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SOHO by Michael Hastings

A production written by Michael Hastings and commissioned by Channel 4 Television (1997).

 

 

 

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South Pacific – press quotes


Mark Shenton, Daily Express

“The show radiates joy”

 

David Mellor, Mail on Sunday

“Productions of musicals as good as this don’t come along very often, so catch it if you can.”

“Paulo Szot’s big number, This Nearly Was Mine, brought the house down, and rightly so.”

 

Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

“SOME ENCHANTED EVENING”

“When Paulo Szot sings the wonderful sound of his rich baritone makes your heart ache”

“Womack gives the best performance of her career. You won’t want to wash this girl outta your hair”

“Bartlett Sher’s TRIUMPH”

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

**** FOUR STARS

“AN ENCHANTED EVENING IN THE SOUTH SEAS”

“A CLASSIC OF AMERICAN MUCIAL THEATRE REVIVED WITH THE LOVE AND RESPECT IT DESERVES”

Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

“Paulo Szot is the undeniable star of the show. His voice is a thing of splendour”

Michael Covenay, What’s On Stage

Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center production is sharp and sassy, beautifully designed by Michael Yeargan… the score is imperishable and reawakens its bewitching dramatic composition in which dialogue, sentiment and music are held in perfect sway”

Libby Purves, The Times

 

“Paulo Szot’s baritone steals your soul like a sunset in a warm ocean”

“Samantha Womack is an enchanting Nellie”

Laura Silverman, The Mail

 

***** FIVE STARS

 

“Michael Yeargan’s set includes an exquisite backdrop of the South Pacific waters”

“The score, played emotively by a twenty five piece orchestra, fills the auditorium with opulent expanses of sound for much of the three hours”

THE LINCOLN CENTER – UK PRODUCTION IS FAULTLESS

Julie Carpenter, The Express

 

“SOUTH PACIFIC IS HARD TO BEAT”

Tim Auld, Sunday Telegraph

 

“Samantha Womack will make headlines for her sassy performance”

“Also remarkable is Paulo Szot who blows the theatre away with his rendition of Some Enchanted Evening

Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

 

“Don Holder’s beautiful lighting effects passing through all the colours of the rainbow”

Robert Gore-Langton, Mail on Sunday

 

“Richard Rodgers’ score is ripplingly lush and the hit songs are virtually non-stop – from the eerily seductive Bali H’ai to the aching romance of Some Enchanted Evening and the sex starved sailors’ song There is Nothing Like a Dame”

 

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Promenade Productions and Genesius Theatrical Productions produced the Scottish Opera and D’Oyly Carte production of The Pirates of Penzance in 2013 at the following venues:

Manchester, Opera House
11 – 15 June 2013

Bristol, Hippodrome
18 – 22 June 2013

Newcastle, Theatre Royal
25 – 29 June 2013

Oxford, New Theatre
2 – 6 July 2013

Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre
16 – 20 July 2013

It received excellent reviews including:

 ‘GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S SWASHBUCKLING CLASSIC IS STILL BRINGING THE HOUSE DOWN. PHENOMENAL’ Manchester Evening News

‘THIS SLICK AND GORGEOUS-LOOKING CO-PRODUCTION BETWEEN SCOTTISH OPERA AND D’OYLY CARTE IS IN A DIFFERENT LEAGUE’ Daily Telegraph

‘**** FRESH AND VITAL. A GREAT NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT’ The Scotsman

‘A G&S EVENING SHOULD BE PURE PLEASURE. THIS PRODUCTION DELIVERS THAT IN GENEROUS MEASURE’ Scottish Daily Express

‘IT’S FEEL-GOOD ALL THE WAY, WITH A GREAT SCORE, FABULOUS PERFORMANCES AND A UNIQUE COLLABORATION BETWEEN D’OYLY CARTE AND SCOTTISH OPERA’  Newcastle Chronicle

Further details: http://piratestheshow.com/

 

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SOUTH PACIFIC by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Barbican & UK Tour 2011

This breathtaking and lavish Lincoln Center Theater production reinvented the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein show, swept the 2008 Tony Awards, played to sold-out houses on Broadway, and was televised across America.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as poignant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949.

Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.

Promenade is co-producing South Pacific with Genesius Theatrical Productions, Robert Boyett Inc, the Ambassadors Theatre Group and Bob Bartner.

