Easton and Pittsburgh

11th December, 2015

A busy time has left me little room for blogging. But tonight is the first performance of SANCHO in this pre-Christmas block so it’s time to get going again.

Tim Smith and I traveled to Easton, Pennsylvania at the beginning of the week and visited Lafayette College. We were greeted by Hollis Ashby who is the presenter at the William’s Center there. She showed us the theatre which was beautifully set out and looks so intimate, despite having a 400 capacity. Looks like half of that!

We had a q&a session at midday in the lecture theatre, and I was gently grilled by an audience of young, keen theatre students and audience members who already had their tickets booked for the show. Intelligent and articulate questions as always.

I traveled back to New York that night, and then on Tuesday had the great privilege of seeing Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female, Henry IV, at St Ann’s Warehouse. Little tricky to find, actually. They could do with a few more signpost…any signposts to direct tourists who don’t know the area. But it is really worth a visit. An old warehouse, of course, renovated and spectacularly fitting for this prison-set version of Shakespeare’s great history play. It was my second time seeing it as I’d watched it at the Donmar Warehouse, in London. It was perfect here, however, and Jenny Jules, not part of the previous incarnation, was outstanding. As was my old friend, Jade Anouka, as Hotspur. She played him better than I had, and I learnt so much more about the character than I had expected.

And so to Pittsburgh and tonight’s show… Today is The August Wilson Theatre’s turn to experience the story of our hero, Charles Ignatius. I love the reactions we are getting so far.