Mary Pix was born in 1666 (the year of the Great Fire of London), had her first big London successes in 1696, and went on to write an estimated 13 plays (both tragedies and comedies) and one novel, despite the opposition of what we might as well call the patriarchy. A retitled production of her […]
Lyn Gardner: "When reviewing space gets tight it is not the shiny, starry mainstream shows in the West End or at the National or the Royal Shakespeare Company that get cut, but the new, the unknown and the innovative." Especially if those shows are at regional theatres: for a producer, "schlepping across the country and […]
"Pretending to be a teenager": "Twelfth Night" stars Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon discuss living opposite the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. (Feb. 6)
Rufus Norris calls for the government to scrap Ebacc.Artistic director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, used an article in The Guardian last week to call for the government to scrap the Ebacc and to make the case for the value of drama in schools. Show More Summary
"As a playwright, with two ten-play dramatic cycles inspired by classical Greek drama to his credit, he enlarged the ambition and dimensions of theatre... Through his work as a director, and above all as a teacher, [he] changed the way we play and hear Shakespeare. His editing and literary carpentering restored neglected Shakespeare plays […]
A slew of Hollywood stars including Patrick Stewart, Kim Cattrall and David Suchet have paid tribute to Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder John Barton, who has died aged 89. Brit Barton, who co-founded the theatre group with PeterShow More Summary
If you think the Met had problems with Tosca, stand by for broken legs in Macbeth. Both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company have new productions of the Shakespeare play opening one week after the other in March. Before March is out, the Royal Opera will revive its Phyllida Lloyd production of Verdi’s […]
“What country, friends, is this?” You might well ask. In the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Twelfth Night the opening line is delivered by Viola/Cesario, played by Dinita Gohill, in gorgeous Indian get-up, and when we glimpse Esh Alladi as her twin, Sebastian, and Beruce Khan as a turban-topped Feste, you wonder whether director […]
His six-decade career included plenty of television and film work (he played Mozart's father in Amadeus) as well as an astounding number of stage appearances. He was an early member of Peter Hall's Royal Shakespeare Company, won a Tony as the scheming father in A Moon for the Misbegotten, gave nearly 1,800 performances as 17th-century […]
Augustus Casely-Hayford is a force in London’s cultural scene, working as a curator, broadcaster and adviser with many organizations, including the Tate Britain, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Library. He created “The Lost Kingdoms of Africa” for the BBC; a six-part series for Sky Arts, “Tate Britain: Great British Walks”; and is working […]
Hall’s most startling and lasting achievement is to have been the founding father of the UK’s two biggest subsidised theatres in the form that we now know them: the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
British director Peter Hall, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960 and is credited with the boom of post-war British theatre, has died at the age of 86, the National Theatre said on Monday. Actors Vanessa Redgrave and Patrick...Show More Summary
Theater directors bear heavy responsibility for a production’s failure yet enjoy only a meager portion of the glory that playwrights and actors receive when a show catches fire. Auteurs rebel against this system, putting their distinctive stamp on work their productions in effect rewrite. But Peter...
Hall ran two of the most important theater companies in England — the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He directed Waiting for Godot and Amadeus, among dozens of plays, old and new.
"Mr. Hall was long acknowledged as the leader and prime defender of a profession whose artistic health was often imperiled by financial cutbacks and political hostility in the second half of the 20th century. That the period was regarded as one of the theater's greatest made his achievement all the more considerable. As a director, […]
A champion of playwrights and actors, he was also artistic director of Britain’s National Theater, from 1973 to 1988.
Peter Hall, a visionary theater director and impresario who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and helped build Britain's National Theatre into a producing powerhouse, has died. He was 86. Hall died Monday at a London hospital surrounded by his family, the National Theatre said Tuesday. He had...
Tom Hiddleston is set to play the title role in a limited production of the Shakespeare play Hamlet next month in London! For three weeks only, the 36-year-old actor will lead the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts’ production, directed by Kenneth Branagh. “Hamlet presents almost limitless possibilities for interpretation. I can’t wait to explore them, [...]