Pop-up Globe announces cast for ‘Twelfth Night’ & ’ Romeo & Juliet’

Pop-up Globe – host of one of the biggest festivals of Shakespeare ever staged in the Southern Hemisphere -- today announces the cast for two of the Bard’s best-loved works: Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet

Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet will launch Pop-up Globe’s season and are produced by the company behind the development of this world-first project. In all, eight of Shakespeare’s works will be performed at Pop-up Globe beginning on 18 February with a red carpet arrival of a who’s who of New Zealand of celebrity and civic personalities. Other works are Much Adoe About Nothing, The Tempest, Titus, Antony & Cleopatra, Hamlet and Henry V. Check Eventfinda for details. Good tickets are available for all shows.

Pop-up Globe is the world’s first full-scale working replica of the second Globe theatre, Shakespeare’s Theatre. Marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, it will pop up in the heart of Auckland City, host a season of the bard’s masterworks and then disappear again.

“The players in our company are a thrilling and diverse blend of new faces and bastions of the international theatre community,” says Pop-up Globe artistic director Dr Miles Gregory. “We are greatly looking forward to the cast’s unique energy and dynamic that will bring these special plays to life.”

Dr Miles Gregory will direct the cast in Twelfth Night while the University of London’s Ben Naylor will bring the tale of Romeo & Juliet to life. A leading UK expert on Shakespeare and renaissance theatre, Naylor brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to Pop-up Globe.

The coveted roles of Romeo & Juliet will be played by Jonathan Tynan-Moss and Christel Chapman while Aaron Richardson has landed the principal role of Viola / Cesario in Twelfth Night.

Tynan-Moss has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Student Drama Festival, and in conjunction with the Scottish National Theatre. He has also performed in venues around London and the South East including the Camden People's Theatre, Pushkin House, the Hazlitt Theatre, and in the West End at the Arts Theatre and the Fortune Theatre and featured in production including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, As You Like It and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Chapman has worked with such companies as Red Leap, the prestigious French Groupe F and has recently finished working with Massive Theatre company. 

A recent recipient of director of the year at the prestigious Wellington Theatre Awards, Miriama McDowell (Dark Horse, Hope and Wire and No.2) will play Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet while theatre and television veteran Edward Newborn will play Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. With over 40 years’ experience internationally, Newborn’s most recent credits include The Original Phantom of the Opera in Tokyo and the 2015 London season of Simpatico. He has also become a regular on television series including Xena, Hercules and Go Girls.

Named Actress of the Year for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth, Carmel McGlone has performed from Shakespeare to Schiller on virtually all New Zealand’s main stages, TV, film- as well as in Australia where she was part of Simon Phillip’s core ensemble at the State Theatre Company. Carmel also starred in acclaimed NZ movie Hook, Line and Sinker; both series of the Emmy-award winning online series Reservoir Hill as well as local tele-feature Rage and the TV series Girl vs Boy.

Full Cast List:
Aaron Richardson (TN: Viola/Cesario; R&J: Paris/Gregory)
Adrian Hooke (TN: Feste; R&J: Sampson/2nd Musician/1st Watchman)
Alexander Holloway (TN: Curio/Officer; R&J: Balthasar)
Carl Drake (TN: Orsino; R&J: Montague)
Carmel McGlone (R&J: Nurse/Lady Montague)
Christel Chapman (R&J: Juliet)
Daniel Watterson (TN: Olivia; R&J: Benvolio/ Friar John/ 3rd Watchman)
Edward Newborn (TN: Sir Toby Belch; R&J: Friar Lawrence/Old Capulet)
Jatinder Singh (TN: Antonio; R&J: Tybalt/ 2nd Watchman)
Jonathan Tynan-Moss (TN: Sebastian; R&J: Romeo)
Miriama McDowell (R&J: Lady Capulet)
Oscar West (TN: Musician; R&J: Musician)
Paul Willis (TN: Sir Andrew Aguecheek; R&J: Peter)
Phodiso Dintwe (TN: Valentine/Officer; R&J: Apothecary/Page/1st Musician)
Stanley Jackson III (TN: Malvolio; R&J: Mercutio/Escalus)
Stephen Butterworth (TN: Maria; R&J: Capulet)

Quake caution closes Maidment

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dionne Christian.

