FIENNES in The Tempest

RALPH FIENNES in The Tempest

Ralph was last seen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in Brand, and his other theatre credits include 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 a number of 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 wide-ranging movie career includes  The Constant Gardner, Sunshine and Schindler’s List, plus The English Patient, The Duchess, End of the Affair, Quiz Show, The Reader, Clash of the Titans, Cemetery Junction, Nanny McPhee 2 and as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films. In 2010 he directed and starred in a feature film of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus, which opens at the end of the year.

TV includes Emmy and a Golden Globe nominations for his performance in HBO’s bio-pic Bernard and Doris.

Joining Ralph Fiennes in The Tempest will be 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 will run from 27 August to 29 October 2011 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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RALPH FIENNES: STAGE TIMELINE

1985: Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ring Round The Moon at the Open Air Theatre
1986: Night and Day and See How They Run at Theatr Clwyd; Me Mam Sez, Don Quixote and Cloud Nine at the Oldham Coliseum; Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre
1987-1988: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Fathers and Sons and Ting Tang Mine at the National Theatre
1988 – 1991: The Plantagenets, Much Ado about Nothing, King John, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Playing with Trains, Troilus and Cressida, King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the RSC
1995: Hamlet at the Hackney Empire and on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award
1997: Ivanov at the Almeida
2000: Coriolanus and Richard II at the Gainsborough Film Studios and in New York
2001: The Play What I Wrote at the Wyndham’s Theatre
2003: Brand at the RSC; The Talking Cure at the National Theatre
2005: Julius Caesar at the Barbican
2006: Faith Healer at the Gate Theatre Dublin and Broadway
2007: First Love at the Sydney Festival
2008: Oedipus at the National Theatre; God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre

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The Tempest tickets at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Ralph Fiennes

July 10, 2011 

One of the highlights of this year’s theatrical calendar, Trevor Nunn directs Ralph Fiennes in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The Tempest – Cheek by Jowl and Chekhov International Festival at the Barbican

April 8, 2011 

Production photos of Cheek by Jowl and the Chekhov International Festival’s production of The Tempest at the Barbican

7 – 16 April 2011, Barbican Theatre

Moscow ’s Chekhov International Festival returns to the UK with a forceful new production of The Tempest. Cheek by Jowl’s Russian sister company brings to life this disturbing masque of power, control and illusion. With powerhouse performances and innovative interpretations of classic texts, Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek By Jowl continues to inspire audiences season after season at its London home in Silk Street Theatre.

Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s internationally renowned Russian ensemble were previously seen at the Barbican in Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and Boris Godunov.

LINKS

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Ralph Fiennes cast in Trevor Nunn’s The Tempest at the Haymarket

March 25, 2011 

Trevor Nunn has cast stage and screen actor Ralph Fiennes as Prospero in his new production of The Tempest.

Ralph Fiennes to star in The Tempest at the Haymarket

Ralph Fiennes to star in The Tempest at the Haymarket

The play will run as part of Nunn’s first season as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which launched with his acclaimed new production of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path starring Sienna Miller, Sheridan Smith and James Purefoy.

The Tempest will run from 27 August 2011 for ten weeks. Preceding this will be a transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (16 June – 20 August 2011), also directed by Nunn. Tom Stoppard’s play will feature two of the stars of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys – Samuel Barnett, who stars in sitcom Beautiful People, and Jamie Parker (Valkyrie), along with stage and screen actor Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as the Player King.

Fiennes was last seen on the London stage in 2008 in Oedipus at the National Theatre. His other stage credits include Hamlet at the Hackney Empire and on Broadway and Julius Caesar at the Barbican. His extensive film work includes starring and directing Coriolanus, Oscar nominations for The English Patient and Schindler’s List, and BAFTA nominations for The Constant Gardener and The End of the Affair. He also plays Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise and will shortly start filming the new James Bond movie, directed by Sam Mendes.

