Post from July, 2012

A few days off before our final shows

Wednesday, 25. July 2012 15:14

We have just enjoyed a fantastic week at Chepstow Castle followed by a long train journey to Kentwell Hall where we enjoyed the usual amazing hospitality of Patrick and Judith Phillips and the very warm audience reception that we have built up over the years. Kentwell is a wonderful venue and the sun came out and stayed. As they have Tudor recreations at Kentwell every year we were joined by stewards in authentic costumes. Molly’s Mother whispered, ‘Molly is a wicked programme seller!’ and she proved to be just that and very popular with the crowds as well! Many thanks Molly.

The Cast have a few well-earned days off before our August shows at Sheffield, Cornwall, Warwick, London and Arundel. If you do get the chance, please do come and see these fabulous shows!

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Shakespeare at Kensington Palace

Monday, 23. July 2012 15:16

Historic Royal Palaces recently completed a £12 million major project to transform one of London’s most iconic landmarks, Kensington Palace. We are absolutely thrilled to be performing there from Wednesday 15th to Tuesday 21st August 2012. Our productions will take place on The Orangery Lawns. The Orangery dates back to 1704, presenting the audience with a spectacular setting and some amazing views to enjoy both before the show and during the interval.

Tickets are now on sale. [ TICKETS ]

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Warwick Castle tickets on sale

Monday, 23. July 2012 15:15

We are thrilled to announce our final venue of the 2012 tour, the magnificent Warwick Castle. The Castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and stands proudly on the banks of the River Avon overlooking the town. You may recognise the castle from the BBC series Merlin. The shows will be held on the Pageant Field. Tickets are on sale now – buy tickets online from us or from the Warwick Castle Sales Office, telephone: 01926 406 660.

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Spectacular venue for the Sheffield dates

Sunday, 22. July 2012 15:17

We are delighted to be returning to Sheffield following last year’s successful shows at the Peace Gardens. This time we will be performing at the new Amphitheatre in South Street Park – a stunning theatrical location cut into the hill above Sheffield’s main railway station. It’s going to be a great event especially later in the evening with the city lights forming a spectacular backdrop. Tickets are now on sale online.

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Arundel Castle shows

Wednesday, 18. July 2012 15:18

Tickets are selling quickly for our 2012 shows at Arundel Castle. The castle is the home to the Duke of Norfolk and his family and features spectacular sculpture-filled gardens. The shows (Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th August 2012) are the highlight of the Arundel Festival.

Book early as these shows will sell out! [ BOOKING DETAILS ]

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Kentwell Hall – change of programme

Monday, 16. July 2012 15:19

There has been a change to the advertised programme at Kentwell Hall. The Sunday afternoon matinee will now be The Taming of the Shrew. Tickets are on sale for all of the shows on the Kentwell Hall website.

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A Great Patron for our Norwich Season

Sunday, 15. July 2012 15:20

Norwich was a huge success. We had audiences of up to 500 per night and got great reviews. Des Barrit joined us on the opening of Shrew and got a huge cheer when David Davies thanked him in a pre-show speech, “Desmond Barrit is our Patron. He was an amazing Falstaff for the Sir Peter Hall Company last year, has just finished playing a knockout Wizard in Wicked on the West End and will be Falstaff for the RSC later this year. He has given interviews on radio and in print for us and we have record numbers this year so you see – one man can make a difference!”. This was met by a huge roar from the crowd. Later he was dragged on stage during the ‘tailor scene’ by a wicked Peter Dineen and he took it in good humour. An amazing actor and a wonderful man – we are very appreciative that he was our patron in Norwich this year. And glad he made it into our review.

“The cast, music and setting married into an excellent trio – and with Desmond Barrit, actor and patron of the Shakespeare Festival pulled on to the stage unexpectedly – it felt all the more charming and tailored to the Norwich audience” – EDP

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Norwich Cathedral shows

Monday, 9. July 2012 15:21

The UK weather has not been to kind to us so far but our cast have braved the elements and our wonderful audiences have been really enthusiastic.

The newspaper theatre critics have all given us fabulous reviews. Today’s Bristol Post says “The actors were all fantastic – incredibly eloquent and dynamic – darting around the boggy stage set with bounds of energy and purpose.” and “This was a great performance and the GB Theatre Company are clearly a group to watch over the coming years. Hats off to the entire cast, who really embodied the slogan “The show must go on” and we are all incredibly grateful that it did.”

Natalie Burns reviewing The Tempest at Bristol said “All the actors brought a real electricity and life to their performances and added enough of a modern twist to make the tale translate to a modern audience without losing any of the wit or nuance of the original language.” and “Theirs was the best production I have seen by a modern Shakespeare company, and the whole performance was a real treat. A great new energy brought to a familiar tale.”

We open in Norwich this week and Wednesday’s show at the Cathedral is now sold out. Tickets for the other evenings are still available but are selling fast. Please come and support the Company and see some really fabulous Shakespeare.

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