Richard III

1st Mar 2019 - 25th May 2019

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Acts of Resistance

7th Apr 2019 - 8th Apr 2019

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All My Sons

15th Apr 2019 - 8th Jun 2019

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  • Descartes Demon

    Sarah Grochala | Aug. 27, 2013

    Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

     

    In his 1641 book, Meditations on First Philosophy, Rene Descartes starts by considering the nature of reality. How do we know, he asks himself, that the world around us actually exists and is not just a projection of our minds?

  • In Search of China's Riches

    Robin Pharoah | Aug. 12, 2013

    Stephen Campbell Moore as Joe and Claudie Blakley as Tess in Chimerica. Photo: Johan Persson.

     

    In the summer of 2001, I was living in a factory, in a village, in central China. I was in the middle of a two-year stint of fieldwork for my PhD.

    It was hot. So hot in fact, that the factory’s furnaces blazed only during the night, for fear that workers would succumb in the day. Most nights, I lay awake into the small hours, sweating, my senses overloaded by the clangs and flashes from the factory courtyard.

    One morning, I was roused by one of the labourers. He announced that a VIP, Mr. Liu, had driven from the city during the night to collect me. Mr. Liu was a senior regional official who had taken me under his wing. I knew him well and we had become close. In fact, he had taken me out on many trips before, though never perhaps with quite this sense of urgency. I got dressed, washed the sweat out of my eyes with a bottle of drinking water, and went to the factory gates to meet him.

    He looked at my dishevelled frame disapprovingly, then thought better of his critique and smiled: “We are going to do some business. We will eat with some friends.” I knew well what this meant. His driver beckoned me into his shining black car, and off we drove down uneven roads through the pinks and oranges of dawn, to a remote part of the province.

  • A Who's Who of Chimerica

    Choon Ping | July 19, 2013

    Nancy Crane and Sean Gilder in Chimerica. Photo: John Persson.

     

    Find out more about the ficitional and the not-so-ficitional people that feature in Chimerica.

  • A Guide to American Culture in Chimerica

    Choon Ping | July 3, 2013

    Karl Collins as David Barker in Chimerica. Photo: Johan Persson.


    Assistant Director Choon Ping explains the references to American culture in Chimerica.

  • Chekhov and the Future

    Adam Rush | June 17, 2013

    Anton Chekhov at his home in Melikhovo with his dachshund Khina in 1897


    Dan Rebellato’s 2010 play, Chekhov in Hell, opens with a quotation from Anton Chekhov, the Russian playwright and author who died in 1904. He says ‘you ask me what life is. That’s like asking what a carrot is. A carrot is a carrot, and there’s nothing more to know’. Like Chekhov’s characters, Rebellato’s characters to search for an appropriate way to fill their lives, an action often left unfulfilled. In The Seagull, Semyon asks Masha, ‘Why do you always wear black?’ to which she replies, ‘I’m in mourning for my life’.

  • Moscow Art Theatre

    Adam Rush | June 4, 2013

    The Moscow Art Theatre at the end of 19th century.


    At the end of the nineteenth century, Konstantin Stanislavski and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko set about to reform Russian theatre. Their aim was to create a home for naturalism, in order to challenge melodrama’s dominance of theatre in Russia. They were heavily influenced by the work of other naturalist theatre companies in Europe, including André Antoine’s Théâtre Libre in Paris and the Meiningen Company in Germany. Naturalism may dominate our stages in the twenty-first century and seem like the most conventional of theatrical forms, but at the end of the nineteenth century it was seen as a highly radical approach to making theatre. As Stanislavksi recalls: ‘Our programme was revolutionary, we rebelled against the old way of acting, against affectation and false pathos, against declamation and bohemian exaggeration, against bad conventionality of production and sets, against the star system which ruined the ensemble and against the whole spirit of performance and the insignificance of the repertory.’

  • A Guide to Chinese Culture in Chimerica

    Choon Ping | May 30, 2013

    Elizabeth Chan in Chimerica. Photo: John Persson.

     

    Assistant Director Choon Ping explains the references to Chinese culture in Chimerica.

  • A Photograph Is Not an Opinion

    Alex Danchev | May 20, 2013

    Stephen Campbell Moore as Joe in rehearsal for Chimerica. Photo: Johan Persson.

     

    “A photograph is not an opinion,” mused Susan Sontag. “Or is it?”

    It may be a mission. Exemplary practitioners like Robert CapaPhilip Jones GriffithsDon McCullinJames Nachtwey and Gilles Peress are documentarists who refuse to be confined by that description. They are witnesses. But they are not neutral. They have a point of view – they are against forgetting. “What sustains me is the overall value in communicating,” says Nachtwey.

  • Modern Russian History Timeline

    Sarah Grochala and Adam Rush | May 16, 2013

    Find out more about the times in which Chekhov lived and worked.

  • The Seagull's Two Premieres

    Sarah Grochala and Adam Rush | May 10, 2013

    Anton Chekhov reading his play The Seagull to thecompany of the Moscow Art Theatre

    When Anton Chekhov’s classic The Seagull premiered on 17 October 1896 in St. Petersburg at the Alexandrinsky Theatre, it was a complete failure both in the audience’s, the critics’ and Chekhov’s own opinion. The audience’s angry response to the play was both immediate and intense. They were hissing the performance by the end of the first act. They loudly criticised the play for its lack of action and recognisable characters. The actress playing Nina, Vera Kommissarzhevsky, whose work Chekhov had praised highly in rehearsals, was so terrified by the audience’s response that she lost her voice. How then did a play initially booed by its audience become, as Konstantin Rudnitsky argues, ‘one of the greatest events in the history of Russian theatre and one of the greatest new developments in the history of world drama’?