Cambridge in the 1960s, a language school teaching English to foreign students, is the promising setting for this witty and engaging play. Following the fortunes of its disparate staff, Gray has created a range of brilliantly characterised and instantly recognisable English types. At the centre of the play is the naïve and seemingly disengaged St. John Quartermaine who drifts through life apparently unaware of the emotion and chaos which surrounds him.We welcome back Paul Jepson, whose production of Ostrovskys Innocent as Charged opened the 2001 Jerwood Vanbrugh season.
Irish dramatist, whose Lovers was seen in the John Gielgud Theatre
earlier this year, has produced a free version of one
of Russias most popular and delicate comedies. Turgenevs
play of country life pre-dated Chekhov by some forty years but was
by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1981, this powerful play tackles
the challenges set to ordinary decent people in a time of conflict
as a nation slides inexorably towards war and political degeneracy.
Taylor brilliantly captures the musical tone of 1930s Germany
with a deft and light touch which constantly engages his audience
as a liberal literature lecturer is subtly caught up in the rise of
previously Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre and Associate
Director of the National Theatre during Laurence Oliviers regime,
has been teaching and directing at the Academy for many years. In
addition to his innovative and remarkable productions of Shakespeare,
Ibsen, Greek drama and Japanese Nõh drama, he has also created
some intriguing dramatisations of literary works.
because of its large cast size, this sharply characterised, fast moving
play by the master of Norwegian theatre, is marked by its wit and
strength of plotting. Set in a seaside port in provincial Norway the
story concerns a wealthy ship owner who has married to further his
career. He has, however, caused a scandal in his past and, as in many
of Ibsens plays, all attempts by this pillar of the community
to hide his shame come back to haunt him in the present.
Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the King that led them to it. A charismatic leader in the flush of youth commits his troops to war. The risks are huge; the cause debatable; and bloodshed certain. Never before staged at the National. Adrian Lester (RADA graduate) takes the title role. We have a limited number of seats in the Dress Circle, available to Friends at a special price of £13.00, including a glass of wine during the interval.
Tickets are available to Friends of RADA through the Academy Box Office.
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RADA is delighted to host a production from one of its neighbouring theatres, The Bridewell, and to provide the opportunity to see one its successful Lunchbox productions