CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — As part of a strategic partnership with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London presents a group of touring productions of young graduates of “A lot of noise for nothing” to festival audiences. This annual touring production has been performed in London and European art festivals for years, but this is the first time it will be seen in the United States.
The 90-minute version of the play will be presented at 9.30am each day from July 26-30 at the Anes Studio Theater, where audiences will have the opportunity to see 10 graduates of this prestigious London-based training programme. .
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts training program boasts a number of outstanding alumni who have achieved success as actors, including Alan Rickman, Allison Janney, Anthony Hopkins, Glenda Jackson, Roger Moore, Joan Collins and Richard Attenborough. And its next star may well be on stage at the Utah Shakespeare Festival this summer.
“I have long thought that the American approach to Shakespeare – full of enthusiasm and verve – and classic British elegance are companion acting styles that show why Shakespeare is loved on both sides of the pond and in the English-speaking world,” Derek said. Charles Livingston, acting artistic director of the festival. “Our RADA guests will offer festival audiences a chance to witness these magnificent performance contrasts with their morning presentations of ‘A lot of noise for nothing’ and our afternoon and evening offers of ‘King Lear,’ ‘All’s well That ends well‘ and ‘Storm.’ It’s a rare opportunity, and I’m thrilled that our audience is a part of it.
Announced more than two years ago, the partnership between the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts is coming to full fruition after a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership includes a commitment to present the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts’ annual play at the festival and to hire at least one student or graduate of the training program into the festival’s theater company each season. (This year, the festival hired two: Aidan O’Reilly and Michael Sharon.) The five-year deal is funded by an anonymous donor.
Frank Mack, the festival’s executive producer, explained that the idea for the artistic exchange program started with a simple discussion about the piece “Hamlet“, which the festival was producing in 2019. “A friend of the festival mentioned that he had seen an exceptional production of”Hamlet’ at RADA, and so we wanted to talk to them about it,” Mack said. This conversation quickly turned into a strategic partnership between the two theater companies.
Mack noted that this is an exciting partnership as it gives actors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts the opportunity to come to the United States and possibly have a career here while also giving American audiences the opportunity to see magnificent artists from a European training academy.
“The opportunity for the festival to expand its artistic horizons beyond our shows and to collaborate with one of the most prestigious training academies in the world gives our audience access to another dimension of theatrical performance that we wouldn’t see otherwise,” he said.
Niamh Dowling, Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, added: “I am delighted that we have this excellent partnership with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. We are delighted to visit for the first time and share ‘A lot of noise for nothing’ with you. A huge and sincere thank you to the Utah Shakespeare Festival for your partnership, support and friendship.
Tickets for “Much Ado About Nothing” are $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the box office at 800-PLAYTIX or click here.
The 2022 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival runs through October 8 and tickets are still available. This season, customers can see Shakespeare’s “All’s well That ends well,” “King Lear” and “Storm”; musical comedies “Sweeney Todd” and “The sound of music”; and contemporary pieces »mind problem,” “Index” and “Thurgood.” Call the box office or visit bard.org for tickets and information.
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