Between the Acts – Review of 2009

This is the first year of my blog.  I found time to write about some things more than others.  Here are my cultural moments  and events of 2009 ?

Theatre (Shakespeare)

  1.  The Tempest (RSC) – Courtyard Review and again on revisiting it in Sheffield
  2.  Hamlet (RSC) at the Novello
  3.  All’s Well That End’s Well (National)
  4.  Othello (Northern Broadsides/West Yorkshire Playhouse)
  5.  The Winter’s Tale (RSC) and on revisiting it in August
  6.  The Winter’s Tale (Old Vic)
  7.  As You Like It (Globe)
  8.  Julius Caesar (RSC)
  9.  Twelfth Night (RSC)
  10.   As You Like It (RSC) and Mariah Gale as Rosalind on seeing it again in Stratford and yet again on seeing it in Newcastle
  11.   Twelfth Night (York Theatre Royal)
  12.   Twelfth Night (Donmar)
  13.   Hamlet (Donmar)
  14.   As You Like It (Curve)
  15.   A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe Touring)
  16.   Romeo and Juliet (RSC)
  17.   The Comedy of Errors (Globe Touring)
  18.   Troilus and Cressida (Globe)

Theatre (not Shakespeare)

  1.  A Streetcare Named Desire (Donmar)
  2.  A Doll’s House (Donmar)
  3.  The Hounding of David Oluwale (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
  4.  Pitman Painters (National)
  5.  Phedre (National Theatre)
  6.  The Cherry Orchard (Old Vic)
  7.  Sizwe Banzi is Dead (Stephen Joseph Theatre)
  8.  Waiting for Godot (Newcastle Theatre Royal)
  9.  Haunted (Manchester Royal Exchange)
  10.   Oresteia (belt Up, York Theatre Royal)

Art Exhibitions

  1.  Picasso and the Masters (National Gallery)
  2.  Rothko (Tate Modern)
  3.  Futurism (Tate Modern)
  4.  Waterhouse (Royal Academy)
  5.   Sacred Made Real (National Gallery)
  6.   Gay Icons (National Portrait Gallery)
  7.   Beatles to Bowie (National Portrait Gallery)
  8.   Turner and the Masters (Tate)
  9.   Richard Long (Tate Britain)
  10.   Rodchenko and Popova (Tate Modern)

and my cultural moments of 2009

January  David Tennant return to the role of Hamlet in the RSC production (January).

February seeing the stunning The Tempest at Stratford upon Avon.

March Seeing The Damned United.

April –Waiting for Godot in Newcastle.  Also,  Interviewing Juliet Foster about her lovely York Theatre Royal production of Twelfth Night.

May –seeing the Specials in Manchester.

June – NT live an interesting experience and I think I prefered to see productions live and then at the cinema.  I did Phedre at the cinema first, but saw All’s Well That End’s Well live  at the National first.

July –Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the wonderful National All’s Well That End’s Well at the National.

August – attending the RSC Summer School and seeing Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale and As You Like it on consecutive nights.

Septemberalmost seeing Mother Courage at the National and actually seeing the theatre event of the year A Streetcare Named Desire.

November –moving from Miching Malicho to Between the Acts and being kissed by Feste in the RSC’s Twelfth Night.

Decemberthe BFI screening of the RSC/Illuminations Hamlet

 

Other Reviews

 Bardathon Blog 

The Independent Theatre Review of 2009

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