Wilde, Shakespeare and new writing talent from LUTheatre

Posted by mjs76 at Mar 02, 2012 12:20 PM |
Our talented student thespians present three very different plays over consecutive weekends in March.

“A handbag?”

First up from LUTheatre this spring is Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. A perennially popular farce of complicated identities, the play was first performed in 1895 and has become a staple of both amateur and professional theatre. Dame Edith Evans was the definitive Lady Bracknell on stage and screen but many other actresses* have had fun with the role.

LUTheatre present The Importance of Being Earnest in the Queen’s Hall (O2 Academy 2) in the Students’ Union on Thursday 8 March, Friday 9 March and Saturday 10 March. Curtain up at 7.30pm each night. Tickets on the door are £9 or £6 for concessions.

LUT jump.jpg"It's about time I started living on the edge…" "Yeah… it's the only place where I feel safe…"

One week later sees the world premiere of Stand Up and Jump, a new play by James Staynings who is an undergraduate in our School of English.

James manages LUTheatre’s regular showcase of new material, Proteus, and is also involved with the Students’ Union’s Creative Collective.

Jack is a third year Chemistry student who has everything going for him. His sister, Ripley, a first year geologist, is ready to quit. Tension is rife amongst the family, as their 'disowned' brother, Danny, is returning home for Easter. However, this tension is destroyed in the worst way imaginable.

Only a day before Danny's scheduled return, the whole family reunites for the first time in eight years when Danny tries to kill himself, and their reunion occurs around his unconscious body in a hospital in London. 

Questions are asked not only about why he did it, or what became of the boy in this hospital bed. Tragedy looks inward for answers: how you see the world, how you look at yourself.

You can see Stand Up and Jump in The ARC (in the Students’ Union) on Wednesday 14 March, Thursday 15 March and Friday 16 March. Tickets on the door are £7, concessions £5. Kick-off 7.30pm

LUT romeo.jpg"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

And a week after that (goodness, it’s like the old days of rep!) comes the latest Shakespearian offering from LUTheatre. Following on from last term's terrific productions of an updated Love's Labours Lost and a tradiotional Measure for Measure comes the greatest love story ever written – Romeo and Juliet.

This is actually a joint production with our neighbours at De Montfort University and the timing is perfect because the play’s run kicks off on the same night that the Varsity sporting contest between Leicester and DMU climaxes with the men’s and women’s rugby matches at the Tigers Ground. Thus does the Bard’s work bring together in harmony the two universities.

You can enjoy Romeo and Juliet in the Queen’s Hall (O2 Academy 2) in the Students’ Union on Wednesday 21 March, Thursday 22 March and Friday 23 March. Tickets for this one, which is part of the RSC's Open Stages project, are £8 and £5 for concessions. Please note that Romeo and Juliet start earlier than the other productions, at 7.00pm.

And if you think three plays in three weeks is a lot of work, brace yourselves for something utterly epic from LUTheatre in June…

*And a few actors in drag. Apparently Geoffrey Rush played Lady Bracknell in an Australian production recently.

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