Beckett in joke, Henry VI and a South African prom

Beckett in joke, Henry VI and a South African prom

Beckett in joke, Henry VI and a South African prom

Invisible scene

The Royal & Derngate theater’s Made in Northampton digital genre continues to offer richness with this intimate, cutting-edge musical co-production with the British Touring Opera. Dwelling on the themes of identity and sexuality, it is written by cabaret artist Jessica Walker and Joseph Atkins. Directed by James Dacre and filmed by David Lefeber (animated by Tom Hicks), we trace Walker’s emotional life trajectory, from a complex childhood to his wedding day, with a one-hour song cycle about confusion. gender, sexual assault, first love, betrayal and family secrets. Available from September 5th for three months.


Broadcast live from Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on September 10 at 7pm, this dark and comic comedy by Shomit Dutta puts a literary twist on the gentlemen’s game. Played by Stephen Tompkinson as Samuel Beckett and Andrew Lancel as Harold Pinter, he traces Beckett’s lesser-known years as a cricketer (he appears in the pages of Wisden), as well as Pinter’s passion for the game and their friendship. as playwrights and cricket fans. There is a post-show discussion between the Guardian’s Michael Billington, former British cricket captain Mike Brearley and cricket journalist Emma John. It will also be available for viewing on demand from September 27 for one year.

I am here

These five short Pentabus plays revolve around the theme of isolation and showcase some emerging talent. The Amazing Invisible Woman is written by Caitlin Magnall-Kearns, winner of the inaugural Pentabus Young Writers Alumni award and explores body size and prejudice. Charlotte Mills plays a bar worker who sees herself “as a fat person … in a society that desperately wants me to shrink”. In the collection there is also the funny and transgressive Toed by Anoushka Warden, together with Birds N Dem by babirye bukilwa, Phase 4 by Tabby Lamb, which talks about identity and transphobia, and Green Thumbs by Mika Onyx Johnson, on the wisdom of cacti, all of which are available for free viewing.

Henry VI Part one, Henry VI: rebellion and the war of the roses

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of King Henry VI gained huge acclaim when they were staged in the spring and are now available digitally until September 30th. Henry VI Part One, which introduces us to a young and lonely Henry after his father’s death, was part of the open trials project, shot during the Covid-19 pandemic. It continues to Henry VI: Rebellion when the king’s grip on the throne falters and ends, electrifyingly, in War of the Roses. Meanwhile, Richard III, the next play in the historical cycle, is available in cinemas from 28 September to 8 October.

Galwad: a story from our future

This story is rooted in contemporary Wales and imagine what would happen if the future came into contact with the present. Commissioned by Creative Wales, it brings together a large team of actors including Alexandria Riley, Matthew Aubrey, Nitin Ganatra and Rhodri Meilir. It takes place in real time on digital and broadcast platforms, merging live performances and TV drama. From September 26 to October 2, audiences can follow the story on social media and on TV, with unannounced speeches on the Welsh-language television channel, S4C and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. The drama culminates in a four-hour broadcast on Sky Arts (available for free) and a live broadcast from Blaenau Ffestiniog. It will continue to be available online after October 2nd.

Tikkun Olam

This clever political drama about identity, culture wars and Westminster by Teunkie Van Der Sluijs was one of three shows to win the Original Theater Company’s Originals Playwriting award for playwrights not produced alongside Drew Hewitt’s The Fall and Miles of Eilidh Nurse. Filmed live at Riverside Studios, this is a play directed by Michael Boyd with a cast that includes Luke Thompson (famous by Bridgerton) and Diana Quick, among others. His plot centers on controversial plans to erect a Holocaust memorial near Parliament Square by an aspiring Labor MP who enlists a black Jewish social media influencer for his campaign. Available for viewing until July 23, 2023.

‘Master Harold’ … and the boys

Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical comedy tells the compelling story of two black employees in a Port Elizabeth tearoom who meet their boss’s white teenage son to dance in South Africa in 1950. The dream is to become a dance champion. , but that plan is torn apart by apartheid politics: men exemplify friendship through racial division, but also the inflexible power structures of the nation. Directed by Roy Alexander Weise, ‘Master Harold’… and the Boys was originally staged at the National Theater in 2019 with the sublime Lucian Msamati in its cast and is now in the catalog of new offerings available from NT at Home up to at least 10 August 2023.

As you like

Another comedy in the latest batch released by NT at Home, this Shakespearean comedy stars Rosalie Craig as Rosalind, the haunted heroine of the comedy who ventures, in disguise, into a radically reinvented forest of Arden consisting of tables and office chairs dangling over the stage. Polly Findlay’s production was celebrated for its ingenious visual spectacle and auditory aspects, with a striking set design by Lizzie Clachan. The cast also includes Paul Chahidi, Patsy Ferran and Ken Nwosu, among others. Previously broadcast in theaters as part of the NT Live series, it is available on request at least until August 10, 2023.

The storm

If you’ve missed Sean Holmes’ recent boldly comic take on this comedy at the Globe, you can find solace in the show’s 2013 theatrical production – arguably the Bard’s latest work – starring Roger Allam, Jessie Buckley, James Garnon and Colin Morgan. Very different from Holmes’ mischievous iteration with his winking nod to Love Island, this production highlights the intensity of the father-daughter relationship, under the direction of Jeremy Herrin, Allam makes a majestic Prospero, both possessive and adoring of Miranda’s Buckley, and the game weaves a simple but fascinating brand of magic. Now available on Globe Player.


This second season of the musical drama comes a year after a successful first season was digitally released in the middle of the block by the Metta Theater in partnership with Royal & Derngate in Northampton, the Queen’s Theater in Hornchurch, Greater London, and the Taunton Brewhouse in Somerset. The first season was seen by over 42,000 people on YouTube and Facebook, and this next installment constitutes a complete piece with the continuation of a story of new beginnings and second chances. The protagonist is Clive Rowe once again alongside Lem Knights and Natalie Hope. Written by P Burton-Morgan and composed by Ben Glasstone, it is now available for viewing.

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