If you have been thinking about catching a show in London’s West End over the last few months you have have noticed that there is one famous name that is dominating the playbills. It’s not a well-known actor or director but, instead, a playwright. Harold Pinter to be exact. The Harold Pinter Theatre has been taken over by the Jamie Lloyd Company from September 2018 to March 2019 with the aim of performing all of Pinter’s one-act plays in repertoire, twenty in total.
While many English or Theatre teachers (myself included) embrace William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Macbeth, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I actually really enjoy the history plays. Richard III is one of my favorite plays to teach because of the intriguing villain, dynamic poetry, and fascinating characters. However, in order for my students to make sense of it, I realized I had to make sense of the English history Shakespeare was using to write Richard III. In that endeavor, I tumbled down a rabbit hole and into a quagmire of complex English history mired in international and civil wars.
It’s almost time for the 2018 Tony Awards! There are so many wonderful performances from the Tony Awards telecasts over the past 50+ years, but the year that blogger and StageAgent editor, Laura Ware, remembers best is 1987. Read her latest blog to see why that year stood out for her. What are your favorites from the past? And what will be the standout this year?
Over the past few months, we have been asking our contributors here at StageAgent what some of their favorite theatre books were, whether it was for a summer read, something that greatly influences them, or just an amazing reference book to have on hand. So to kick off 2018, here’s a suggested reading list, a quick run down of 12 books recommended by the StageAgent team. We think there’s a little something here for everyone. Enjoy!
Join StageAgent on a whistle stop tour through the history and evolution of the modern day pantomime. Who are the character archetypes that appear in pantos? What are some of the typical staging elements in a panto? How does pantomime relate to commedia dell’arte? And how might elements of panto show up in mainstream theatre? Read Alexandra Appleton’s latest blog and explore all that is the pantomime.