Barbican Dates:
15th Aug to 1st Oct 2011

for PRESS QUOTES click here

 

 

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THE AFGHAN AND THE PENGUIN by Michael Hastings

Neither Muriel, Younis’ landlady, nor Major Douglas, his MOD case officer, can help the Afghan interpreter from being sent home to his uncertain fate in Afghanistan.

Maybe a penguin can help…

Michael Hastings’ wry look at the world through the eyes of those who play an unsung part in the war in Afghanistan.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, April 2011.[/three_fourth_last]

CAST

Younis – SARGON YELDA

Muriel – LYNNE MILLER

Major Dougie – ALAN COX

Lieutenant/Policeman – CHRISTIAN BRADLEY

Station Jock – CHRISTIAN BRASSINGTON

The Boy – TIMON GREAVES

COMPANY

Production Associate – Natalie Macaluso

Studio Presentation – Mark Smith

Directed by Steven Atkinson

Executive Producer – Ed Crozier

Producer – Nicholas Newton

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WAVES BREAKING ON A SHORE by Neil Brand and Michael Eaton

A play in two parts, for BBC Radio 4, May 2010

The audacity of Waves Breaking on a Shore is that it is a play about a medium without sound written specifically for a medium without images! A story about a new way of seeing offered by the cinema manages to be entirely appropriate as a subject for radio drama. Both Neil Brand and Michael Eaton are aficionados of a neglected period of early cinema history and the links between the gradually emerging form and the older pleasures of popular live entertainment.

At the turn of the twentieth century two vaudevillians, one Irish the other Jewish, are striving for success as a music hall double act: Cohen and Cohan, when they find themselves bitten by the bug of cinematography at the birth of film.

CAST

Manny Cohen – SIMON SCHATZBERGER

Danny Cohan – ANDREW SCOTT

Uncle Max – JONATHAN TAFLER

Nettie Truman – HAYLEY ATWELL

Eugene – JIM NORTON

Colonel Truman/Barraclough – SEAN CHAPMAN

Thief – JASON MAZA

COMPANY

Studio Presentation – Mark Smith

Production Associate – Natalie Macaluso

Music – Neil Brand

Violinist – Andrew Bridgemont

Executive producer – Ed Crozier

Directed by John Burgess

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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THE CONFLICT IS OVER by Michael Eaton

This factual drama explores the events that led up to the signing of the Downing Street Declaration in December, 1993 – one of the most significant, if under-valued, landmarks in the Northern Irish Peace Process.

The drama centres upon the personal relationship between the British Prime Minister, John Major, and his Irish counterpart, Albert Reynolds.

CAST

John Major – MICHAEL MALONEY

Albert Reynolds – DERMOT CROWLEY

Martin Mansergh – PATRICK DRURY

Robin Butler – THOMAS WHEATLEY

Patrick Mayhew – MICHAEL COCHRANE

Martin McGuinness – LLOYD HUTCHINSON

Bill Clinton – MATTHEW MARSH

COMPANY

Producer’s assistant – Emma Faulkner

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Executive Producer – Paul Woolwich

Director – Nicolas Kent

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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A LIFE OF CHEKHOV by Irene Nemirovsky

adapted for radio by Michael Hastings

Broadcast in five short plays for BBC Radio 4
Woman’s Hour Drama, 3rd – 7th Nov 2008

Irene Nemirovsky’s biography of Anton Chekhov, adapted for radio by Michael Hastings, captures in brief scenes, reminiscent of his short stories, crucial points from his tough childhood in the remote port of Taganrog on the Sea of Azov to his marriage in his last years as the celebrated playwright.

Irene Nemirovsky’s biography appeared in 1950 but it was not until the publication of Suite Francaise in 2006 that her enormous talent as a writer reached a wider audience. In A Life of Chekhov she puts aside the conventional biographer’s position and writes the story as if she was in the presence of the Chekhov family.

