Dear theatre friends,
Yes, Spring arrives this month– vaccines are abloom, but not in-person plays, yet! In the meantime, here are some suggestions for more at-home entertainment.
Very last minute– Food for Thought Productions double bill– one acts by Tennessee Williams and Chris Durang. Live at 2pm today.
Beginning Wednesday, “Final Boarding Call,” from WP and Ma-Yi Theater Companies– a female-heavy production about the current Hong Kong protests.
From The Old Vic, a program of monologues entitled “One Hand Tied Behind Us.” Here’s one, “Betsy” by Ella Hickson (a Best of Edinburgh Award-winner for “Eight.”) Try them all on their YouTube channel. All to honor International Women’s Day.
Also, this month, a chance to tune into eight new plays from highly respected writers at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Do sign up to get info on new works in their Sound Stage program
A circuitous route to “The Aran Islands,” runs through New York, or more precisely, NY’s Irish Rep. From March 16th, you can see J.M. Synge’s story performed by the great Irish actor, Brendan Conroy. It’s been adapted and directed by Joe O’Byrne.
Outside London, Richmond’s fine Orange Tree Theatre will be producing a collection of six world premiere plays this month, filmed from their stage. Make a note in your calendar to look at both the March and April schedule– the theatre’s first attempt at live streaming, which they plan to do for all their future productions.
A forerunner of better weather to come, “Midsummer Night’ Dream,” with superstars, Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley, in Downton Abbey) and Rebecca Hall. The live, fully rehearsed reading will air March 31st.
Finally, another celebration of women’s voices– this, during Shakespeare’s time, “Emilia,” by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. This is an archived recording of the triple Olivier Award- winning West End production– you can get the best seat for only five pounds.
More coming soon– I’ll keep you posted!
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.