Emmy Winner Riz Ahmed In Negotiations With Netflix On ‘Hamlet’ | Deadline

Emmy Winner Riz Ahmed In Negotiations With Netflix On ‘Hamlet’ | Deadline:

“Set in a modern-day London of economic and political uncertainty, the story follows the intersecting themes of familial honor, moral duty and dynastic corruption.”

Not exactly a unique setting…

Posted in hamlet, netflix, news, riz ahmed, television

Romantics Anonymous in RehearsalThis Friday sees the opening of…

The Romantics Anonymous company in rehearsal. Photo by Steve Tanner.

Marc Antolin (Ludo), Lauren Samuels (Ensemble), and Joe Evans (Ensemble). Photo by Steve Tanner.

Marc Antolin (Ludo). Photo by Steve Tanner.

Joanna Riding (Mother/Magda). Photo by Steve Tanner.

Marc Antolin (Ludo), Gareth Snook (Mercier), and Joe Evans (Ensemble). Photo by Steve Tanner.

Carly Bawden (Angelique). Photo by Steve Tanner.

Nigel Lilley (Music Supervisor), Jim Henson (MD) and Joanna Riding (Mother/Magda). Photo by Steve Tanner.

Marc Antolin (Ludo), Carly Bawden (Angelique) and Gareth Snook (Mercier). Photo by Steve Tanner.

Marc Antolin (Ludo), Joe Evans (Ensemble), Dominic Marsh (Jean-Rene) and Carly Bawden (Angelique). Photo by Steve Tanner.

Carly Bawden (Angelique), Dominic Marsh (Jean-Rene), Gareth Snook (Mercier), Natasha Jayetileke (Suzanne/Mimi), and Joe Evans (Ensemble) . Photo by Steve Tanner.

Romantics Anonymous in Rehearsal

This Friday sees the opening of our new musical in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Romantics Anonymous!

Here’s a sneak peek of the cast in rehearsals – you can find more photos over on Facebook.

Find out more about the show >>

Photography by Steve Tanner

Posted in Chocolate, Chocolatier, Emma Rice, musical, Musical Theatre, Romantics Anonymous, Shakespeare's Globe, Theatre

Discover the Stories of Odin, Thor and LokiAs part of our Autumn…

Discover the Stories of Odin, Thor and Loki

As part of our Autumn Tales festival this half-term, families can explore Norse mythology in a storytelling session with award-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland.

In this short blog, Kevin gives us an introduction to mythology…

Thanks to a rather amazing man who lived in Iceland 800 years ago – and who was murdered while he was having a bath! – we know plenty about the gods worshipped by the Vikings.

This man, Snorri, was the first to write down the stories (we call them myths) about how 13 gods and 13 goddesses lived in their green-and-gold realm of Asgard, high above Middle Earth, and how their main enemies were the rock-giants and frost-giants.


Pictured: Christian Krohg, Snorre Sturluson: Heimskringla, J.M. Stenersen & Co, 1899, Wikimedia

Snorri tells us that the gods and goddesses looked after different parts of our lives − our health, our safety, our skills and the living world around us. He describes stunning battles between them and the giants, and how the slippery, fast-talking trickster Loki often got the gods into deep water only to bail them out again, sometimes with the help of the greedy dwarfs.

The myths involve humans and are full of thrilling journeys, running and wrestling and eating and riddle contests, and dazzling magic, and they all take place under the mighty ash tree, Yggdrasill – there’s a mouth-cracking name! – that spreads over the whole of creation.

I’ll be talking about all of this and telling you a few of my own favourite myths at my event on 24 October.

You’ll be meeting Thor, strongest of the gods, swinging his short-handled hammer; and Idun, who looks after the apples of youth; and Loki’s three horrifying children. 

All this, and we’ll be riding nine days northward and downward into the freezing, misty world of the dead.

I’ll see you there!


Find out more and buy tickets >>

Posted in Education, Families, Family, Half-Term, Kevin Crossley-Holland, london, Norse, Norse Mythology, Reading, Stories, storytelling, the globe

Casting news: The Secret TheatreAs the summer draws to an end…

Casting news: The Secret Theatre

As the summer draws to an end and The Winter Selection is in sight, we are pleased to reveal casting for a new play by Anders Lustgarten, The Secret Theatre. Directed by

Matthew Dunster, this new spy thriller brings to life the world of Sir Francis Walsingham’s vast surveillance network in the court of Elizabeth I and asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety.

The full cast will include: Aidan McArdle (Sir Francis Walsingham), Tara Fitzgerald (Elizabeth I), Edmund Kingsley (Pooley), David Partridge (Anthony Babington/Miles/Davy), Cassie Layton (Frances), Sam Marks (Sir Philip Sidney/ Robert Southwell), Abraham Popoola (John Ballard), Ian Redford (Sir William Cecil/Topcliffe/Palmer) and Colin Ryan (Phelippes).

Aidan McArdle makes his Shakespeare’s Globe debut alongside Tara Fitzgerald, Abraham Popoola, Cassie Layton, Sam Marks, Ian Redford and Colin Ryan who have tread the boards of the Globe stage and will star in the Playhouse for the first time.

The Secret Theatre will run in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from Thursday 16 November until Saturday 16 December 2017. Standing tickets from just £10. Book tickets

Posted in Casting, london, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, The Secret Theatre, The Winter Selection, Theatre

Call for papers: The Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama…

Call for papers: The Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice

Saturday 2 December 2017 at the University of Oxford, 10.00am – 4:30pm

The Oxford-Globe Forum meets twice a year, alternating
between Shakespeare’s Globe and the University of Oxford. It brings together
researchers and practitioners in medicine, theatre and academia to explore a
designated theme.