CAST

Anton Chekhov – ANDREW SCOTT

Masha Chekhov & Natasha – ROMOLA GARAI

Yevgenia Chekhov & Olga Knipper – NIAMH CUSACK

Paul Chekhov & Suvorin – DAVE HILL

Uncle Mitrofan – ALAN WILLIAMS

Kolya Chekhov & Alex Smagin – BO PORAJ

Sasha Chekhov – KEITH DUNPHY

Vanya Chekhov – HUGH WYLD

Misha Chekhov – BILLY DUDLEY

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Production Assistant – James Thompson

Executive Producer – Ed Crozier

Director – Lucy Bailey

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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THE LEOPARD by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

dramatised by Michael Hastings

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 11th May 2008

In 1957, Giuseppe Tomasi, Prince of Lampedusa, the last member of a great Sicilian family, died childless, impoverished and unknown, leaving behind him a recently completed manuscript of a novel. The following year the novel, The Leopard, was published to acclaim and is now recognised and one of the finest works of twentieth-century literature. Five years after its publication Luchino Visconti made his celebrated film starring Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.

In the book Don Fabrizio’s, the Leopard, closest and most intimate relations, family and counsellor reveal the passing of his world – a symbol of the change that came about during the republican unification of Italy in 1860. His support for his romantically inclined nephew, Tancredi, allows his family to wed the beautiful daughter of the uncouth, newly moneyed Sicily in the figure of the mayor of the town where his country palace is situated. The old feudal system is dying. But Don Fabrizio clings on to an ancient rule – ‘we must change to remain the same’.

Playwright and screen writer, Michael Hasting’s new adaptation views the Prince from the prism of his family, servants and his confessor and takes the story to its conclusion twenty years after Don Fabrizio’s death.

CAST

Don Fabrizio – STANLEY TOWNSEND

Princess Stella – JULIE LEGRAND

Concetta – CLAIRE PRICE

Angelica – HAYLEY ATWELL

Ciccio/Pallavicino/Priest – JOSEPH ALESSI

Father Pirrone – JAMES HAYES

Francesco/Carlo – TOM VAUGHAN-LAWLOR

Tancredi – TOM HIDDLESTON

Calogero/Chevalley – ANTHONY O’DONNELL

Giovanni – HARRY MCENTIRE

Angelica at 70 – CLAIRE NIELSON

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Production Assistant – James Thompson

Executive Producer – Ed Crozier

Director – Lucy Bailey

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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FELIX HOLT, THE RADICAL by George Eliot

adapted for radio by Michael Eaton

Broadcast in three parts for The Classic Serial on BBC Radio 4

Two men from very different backgrounds return to the town of Treby Magna in the midlands in 1832 – just after the passing of the Reform Act, extending the franchise to property owners. HAROLD TRANSOME, on the death of his dissolute older brother, has become heir to an estate and returns from the orient determined to become an M.P., though his haughty mother is shocked to discover that he intends to stand as a Radical.

FELIX HOLT also reappears in his native town and proves an equal disappointment to his mother for he has abandoned his education to set up as a humble watch-mender with a determination to set up a school for miner’s children.

Though Felix may be the eponymous hero, the true protagonist of the story is ESTHER LYON – a young woman who must discover what she truly values in her choice between these two men. She believes herself to be the daughter of the town’s kindly Dissenting Minister, but the discovery of the truth of her background threatens to overturn the status quo of this provincial town. This is not the only secret known to the manipulative lawyer, MATTHEW JERMYN – the principal antagonist.

This relatively unknown work by one of the finest 19th century novelists, George Eliot, is set at a time of great political turmoil. In three one hour episodes this adaptation captures a world of political skulduggery and the virtues of genuine social change.

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CAST

Felix Holt – ELLIOT COWAN

Mrs Holt – SUSAN BROWN

Rufus Lyon – STEPHEN MOORE

Esther Lyon – HAYLEY ATWELL

Harold Transome – JASPER BRITTON

Arabella Transome – SUSAN WOOLDRIDGE

Matthew Jermyn – JACK SHEPHERD

Sir Maximus Debbary – JOHN CARLISLE

Philip Debarry & Mike – Brindle PAUL CHAHIDI

Christian – RON COOK

Denner – CAROL MACREADY

The Reverend Lingon – MICHAEL CULKIN

Chubb – JOHN TAMS

Johnson – KEN CAMPBELL

COMPANY

Studio Manager
Mark Smith

Production Associate
Lucy Mangan

Music
John Tams

Executive Producer
Ed Crozier

Director
Lucy Bailey

Producer
Nicholas Newton

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