January 21, 2014
Hamburg, Germany
Actress Maria Schrader as ‘Klytaimnestra’ performs during the photo rehearsal for ‘Die Rasenden’ (The Frenzied) in the play ‘Agamemnon’ (via Telegraph)

Hamburg, Germany

Actress Maria Schrader as ‘Klytaimnestra’ performs during the photo rehearsal for ‘Die Rasenden’ (The Frenzied) in the play ‘Agamemnon’ (via Telegraph)

January 7, 2014
London, UK
The Holly Man stands on the steps of the Globe Theatre during the annual celebration of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (via Telegraph)

London, UK

The Holly Man stands on the steps of the Globe Theatre during the annual celebration of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (via Telegraph)

December 27, 2013
Elysée Palace Protester Against Arts Cuts Used Car as Weapon, Say French Police
The director of a Paris theatre was arrested on Thursday after trying to force his way into the Elysée presidential palace by crashing his car against its gates.
A security cordon was thrown around the building after police took 67-year-old Italian Attilio Maggiulli into custody on charges of damaging a public utility, endangering lives and violence against a public servant with an weapon, his car.
The suspect wanted to bring to President François Hollande’s attention the cuts in public subsidies to his theatre, the Comédie Italienne, police said. He was reported to have sprayed his car with white spirit and “lightly tapped” the gates “at a slow speed” at around 10am. (via Guardian)

Elysée Palace Protester Against Arts Cuts Used Car as Weapon, Say French Police

The director of a Paris theatre was arrested on Thursday after trying to force his way into the Elysée presidential palace by crashing his car against its gates.

A security cordon was thrown around the building after police took 67-year-old Italian Attilio Maggiulli into custody on charges of damaging a public utility, endangering lives and violence against a public servant with an weapon, his car.

The suspect wanted to bring to President François Hollande’s attention the cuts in public subsidies to his theatre, the Comédie Italienne, police said. He was reported to have sprayed his car with white spirit and “lightly tapped” the gates “at a slow speed” at around 10am. (via Guardian)

November 1, 2012
Vienna, Austria
Actors Christiane von Poelnitz and Thilo Nest perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s play Elektra at Burgtheater (via Telegraph)

Vienna, Austria

Actors Christiane von Poelnitz and Thilo Nest perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s play Elektra at Burgtheater (via Telegraph)

April 21, 2012
UK: Giant puppets roam the streets of Liverpool - picture gallery
Over the next three days, French street theatre company Royal De Luxe will be performing Sea Odyssey, with two giants coming to life and telling a story inspired by The Titanic. The two puppets, a man and his niece, will roam through the city’s streets looking for each other during the three-day production (via guardian.co.uk)

UK: Giant puppets roam the streets of Liverpool - picture gallery

Over the next three days, French street theatre company Royal De Luxe will be performing Sea Odyssey, with two giants coming to life and telling a story inspired by The Titanic. The two puppets, a man and his niece, will roam through the city’s streets looking for each other during the three-day production (via guardian.co.uk)

March 5, 2012
Swede adapts entire Bible for the stage 
A play based on the entire Bible will premiere in Sweden this week in what the playwright said Thursday will be the world’s first attempt to adapt both the Old and New Testaments to the stage.
"It is very exciting. And it is amazing that we have actually managed to do this. It was a gigantic task," said Niklas Rådström, who has spent the past two years working on "The Bible" set to open at the Gothenburg Stadsteater in southwestern Sweden
"I know Max Reinhardt put up the Old Testament on Broadway in 1936 (The Eternal Road), but we have searched for others who have done both the Old and New Testaments, and found no examples," he told AFP, adding: "We seem to be the first."
With 15 actors, three musicians and two extras on stage interpreting around 90 different roles during the four hour and 40 minute play, Rådström said he had struggled to draw a continuous storyline from the material.
"This is not just a book, but an entire library of books … and the different parts often seemed like they were trying to push and pull us in different directions. It hasn’t been easy," he said.
When writing the play, Rådström said he had tried to “ignore the past 2,000 years of interpretation history and go straight to the Bible texts, the stories inside.”
It was also important, he said, to approach the material in a serious manner without irony, out of respect for both believers and non-believers, and to interpret it “so it becomes meaningful and relevant to us today.” (via The Local)

Swede adapts entire Bible for the stage 

A play based on the entire Bible will premiere in Sweden this week in what the playwright said Thursday will be the world’s first attempt to adapt both the Old and New Testaments to the stage.

"It is very exciting. And it is amazing that we have actually managed to do this. It was a gigantic task," said Niklas Rådström, who has spent the past two years working on "The Bible" set to open at the Gothenburg Stadsteater in southwestern Sweden

"I know Max Reinhardt put up the Old Testament on Broadway in 1936 (The Eternal Road), but we have searched for others who have done both the Old and New Testaments, and found no examples," he told AFP, adding: "We seem to be the first."

With 15 actors, three musicians and two extras on stage interpreting around 90 different roles during the four hour and 40 minute play, Rådström said he had struggled to draw a continuous storyline from the material.

"This is not just a book, but an entire library of books … and the different parts often seemed like they were trying to push and pull us in different directions. It hasn’t been easy," he said.

When writing the play, Rådström said he had tried to “ignore the past 2,000 years of interpretation history and go straight to the Bible texts, the stories inside.”

It was also important, he said, to approach the material in a serious manner without irony, out of respect for both believers and non-believers, and to interpret it “so it becomes meaningful and relevant to us today.” (via The Local)

February 3, 2012
Budapest, Hungary
Police officers and far-right demonstrators clash during a protest against the newly appointed director of one of Budapest’s leading theatres (via guardian.co.uk)

Budapest, Hungary

Police officers and far-right demonstrators clash during a protest against the newly appointed director of one of Budapest’s leading theatres (via guardian.co.uk)

January 29, 2012
Istanbul, Turkey
Members of British Aquabatix group perform inside an aquarium during the ‘Mermaid Love Story’ underwater theatre show at Turkuazoo Aquarium (via ZUMA)

Istanbul, Turkey

Members of British Aquabatix group perform inside an aquarium during the ‘Mermaid Love Story’ underwater theatre show at Turkuazoo Aquarium (via ZUMA)

January 21, 2012
Barcelona, Spain
Cirque du Soleil artists perform during the group’s “Corteo” presentation. (via BBC News)

Barcelona, Spain

Cirque du Soleil artists perform during the group’s “Corteo” presentation. (via BBC News)

January 8, 2012
UK: Cirque du Soleil’s new show Totem at the Royal Albert Hall in London - picture gallery
Cirque Du Soleil, the Canadian performance group, will be performing Totem at the Royal Albert Hall from Thursday 5 January to Thursday 16 February 2012 (via Telegraph)

UK: Cirque du Soleil’s new show Totem at the Royal Albert Hall in London - picture gallery

Cirque Du Soleil, the Canadian performance group, will be performing Totem at the Royal Albert Hall from Thursday 5 January to Thursday 16 February 2012 (via Telegraph)

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