> Internet links
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external
the theatre launches a series of "plays for England"
for its autumn season, it
appears that the national fervour, created by the Jubilee
and World Cup, continues.
The season kicks off with George Bernard Shaw's comedy, Mrs
Warren's Profession, followed by Henry IV - Parts one and
two, Harold Pinter's play Betrayal and that quintessentially
English tale of life on the riverbank, The Wind in the Willows.
The Old Vic's Associate Director, Gareth Machin, was unsure
about placing the new line-up under one banner, as, he insisted,
each production had been chosen by its merit.
But, there is no disguising the fact that each play has something
decidedly English about it.
"This is a season of plays which all tell very different
stories about England," admitted Gareth.
"Mrs Warren's Profession is a social comedy about the
role of women in Victorian times.
"Betrayal looks at marriage and friendship in middle
"The Wind in the Willows is the ultimate Edwardian road
move - and, of course, Henry IV, parts one and two, are epic
plays about the making of England as it is today."
For the dedicated theatre-goer there's even a couple of chances
to see parts one and two in one go, with Henry IV I starting
at 2.30pm followed by ii at 8pm!
The season unfolds as follows:
Royal - Old Vic
Street, Bristol BS1 4ED
Tel: 0117 987 7877
September 6th - October 5th
Mrs Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
Blair returns to the Old Vic to play one of George Bernard
Shaw's greatest characters. A respectable businesswoman
who has made her fortune by running a Europe-wide chain
October 11th - November 30th
Henry IV, parts one and two
of the most ambitious projects undertaken by the theatre
in recent years, Shakespeare's sweeping epics come to
the Old Vic under the direction of Gareth Machin. Gerald
Murphy takes centre stage as Falstaff, leading a company
that includes Sean Dingwall as Hotspur and Hornblower
star Jamie Bamber as Hal.
December 6th - January 25th
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Director Elwyn Johnson promises that this latest version
of Grahame's classic riverside tale will bring mischief
and mayhem to the Old Vic.
Stripped back to the basics Johnson says it will give
children a chance to let their imaginations run free.
January 31st - March 1st
Betrayal by Harold Pinter
The season concludes with Gareth Machin's revival of Pinter's
famous play about a desperate love triangle involving
a married couple and their best friend.
Pinter has long associations Bristol with his first play
premiering at the city's university and a 1996 return
to direct Twelve Angry Men at the Old Vic.
The Old Vic's Basement theatre is taking a break for the autumn
season after a very successful spring/summer and is expected
to relaunch in the New Year.
Meanwhile the focus for new plays at the Old Vic moves across
to the New Vic Studio.
season looks like this:
Street, Bristol BS1 4ED
0117 987 7877
24th - 28th September
The Joy Society
Inside the dark and dangerous world of the carnival
normality is turned upside down.
30th September - 5th October
Mick Jaspar and Iain Armstrong star as Pablo Picasso
and Jamie Sabartes, his lifelong friend.
7th - 9th October
Infinite Number of Monkeys do Gravity
A fast and furious sketch show with Sir Isaac Newton
as its central character.
11th and 12th October
Lovin' a Sorna Gora
A comedy combo of Asian stand-up, sitcom, songs and
16th October - 9th November
Master Harold.. and the boys
Set in a South Africa torn apart by apartheid this is
a uniquely personal account of the life of a 17-year-old
13th - 23rd November
The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Theatre School pupils present a Jacobean theatrical event.
25th - 30th November
The David Mamet play that split audiences around the Globe,
with its ideals of free speech and invasive political
2nd - 7th December
The Volcano Theatre Company offers you a unique opportunity
to master some of the most difficult sexual practices
known to mankind...
11th December - 11th January
Four Toys in a Tent (a load of country noises and no loud
Join Jake and his friends Clown, Giraffe, Peggy and Rabbit
for their daftest adventure yet. This is the third specially
commissioned children's play in the Toys series and should
delight the youngest theatre fans.
20th - 25th January
The highly acclaimed Instant Wit return to the Old Vic
for another bout of comedy improvisation.