All posts by Paul Bertrand

Thursday 20th April – NT Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

7p.m. £11/£10

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

 

David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

 

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

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Wednesday 26th April RSC Live: Julius Caesar

7pm £11/£10

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.

The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action.

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Wednesday 10th May- Music at The Edge: Mark Lewandowski’s ‘Fats Waller Project’

7.30 p.m.

Mark Lewandowski – double bass

Liam Noble – piano, fender rhodes

Paul Clarvis – drums

Rising-star bassist, Mark Lewandowski brings together two of the most highly respected musicians on the UK jazz scene to explore the catalogue of one of the most nostalgic early innovators of jazz – the great Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller.  They will be delving into Wallers music and bringing their own personal spin on his repertoire using the intimate trio setting.  Three musicians known for their intricate dialogues and strong humour, paying tribute to another musician who had these attributes.  Mixing the traditional with the modern, this trio brings a little of 1930s Harlem into the 21st Century.

£12/£10

 

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Friday 12th May – Barbara Nice Squirrel Proof

8pm £10

Join the Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of propergood fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket. Critically acclaimed tip-top character Comedy from Phoenix Nights actress Janice Connolly. A playful life-affirming show for all the family including the chance to win a prize off Barbara’s table.

With her enviable track record of garnering five star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with this new show about chance and luck.

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Saturday 10th June – NT Live: Peter Pan

2p.m. £11/£10

‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’ Radio Times

 All children, except one, grow up…

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer.

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

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Thursday 22nd June – NT Live: SALOMÉ

7pm £11/£10

The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.

This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. ‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ Guardian (on Les Blancs )

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Wednesday 9th August RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

7pm £11/£10

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.

Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

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Thursday 31st August – NT: YERMA

7.00 pm £11/£10

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.

★★★★★ “Brutal yet ferociously funny”, Metro ★★★★★ “Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca”, The Observer

★★★★★ “A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic”, The Independent

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Friday 29th September – Music at The Edge: Whalebone

8pm £10

Music full of contrasts: folk viewed through a rock lens, classic rock with celtic goggles on, original material full of lyrical lines and infectious driving rhythms. It’s evident from watching Whalebone’s exuberant performances that their music is hugely enjoyable to play as well as to listen to. These are skilled musicians who are in deadly earnest about their craft, but having an enormous amount of fun at the same time.

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