So tomorrow (October 19th) is the big day for tickets as the general public is able to book for A Play For The Nation performances in London and Stratford upon Avon.
Tower Theatre’s performance dates are:
- The Barbican, London: May 17 – 21 at 19.30 with matinees on 19 & 21 at 13.00
- The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon: July 11 & 12 both at 19.15
With so many amateur participants – not to mention the relatives and friends of all the schoolkids taking part – tickets are likely to sell fast.
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I’m also delighted to welcome an extra member to our team of merry players. While many of the Mechanicals scenes are self-contained there is a great deal of interaction between Bottom and the character of Titania. So each group has been asked to find a rehearsal Titania (clearly the professional actress playing this role cannot be in 14 locations at once) and I’m pleased to announce that Karen Walker will be taking on this important role with the Tower team.
Karen has been involved in dozens of productions in the UK and overseas. Principal roles include Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Gertrude in Hamlet, Julia Sterroll in Fallen Angels and Florence in The Vortex; she has just finished a run of Hedda Gabler in which she played Juliana Tesman. Karen already “has form” with a major RSC project as she was part of the Tower’s Open Stages team for Baba Shakespeare (in London and Stratford upon Avon) in 2012.
I first got to work with Karen (and indeed both our Snout and Snug) in the Tower production of David Copperfield in London and at the Minack though actually we were never on stage in the same scene. I look forward to rectifying that situation in the coming months. I’m particularly grateful that she will be undertaking the onerous task of helping me with my Bottom (sorry!)