31 December 2009

Theatre Index for 2009

▼ December (2)
The Priory by Michael Wynne
Cock by Mike Bartlett
▼ November (2)
Enron by Lucy Prebble
The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett
▼ October (4)
Kings of Convenience at the Barbican
Sea Wall by Simon Stephens
Judgement Day by Ödön von Horváth translated by Ch...
The Power of Yes by David Hare
▼ September (7)
The Fastest Clock in the Universe by Philip Ridley...
A Life in Three Acts by Bette Bourne & Mark Ravenh...
The Seagull Project by The Factory
Only four more entries to catch up on....
Mother Courage by Bertolt Brechttranslated by Tony...
The Fugitive Kind by Tennessee Williams - Rehearse...
A House Not Meant to Stand by Tennessee Williams (...
▼ August (4)
A Streetcar Named DesireBy Tennessee Williams
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Three More Sleepless Nights by Caryl Churchill
Helen by Euripides in a new version by Frank McGui...
▼ July (3)
The Observer by Matt Charman
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth
A Doll's House by Ibsen in a new version by Zinnie...
▼ June (8)
When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell
a thought in three parts by Wallace Shawn
Apologia by Alexi Kaye Campbell
A Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
Our Late Night by Wallace Shawn
Aunt Dan & Lemon by Wallace Shawn
Harold Pinter Tribute at the National Theatre, Oli...
the rape of europe by Gregory Motton
▼ May (11)
the hotel by wallace shawn (rehearsed reading)
Dido, Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe
Collaboration by Ronald Harwood
Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood
Grasses of a Thousand Colours by Wallace Shawn
All's Well that Ends Well by William Shakespeare
Tunnel 228, A Punchdrunk production
Time and the Conways by J B Priestley
Dimetos by Athol Fugard
Nocturnal by Juan Mayorgatranslated by David Johns...
Andromaque - par Jean Racine
▼ April (13)
BAFTA ROCLIFFE New Writing Forum Chaired By Mike N...
Parlour Song by Jez Butterworth
The Great Game - Part Three
The Great Game - Part Two
The Great Game - Part One (& general overview)
England People Very Nice by Richard Bean
You Can See The Hills by Matthew Dunster
Paris Calling: Readings at the National Theatredir...
Jacques and his Master by Milan KunderaTranslated ...
Madame de Sade by Yukio Mishima (translated by Don...
The Fever by Wallace Shawn
Tusk Tusk by Polly Stenham
Rory Kinnear in Conversation @ the NT
▼ March (15)
Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg
A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller
the pigeons by David Gieselmanntranslated by Maja ...
Owen Teale Masterclass
Wall by David Hare
The Uncertainty Of The Situation (Die Unsicherheit...
A Miracle by Molly Davies
The Olivier Winners.................
Wrecks by Neil LaBute
Stovepipe by Adam Brace
The Bankrupt Man by David LescotTranslated by Chri...
Over There by Mark Ravenhill
Mrs Affleck by Samuel Adamsonfrom Henrick Ibsen's ...
to the south seas by gherkin plane by Christophe N...
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
▼ February (9)
Burnt By The Sun by Peter Flannery(based on Mikhal...
Black Beast Sadness by Anja Hilling & Translated b...
Skin Deep by Armando Iannucci & David Sawer
Seven Jewish Children, a play for Gaza by Caryl Ch...
The Stone by Marius Von Mayenburg (translated by M...
What's On Stage Theatregoers Choice Awards Winners...
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by Tom Stoppard and...
Berlin by David Hare
Extraordinary Entry
▼ January (4)
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
La Cage Aux Folles by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fier...
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
In a Dark, Dark House by Neil LaBute

21 December 2009

The Priory by Michael Wynne

Adam - Nick Blood
Kate - Jessica Hynes
Ben - Alastair Mackenzie,
Daniel - Joseph Millson
Carl- Rupert Penry-Jones
Laura - Charlotte Riley
Rachael Stirling - Rebecca

Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Designed by Robert Innes Hopkins

Seen downstairs at the Royal Court in what seemed like the pantomime-like run up to Christmas Day.

I don't think I've ever seen anything quite so frivolous at the Royal Court but it really worked with the season's sentiment and as I had something of a theatre novice with me, I was able to relax and let all the silliness wash over me. The dialogue was ping-ponging backwards and forwards like a treat and the performances were enviably joyous.

03 December 2009

Cock by Mike Bartlett

F- Paul Jesson
W - Katherine Parkinson
M - Andrew Scott
John - Ben Whishaw
Directed by James Macdonald
Designed by Miriam Buether

Seen upstairs at the Royal Court on the night of the Post Show Talk. Daisy Haggard and Rufus Wainwright were in this tiny, 80 seats-in-the-round production.

I like everything I see from Mike Bartlett. It's uncompromising and visceral whilst still retaining a breath-taking degree of delicacy. The performances were wonderful and confident.

These are two of my favourite young actors on the stage at the moment.