English will once again resound at the Summer Shakespeare Festival in Prague
GB Theatre Company are coming to Prague to present two comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor and As You Like It, at the Summer Shakespeare Festival.
GB Theatre CompanyThe GB Theatre Company was founded only recently
Matt Milburn and Susannah Hamptonand is thus going to perform in Prague for the very first time. Some of the actors, however, already appeared at the festival last year, then as members of British Shakespeare Company, acting in pieces that were a great success with Czech audience. Pleased by the last year’s warm hearted feedback, they are now coming back, with new colleagues and new plays, to perform in Ostrava on August 11, 2010, in Prague on August 13 and 14, 2010, and to finish their short tour in Brno on August 16 and 17. 2010.
Gabriel Thomson and Matt MilburnThe co-founder of the company, Barrie Palmer, describes GB Theatre Company as “a theatre company performing classic plays both indoor and open-air”.
David Davies, Gabriel Thomson and Lucia McAnespieAs an actor Palmer has appeared in many theatre and television roles, he used to be a member of the legendary Royal Shakespeare Company.
Apart from beautiful Elizabethan costumes and perfectly declaimed Shakespeare in his mother tongue, you can look forward to GB Theatre Company members many of whom are personalities outside the ordinary. This definitely applies to Gabriel Thomson, a talented actor, whom you will see in the role of the love-smitten Orlando in As You Like It and the funny Dr. Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Another personality worth mentioning is Matt Milburn, a good-looker who will act Oliver, Robert, Fenton and Bardolf.
Alexander Delamere, Naomi Cortes a Suzannah HamptonThe core members of GB Theatre Company are two experienced theatre managers and actors, both founders of GBTC, Barrie Palmer and David Davides: the former will act the comical Mr. Ford and the ironic Jacques, the latter then that of Adam, Corin, Le Beau and Justice Shallow.
Matt Milburn and Susannah HamptonAnother fact worth mentioning is the cast of Alexander Delamere in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Delemere is, after Bolek Polívka and Norbet Lichý, the third Falstaff at this year’s Summer Shakespeare Festival.
The main representative of the lady part of the company is Susannah Hampton performing the fragile Celia in As You Like It and the high-spirited Mrs. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. She is another member of the company to have a personal experience with the legendary Royal Shakespeare Company: at the time being, she is participating in a one year workshop at the GBTC.
Andrew Hodges, Matt Milburn and Alexander DelamereThe Merry Wives of Windsor were staged by Jenny Stephens, a director and a producer. As You Like It was then put on stage by Neil Sheppeck, an actor, director and the founder of Love&Madness who aims at bringing classic theatre plays closer to young audiences.
GB Theatre Company will perform in Prague, Brno and Ostrava within their summer tour; other places they will drop in are, among other, Trinity College in Dublin, an open-air amphitheatre Ramme Gaard in Norway, the castle of Arundel in Western Sussex or a monastery neighbouring the cathedral in Norwich.