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Ralph Fiennes: Stage Timeline

  • 1985: Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ring Round The Moon at the Open Air Theatre
  • 1986: Night and Day and See How They Run at Theatr Clwyd; Me Mam Sez, Don Quixote and Cloud Nine at the Oldham Coliseum; Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre
  • 1987-1988: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Fathers and Sons and Ting Tang Mine at the National Theatre
  • 1988 – 1991: The Plantagenets, Much Ado about Nothing, King John, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Playing with Trains, Troilus and Cressida, King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the RSC
  • 1995: Hamlet at the Hackney Empire and on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award
  • 1997: Ivanov at the Almeida
  • 2000: Coriolanus and Richard II at the Gainsborough Film Studios and in New York
  • 2001: The Play What I Wrote at the Wyndham’s Theatre
  • 2003: Brand at the RSC; The Talking Cure at the National Theatre
  • 2005: Julius Caesar at the Barbican
  • 2006: Faith Healer at the Gate Theatre Dublin and Broadway
  • 2007: First Love at the Sydney Festival
  • 2008: Oedipus at the National Theatre; God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre

 

Shows closing in September

August 17, 2010 

It’s all change in the West End next month as September sees a number of shows bid farewell.

La Bete

La Bete

September marks a busy time for Theatreland as a slate of new shows open in town, which means a number of summer hits are closing to make way.

This month, Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project shows at the Old Vic, As You Like It and The Tempest, starring Stephen Dillane and Juliet Rylance, closes on 21 August. They are swiftly followed by La Bete at the Comedy Theatre, which closes on 28 August before heading off to Broadway. The Matthew Warchus-helmed show features a starry cast including David Hyde Pearce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley.

In September, things start to get really shaken up and we lose some of the big summer shows. In a reversal of La Bete, HAIR made its debut on Broadway and then came to London – and you only have until 4 September to see what all the fuss was about and catch the New York cast, including Gavin Creel, before they head home.

Burn The Floor

Burn The Floor

Also on the 4th we lose David Essex penned musical All The Fun of the Fair, and dance spectacular Burn The Floor , which is clearing its tango shoes and sequins out of the Shaftesbury Theatre to make room for another big dance show, Flashdance The Musical. This will star Matt Willis and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and is choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

And it’s never just one big dance show that goes: butch and blue-collar Tap Dogs starring Adam Garcia is also leaving the West End the day after Burn The Floor, on 5 September.

The short run of The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, riding high after the BBC’s Sherlock series, will end on 11 September at the Duchess Theatre to make way for Michael Gambon in Krapp’s Last Tape.

And we wave goodbye to Jeff Goldblum and Mercedes Ruehl on 25 September as Neil Simon’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue leaves the Vaudeville Theatre.

BOOKING AND OFFERS

Save £19 on tickets to see HAIR at the Gielgud Theatre

Save £30 on tickets to see All The Fun of the Fair at the Garrick Theatre

Save £21 on tickets to see Burn The Floor at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Save £11 on tickets to see Tap Dogs at the Novello Theatre

Half Price tickets to see The Secret of Sherlock Holmes at the Duchess Theatre

Save £14 on tickets to see The Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Vaudeville Theatre

Great offers on West End plays

June 25, 2010 

Fancy seeing a good play – and saving money?

The West End is having a bit of a Plays renaissance at the moment and to celebrate we have put together some great offers on the best drama and comedy in London.

LA BETE

Hotly anticipated, must-see production by critically acclaimed comedy by American playwright David Hirson.

Starring the extraordinary 2010 Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing), ‘the most exciting stage actor of his generation’ (Times), the wonderful Tony and Emmy Award-winning David Hyde Pierce (best known as Niles in the smash-hit sitcom Frasier), and one of the country’s most loved and popular actresses, the magnificent Joanna Lumley, this new staging is directed by the internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, Boeing-Boeing, Art, The Norman Conquests).

