Mark Rylance and Nicholas Hytner are on the advisory board for a state-of-the-art Elizabethan theater planned for Greensboro in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.
"There is this cultural kind of gladiatorial aspect to opera singing and opera singers because they are out there, they are singing into [hidden] microphones for the purpose of the audiences in movie theatres but they are not being amplified, they are on their own." -- Peter Gelb
We always knew it would happen. The famous helicopter in the musical (actually, it's a through-sung rock opera, but let's not quibble) 'Miss Saigon' is set to land again in London--along with the rest of the show, in a new production. The occasion is the 25th anniversary of the original and will reunite several of the original team, notably producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, and composer and lyricist Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. The cast is mostly new, with one or two returnees and promotions.
No more bets, gentlemen, the most hotly contested position in British--and maybe world--theater has just been filled. Rufus Norris will take over Britain's National Theatre from 2015, when the (excellent) incumbent Nicholas Hytner steps down.
A new cultural center in London has opened its doors, and it's something new for the British capitol--a Jewish cultural center, commonly known in the U.S. (where they are far from rare) as a JCC. This has been several years in the planning and the building and the staffing, and was the brainchild of long-time arts patron Vivien Duffield.