by W. S. Gilbert
Directed by Stephen Hollis
Designed by Janey Gardiner
Tuesday 17 October – Thursday 26 October at 7.45pm
Matinee: Saturday 21 October at 2.30pm
For the opening season
of RADA’s new Studio Theatre it seems fitting to begin with one of Beerbohm
Tree’s first successes as a young actor. W. S. Gilbert’s neglected comic
masterpiece was a forerunner of The
Deeply ironic and free of sentimentality Gilbert reveals the selfishness of human action and the financial advantage of romantic love. Set on the Scottish borders the play satirises the typical nineteenth century rural romance as three young men pursue their amorous prey. Delayed by a train crash sophisticated passengers mingle with simple country folk in the lyrical language which made Gilbert renowned with his composer Arthur Sullivan in the Savoy Operas.
We are happy to welcome back Stephen Hollis, whose production of The Idiot was such a success last year.
To re-open the GBS Theatre the Academy contributes to the fiftieth anniversary of Shaw’s death a revival in collaboration with one of the first drama schools in Europe – the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy. This is a rare opportunity to see one of Shaw’s least performed works.
The theme of the play is Russia’s great Empress Catherine and the contrast between Russian instinct and English decorum. Shaw makes great comic play between the full hearted and sexually liberated ruler and the inhibited and phlegmatic English visitors.
Cast with actors from RADA and the St. Petersburg Academy, the production will play in Russia and England directed by the distinguished director Sergei Tcherkasski and deploying some of the unique puppetry training of the St. Petersburg Academy.
Sponsored by British Airways
Thursday 19 October
– Saturday 28 October at 7.30pm
RADA is proud to be mounting as the first production in the new Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre a new play mmissioned by the Academy with the support of the Arts Council New Writing Scheme. Howard Brenton is acknowledged to be one of the major contemporary English dramatists whose work has been seen at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and major theatres throughout Europe.
The theme is Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare, possibly a spy for Queen Elizabeth’s newly formed secret service, an atheist and gay. Yet by a brilliant twist Brenton has written a scathing and very funny critique of twentieth century “Show Business” which he contrasts with the dark politics of seventeenth century England.
A major theatrical event, as the first production in our new proscenium theatre.
Not to be missed.
The greatest actor
of his generation, David Garrick was part author of this outrageously funny
and brilliantly constructed comedy. Mr Sterling is a city speculator who
lives in the suburban countryside with his two aughters for whom
he has high hopes of connecting to the nobility through marriage. The unexpected
From this simple mechanism the authors weave a classic tapestry of intrigue and misunderstanding, offering a range of English classic types.
Especially commissioned by the Academy from the distinguished West End playwright and RADA graduate, Hugh Whitemore, from an idea by RADA Council member, former teacher and graduate, Peter Barkworth, this anthology is a celebration of the work of Bernard Shaw, RADA Council member and benefactor.
In this, the fiftieth anniversary of Shaw’s death, Whitemore has brilliantly assembled scenes from Shaw plays well known and rarely performed, interspersed with the wit, wisdom and insights of a giant of the twentieth entury.
We hope that each
evening some well known former graduates of the Academy will be persuaded
to take part as narrators for unique appearances alongside RADA’s current
third year students. We are delighted to welcome the distinguished Royal
Shakespeare Company and West End director, Clifford Williams, to direct
his first show for the Academy
Don’t miss it!
FRIENDS SPECIAL EVENT
The London Eye
To celebrate the beginning of an exciting new year at the Academy, we are pleased to offer the Friends of RADA a unique special event – the chance to ride the London Eye before you see the show!
Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of London, from one of the Cities most exhilarating Millennium xperiences. The flight* will last approximately half an hour, leaving you with time to enjoy a drink on the riverside, before the RNT production of ‘Hamlet’. Simon Russell Beale stars in the title role in Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy.
Due to the distinctive nature of this event, availability is limited. Tickets for both the eye and the performance are sold as a package at the discounted price of £25** per person for this event on:
Friday 13 October
Tickets available to Friends of RADA, through the Academy Box Office.
* Please note that not all of the Friends may be able to fly in the same pod. You should ensure that your own party arrives in time to be placed in a pod together
** Most seats are in the stalls. A small number are available in the balcony.
The discount on both these events has been calculated and split evenly for the purposes of fairness and ease.