One of Auckland's busiest theatres is closed indefinitely because it has been deemed an earthquake risk. The Maidment Theatre, at the University of Auckland, closed the week before Christmas without fanfare.

A university spokeswoman said a routine review of buildings by a consultant engineer had found it required seismic strengthening.

She said the complex, which includes the Maidment Theatre and the smaller Musgrove Studio Theatre, was closed for the foreseeable future as a precautionary measure and staff had been moved to other buildings.

"The university regrets the disruptions this will cause but considers the safety of its staff and public paramount."

Auckland Theatre Company and the Auckland Arts Festival need to find new venues for productions booked into the Maidment.

ATC's general manager, Lester McGrath, is confident of being able to secure new venues for four of its shows and says disruption to play-goers will be minimal.

Read the complete article here.

Auckland Theatre Awards Winners 2015

The Auckland Theatre Awards celebrated their 7th anniversary last night including the formally judged Excellence Awards. The awards were decided on by a panel of 6 judges who were kept secret until the event last night. The judging panel for 2015 were; former Metro editor Simon Wilson, producer Angela Green, playwright Sam Brooks, actor and director Jason Te Kare, costume designer Elizabeth Whiting and the 2014 lifetime achievement recipient and vocal coach Linda Cartwright.

Actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand presented the formal Excellence Awards.

The People’s Choice section was judged by public survey and received over 1000 nominations.

The evening, held at the Wintergarden in the Civic, was attended by 350 members of the Auckland Theatre community, including well known faces Antonia Prebble, Laura Hill, Oliver Driver and Jennifer Ward-Lealand. Actor and comedian Kura Forrester hosted the event, which included skits, songs and students from the Actors Program and Unitec.

The winners of the 2015 Auckland Theatre Awards are as follows:

Excellence Awards
1. Achieving excellence across all aspects of the production: The Book of Everything - Silo Theatre
2. Achieving excellence across all aspects of the production: Little Shop of Horrors Live Live Cinema
3. Achieving excellence in set and lighting design for A Doll’s House: Tony Rabbit
4. Achieving excellence across all aspects of the production: All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever The Playground Collective
5. Achieving excellence in sound design and composition throughout 2015 – Thomas Press
6. Achieving excellence across all aspects of the production: Hudson & Halls Live! – Kip Chapman and the show’s creative team, Silo Theatre

The Lifetime Achievement Award
George Henare CNZM, OBE - Actor

Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity Best Newcomers
Christine Urquhart – Set & Costume designer
Jordan Keyzer – Stage Manager & Producer
Gaby Solomona - Actor

People’s Choice Awards
The HACKMAN Cup for Most Original Production... All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever Playground Collective
Mangere Arts Centre Award for Best Ensemble... The company of The Book of Everything
The Auckland Actors Award for Best Death... Rose Matafeo in Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead
The Elephant Publicity Award for Best Poster... Ernest Rutherford: Everyone Can Science!
The Gail Cowan Award for Best Viral Marketing Campaign... The talking light bulb in All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever
The TAPAC Award for Best Entrance... Kate McGill & Frith Horan in The Best Possible Album Party that Anybody has Ever Been to
The Equity New Zealand Award for Best show by Emerging Artists...Alice Canton in Orangutan
The Playmarket Award for Best line in a Kiwi Play..."She doesn't have a phone in her car - it's not Star Trek” - Hudson and Halls Live!
The Johnson & Laird Management Award for Best Accent... Luci Hare in Lysistrata
The APRA Award for Best Music... Gareth Hobbs for All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever
The Kathryn Rawlings and Associates Award for Best Comeback...Ben Crowder directing Sit on it again
The South Pacific Pictures Award for Best Technical F*#k up...Declan Greene’s note before Eight-Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography
The Actors Program Award for Best Nudity... Edwin Beats in Not Psycho
The Sharu Loves Hats Award for Best Pash... Eli Kent and the mannequin in All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever
The Pantograph Punch Award for Best Critic... James Wenley
The Tour-Makers Award for Travelling Hero... A Boy Wonder

ATC 2016 Season Announced


11 February - 5 March - POLO. Cast includes Lisa Chappell, Harry McNaughton, Adam Gardiner, Taylor Barrett, James Maeva, Katrina Wesseling, Kalyani Nagaran. Direction by Colin McColl.

