A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play, categorized as a Comedy, is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia… When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.
Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.
Michelle Terry won the 2011 Olivier Award for her portrayal of Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court). Michelle returns to the Globe having previously played the Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost (2007).
This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero.
Mark Rylance directs James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
While young lovers Claudio and Hero threaten to have their imminent nuptials thwarted by the resentful scheming of a Prince, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice (Vanessa Redgrave) and Benedick (James Earl Jones).
Redgrave and Earl Jones take on these roles for the first time. James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave recently starred in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy both in the West End and on Broadway.
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William Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be played at Shakespeares Globe Theatre from 23 April 2011 until 09 July 2011.
Learning of the king his father’s death, Hamlet comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed on the Danish throne. At night, the ghost of the old king demands that Hamlet avenge his ‘foul and most unnatural murder’.
Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is Shakespeare’s ‘poem unlimited’, a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.
Lasting only two-and-a-half hours at the Globe or when touring with an Elizabethan-style stage, a handful of players will perform a raw, thrillingly elemental production of this inexhaustible play.
Tickets are on sale for William Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Shakespeares Globe Theatre from 17 April 2011 until 26 August 2011.
Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match, but her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity, banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy she seeks out her father and his friends in the Forest of Arden. Here she meets Orlando again and, under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love.
Performed at the Globe and on an Elizabethan-style stage, a small troupe of travelling players breathes new life into this firm favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies, which runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance: cross-dressing and love-notes; poetry and brilliant conversation; gentle satire, slapstick and passion.
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This summer, David Tennant and Catherine Tate are to appear together on stage for the first time in a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
Two young lovers Claudio and Hero are to be married imminently but the devious scheming of a resentful Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials. Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick whose endless witty sparring threatens to keep them apart forever.
Directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s great plays and reminds us all of the failings and triumphs of the human condition in our never ending search for perfect love.
Performance Times: Evenings(Monday – Saturday – 7.30pm) and Matinee(Saturday – 2.30pm)
Venue: Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA
Booking Dates: 16-May-2011 – 03-Sep-2011
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The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare which is directed by Philip Franks will run at Open Air Theatre London from 24 June 2010 to 31 July 2010.
For the first time in 14 years, Shakespeare’s rollicking farce, The Comedy of Errors, makes a welcome return to the Open Air Theatre.
In this merry-go-round of mistaken identity, two sets of estranged twins find themselves unwittingly wandering through the streets of the same town, where the men are jealous, the women are furious and there’s a priceless gold chain that everyone wants.
As broken relationships are slowly pieced back together, order is restored and the final reunion is a heart-warming celebration of love and family.
Philip Franks is much in demand, both as an actor and director.
He directed Private Lives and The Heiress at the National Theatre, and as a Season Associate Director for Chichester Festival Theatre, has co-directed The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts 1 & 2 (Festival Theatre, UK tour and successful runs at the Gielgud Theatre, London and Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto) and productions of The Cherry Orchard, Collaboration/Taking Sides and Separate Tables.
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In the instant of a chance meeting two young people fall in love. Impulsively they marry in secret, but in a divided city their innocent union is threatened by a bloody family feud. Shakespeare vividly captures the beauty, intimacy and ultimate fragility of young love in a hostile world.
Rupert Goold returns to the Company to direct his first production as an Associate Director following his acclaimed 2006 production of The Tempest. Rupert’s recent credits include Oliver! and Enron. Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale play Romeo and Juliet.
Booking until: 27-Aug-2010
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Rupert Goold
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Tickets are on sale for As You Like It – Stratford Upon Avon directed by Michael Boyd.
When two young people fall in love they are unable to act on their impulse. Uncertain of their standing in court and fearing for their lives, Rosalind and Orlando are forced into exile in the Forest of Arden only to become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity.
One of Shakespeare’s great comedies, As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance, confusing gender roles, nature and politics in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.
The role of Rosalind will be played by Katy Stephens, who recently won the What’s On Stage Theatregoers’ Choice Best Actress Award for her performances as Joan of Arc and Margaret of Anjou as part of the Histories Ensemble.
Jonjo O’Neill also returns to the Company to play Orlando following his roles in the acclaimed 2005 Gunpowder Season. Joining them to play Celia is Mariah Gale, who recently took the roles of Ophelia in Hamlet and the Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost as part of the Summer 2008 season.
RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd directs the new RSC Ensemble in As You Like It following the critically acclaimed 2006 – 2008 Histories Cycle.
As You Like It plays in repertoire at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 18 April – 3 October 2009.
The running time for As You Like It is 3 hours and 5 minutes including an interval of 20 minutes.
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