The theme for December 2017 is ‘Altered States’. Papers are
invited on (but not limited to) topics such as: consciousness and
unconsciousness, hallucinations, possession, sleep and dreaming, melancholy and
anxiety, madness, anger, passion and passions, trances, voices, echoes, the senses,
obsession, contagion, grief and mourning. Papers are informal and are limited to 12 – 15 minutes;
the aim is to enable discussion among different interests and disciplines.

Registration is required: the £15 fee includes a sandwich
lunch and coffee.

Register here (you will be contacted later about lunch

To offer a paper, please send your proposed title and a brief
abstract by Wednesday 1 November to english.office@ell.ox.ac.uk.

Posted in academia, Call for papers, Shakespeare's Globe, University of Oxford

‘King Lear’: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson To Reunite For BBC2 & Amazon

‘King Lear’: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson To Reunite For BBC2 & Amazon:

What a cast!

Posted in anthony hopkins, emma thompson, film, King Lear, news, richard eyre

Globe on Screen launches in ChinaWe are delighted to announce…

Globe on Screen launches in China

We are delighted to announce the launch of Globe on Screen in China, in collaboration with ATW Culture

On 24 September, Globe on Screen launched with a screening of the smash-hit 2012 production of Twelfth Night, starring Mark Rylance, at Inside Out, Beijing.

We have been making films of our productions since 2003 and this launch marks our first screening in China.

Films will be released in cinemas in eight of the major cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. They will also enjoy an online release with China’s biggest online platform for video content, iQiyi, which has over 200 million subscribers.

Posted in Beijing, China, film, Globe On Screen, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Globe, Shanghai, Twelfth Night

Barrie Rutter to play The Emperor in The Captive QueenWe are…

Barrie Rutter to play The Emperor in The Captive Queen

We are delighted to announce that Barrie Rutter will play the role of The Emperor in his forthcoming production of The Captive Queen, a Shakespeare’s Globe and Northern Broadsides co-production which plays in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2018.

In addition to his career as an actor at the National Theatre and the RSC, Barrie is best known as the founder of multi-award-winning touring company Northern Broadsides. Based in the historic Dean Clough in West Yorkshire, the company has built up a formidable reputation, with a repertoire combining Shakespeare, European and English Classic plays, as well as new writing. Productions are noted for their distinctive northern voice, strong musicality and clear narrative journey.

On stage, Barrie has played roles ranging from Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Prospero in The Tempest (Northern Broadsides) to Hobson in Hobson’s Choice (Sheffield Crucible) and Napoleon in Animal Farm (National Theatre). 

He is currently touring in the Northern Broadsides production of For Love or Money by Blake Morrison. In 2003, Barrie won the Sam Wanamaker Award, and in 2015, he received an OBE for services to the arts. The Captive Queen will mark his final production with Northern Broadsides, where he will step down as Artistic Director in April 2018.

A reimagining of John Dryden’s Restoration drama Aureng-zebe (1675), The Captive Queen is set in the woollen mills of the North of England in the late 20th century, but retains a flavour of Dryden’s original Mughal Indian setting. 

Find out more and buy tickets >>

Posted in Barrie Rutter, london, Northern Broadsides, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, The Captive Queen, the globe, The Winter Selection

Straight from its world tour success, critically acclaimed…

Straight from its world tour success, critically acclaimed comedy parody, Graeme of Thrones will transfer to London’s West End at the Charing Cross Theatre this autumn.

In this theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skills required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches him that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break – as long as nothing goes wrong…

After huge success in Chicago, Toronto, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Londoners can now discover a show which Time Out described as ‘a must for any Game Of Thrones fan’, 

Click here for tickets: tickets.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk

Posted in Charing Cross, Comedy, Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones, George RR Martin, Graeme of Thrones, Jon Snow, london, London Theatre, Parody, Theatre, Things to do, TV, West End, West End Theatre

Our Rita’s Comedy Gala – Liverpool

Now in its 16th year, Liverpool Comedy Festival 2017 welcomes top comedians from around the UK for two weeks of world class comedy. Tonight, the Epstein Theatre welcomed audiences for ‘Our Rita’s Comedy Gala’, a night “guaranteed to make you roll in the aisles”.

MC for the night was Lou Conran. She gave a brilliant warm-up, a mix of conversational comedy and expert audience reading targeted towards the front row. Let’s be fair when you announce to a Comedian that your female companion is an “acquaintance”, you can expect nothing less than a night full of gentle mocking.

First on the line-up was Danny McLoughlin, a confident; likeable Northern comedian. A strong (but short) set with stories and anecdotes tackling class; age; gender and religion. A very talented comedian who quickly won over the audience.

Gary Delaney was up next with a set full of hilarious material, one-liners and rapid-fire jokes in a style like the greats of yesteryear. Most of Gary’s jokes were crude, some edging on the dark side but he kept the audience laughing throughout.

Canadian Tanyalee Davis and Manchester-based Kiri Pritchard-McLean also gave confident performances.

Headliner Joe Lycett closed the show. A complete mish mash of topics from Joe, covering his life in suburban Birmingham; becoming a homeowner for the first time; trolling EDL members on Facebook and pranking jewellery engravers with fake enquiries. Lycett has a mature confidence in his material which shines through in his performance. Whilst his set appeared to be the shortest of the night, his honest and brilliant brand of comedy left audiences buzzing.

Overall, a brilliant night of live comedy with many belly laugh moments from some very talented performers. A great addition to the Festival and a huge success.

Liverpool Comedy Festival continues around Liverpool venues until October 1st: www.liverpoolcomedyfestival.com

Reviewer: Alan Stuart Malin
Reviewed: 17th September 2017  

This review was originally written for North West End. North West End Rating: ★★★★


Posted in Comedy, Danny Mcloughlin, joe lycett, liverpool, Liverpool Comedy Festival