The Stage: Fringe Focus – Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

Fringe picks for 2013

Looking forward into 2013 I thought I would focus on some of the ‘fringier’ fringe venues I think deserve a New Year’s mention.

Where better to start than at The Union Theatrewhich won The Stage’s Fringe Theatre of the year Award. While well known for their superb musical record I hope 2013 will be the year when their line in disputed Shakespearean works – this year kicking off with Fair Em – gets as much notice as their vault-storming hits. To read more

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Honour Bayes: Oliviers 2012 Blog – View from a newbie newsie

 

I’ve started writing a weekly blog for Whatsonstage.com which is going to cover a wealth of things that interest me, hopefully you, and which aren’t getting covered elsewhere. Ironic then that it should start with a blog on The Oliviers, cause, well that was kind of everywhere, but none-the-less  here is my first WOS blog. More to come on Tuesday….

Honour Bayes: Oliviers 2012 Blog – View from a newbie newsie

 

 

State of the Arts Conference 2012 Live Blog

Rather excitingly I’m one of the live bloggers for the State of the Arts Conference Live Blog (the clue’s in the name I probably didn’t need to state my role at the beginning, I’m going to stop talking now) and there’s some jolly good stuff going up daily so I thought I’d put a link to it here as well, just in case you fabulous people haven’t seen it yet.

State of the Arts Live Blog

Enjoy!

 

Sovremennik Season at The Noel Coward Theatre

Written for http://www.fourthwallmagazine.co.uk/

Into The Whirlwind

Home to arguably the father of modern theatrical practice Constantin Stanislavski, expressionist master Vsevolod Meyerhold and of course Anton Chekhov, it’s fair to say Russia has a strong theatrical tradition.

Tonight marks the opening of a new season which will allow British theatre goers a glimpse at the state Russian theatre today. Sovremennik (literally translating to ‘contemporary’) will be performing three plays over a nine day run at The Noel Coward Theatre. The strictly limited run has been funded by Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich and promises lavish sets and an ensemble of 50, an extraordinary number in the middle of a worldwide recession.  The season will be the first time that a major Russian theatre company has come to London in 20 years but seems a logical step for this internationally touring company.

The first foreign company to win an American Drama Desk Award they are led by Galina Volchek, a leading figure in the Russian theatrical landscape, and boast a number of film and television stars in the troupe.

The season which will be performed in Russian with English surtitles and will comprise of two Chekhov pieces, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. Tonight marks the opening of the third play, a modern piece penned by journalist Eugenia Ginzburg’s documenting her imprisonment in the Gulag, titled Into The Whirlwind.

Tickets prices go up to £49.50 but for students can be as little as £7, a perfectly reasonable amount to see what modern Russian theatre is made of.

Performance information:

21-22 Jan Into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

24-25 Jan Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

28-29 Jan  The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

Time: Time: 19.00

Venue: Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

Ticket Prices:         £49.50 – £12.50 ( £7.00 with a student ID card)

Box Office:  0844 482 5140 / http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk