July 21st, 2012

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55 days, Hampstead Theatre

I am rerunning this feature as it was announced yesterday that Mark Gatiss will be starring in this production, playing King Charles I.

Photo credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vcwm7

Cut and pasted from the Hampstead Theatre website:

55 Days by Howard Brenton
Directed by Howard Davies
18 October - 24 November

December 1648.

The army has occupied London.

Parliament votes not to put the imprisoned King on trial, so the army moves against Westminster and the only military coup in English history takes place. But the army leadership remains divided: Cromwell would prefer a compromise with the King, but the King will not compromise.

A new nation must therefore be forged…and over 55 days, an entirely new world is created.

Follow the link for more details and to book tickets:

Raks's Says - I am recommending this purely on the basis that I love this period of English history!
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In Conversation with Christopher Eccleston, National Theatre: Thursday 19 July

Photo credit: http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/antigone-national-theatre

"In Conversation with ..." Christopher Eccleston at the National Theatre took place on Thursday 19 July. In conversations are afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking about their current role and career, and answering questions.

Christopher Eccleston is currently playing Creon in Antigone. See:

This is my write-up of the talk:
- Christopher used to be an usher at the National Theatre, selling programmes and ice-creams
- Let Him Have It was my breakthrough role.
- Coming to London was an adventure. Went into acting to escape a 9 to 5 job.
- Watching TV was an important part of my childhood.
- Writers are the most important component. Even the best actor will struggle with a poor script.
- I loved playing the Doctor and would have loved to have finessed the role over a couple more series
- Planning for theatre to be my mainstay from now on.
- Advice for young actors = follow your heart.
- I appreciate, and work best under, a collaborative creative process.
- Would like to do Shakespeare, possibly Macbeth.
- For actors with integrity, acting should be about the Art, not about the money or the power.

Christopher Eccleston. In summary, I have always appreciated and enjoyed his work but never been a fan - until I saw and heard this talk! I thought he was relaxed; warm; outgoing; friendly; giving; entertaining; funny; truthful; passionate; and adorable! Go Christopher Eccleston - you just acquired a new fan!

You can listen to the whole talk yourself as the National Theatre have posted the podcast. It is here:
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Antigone, National Theatre, closes tonight

Cut and pasted from the National Theatre Website:

Antigone by Sophocles
In a version by Don Taylor, directed by Polly Findlay.

Desperate to gain control over a city ravaged by civil war, Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone’s rebellious brother. Outraged, she defies his edict. Creon condemns the young woman, his niece, to be buried alive.

The people daren’t object but the prophet Teiresias warns that this tyranny will anger the gods: the rotting corpse is polluting the city.

Creon hesitates and his fate is sealed.

Starring Jodie Whittaker, Christopher Eccleston, Jamie Ballard and Luke Newberry.

Follow the link for the full details:

Christopher Eccleston as Creon and Jodie Whittaker as Antigone
Photo credit: http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/latest-news/article/item143271/antigone/

Jamie Ballard as Teiresias
Photo credit: http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/latest-news/article/item143271/antigone/

I am going to the final performance - Cannot wait!