When Princess Conti (Joanna Lumley) invites street clown Valere (Mark Rylance) to inject some bawdy fun and mischief into her staid acting troupe, she anticipates an exciting creative combination. But the troupe’s leader, Elomire (David Hyde Pierce), is an elitist and fervent lover of high-brow theatre who clashes with Valere – a gaudy comic and a fervent lover of …. well, himself.  So begins a gloriously witty and wildly hilarious battle of art and egos.

Written in 1991, La Bete was a huge critical success in London in 1992 and won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy.

BOOK NOW: Tickets from only £12 to see La Bete at the Comedy Theatre in London

GHOST STORIES

Direct from a sell-out season at the Lyric Hammersmith, comes Ghost Stories a truly terrifying theatrical experience. Written and directed by The League of Gentlemen’s master of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson, and Andy Nyman, co-creator and director of Derren Brown’s television and stage shows and star of Dead Set and Severance this is one event not to miss this Summer.

Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending.

BOOK NOW: Save £13 on tickets to see Ghost Stories at the Duke of York’s Theatre

HOLDING THE MAN

LAST CHANCE to see this acclaimed play starring Kath & Kim’s Jane Turner.

Based on the much loved award winning book by Tim Conigrave, adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Tommy Murphy, Holding the Man is a hilariously funny, tender and moving play following the remarkable true life love story of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo. It is a celebration that speaks across generations, sexual preference and culture.

BOOK NOW: Save up to £27 on tickets to see Holding The Man at the Trafalgar Studios

ENRON

One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes a unique theatrical event in ‘Rupert Goold’s brilliant production’ (Guardian). Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, it reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts new light on the current financial situation. In what promises to be ‘an outstanding evening’ (ES), Enron is ‘the exhilarating answer to a $60bn question’ (Times). Inspired by real-life events and using music, dance and video, Enron is directed by Headlong Theatre’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold whose recent credits include the award-winning Macbeth and Six Characters in Search of an Author, King Lear, No Man’s Land and Oliver!

BOOK NOW: Save up to £11 on tickets to see Enron at the Noel Coward Theatre

SHIRLEY VALENTINE

Starring Meera Syal in ‘London’s Best Comic Performance’ (Time Out).

Meet Shirley: a middle-aged Liverpudlian housewife who talks to the wall whilst preparing her husband’s egg and chips.  She’s in a rut.  What has happened to her life?  When her best friend Jane pays for a holiday for two to Greece, she packs her bags, heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself rather differently…..  Commissioned by the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine premiered in 1986 directed by Glen Walford. In 1988, under the direction of Simon Callow, it opened in the West End, wining the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and starring Pauline Collins, who went on to play Shirley on Broadway (winning a Tony Award) and in the 1988 film (winning a BAFTA Award and Oscar nomination).

BOOK NOW: Save £7 on tickets to Shirley Valentine at the Trafalgar Studios

AS YOU LIKE IT and THE TEMPEST

Award winning director Sam Mendes returns to the UK to direct two new productions as part of  The Bridge Project.

A stellar transatlantic lineup includes Michelle Beck, Christian Camargo, Ron Cephas Jones, Stephen Dillane, Juliet Rylance and Thomas Sadoski in an intriguing pairing of Shakepeare’s pastoral comedy As You Like It and his late masterpiece The Tempest.

BOOK NOW: Save £12 on tickets to see As You Like It and The Tempest at the Old Vic Theatre


OLIVIER AWARDS – Best Opera Winners

June 11, 2010 

OLIVIER AWARDS – Best Opera Winners

Best New Opera Production

2012 English National Opera’s Castor And Pollux at the London Coliseum
2011 OperaUpClose and Soho Theatre’s La Boheme at the Soho Theatre
2010 The Royal Opera’s Tristan und Isolde
2009 English National Opera’s Partenope
2008 Pelleas Et Melisande
2007 English National Opera’s Jenufa
2006 English National Opera’s Madam Butterfly
2005 The Royal Opera’s Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk
2004 English National Opera’s The Trojans (Parts I and II)
2003 The Royal Opera’s Wozzeck
2002 The Royal Opera’s Boulevard Solitude
2001 The Royal Opera’s The Greek Passion
2000 Welsh National Opera’s Hansel And Gretel
1999 Welsh National Opera’s La Clemenza Di Tito
1998 The Royal Opera’s Paul Bunyan
1997 English National Opera’s Tristan And Isolde
1996 The Royal Opera’s Billy Budd
1995 English National Opera’s Khovanshchina
1994 The Royal Opera’s La Damnation De Faust
1993 The Royal Opera’s Stiffelio

