The Tempest


The Tempest is the world in two hours.

Through some of his most beautiful poetry, the great playwright holds an unsparing mirror up to nature, giving us an extraordinary reflection of humanity: the growing pains of adolescence and late middle age; masters and servants; bullies with and without a conscience; and, our fear of loneliness and the future. The Tempest’s diagnosis of existence, of the problem of being in the world, feels as sharp today as it would have felt in 1608 when the play first appeared.

In his final masterpiece on the struggle to remain idealistic, Shakespeare leaves us with the hope that the younger generation can do better.

 

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Print Room at the Coronet: A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

Print Room at the Coronet continues its important mission to stage unknown and rarely performed works by major writers. A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur is a wonderful example of Williams’ writing. Savagely funny, at times almost farcical, beneath the surface lies a depiction of the fragility of hope and a tender exploration of loneliness and the need for human connection.

It’s Sunday morning in early June, 1930s St Louis. In a sweltering apartment, as Dorothea completes her rigorous daily exercise regime, Bodey is in the kitchen, frying chicken for a picnic at Creve Coeur Lake. Upstairs neighbour Mrs Gluck has depression so bad she can’t even make coffee, and now Dorothea’s spinster colleague Helena arrives with the news that she’s found a lovely new apartment for them to share. But Dorothea’s mind is elsewhere, hoping for a call from the man of her dreams…

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur | 12 Sep – 7 Oct

Production Trailer credits:

Directed and Edited by: Matthew Bartlett

DoP: Alex Rice

Deathwatch

Print Room at The Coronet is pleased to present the first major revival in nearly thirty years of Deathwatch by Jean Genet, in a new translation by David Rudkin.

Informed by his own experience in French prisons, Jean Genet’s first play, Deathwatch is an explosive exploration of the inversion of moral order. Three young convicts share a cell. Locked into a world of dangerous rivalries, criminals Lefranc and Maurice compete for the attention of the charismatic condemned man, Green-Eyes.

11 APRIL – 7 MAY

Production Credits:

Production Trailer credits:
Dir: James Kermack and Matthew Bartlett
Edit: Matthew Bartlett
DOP and Sound: Alex Rice

Composition: Simon Slater

 

Print Room at the Coronet: Five Finger Exercise

The Print Room is excited to start the year with a new production of this play directed by Jamie Glover, following the success of his production of The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter at the Print Room in 2013.  A taut family drama from the writer of Amadeus and Equus. When a handsome young German arrives in 50’s Britain from a traumatised Europe and takes up the position of tutor for the Harrington family, it appears that he has found comfort in the bosom of their home. But his arrival is the catalyst that reveals the deep, impacted layers of this family’s dysfunction.

At the Print Room 18 Jan – 13 Feb

Production Trailer credits:

Dir and Edit: Matthew Bartlett
DOP and Sound: Alex Rice

Howard Barker Double Bill: REND Productions

First, the London premiere of Barker’s dark comedy The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo. Nicholas Le Prevost (The Rivals, Man and Superman) voices Isonzo as power-play abounds in Barker’s fearlessly imaginative drama. Then, Catherine Cusack (Bingo, All That Fall) takes on the title role in a timely revival of Barker’s war masterpiece, Judith: A Parting From The Body.

At the Arcola Theatre 25 Nov – 19 Dec

Production Trailer credits:

Dir and Edit: Matthew Bartlett
DOP and Sound: Alex Rice

The Cocktail Party

The first major London revival of The Cocktail Party in over 25 years at the Print Room at the Coronet in Notting Hill.

Production Credits:

Production Trailer credits:
Dir: James Kermack and Matthew Bartlett
Edit: Matthew Bartlett
DOP and Sound: Alex Rice

 

d(ARE) / Here Be Lions

d(ARE) / Here Be Lions was borne out of a collaboration between French artist, choreographer and dancer Sandrine Buring, and playwright and director Stéphane Olry. d(ARE) / Here Be Lions received rave reviews at the Festival d’Avignon in 2012 and, profoundly moved by the experience, Theatre of Europe approached the Print Room to bring this delicate and uplifting creation to the UK, in an English translation by Neil Bartlett. For this UK premiere, it will feature renowned British performers including actor Hayley Carmichael and vocal improviser Phil Minton.

Production Trailer credits:
Dir: James Kermack and Matthew Bartlett
Edit: Matthew Bartlett
DOP and Sound: Alex Rice