Everyman Theatre is back in Cardiff for the Open Air Festival.
Their Shakespeare productions include:
Richard II, 24th, July, 2016
Everyman Youth Theatre are delighted to return to the Open Air Theatre Festival this summer to perform Shakespeare’s historical play, Richard II. Running time is approximately 90 minutes including an interval.
Romeo and Juliet, 21-30th, July, 2016
Everyman Theatre are delighted to welcome directors Mark Modzelewski and Jack Paterson to our Open Air Theatre Festival and the depiction of Shakespeare’s classic tale of “star-cross’d lovers”, forbidden love and blind passion is a tale of firsts. Swept away in their first love, teenagers Romeo and Juliet irresistibly drawn to each other, fall in love and marry in secret as their families’ long standing feud comes to a head. When you are passionately in love, nothing else matters – not even life itself. Defying the hatred and violence surrounding them, they dare to believe they can, and must, be together.
In modern Verona, violence erupts between the Montagues and Capulets with tragic consequences. With the death of their children, the citizens come together and through song, movements and story examine how they came to such tragedy.
Review by Emily Garside @EmiGarside
Taking Flight Theatre are back for their annual outdoor Shakespeare, this year with Romeo and Juliet. Taking Flight are an inclusive theatre company, meaning all their productions are accessible for audiences and performers alike. Unlike other theatre companies who treat accessibility as an add-on for Taking Flight accessibility is a part of the performance.
This means for Romeo and Juliet, there is live audio description as well as BSL interpretation and dialogue. Juliet and her Nurse converse in BSL and Romeo must attempt to learn some to communicate with his love. Meanwhile inventive and witty audio description serves to enable accessibility and move the narrative along.
Set in 1963 against a boarding school backdrop, a combination of swinging 60s design and music gives the show an energetic lift, and the promenade performance allows the performers to really engage with the audience and make the story their own.
This is an energetic and youthful interpretation of Romeo and Juliet and one that would serve as an excellent introduction to the text or indeed Shakespeare as a whole to audiences young and old. Set against a backdrop of Wales’ most beautiful venues on its outdoor tour Taking Flight have devised another inventive and engaging take on Shakespeare that all audiences can be included in.
Taking Flight @takingflightco
Touring Wales June 16-August 1st
Thu 16 – Sun 19 June Thompson’s Park, Cardiff
Tue 21 June Caerphilly Castle
Thu 23 – Sat 25 June Denbigh Castle
Sun 26 June Loggerheads Country Park
Wed 29 June Tintern Abbey
Thu 30 June Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr
Wed 6 July Tretower Court
Thu 7, Fri 8 & Sun 10 July Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol Tickets for this venue can be purchased here: www.bristolshakespearefestival.org.uk
Fri 15 – Sat 16 July Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen
Sun 17 July Rhuddlan Castle
Tue 19 July Cilgerran Castle
Wed 20 – Sat 23 July Stackpole, Nr Pembroke
Sun 24 July Hilton Court, H’west
Tue 26 July Clyne Gardens, Swansea
Thu 28 July Elan Valley
Fri 29 July Kidwelly Castle
Mon 1 Aug Beechenhurst Lodge, Forest of Dean
And to work with a mainly young, emerging cast is another bold step from the Irish-born director.
But, overall, her decisions have paid off as she delivers a fresh, energetic and gritty portrayal of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers while remaining true to his language.
Romeo & Juliet is at Sherman Cymru, Cardiff until October 18. For tickets, call 029 2064 6900 or visit www.shermancymru.co.uk
2 – 18 October 7.30pm
Previews 2 – 4 October
Monday 6 & 13 October 6.00pm
£15 – £25
Previews £12 – £20
Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price
More information:By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rachel O’Riordan
Running Time: 2hr 45m including an interval
Post show talks: 9 & 16 October
Captioned performance: 15 October
Educational Resources and workshops available
Find out more here: http://www.shermancymru.co.uk/performance/literature/romeo-juliet/
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Did my heart love till now?
Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer for the world’s greatest love story. With action from the outset, jealousy, comedy, murder, banishment and the most famous balcony in the history of theatre! Bring a picnic, settle back and be swept up in the romance, the drama and the passion of Romeo & Juliet.
Box Office 029 2087 8100.
Romeo and Juliet
11-17th October Cineworld Cardiff
Carlo Carlei Production (2013)
A stunning new version of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy from the creator of ‘Downton Abbey’. The Montagues and Capulets are at war, frequently brawling in the streets of Verona. So when Romeo (Douglas Booth) and Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld) fall for each other, life proves difficult for these star-crossed lovers. Friar Laurence (Paul Giamatti) helps them to marry in secret, but the enmity between their families is too strong for a reconciliation. The greatest love story of all time, Shakespeare’s 16th century classic has been reinterpreted time and again. But there hasn’t been a faithful version since Zeffirelli’s 1968 Oscar winner. Now lauded ‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes has scripted this new adaptation, which makes exceptional use of its gorgeous Italian locations. The to-die-for cast is led by Hailee Steinfeld, who was Oscar nominated for her performance in ‘True Grit’, and Douglas Booth, who played Pip in the BBC’s recent adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’.
22nd October Cineworld Cardiff
National Theatre Production (2010)
Rory Kinnear takes the title role in Nicholas Hytner’s chilling modern production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Hamlet (Rory Kinnear), the Prince of Denmark, is haunted by the ghost of his murdered father. Consumed by grief, he vows revenge upon the man he holds responsible. That’s his uncle Claudius (Patrick Malahide), who went on to claim both the throne and Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude (Clare Higgins). ‘Hamlet’ is one of the Bard’s most frequently staged plays. But National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner’s 2010 modern-dress production offered a dynamic new interpretation, giving the play a bold psychological and political context. His Elsinore is a tyrannical police state where every move is subject to surveillance. Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear took the role of Hamlet to great acclaim. The Times described his performance as “superb in its resonance and intelligence”. This HD broadcast returns to Cineworld as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
(with thanks to Ceri Sullivan for alerting me to these screenings)
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