This was bound to happen sooner or later! And what better time could there be than the year that Emma Rice’s new theatre company Wise Children makes its way into the world?
As ever, this page will start off pretty sparse – though with the UK/US tour of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk about to start, The Little Matchgirl making its way around the country, and Brief Encounter heading back to London, I’m sure it won’t take long to start filling it up. And this is all before we add her production of Wise Children into the equation…
Watch this space!
Emma Rice at the Globe: top 10
It’s officially into Emma Rice’s last week at Shakespeare’s Globe, and I’m fully expecting to have a meltdown come Saturday evening… So while I’m still functioning, I thought it would be great to celebrate some of my favourite things about her time as the artistic director of the Globe – both from her shows and the others programmed in her seasons. I found it hard enough to narrow it down to 10 things, so they’re definitely not in any particular order! Read more…
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Wilton’s Music Hall
Brief Encounter, Empire Cinema Haymarket
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, West Yorkshire Playhouse
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Salisbury Playhouse
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, HOME Manchester
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Exeter Northcott
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Oxford Playhouse
The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
Annoyingly, my first encounter with this show was in its brief run at the Bristol Old Vic last summer – it had been on at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse during Emma Rice’s first summer season, but it was just before I really started to avidly follow her work so I missed out. After falling in love at first sight, I rushed back to my hotel room and wrote my review there and then! It was really sad to think that I’d never get to see it again (I even tried to dash up to Edinburgh to see it there), but then I got the gossip I’d been hoping for: a tour was imminent! My aim is to see it at every UK venue (that will take me to a few new places) and hopefully New York too, as I needed another excuse to head back over there and explore things properly.
Bristol Old Vic review
“First performed last year, as Emma Rice took over the reins at the Globe, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk is back at the Bristol Old Vic for a few shows – it will then travel to Edinburgh Festival, before flying all the way over to LA early next year. The 90-minute production blurs the lines of art and theatre, telling the story of Marc and Bella Chagall.” Read more…
Wilton’s Music Hall review (for BroadwayWorld UK)
“After a short stay at the Bristol Old Vic, and an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Daniel Jamieson’s play about the life and love of Marc and Bella Chagall begins a UK/US tour at Wilton’s Music Hall in east London. Directed by Emma Rice, it follows in the wake of Romantics Anonymous and precedes the return of Brief Encounter and the debut of her brand new theatre company Wise Children.” Read more…
Flying Lovers 2018: UK tour diary
In 2016-17 I followed 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips from the Globe in London to St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. It’s always great to get out of London and discover new places & theatres – and once you get the taste for it you can’t look back! So you won’t be surprised to discover that I’m now off on my travels following another Emma Rice show around the country… Read more…
The first run of this show was before my time, theatre-wise, and I’ve also never seen the film (or Noël Coward’s play, Still Life, which preceded it) so I’m chuffed that it’s getting a revival on its tenth anniversary. What’s also very exciting is that the London run is in as close to a site-specific venue as you could get: the Empire Cinema, Haymarket.
Interview with Jos Slovick (for BroadwayWorld UK)
“Kneehigh (in conjunction with the Old Vic) are about to revive their acclaimed production of Emma Rice‘s Brief Encounter, starting with a short tour followed by a six-month West End run. Jos Slovick, playing Stanley, talks bunking off, jazz, and returning to the West End.” Read more…
Empire Cinema Haymarket review (for BroadwayWorld UK)
Emma Rice begins her association with the Old Vic by reviving her version of Brief Encounter. It has recently been performed at the Birmingham Rep (where it first began life 11 years ago) and the Lowry in Salford, but now makes a return to the West End for a run at the Empire Cinema. The screen has been specially adapted to suit a theatre production, with a stage added in for the occasion. Read more…
Empire Cinema Haymarket review
It’s set to be quite a year for Emma Rice. With The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk off on tour (around the UK & US) and a couple of productions left in the Winter Selection at Shakespeare’s Globe, she now adds a revival of Brief Encounter to the list. It has already had short runs in Birmingham and Salford, but now has a six-month residency at the Empire Cinema Haymarket ahead of it, in conjunction with the Old Vic. Read more…