Opening this week:
A Woman of No Importance Classic Spring at The Vaudeville by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole; Designed by Jonathan Fensom. Opening production of the Classic Spring season celebrating the work of Oscar Wilde. Classic Spring is the new theatre company from Dominic Dromgoole, recent Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. Classic Spring intends to celebrate the ground-breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture they wrote for.
Prism at Hampstead Theatre Written and directed by Terry Johnson; designed by Tim Shortall.. "...movingly records the fragmentation of Cardiff’s Alzheimer’s-affected memory and yields a riveting performance from Robert Lindsay." Michael Billington, The Guardian.
Touring in October:
The Happiness Project Unamoove at Skanes Dans Theater, Malmo, Sweden. Choreographed by Didy Veldman; designed by Kimie Nakano; music composed and performed live by Alexander Balanescu; touring relight by Anthony Arblaster. "Didy Veldman launches her company with a terrific show that encourages its audience to experience dance as a surge of emotion" Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Shows earlier this year include:
Woyzeck in Winter Landmark Productions at The Barbican by Buchner/Schubert. Adapted and directed by Conall Morrison; musical director Conor Linehan; set by Jamie Vartan; costumes by Joan O'Clery. "The anguish and torment of Büchner’s tragedy and Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise combine to brilliant effect in a pioneering piece of music-theatre" Michael Billington, The Guardian. "It looks wonderful too, with Beckett-like tramps stalking the scenes in shadowy lighting by Ben Ormerod that effortlessly conjures a rising moon, a brightly lit fairground and the darkening wood where Marie meets her fate." Sarah Crompton What's On Stage
Orestia: This Restless House at the Glasgow Citizens and Edinburgh International Festival by Zinnie Harris. Directed by Dominic Hill; designed by Colin Richmond; music composed and performed live by Nikola Kodjabashia. "Nikola Kodjabashia’s live score of atonal piano chords, scraping percussion and whispering echoes has defined the playing space just as much as Ben Ormerod’s ravishing lighting from the start." Mark Fisher, The Guardian; "Dominic Hill’s spectacular production – set by designer Colin Richmond in a bleak and grungy hallway, brilliantly lit by Ben Ormerod – whisks us in split-second altered states from the night-club sleaze of Clytemnestra’s court to the slaughterhouse of the palace kitchen" Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
Tristan und Isolde at Longborough Festival Opera: Wagner: Directed by Carmen Jacobi; conducted by Anthony Negus; designed by Kimie Nagano. "The glisten of dawn at sea is captured by Ben Ormerod’s lighting and Kimie Nakano’s beautifully simple sets....It’s a first to come out of Act I, never mind the subsequent two acts, and find everyone dumbfounded. It’s hard to imagine this opera making a more shattering impact." Fiona Maddocks The Observer
A Double Bill of French Operas at RCM: Directed by Stephen Unwin; designed by Neil Warmington; conducted by Michael Rosewell. "...thanks to the brilliance, and occasional darkness, of the score and the immense vitality of Stephen Unwin’s production it is boundlessly enjoyable." Michael Tanner, The Spectator.
A Number at The Lyceum, Edinburgh : Directed by Zinnie Harris; Designed by Fred Meller. "A crisp combination of stillness and urgency" Mark Fisher, The Guardian "Fred Meller's box set, placed high on the stage and surrounded in darkness, hints at a succession of similar boxes behind it. This feeling is enhanced by Ben Ormerod's lighting, bursting in from the rooms beyond." Thom Dibdin, The Stage
Productions in preparation for 2018 include a candlelit Shakespeare, a Miller, a Strauss opera, a Wagner opera and Didy Veldman revivals in Germany, Sweden and Holland.