Wednesday, August 15, 2012

England's NT Live will broadcast Timon and Othello in theaters worldwide

The National Theatre Live project will include broadcasts of Timon of Athens with Simon Russell Beale (Nov. 1, 2012) -- and, according to the University Musical Society brochure, but not confirmed on the NT site, Othello -- as part of its fourth season of theatrical events originating at the Royal National Theatre in London and made available in movie theaters around the world. The broadcasts will be shown locally under the auspices of the University Musical Society at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

The National Theater site makes the following statement re Timon and Shakespeare, the collaborator. This commentary continues an unfortunate tradition of Shakespearean program notes that state supposition or theory as fact.
Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Timon of Athens, Shakespeare's strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton, directed by Nicholas Hytner
UMS will also present Kidd Pivot's The Tempest Replica Sept 21 and 22, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Power Center in Ann Arbor. THe UMS brochure says:
Integrating movement, original music, text and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot's performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigor, balancing sharp exactitude with irrecverence and risk.. . . The Tempest Replica is based on motifs from shakespeare's play. Artistic director Crystal Pite stages a game of revenge and forgiveness, reality and imagination.