It’s quite a ‘theatrical’ show today as Rosie talks about ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town and Above The Stag’s panto ‘Get Aladdin’ at the Landor Theatre in Clapham.
The Lion and Unicorn currently shows ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Tempest’ by the theatre company Grassroots Shakespeare London. It’s a very special production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as the role of Helena, who yearns for Demetrius, is played by a man, by Adam Blampied. Rosie met him and Siobhan Daly, head of the company at the theatre. Adam remembers how he came to play the part of Helena and Siobhan tells us what makes their productions so special. The shows are on until 5th January.
In the studio Rosie speaks to Andrew Beckett, who directed Above The Stag’s latest adult pantomime ‘Get Aladdin!’. It was quite a feat as Above the Stag lost its home in Victoria and needed to find a new venue. They found it at the Landor Theatre. He worked on the production since August, which he very much enjoyed. A highlight of the show is Matthew Baldwin’s performance. Although he plays the villain, one can’t help falling for him. Rosie and Andrew also discuss the show’s characters and actors and the different audiences. ‘Get Aladdin!’ runs at the Landor Theatre from 4th December to 13th January 2013.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:
1) Rufus Wainwright: ‘Spotlight on Christmas’ from the album “The McGarrigle Christmas Hour”
2) Aoife Mannix: ‘London, 25th December’ from the album “Different Words for Snow”
3) David McAlmont and David Arnold: ‘Have Yourself a Merry Christmas’ from the album “Blue Christmas”