Theatre Openings

The Orphan of Zhao has opened at the RSC to high praise. Graham Turner’s heartfelt performance as the country doctor has been singled out by many critics in Greg Doran’s first production as new Artistic Director. The piece is variously described as an “extraordinary theatrical event” (Guardian) “an emotionally piercing marvel” (The Times) and a “gripping production… of an unseen classic” (The Telegraph).

Also opening last week at The Print Room was Lot and His God , the UK premiere of Howard Barker’s take on the Genesis story in which Hermione Gulliford takes the role of Lot’s wife.  The Telegraph writes “Gulliford performs the part mesmerisingly. In a dusty, dirty, dark bar in Sodom she meets the angel Drogheda, who is there to convince her and her husband to flee their home. Gulliford rolls the language around her mouth, easily and playfully and the result lays bare the many layers of meaning and intention in Barker’s script – no easy feat.”

Over at The National Theatre, Alan Bennett’s People featuring Jess Murphy was another opening last week to 4 and 5 star reviews. It now plays in rep in The Lyttelton Theatre alongside Scenes From An Execution (Robert Hands, Jay Simpson) which opened to excellent reviews in October. Previewing now and opening next week is The Magistrate which sees Roger Sloman return to The National in Pinero’s classic. And Derek Hutchinson returns too in another Alan Bennett play Cocktail Sticks which Nick Hytner directs as a companion piece to People.

Looking forward, Lynn Gardner (Guardian) tips Ignorance at Hampstead Downstairs a new play from Steve Waters as one to watch. Daniel Rabin is cast as part of a small-town postwar US community struggling to accept a foreigner in their midst.

New writing

Our clients’ commitment to new writing is reflected in the London Evening Standard Award’s Longlist for most promising new playwright. The nominations include Red Velvet (Tricycle) featuring Natasha Gordon, Goodbye To All That (Royal Court) in which Roger Sloman appeared, You Can Still Make A Killing (Southwark Playhouse) with William Mannering and The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre) which starred Lisa Palfrey. Good luck to all the nominees.


Picture show Lisa Palfrey in “The Kitchen Sink
©2012 Bush Theatre

Comedy Bits

Lisa Palfrey will be joining Christopher Guest’s regular ensemble for his new HBO/BBC show Family Tree.

Naomi Bentley joins the cast of  the popular BBC sit-com Miranda for series 3 whilst Ken Bones films The Worlds End a comedy feature from Working Title.

Roger Sloman has just shot one of Sky’s Little Crackers shorts playing Katy Brand’s Grandfather and Vincenzo Nicoli currently features in rom- com The Knot on general release in cinemas now.

Fresh Meat also returns to Channel 4  in which Suzanne Burden will be appearing.

Autumn Theatre Preview:

Roger Sloman returns to The National in Pinero’s The Magistrate directed by Timothy Sheader. Jess Murphy returns too, currently rehearsing for Alan Bennett’s new play People which Nick Hytner directs.  Gavin Spokes, meanwhile,  joins the National’s highly successful West End run of One Man 2 Guvnors at The Haymarket.

Also in London, Vincenzo Nicoli opens in a new production of Revenger’s Tragedy at Hoxton Hall with Suba Das directing and Will Mannering premieres in a new play You Can Still Make A Killing which Matthew Dunster directs at Southwark Playhouse. Hermione Gulliford appears in the UK premiere of Howard Barker’s Lot and His God directed by Robyn Winfied-Smith at The Print Room in Notting Hill.

“The Welsh Boy” ©Jane Hobson

Geraldine Alexander has just opened in The Welsh Boy at Bath, Ustinov Studio whilst Chris Ryman performs in Greyscale’s What The Animals Say, which arrives London in October. Also opening in October is Scenes From An Execution with Jay Simpson and Robert Hands at The National plus Natasha Gordon in The Tricycle’s Red Velvet.

Theatre News:

Please watch out for the following EBA clients who will be on stage during the summer.

The Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne

Richard Teverson returns to The National in Nadia Falls’ directorial debut The Doctor’s Dilemma. William Mannering will be playing Touchstone in The Globe’s touring production of As You Like It, directed by James Dacre. Roger Sloman will be back at Glyndebourne in Jonathan Kent’s revival of The Fairy Queen and Daniel Rabin plays John in Chichester’s new staging of Blue Remembered Hills as part of their 50th. Ferdy Roberts will be taking Filter’s innovative new staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to The Royal Exchange , Manchester 5 July – 4 August whilst Colm Gormley will be playing Albany in the RSC’s touring production of King Lear which Tim Crouch is directing.