Thursday, 13 February 2014

Lilly Cole to Launch a Thousand Ships

Supermodel cast to play Helen in The Last Days of Troy

Lilly Cole, the actress and supermodel who has worked for the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others, and who has been featured on the covers of the world’s most glamorous magazines, has been cast as the most beautiful woman in history, as Nick Bagnall directs The Last Days of Troy. Inspired by Homer’s Iliad, it is a reimagining of events as the Trojan War drew towards its epic finale.

Lilly Cole is to play Helen, the wife of Menelaus who is the King of Sparta and brother of the most powerful of the Greek kings, Agamemnon. When she is spirited away (or abducted, depending on whether you share the Trojan or Greek point of view) by Paris, son of the King of Troy, it sparked a siege that is said to have lasted ten years. It only ended, in disaster for the Trojans, when the Greeks left a huge wooden horse as an apparent tribute and seemingly sailed away. What the city-dwellers, who brought the trophy in through the gates, didn’t know was that it was full of enemy soldiers. Hence the saying: “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!”

The Last Days of Troy will be staged at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre this coming June.

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Thursday, 9 January 2014


So Christmas, the season to be merry, is at an end. The tree has come down, the last cracker pulled and the last wrapping unwrapped. The joyous celebrations as we toasted in the New Year are just fading memories like the last dying sparkle from a spent firework; it is time to return to the mind-numbing drudgery of work for another year. Is there anything that could possibly lift our spirits?

Well…there is perhaps one thing…you could pop across to and buy tickets to the musical that has been described as “funnier than the Black Death!” Yes, it’s Monty Python’s Spamalot, Eric Idle’s loving take on the Arthurian legends.

Taking its influence from the blockbuster comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this is the story of King Arthur who sets out with his trusty “steed” Patsy, across the length and breadth of Britain, in search of knights to join him in his holy quest to find the Holy Grail.

After teaming up with Sir Launcelot, Sir Robin, Sir Belvedere, Sir (Dennis) Galahad and the aptly named Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Show (who apologises and leaves), they form the Knights of the Round Table and head for Camelot. Sent out by order of God (Eric Idle) to find the Grail, they come across an assortment of now familiar characters: The Knights who say Ni, The Lady of the Lake, Tim the Sorcerer and a killer rabbit among others.

This hilarious show has won several awards and has played to audiences around the world. Just the thing to chase away those January blues.

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Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre

Imagine yourself sitting in a room, it is unbearably hot and the air is stifling. Imagine there are eleven other people in that room and they are all staring at you because you are the odd one out, the only one who doesn’t agree with them. Would you take the easy way out and find comfort in conformity? Would you agree with them despite your better judgement because it’s easier that way? Now imagine you have a young man’s life in your hands; would you be prepared to face the wrath of a roomful of strangers, would you stand alone to see that justice is done?

That is the dilemma faced by Mr Davis as he sits in a jury room as the twelve deliberate on the verdict of a trial where a young delinquent is accused of murdering his father. The other eleven members of the jury have made up their minds that he is guilty and just want to get it over with so they can go home. Davis has reasonable doubt and tells the others he wants to go through the evidence again.

Slowly he breaks down the arguments, tantrums, prejudices and bigotry of the other jurors and, one by one, they begin changing their votes to not guilty.

Twelve Angry Men is a classic story from the pen of Reginald Rose who wrote it as a television play in 1954. A year later it was adapted for the stage and then in 1957 Sidney Lumet directed Henry Fonda as the lead in one of the greatest films in cinema history.

Back on stage in the Garrick Theatre, London, Twelve Angry Men is still a huge hit with audiences as the lead roles are taken on by Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughn.

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