Dear theatre friends,
What are you doing at 7pm tonight? You can see Euripides’ “The Madness of Hercules” by the wonderful Theater of War Productions. Sorry for the short notice!
Another last minute gem– only until tomorrow evening, two time Olivier Award-winning Janie Dee is performing a monologue, “All On Her Own,” by Terence Rattigan. Here’s a review of this online only performance– calling it a “spooky masterpiece” originally written in 1968 for British TV.
I had the great pleasure of seeing Ms. Dee exactly a year ago, at the Menier Chocolate Factory in “The Boyfriend.” Friends and I were delighted to imagine being part of the exuberant show, which took place on the sunny Riviera, since we sat in the very first row!
You have a longer time frame to view “Good Grief,” a romantic comedy by Lorien Haynes which has been described as brutal, funny and very British. This is a global world premiere, so no reviews, but you can decide for yourself after seeing the trailer.
From Virginia’s Signature Theatre comes “Simply Sondheim,” a show of thirty-plus well known Sondheim songs,, backed by a 16 piece orchestra and 12 highly regarded singers. This was created with special permission from Sondheim himself. Called “a must” for musical theatre lovers by The Washington Post.
Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre is showing “All the Devils are Here,” a monologue written and performed by Patrick Page, with the tag line “How Shakespeare Invented the Villain.” If you missed The New York Times’ review, read why it was chosen as a “Critic’s Pick,” and then buy a ticket.
There are many titles, like “Angels in America,” coming online to NTathome.com. Unfortunately, some, including “Yerma,” are still only available in the U.K., or with a VPN giving you a British internet address. Most, however, can be rented in the U.S. for 10 pounds, or a 130 pounds annual subscription. Their productions are very close to not just being in the theatre, but having the best seat in the house. Do browse The National Theatre At Home site, in case you’ve missed any.
Looking ahead, there are several productions which look interesting for March– I’ll keep you posted!
That’s all for now!
Aren’t we fortunate to be living during this plague and not Sophocles’? Or, are you overwhelmed by choice?
Again, if you discover other theatre-related news– please get in touch: Carol@BestofEdinburgh.org.
And, need I reiterate? I’d like to continue to write because so many have expressed their enjoyment of reading– but I must have content!
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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.