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The Vikings at Helgeland

This piece is something of a curiosity, being one of Ibsen’s early and lesser-known works, and has not been professionally staged in the UK since 1930.
The Vikings at Helgeland’s unusual setting makes way for aspects that are more characteristically Ibsen with the mythic presence, seen elsewhere in his work, more potent here, and the narrative hinges on Ibsen’s trademark...

Neither Either

Neither Either is a new dance work that responds to Seamus Heaney’s 1985 essay Place and Displacement: “the strain of being in two places at once, of needing to accommodate two opposing conditions of truthfulness.”
Dublin based Liz Roche and Belfast’s Maiden Voyage have crossed Ireland’s borders to create a show that promises to explore identity; conflict; emotion...

The Glasshouse

Actor Max Saunders-Singer’s drama of two infantrymen who are unwilling to fight gives voice to the 306 men executed for cowardice during the First World War. It is a reflective, if perhaps overwritten piece.
Conscientious objector Pip (Saunders-Singer) is imprisoned while awaiting trial in an abandoned shack (‘Glasshouse’ is military slang for prison) in 1917 France with ‘Loony’ Moony (Sam...

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Hamlet

Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 44, 2014

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    Exclusively in the October 30 issue of The Stage
     
    • "I was fascinated by what he could do with his face." Olivier winner Jack Lowden explains his obsession with David Jason in Only Fools and Horses
    • Not sure which drama school to choose? Let our 17-page special help you make the right decision
    • Horror theatre is in the ascendency, finds Natasha Tripney, as she peers into the darkness of a growing trend for the macabre
    • "I got tired of nice bodies." DV8 Physical Theatre's Lloyd Newson explains why he stepped away from the mainstream
    • Ian Herbert reports from the International Association of Theatre Critics symposium in Beijing, where he hears an innovative idea to replace theatre programmes with an app
    • As Stage Directors UK gathers pace, Michael Coveney explains why directors must get a better deal
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster