“The Tragedy of Richard II” chronicles the overthrow of the young King Richard by the future King Henry IV. The downfall and humiliation of Richard, though his own fault, shows the limits of a king’s power, as well as the loyalty of his subjects and friends. It is one of the most beautifully written of Shakespeare’s plays and features many oft-quoted speeches, and soliloquies”.
Richard II was be staged at Scarabeus Theater (Rue Creuse), November 27-December1, 2012
The ECC presents
Presumption by Sheffield group Third Angel
Directed by Malinda Coleman
The Wareouse Studio Theatre, 4-8 December 2012 – 8.15pm
What happens in a relationship after hearts have stopped racing, the honeymoon is long over and you settle down to ordinary life? Presumption, an original, innovative theatre piece devised by Sheffield group Third Angel, is a relationship play with a difference. Intriguing for theatre lovers, the play weaves between the fictional relationship of the characters and the collaboration of two performers who start out on an empty stage…
With Tania Rabesandratana and Yorgos Filippakis.
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American drama at its best: ATC Studio Production
A DELICATE BALANCE by EDWARD ALBEE
directed by John Stanton
Over the course of one weekend, the lives of a well-to-do couple come under attack by family members and friends. Elegant and entertaining, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play beguiles its audience into an icy wasteland of the human heart…
When: Jan 17-19, Jan 23-26 at 8pm
Where: Warehouse Studio Theatre, rue Waelhem 69A, Schaerbeek (Brussels)
n this classic English tale we learn of the boy who goes to London to look for the streets paved in gold, and who eventually becomes Lord Mayor London three times. Look out Boris!
We get all the elements of traditional English pantomime. Goodies and baddies, boys being girls, and girls being boys, the topsy turvy world of pantomime takes you into a world of very English fantasy.
Will King Rat triumph over his arch enemy the Fairy Queen? Oh no he won’t! But then again – he just might. If you are not there to cheer Dick on.
Performances are Tuesday 5th of February to Saturday 9th at 8pm, with a matinée at 2pm on Saturday the 9th at Theatral Espace Scarabaeus (map).
Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is a wonderful and complex piece of theatre which confronts such current human issues as love, hate, prejudice, and above all, religious intolerance, the fear and distrust of the “other”. Money and debt are central themes in this play.
The plot revolves around a Venetian merchant who can’t repay a loan from a hated moneylender. Bassanio needs money because he has spent all his fortune and is in debt everywhere especially to Antonio, who has bailed him out on more than one occasion before. He asks Antonio again for more money (a business deal, an investment, a way to recoup his losses) to finance his pursuit of the rich Portia. If he wins her he can restore his fortunes and pay off all his debts.
Antonio’s own wealth is tied up in ships heading back to Venice. He raises the money for Bassanio by borrowing from Shylock, a Jewish merchant he has previously refused to do business with. Shylock loans the money because he wants Antonio above all people to be indebted to him because for once he will be on an equal basis with him.
Antonio’s fleet is wrecked at sea and the once-rich man becomes unable to repay this debt. Shylock is contemptuous of him as well as furious – Antonio’s superiority over Shylock is at an end. On discovering the elopement of his daughter with a friend of Bassanio’s his hatred for Antonio and all Christians, and his desire for revenge, turns him to the bond – the ‘security’ he demanded for Antonio’s loan – a pound of flesh to be taken from Antonio.
This production is set in late 1920’s Venice and Belmont and the main characters are all in some way connected to the Mafia. The Duke being the head of the mafia and the ultimate dispenser of “justice”. Setting it in the late 1920s gives an opportunity to reflect on the very
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