Adapted from the medieval English mystery plays
by Tony Harrison
, “The Mysteries”
was first staged in 1977 at the National Theatre in London under the direction of Bill Bryden
. It remained part of the repertoire of the Cottesloe Theatre for many years; the 1985 production was filmed for TV broadcast. [more inside]
Want to see some fine drama, but can't afford the cost of flying to London? Well, lucky for you, the Royal National Theatre
in London has started a new program: NT Live
. How it works: they record live performances in HD, then broadcast them via satellite to art house cinemas around the world (UK Venues
, International Venues
). The first show in the series is Jean Racine's Phedre
, starring the great Helen Mirren. [more inside]
Following the Archbishop of Canterbury's recent description of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
trilogy as 'a near-miraculous triumph'
, it's hardly surprising that a conversation between the two at the National Theatre was more of a love-in rather than a debate. The transcript
is still a great read though, and contains gems like:
PP: Which leads us to Mel Gibson. Have you seen that film?
RW: I haven't seen it.
PP: Nor have I, so we can talk about it! That's all right.
RW: We're allowed opinions without the constraints of reality!