_REP SEASON 2014

HAMLET

BY SHAKESPEARE

THEBES

BY GARETH JANDRELL AFTER SOPHOCLES  & AESCHYLUS

THE ROBBERS
BY SCHILLER IN A NEW VERSION BY DANIEL MILLAR AND MARK LEIPACHER

NEW DIORAMA THEATRE 2 JAN - 28 FEB 2014


The season transferred to Greenwich Theatre in autumn 2014

THE COMPANY

Jeryl Burgess, Andrew Chevalier, Cary Crankson, Richard Delaney, Alexander Guiney, Christopher Hughes, Alistair Kirton, Damian Lynch, Lachlan McCall, Jonny McPherson, Derval Mellett, Tom Radford and Kate Sawyer

Director Mark Leipacher (Hamlet & The Robbers)
Director Rachel Valentine Smith (Thebes)
Lighting Designer Chris Withers
Sound Designer Simon Allen (Hamlet & Thebes)
Sound Designer Thomas Whitelaw (The Robbers)
Company Stage Manager Rosanna Grimes
Press Anne Mayer
Photography Richard Davenport

 

Peter Brook Award – Best Ensemble (The Robbers)

Nominee Ian Charleston Award for Jonny McPherson

Supported and made possible by New Diorama Theatre
Supported by Arts Council England

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'FRESH, FORCEFUL...IMPRESSIVE'
THE INDEPENDENT

'THIS FAST-PACED AND DEEPLY COMPELLING INTERPRETATION IS FINE THEATRE. THE STORYTELLING SPARKLES WITH CLARITY... A MASTERCLASS IN ACTING... MAKES THE WORDS SOUND SO FRESH AND SPONTANEOUS THAT IT IS AS IF YOU’RE HEARING THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME... ONE OF THE FINEST HAMLETS I’VE EVER SEEN.'

WHATSONSTAGE ★★★★

'STUNNINGLY IMAGINATIVE PHYSICAL USE OF THE FULL-CAST CHORUS WHICH HISSES, MUTTERS, WEEPS, CLAMOURS, STAMPS, SHOUTS, ROLLS ON THE FLOOR, ASSEMBLES IN FORMATION AND CONTRIBUTES A GREAT DEAL OF SLICK, ATMOSPHERIC MOVEMENT WORK, OFTEN IN SLOW MOTION. IT CREATES A REAL SENSE OF A CITY IN TURMOIL'.

WHATSONSTAGE ★★★★

'A RICH REIMAGINING OF THE TRAGEDIES OF OEDIPUS AND ANTIGONE... ELEGANTLY WEAVES THE WRITINGS OF SOPHOCLES AND AESCHYLUS INTO AN ADMIRABLY CONDENSED TWO-ACT PLAY THAT SPARKLES... FITTINGLY PLACES THE CHORUS CENTRE STAGE, A CANNY MOVE FOR THIS ENSEMBLE COMPANY. THIS PANORAMIC OVERVIEW ALSO MAKES THEBES A SHARP PIECE OF CONTEMPORARY COMMENTARY'

THE STAGE

'A FRESH, FIERCE SENSE OF THE PLAY’S YOUTHFUL IMPETUOSITY AND ITS TORMENT OVER THE EASE WITH WHICH LIBERTARIAN IDEALISM SLIDES INTO CONSCIENCELESS ANARCHY'

THE INDEPENDENT

'THE FACTION IS REVIVING SCHILLER’S FIRST PLAY. THE PRODUCTION, WHICH IS FULL OF GUNS, NOISE AND RHETORIC, ALSO HAS KARL AT ONE POINT FRENZIEDLY BEATING HIS HEAD AGAINST A WALL, AND HIS FOLLOWERS ADVANCING TOWARDS A BLOODBATH IN THE STYLISED, SLOW-MOTION MANNER OF SAM PECKINPAH’S THE WILD BUNCH.'

THE GUARDIAN

STEPHEN JOSEPH THEATRE ASSOCIATE ENSEMBLE
PETER BROOK EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARD WINNERS
OFF WESTEND BEST ENSEMBLE AWARD WINNERS

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