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

2012 ENO for the breadth and diversity of its artistic programme
2011 Christian Gerhaher for his performance in the Royal Opera’s Tannhauser at the Royal Opera House
2010 Nina Stemme for her performance in the Royal Opera’s Tristan und Isolde
2009 Edward Gardner for conducting English National Opera’s Boris Godunov, Cavalliera Rusticana, Der Rosenkavalier, I Pagliacci, Riders To The Sea, and Punch And Judy At The Young Vic
2008 Natalie Dessay for her performance in La Fille Du Regiment
2007 Amanda Roocroft for her performance in English National Opera’s Jenufa
2006 Simon Keenlyside for his performances in the Royal Opera’s 1984 at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera’s Billy Budd
2005 Thomas Adès and the Royal Opera House for the world premiere of The Tempest
2004 Cristina Gallardo-Domas for The Royal Opera’s Madama Butterfly
2003 Antonio Pappano for a distinguished opening to his tenure as Music Director of The Royal Opera with Ariadne Auf Naxos and Wozzeck
2002 Bernard Haitink for his contribution to The Royal Opera’s Jenufa and The Queen of Spades and the musical directorship of a season of great distinction by the Royal Opera
2001 Mark-Anthony Turnage (composer) and Amanda Holden (librettist) for creating English National Opera’s The Silver Tassie
2000 English National Opera for its high standard of production and for championing the works of Handel
1999 The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House for its consistently outstanding musicianship in The Royal Opera’s Le Nozze Di Figaro, The Bartered Bride and The Golden Cockerel
1998 Paul Daniel for conducting English National Opera’s From The House Of The Dead and for his contribution to English National Opera
1997 Elgar Howarth for conducting English National Opera’s Die Soldaten and The Prince of Homburg
1996 Bernard Haitink for conducting The Royal Opera’s Siegfried and Gotterdämmerung
1995 Roberto Alagna for his performance in The Royal Opera’s Roméo Et Juliette
1994 The Orchestra of English National Opera for Lohengrin and Inquest Of Love
1993 Sir Edward Downes for conducting The Royal Opera’s The Fiery Angel and Stiffelio
1992 The Royal Opera’s Mitridate, Rè Di Ponto
1991 Mark Elder for conducting English National Opera’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Macbeth, Pelléas Et Méllisande, and Wozzeck
1989/90 The Komische Oper’s Orpheus and Eurydice
1988 Leontina Vaduva for her performance in The Royal Opera’s Manon
1987 English National Opera’s Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk
1986 English National Opera’s Doctor Faust, Graham Clark and Thomas Allen specially commended
1982 English National Opera’s Rigoletto
1981 The Royal Opera’s Les Contes D’Hoffman
1980 English National Opera’s Così Fan Tutte
1979 The Royal Opera’s The Rake’s Progress
1978 English National Opera for their enterprising repertoire
1977 Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s Don Giovanni

Additional Opera Awards

1985 Kathleen Battle for Ariadne Auf Naxos (The Royal Opera)
1985 English National Opera’s Xerxes
1984 Welsh National Opera’s From The House Of The Dead
1984 Philip Langridge for Osud (English National Opera)
1983 The Cologne Opera’s Il Matrimonio Segreto
1983 Valerie Masterson for Semele (The Royal Opera)
1982 Jeffrey Tate for La Clemenza Di Tito (The Royal Opera)
1981 Anne Mackay for The Gypsy Princess (Sadler’s Wells Theatre production)
1980 Rosalind Plowright for The Turn Of The Screw (English National Opera)
1978 The Royal Opera’s Lohengrin

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