Archive for August, 2010

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Falstaff: Mid Wales Opera

August 31, 2010

Theatr Hafren, Newtown
1st, 3rd and 4th September, 2010

Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff -an adaptaion of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

“Mid Wales Opera is proud to announce the company debut of their new Artistic Director, Nicholas Cleobury, who, with director Martin Lloyd-Evans (Rigoletto 2005, La Boheme 2007 and The Marriage of Figaro 2009) and designer, Bridget Kimak, plans a fully staged and innovative production of Verdi’s final masterpiece. Accompanied by the Mid Wales Opera Chamber Orchestra, the band of singers assembled by Nicholas bring fantastic voices to this lyrical tale of young love and old foolishness. The opera adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” will be sung in an English translation by Amanda Holden.”

For more information click here. 

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Bartholomew Fair in Aberystwyth

August 20, 2010

20 Fri Aug Gwe Aws 7:45pm 21 Sat Aug Sad Aws 7:45pm

Bartholomew Fair

By Ben Jonson

Castaway Community Theatre

“A contemporary and highly accessible interpretation of this flamboyant, bawdy and gorgeously irreverent classic… a right raucous night out is promised! Bartholmew Fair is a fast paced, classic Jacobean comedy. Dripping with biting satire, the play takes the temperature of English city life in 1614 at celebratory event where all social distinctions are brought together… the fair.

A maze of galloping plots interweave as the events of a day at the fair unravel. Moving it all along are a veritable pot pourri of wonderfully named characters – from the prim ‘Dame Purecraft’ to the more worldly ‘Punk Alice’! Jonson’s wickedly funny satirical comedy takes a huge swipe at English society and class divide.”

“Castaway have once again brought us a fantastic show, something of which the community can be proud of” THEATRE IN WALES ON WYRD SISTERS

Find out more here.

Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) will be reviewing this for the journal Cahiers Élisabéthains.

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Cardiff Shakespeare Readers: Pericles

August 20, 2010

The next Cardiff Shakespeare Readers gathering will take place this Sunday.

Pericles

Sunday August 22nd 2010 6.30pm,

Media Point, Chapter, Cardiff.

Click here for more information.

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Antiques dealer jailed over stolen Shakespeare folio

August 2, 2010

Today’s BBC News

“An antiques dealer has been jailed for eight years for handling a stolen copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Raymond Scott, 53, from County Durham was cleared of stealing the treasure, but found guilty of handling stolen goods at a trial in June.

The 1623 work was taken from a display cabinet at Durham University in 1998.

Judge Richard Lowden called the folio ‘quintessentially English treasure’ and said damage to it was ‘cultural vandalisation’.”

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