Dear theatre friends,
In celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday (April 1654), the long established, tremendously creative theatre company, Cheek by Jowl, is offering a free viewing of “Measure For Measure,” available for just a month.Described as “vivid and uncommonly moving” by The New York Times ,this production is well worth your time and effort– it’s performed in Russian with English surtitles.
The renowned Globe Theatre is offering a beautiful production of the perennial favorite, “Romeo and Juliet” — make a note and don’t miss it– only until May 3rd. Using very young actors, the production strives for a high degree of authenticity and was much admired by my friend and critic, Philip Fisher, in his 2009 review.
From May 2nd-May 6th, you can see Moliere in the Park’s virtual production of “The Misanthrope” , another beloved classic. Sign up at their YouTube site.
A one-off live production of Tom Stoppard’s “A Separate Peace,” originally written for television in 1966, will be streamed next Saturday, May 2nd at 7pm (Greenwich Mean Time) or 2pm for New Yorkers.
This is not a run of the mill reading– it’s the first production of “The Remote Read,” a series of live virtual readings. It stars top actors in the West End: David Morrissey (Hangmen), Jenna Coleman (Victoria), Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), and the playwright’s own son, Ed Stoppard (recently seen in Leopoldstadt). It’s directed by Sam Yates, the Award-winning film and theatre director.
All proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to support stage management and creative freelancers through Curtain Call. Do put this on your calendar!
Back in New York, I’ve been a longtime fan of the Irish Rep. They have a series on Facebook called “Meet the Makers.” May I recommend that you watch the consummate master actor, Bill Irwin on Samuel Beckett — whether you saw his rapturously reviewed play “On Beckett” or not?
You may want to sign up for free membership in Broadway On Demand. Beginning in May, they will be streaming shows– by joining you’ll receive updates and early access. Since our schedules are so full– you may need reminders to fit everything in!
If you discover other theatre related news– please get in touch: Carol@BestofEdinburgh.org.
I’d like to continue to write because so many have expressed their enjoyment of reading– but I must have content! Send me other theatre related information, or do try to recall a story you’d like me to post.
Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.