31 March - 16 April - YOU CAN ALWAYS HAND THEM BACK. Cast includes Delia Hannah, Jason Te Mete. Direction by Janice Finn.

21 - 26 April - THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. Direction by Margaret-Mary Hollins.

5 - 18 May - TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Cast includes Simon Prast, Ian Mune, Goretti Chadwick, Fasitua Amosa, Kevin Keys, James Maeva. Direction by Colin McColl.

9 June - 2 July - THAT BLOODY WOMAN. Cast includes Esther Stephens, Geoffrey Dolan, Phoebe Hurst, Cameron Douglas, Amy Straker, Kyle Chuen, Andy Manning. Direction by Kip Chapman.

21 July - 14 August - THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Cast includes Timothy Earl, Rima Te Wiata, Wesley Dowdell, Hera Dunleavy, Laurel Devenie, Damien Avery, Victoria Abbott, Peter Hayden. Direction by Sara Brodie.

1 - 2 September - VENUS IN FURS. Cast includes Morgana O'Reilly, Matt Whelan. Direction by Shane Bosher.

for further information visit the Auckland Theatre Company website

Silo Theatre 2016 Season Announced


3 - 13 February - NO MORE DANCING IN THE GOOD ROOM. Cast includes Chris Parker. Direction by Jo Randerson.

12 - 25 February  - THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING. Cast includes Michelle Blundell, Tim Carlsen, Patrick Carroll, Rima Te Wiata, Olivia Tennet, Jennifer Ward-Lealand. Direction by Sophie Roberts.

16 June - 9 July - MEDEA. Direction by Rachel House.

8 - 24 September - BOYS WILL BE BOYS. Cast includes Jennifer Ludlam. Direction by Sophie Roberts.

10 Nov - 3 December - PERPLEX. Cast includes Nic Sampson. Direction by Sophie Roberts.

for further information visit the Silo Theatre website

Christmas at The Basement with Jesus Christ Part II

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dionne Christian.

In the shabby-chic surroundings of The Basement, there are often wondrous sights to behold but, given the amount of time they've spent there, you'd think theatre-makers Oliver Driver, Gareth Williams and Tom Sainsbury would have seen them all.

But sitting down to discuss plans for The Basement's annual Christmas production, they're left wide-eyed and open-mouthed - it becomes quite a silent night for a second or two - as the costumed cast of another show pad discreetly by.

A princess, a vizier, a sultan and his royal guard pass through. A spellbound Driver declares the costumes to be amazing and perhaps something they should consider for their show. Then he's waxing lyrical about how good it is to be back at The Basement, where anything can happen, especially when it comes to the yearly Christmas shindig.

This year, it's called Jesus Christ Part II and it's in the hands of Driver, who directs, Williams, who has one of the four leading roles, and Sainsbury, who is writing it. Last Christmas, Driver directed Auckland Theatre Company's much-lauded revision of Jesus Christ Superstar but popped into The Basement to appear in Hauraki Horror, a murder-mystery by Sainsbury and Chris Parker.

Read the full article here.

Auckland Theatre Awards 2015

The Auckland Theatre Awards announce their 7th Annual ceremony.

The Auckland Theatre Awards are back for another year! Get ready to laugh and be merry as we look back on the year that was in Auckland Theatre. Our recently appointed creative team of Producer, Sophie Dowson and Director, Eli Matthewson have been working hard to bring a new perspective and fresh approach to the event and proceedings this year.

