Let’s ❤ #Shakespeare400

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The coming weekend is the big anniversary of Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago.

For those abroad, there will be special online content here (available internationally):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3gr3J7Pg9wHckbw5NWhBHFd/stars-shine-to-celebrate-shakespeare

There is a full schedule with timings, all GMT London time that is:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ehw2mb/performances/lprbj5

Richard II – David Tennant – free online on demand (international as well)

Update! the Richard II will be streamed at the BBC site linked above, the site only goes live on the 23rd (they have tested it already but check back on the 23rd). As per the site, the Richard II will be available on the site from 10.30pm (BST) on 23rd April 2016.

Among other videos and documentaries from the British Council, the BFI, The RSC, the Globe and the Hay festival the full Richard II play from the RSC with David Tennant will be available for free.

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There are also unique insights into playing Shakespeare from Ian McKellen and specifically on Hamlet from Simon Russell Beale and Adrian Lester.

The Royal Opera House makes a contribution on ballet and opera inspired by Shakespeare.

TV & cinemas 

The RSC and the BBC have put on a special party in Stratford, which will be broadcast on TV but also live in cinemas around the country and soon also internationally; worth keeping an eye out for this ( Sat, 23rd April 2016, 8,30pm GMT)

Shakespeare Live! From the RSC

‘From the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, hosts David Tennant and Catherine Tate are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Meera Syal, David Suchet, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Gregory Porter, Joseph Fiennes, English National Opera, The Royal Ballet and Akala for a very special evening.

Together they mark the life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. This unique event takes place in the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and celebrates Shakespeare’s extraordinary legacy and his enduring influence on all performance art forms – from opera to jazz, dance to musicals.’

Also on TV …

All manner of special shows, like a Countryfile with Judi Dench dedicated to Shakespeare landscapes.

Re-runs of the Hollow Crown part I (adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 & 2, and Henry V) starting with Monday, the 25th of April 11pm on BBC4:

Richard II with Ben Whishaw

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Followed next day, same time, BBC4 by Henry IV parts I and Wednesday part II, with Jeremy Irons:

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and lastly, Thursday  Henry V with Tom Hiddleston:

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London & online later

Shakespeare’s Globe – The Complete Walk

This is a series of 37 videos made for the celebration, each dedicated to a play which will be screen outside on buildings along the Thames during the weekend and will likely be available online after.

Check the Globe Player and the related iPhone app for further details on the videos (i assume shortly they will share the information online as well)

All Shakespeare400 events this year

For a round up of most events around the celebration check this website

http://www.shakespeare400.org/

#ShakespeareMe

So what am i doing?

  • watching the Winter’s Tale ballet at the Royal Opera House twice this week
  • recording the ShakespeareLive! show from Stratford;
  • recording the Countryfile with Judi Dench on Shakespeare
  • recording the re-run of the Hollow Crown part I
  • weather permitting spending the afternoon on the 23rd of April finding some of my favourite Shakespeare bits around The Complete Walk;
  • evening on the 23rd http://www.lpo.org.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/4372-shakespeare400-anniversary-gala-concert.html
  • 24th one of my favourite plays – Macbeth with one of my favourite actors – James McAvoy (finally! after thinking i missed out on this 🙂 )

 

Too much? Not really, not for me at least. The more is see and hear Shakespeare, the more i love him 🙂

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Jamie Parker back to West End in Guys and Dolls

THEATRE NEWS (source Whatsonstage)

Chichester Guys and Dolls comes to West End as part of UK tour

 Brilliant news! I’ve recently had the pleasure to see him again in Old Vic’s High Society and loved this production last year, can’t wait to see it again! The  production will run at the Savoy Theatre

Jamie Parker in the Chichester production
Jamie Parker in the Chichester production

Chichester Festival Theatre’s acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls will transfer to the West End later this year as part of a UK tour, opening at the Savoy Theatre afterGypsy closes in November.

Gordon Greenberg’s production, which will see Sophie Thompson and Jamie Parkerreprise their roles, will play a limited 13-week run at the Savoy from 10 December 2015.

The tour will open in Manchester on 10 November, and will also visit Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes and Bristol. Further casting is to be announced.

The show is choreographed by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright and musical direction is from Gareth Valentine. Design is by Peter McKintosh, with lighting and sound by Tim Mitchell and Paul Groothuis.

The transfer will mark the second Chichester production at the Savoy in a row; Imelda Staunton stars in Gypsy there until 28 November.

Sunday listening: Pride & Prejudice with Jamie Parker as Darcy

There is a new audio adaptation of this old time favourite in town; 3 parts, each about 1 hour long, available to listen to for a couple more weeks. And Mr Darcy is a favourite voice of mine 🙂

Episode 1 (Available for 19 more days)

Episode 2 (Available for 20 more days)

Episode 3 (Available for 21 more days)

There is also a tiny audio clip of the actors talking about dancing for radio 😉

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01sfbzm/player

and an image gallery from the recording should you want to know who’s who (click on the photos for the link to the full gallery):

DARCY: “There is not another woman in the room, whom it would not be a punishment for me to stand up with.” Joshua McGuire as Mr Bingley and Jamie Parker plays Darcy.

That’s my Sunday afternoon sorted then 😉 Enjoy!!!

Credits

Role       Contributor

Narrator               Amanda Root
Elizabeth Bennet       Pippa Nixon
Mrs Bennet        Samantha Spiro
Mr Bennet          David Troughton
Jane Bennet       Lydia Wilson
Lydia Bennet      Georgie Fuller
Kitty Bennet       Carys Eleri
Mary Bennet     Rosie Wyatt
Charlotte Lucas Michelle Terry
Mr Darcy              Jamie Parker
Mr Bingley          Joshua Maguire
Miss Bingley       Fenella Woolgar
Sir William Lucas      Sean Murray
Mr Denny            Arthur Hughes
Mr Wickham      Joel MacCormack
Director               Sally Avens
Adaptor               Charlotte Jones
Author  Jane Austen

Should you want it for keeps this new adaptation is available here.