June 22nd, 2012

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TV Recommendations: Macbeth, the Movie Star... and Me, Friday 22 June, BBC2, 11.50pm

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Actor David Harewood has just five days to take a group of inner city teenagers and turn them into Shakespearean actors.

David, who starred in the hit television drama Homeland, returns to his old school to select his cast and prepare for a final showcase performance in Stratford-upon-Avon. Can he inspire them to put on a passionate and polished production from one of the Bard's greatest works?

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Chariots of Fire opens at the Gielgud tomorrow (Sat 23 June)

Photo credit: http://www.londontheatrebookings.com/show/chariots-of-fire/

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Celebrate one of this country's most thrilling and greatest ever sporting achievements this Summer, as Chariots of Fire lights up the West End at the Gielgud Theatre.

Adapted from the legendary Oscar-winning movie, this spectacular and ingenious retelling of Eric Liddell's and Harold Abrahams' quest to become the fastest men on earth is an electrifying and immensely moving tale of two men's rivalry, and their unwavering determination to conquer the world in the face of prejudice, immovable beliefs and overwhelming odds.

Adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Mike Bartlett and featuring the original, hugely iconic Vangelis score and a magnificent ensemble cast under the direction of Edward Hall, Chariots of Fire brings alive the incredible true story of two British athletes whose honour, sacrifice and courage brought them glory and immortality on the greatest sporting stage of all.

In an extraordinary Summer, this is one theatrical event that will leave you breathless with excitement.

Follow the link below for the full production details, to watch the AMAZING trailer, and to book tickets:

James McArdle as Harold Abrahams and Jack Lowden as Eric Liddell
Photo credit: http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/chariots-fire-hampstead-theatre

Raks's Reaction

"The Theatrical Event of 2012". I fully agree with this statement and I am backing the production 100%.

I saw it 3 times at the Hampstead and it totally and utterly blew me away. I thought it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen at the theatre. It made my heart race and stop dead at the same time! In a nutshell, mind-blowing and amazing. Truly exceptional.

My full review (I saw it at the Hampstead) is here:
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Open City Docs Fest: Frankenstein, A Modern Myth

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Open City Docs Fest: Celebrating the best of documentary film in the heart of London

Frankenstein: A Modern Myth
Adam Low / 2012 / UK / 48’
Fri 22 June / 14:00 / Darwin Theatre

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the first and greatest myth of the modern scientific age, has like all enduring masterpieces, touched a nerve at critical points of human progress. Frankenstein haunts our age of global anxiety and unprecedented scientific experimentation like never before.

Frankenstein: A Modern Myth looks at the myth of Frankenstein through the prism of Danny Boyle’s sensational new sell-out production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre. The film features exclusive access to rehearsals and interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature, and with Danny Boyle and writer Nick Dear.

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