Post from July, 2011

Congratulations Mark

Thursday, 28. July 2011 15:39

GB Theatre cast member, Mark Carlisle who plays Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Antonio in Twelfth Night has been nominated for an Offie.
The award is the 2011 Off West End Theatre Awards Panel Nomination for Best Male Performance for Hotel Confessions.

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First theatre company to perform in Sheffield’s Peace Gardens

Tuesday, 19. July 2011 15:38

Last night was our opening night of Romeo and Juliet in Sheffield’s Peace Gardens. Thank you to the appreciative audience and to those of you still deciding, you can pay on the door for tonight’s performance of Twelfth Night or saturday’s Romeo & Juliet. Please remember to bring warm clothing for later in the evening.

Photos: Chris Hopkins. Additional photos are on the Gallery page.

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Our remaining July shows…

Sunday, 17. July 2011 15:40

Next weekend you will be able to find us at the magnificent Tudor mansion Kentwell Hall in Suffolk. The gardens are floodlit in the evenings and you can enjoy their delicious Kentwell Suppers – the first part of the supper is served before the play starts, pudding and coffee are served in the Interval. [ INFORMATION ]

Ticket Office: 01787 310207 www.kentwell.co.uk
Friday 22nd July 7.45pm – Twelfth Night
Saturday 23rd July 7.45pm – Romeo & Juliet
Sunday 24th July 3pm – Romeo & Juliet
Sunday 24th July 7.45pm – Twelfth Night

We then move on to the Peace Gardens in the heart of Sheffield city centre. This is the first time the gardens have been used for theatre. [ INFORMATION ]

Ticket Office: 0114 2565567 www.arenaticketshop.co.uk
Thursday 28th July 7pm – Romeo & Juliet
Friday 29th July 7pm – Twelfth Night
Saturday 30th July 7pm – Romeo & Juliet

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Review: Twelfth Night at Norwich Cathedral

Friday, 15. July 2011 15:41

James Goffin’s (Eastern Daily Press) review of the Twelfth Night said “Suzannah Hampton impressed as Olivia, switching between lamenting and lovestruck as she fell for the cross-dressing Viola (a disarmingly boyish Lucy Wray).

Chris Porter delighted as the much-wronged Malvolio – even in a slightly terrifying Borat-like costume – and David Davies and Joel Sams added a uniformly slapstick note as the misbehaving Belch and Aguecheek.”

Photos: Chris Hopkins. Additional photos are on the Gallery page.

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Review: Romeo & Juliet at Norwich Cathedral

Wednesday, 13. July 2011 15:42

Under the direction of Norwich-born Neil Sheppeck, the Bard’s story of the brawling Capulets and Montagues is taken back to basics – the set is minimal, the emotions palpable and the sword-play thrilling.

Not long out of drama school, Lucy Wray plays Juliet. A star in the making, her performance was wonderfully sparky – one of the most engaging portrayals of the character, who can sometimes be a bit one-dimensional, I’ve seen.

Her Romeo – and the pair has a great chemistry – is played by Gabriel Thomson. He grew up on screen playing Michael Harper in the long-running BBC sitcom My Family and effortlessly makes the transition from screen to stage.

While the star-crossed lovers take centre stage, special mention must be made of Joel Sams, who plays Mercutio – no entendre is knowingly underplayed, Sioned Jones as the scene-stealing Nurse and Oliver Cudbill, who plays Benvolio.

Emma Lee, Eastern Daily Press

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Review: Romeo & Juliet at Reading School

Tuesday, 12. July 2011 15:43

“It’s a popular play, but somehow, even after many hours of studying it at school, and seeing it performed at least five times, this production brought the characters to life and made the language so much clearer and easier to empathise with – partly because the actors, including Gabriel Thomson as Romeo and Lucy Wray as Juliet, clearly knew the text inside out.
Juliet, in particular, was a joy to watch, with Lucy embodying the pouty, still-immature young woman of Shakespeare’s creation, younger and cheekier than she is often played – a perfect counterpart to Gabriel’s lovestruck, confused and frustrated interpretation of Romeo.”  [ more ]
Liz Crosthwaite, Reading Chronicle

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Norwich ticket sales

Monday, 11. July 2011 15:44

Ticket sales for the Norwich Cathedral shows are strong and the Wednesday evening performance of Twelfth Night is sold out. Booking for the remaining shows is advisable. Telephone Norwich Cathedral Shop on 01603 218323 or Theatre Royal Box office on 01603 630000.

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Romeo & Juliet at Bristol

Sunday, 3. July 2011 15:46

Photos: Chris Hopkins [ More photos ]

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Review: Romeo & Juliet at Bristol

Sunday, 3. July 2011 15:45

The performance itself was polished through and through, perfectly capturing the angst of the young lovers and the depth of hatred between their two families that gives the tale its foundations.

The lustful bawdiness of Romeo’s young friends danced across the stage ahead of the heartbroken melancholy of the tragic couple, and Gabriel Thomson and Lucy Wray perfectly infused Romeo and Juliet with the conflicting emotions at the centre of their woe.

The lusty, thrusting humour of the dazzling Mercutio (Joel Sams) was tempered beautifully by the torn Benvolio (Oliver Cudbill), and the strength of the ensemble cast set Blaise Castle alight with Shakespeare’s 400-year-old words, giving them new life.

“The finest place in England”? On an night like that, who would question it. 9/10
Dominic Harris, Bristol Evening Post

Photo: Chris Hopkins

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