July 17th, 2011

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One Man, Two Guvnors transfers to the West End

Photo credit: http://www.london-attractions.info/london-blog/2011/one-man-two-guvnors-starring-james-corden-at-the-national-theatre.htm

Cut and pasted from an email from the National Theatre:

The National Theatre’s smash hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors will transfer to the Adelphi Theatre in the West End from 8 November.

200,000 tickets are on sale now for the West End run, featuring the original NT cast. 400 seats are available at £12 – £15 for every performance.

Book online:

or by phone on 020 7452 3000.
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A Woman Killed With Kindness, National Theatre

Photo credit: http://www.ntposters.org.uk/image/677611/woman-killed-with-kindness-a

Yes, time again, for Raks to shamelessly and blatantly promote the National Theatre! A Woman Killed With Kindess is currently in previews, with its Press Night this Tuesday (19 July).

It is directed by Katie Mitchell, who always delivers ground-breaking and interesting work.

Cut and pasted from an email from the National Theatre:

Fast-moving, frightening and erotic: a major play in a radical production.

Katie Mitchell directs this fresh interpretation of Thomas Heywood’s startling domestic thriller, one of the first tragedies ever to be written about ordinary people.

For more details follow the link:

I am going later this month and I cannot wait!
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The Tempest, starring Ralph Fiennes

Photo credit: http://www.urban-vacation.com/167/ralph-fiennes-in-shakespeares-the-tempest-showing-at-the-haymarket-theatre-royal-london/

I was so excited when I found out about this! Ralph Fiennes is another of my passions/obsessions. I have seen him several times live on stage and he always blows me away. And I did The Tempest for my A Levels and it is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. So this is one of my hot tips for the Summer!

Cut and pasted from an email from the Box Office at the Theatre Royal Haymarket:

Don't miss your opportunity to see Ralph Fiennes at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 27 August.

Trevor Nunn directs William Shakespeare's The Tempest as the third production of his electrifying season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Starring Ralph Fiennes as Prospero with Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo.

Almost certainly Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest can lay claim to being the first ever work of magic realism. Marooned and left to die on a remote island, Prospero can command spirits, create apparitions and manipulate the elements. By using his magic, he assembles his enemies to take revenge on them, and in the process awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first experience of love. The theme of reconciliation gives immense emotional force to Shakespeare's farewell to the stage.

27 August – 29 October 2011

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, SW1

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Sherlock and Shooting Practice

Photo credit: aithine

The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual

An anomaly which often struck me in the character of my friend Sherlock Holmes was that, although in his methods of thought he was the neatest and most methodical of mankind, and although also he affected a certain quiet primness of dress, he was none the less in his personal habits one of the most untidy men that ever drove a fellow-lodger to distraction. Not that I am in the least conventional in that respect myself. The rough-and-tumble work in Afghanistan, coming on the top of a natural Bohemianism of disposition, has made me rather more lax than befits a medical man. But with me there is a limit, and when I find a man who keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very centre of his wooden mantelpiece, then I begin to give myself virtuous airs. I have always held, too, that pistol practice should be distinctly an open-air pastime; and when Holmes, in one of his queer humors, would sit in an arm-chair with his hair-trigger and a hundred Boxer cartridges, and proceed to adorn the opposite wall with a patriotic V. R. done in bullet-pocks, I felt strongly that neither the atmosphere nor the appearance of our room was improved by it.