Amidst all the fun we acknowledge the outstanding work of theatre makers citywide. Topping the honours will be the illustrious Excellence Awards. Having been chosen by a panel of 6 industry professionals, these awards will celebrate a range of disciplines, and be for both individuals and groups. The returning ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Newcomer Awards’, and ‘Most Original Production’ will also be presented within this section of the evening.

The Auckland Theatre Awards are delighted to announce our esteemed hosts for the evening. Auckland theatre royalty Jennifer Ward-Lealand will MC the formal ceremony, with actress and comedian Kura Forrester hosting the remainder of the evening. Fresh from starring in TV3’s Funny Girls and touring her successful solo show Tiki Tour, Kura will no doubt have the house in fits with her hilarious antics. Forrester also joins this year’s ATA writing team along with Chris Parker, Jessica Joy Wood, Nic Sampson and Eli Matthewson.

The Auckland Theatre Awards are 100% funded by the community, for the community and would not be possible without the generous support of our key-presenting partners; Auckland Live, The Basement Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, Silo Theatre, Q Theatre and the Auckland Arts Festival.

This year we have also received generous support from Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity, who will be sponsoring the “Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity Newcomer Awards” and Entertainment Accounting, who alongside No.1 Family Estate wines, are sponsoring bubbles on the door for our guests.

The People’s Choice Award section is supported by; Mangere Arts Centre, TAPAC, Auckland Actors, Elephant Publicity, Gail Cowan Management, Equity NZ, South Pacific Pictures, Kathryn Rawlings Management, The Actors Program, Playmarket, APRA, Sharu Loves Hats, Johnson Laird Management and The Pantograph Punch.

Staying true to form, the Auckland Theatre Awards will continue to present the Peoples Choice Awards - with Best Pash, Best Technical F#*^ Up and Best Poster being some of the hotly contested accolades. All practitioners and audience members are invited to vote via the Auckland Theatre Awards Facebook page from the Thursday 16th November.

So don’t miss out on the biggest night in the Auckland Theatre calendar! With this year’s theme of ‘High School Theatre’, haul out your old leotards, paper-mache masks and tin-foil crowns; whether you played "Tree 2" in The Wizard of Oz or "Robot Ophelia" in Hamlet in Space, it's time to get those costumes out of the bottom draw and wear them with pride. If costumes aren’t your thing – dust off your glad rags and enjoy the show!

7 Days set to hit the road for NZ tour

Taken from NZ Herald.

The 7 Days Live Tour is back this December, with a show mixing stand-up comedy and the familiar 7 Days format.

To kick-off each night, each comedian will deliver a seven-minute set, before coming together for a game of 7 Days, including 'Yes Minister' and a game of 'My Audience Member Could Draw That'.

The shows will be unscripted and, unlike what gets broadcast, unedited, making for a night of no holds barred performances.

Regular faces Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Dai Henwood, Urzila Carlson, Ben Hurley, Jeremy Elwood and Josh Thomson will hit the road to bring fans "a hilarious dose of comedy gags that follow all that is popular, embarrassing and shocking in the news," says MediaWorks.

Read the full article here.

Shakespeare’s Pop-Up theatre an instant hit

Taken from NZ Herald, by Tess Nichol.

Ticket sales for productions at the Shakespearean Pop-Up Globe theatre in Auckland next year are so strong promoters have had to add a third play to the bill.

A full-scale temporary replica of the 1614 Shakesperean Globe theatre, seating up to 900 people in a circular structure, is being built in Auckland as an exact copy of the original theatre in Britain.

Already, 15,000 tickets to Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night have been snapped up and promoters today confirmed a third show, The Tempest, to the bill.

Pop-Up Globe artistic director Miles Gregory said tickets for The Tempest went on sale this morning and already "dozens" had been sold.

Read the full article here.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to pop up in NZ

Taken from NZ Herald.

William Shakepeare's famous Globe Theatre is heading to Auckland next year; as the world marks 400 years since the playwright died.

A full-scale temporary pop-up theatre will be located in the central city and open to the public early next year. It will be a full-size working replica of the second Globe Theatre in Bankside, London, and is a world first.

The man behind the idea is UK-trained doctor of Shakespeare, Miles Gregory.

Read the full article here.
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