Thursday, June 15, 2006

Theatre Around the World

Item-The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced a £100 million ($185 million US) refit of its theatre at Stratford-on-Avon.
The long-running drama appeared to have reached its final act when Michael Boyd, its artistic director, announced that its 1930s cinema-style, fan-shaped auditorium is to be given a dramatic design inspired by the courtyard theatres of the Bard’s time.

A thrust-stage auditorium, seating more than 1,000 people, will be built within the theatre — reducing the distance from the furthest seat to the stage from 30 to 15 metres.

By bringing the audience and actors closer, it is hoped to create a more engaging auditorium, keeping Shakespeare fresh for a new generation.

Item-Today in theatre:
1965 Legendary theatre is made when the husband-and-wife team of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy open in The Cherry Orchard at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Variety hails this latest production as "the outstanding presentation of the Chekhov classic in a lifetime of theatregoing and would be a credit to any company." Cronyn and Tandy will continue to grace the stage together for many years to come in such productions as Foxfire and The Gin Game.

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