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The Tempest

Antic Disposition’s Tempest marks the 400th anniversary of the first recorded performance of the play before James I at Whitehall Palace in 1611. While that venue now no longer exists, the Middle Temple Hall’s direct link to another first performance of a Shakespearean play, Twelfth Night, in 1602, is crucial for maintaining historic and artistic links between the 2011 production and the Elizabethan theatre.

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Drama Education

The Conspirators

The Conspirators    Genre: Comedy Drama Venue: Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2SA     Low Down   Sam Walters & The Orange Tree Theatre’s relationship with Vaclav Havel reveals a long and fruitful history, so its fitting that the artistic director stages the UK premiere ofThe Conspirators to begin the theatre’s […]

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Theatre Links

Wittenberg

Wittenberg    Genre: Comedy Drama Venue: The Gate Theatre (Above the Prince Albert Pub) 11 Pembridge Road, London, W11 3HQ   Low Down   The programme verifies that the location before me represents Wittenberg, a place that changes the history of European Christiandom when in 1517 Martin Luther nails 95 theses (arguments) to the Castle Church door […]

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Drama Education

Seemingly Invisible

Seemingly Invisible    Genre: Puppetry Venue: Blue Elephant Theatre 59a Bethwin Rd (entrance in Thompson’s Ave) Camberwell London SE5 0XT   Low Down   Seemingly Invisible delicately weaves a set of stage images around six characters who through chance encounters find different kinds of relationships, not necessarily with each other. A busy street: a young man […]

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Drama Education

Snow White

  Camden Fringe 2011       Genre: Children’s Theatre Venue: Shaw Theatre 100-110 Euston Road. London NW1 2AJ   Low Down   Filskit Theatre’s production of Snow White portrays the character of Snow White as a real girl –  as opposed to the black haired – white skinned character of Disney’s cartoon –  who is fortunate enough to survive […]

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World Theatre

Mae Naak

Mae Naak    Genre: Opera and Operatic Theatre Venue: Bloomsbury Theatre , Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH   Low Down   Opera Siam’s European premiere production of Mae Naak at the Bloomsbury last night, by composer and librettist Somtow Sucharitkul (aka S. P Sowtow), proves that it continues to engage audiences all around the world. First staged […]

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Theatre Business

Waiting for Godot, Haymarket Theatre 2009

As an unknown theatre historian who had come to London to re-think her own place in teaching, researching and creating theatre, I am excited at the prospect of seeing the 2009 production of Waiting For Godot.  The £47 I spend on the tickets is the most I’ve ever spent on tickets.  I read the reviews and seeing the favourable reactions, I conclude that it must be a monumental interpretation of a most challenging play. I so set off to see how four notable performers deal with the central problem which the play presents for actors of not acting, of doing nothing but wait.