CHARITY PERFORMANCE OF THE MIKADO

Thanks to all of you who supported our sold-out charity performance of The Mikado on December 18th. We are pleased and proud to announce that, from ticket sales and contributions, we were able to make a contribution of €994 to the Conselho Português para os Refugiados. This is of course a drop in the ocean in dealing with the thousands of dislocated lives globally but it will go towards supporting two centres in the Lisbon area, one for adult asylum-seekers and the other for unaccompanied minors.

The Bald Soprano

Opens 26th January

The Bald Soprano

by Eugène Ionesco

Director: João Telmo
Light Design by Paulo Santos
Sound Design by Cristóvão Campos
Set Design by Alexandra Bochmann
Costume Design by Vanessa Soares
Make-up & Hair by Cátia Bolota
Photography by Alípio Padilha
Illustration by Avgvstvs
Communication Design by Frederico Salvador

Cast: Amanda Booth, Celia Williams, Eduardo Ribeiro, Maya Booth, Robert Taylor and Victor Caetano

Performances:
26th January – 11th February at Estrela Hall
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 21.00 (9 pm)
Sunday Matinee on 5th February at 16.00 (4 pm)

To book, please go to Reservations and fill in the form. 

Auditions – John Gabriel Borkman

This is to announce the first of the audition series for the LP production of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN’, directed by Suresh Nampuri, premiering on April 20 and running through to May 4.

John Gabriel Borkman was Ibsen’s next to last play and showcases the playwright at his naturalistic best. Described by Edvard Munch as having captured the very essence of the desolation of the Scandinavian landscape and based on a series of real – life events in late nineteenth century, this play about a disgraced banker, accused of fraud and embezzlement, and the long shadow of corrupted greatness that his empty shell of a living presence casts upon his family and his loves is a poetic ode to the terrors of imprisonment by one’s memories of a future that might have been. In a two-act narrative that fleshes out the effects of his fall from grace on a chillingly broken wife, who has wrapped herself in icy resolve of redemption through the son, her sister Ella, who nourishes her tragic love for John by adopting his son, the existentially tremulous son himself who has always been viewed as the substitute for the father, John’s loyal friend who sticks to his delusions of being a poet and John through his downfall, his daughter whose tender loyalty to the son mirrors her father’s to John, and the most risible element in this glacial cauldron soup, Mrs. Fanny Wilton, a veritable Mrs. Robinson crossed with Lady Chatterlee whose jagged edges of sophistication conceals an incisive observation of human nature that just might be the redemption of them all.

Cast of characters

John Gabriel Borkman – Male – Playing Age (45+)

Gunhild Borman – Female – Playing Age (45+)

Ella Rentheim – Female – Playing Age (30+)

Foldal – Male – Playing Age (40+)

Foldal’s daughter – Female – Playing Age (22+)

John Gabriel Borkman’s son – Male – Playing Age (22+)

Mrs. Fanny Wilton – Female – Playing Age (35+)

Note that the playing ages are only approximate and if you fancy a part or role, you are most welcome.

Contact Suresh Nampuri at nampuri@gmail.com to register for the audition, expressing interest for a role/roles if you do fancy a particular one or more and you will be sent a copy of the text.

Audition details

Time: 5.30 pm, 21-01-2017

Venue: St. Andrews Church, R. Arriaga 13, 1200-608 Lisboa

Auditions – A Bear

Skype auditions are still going for actors with playing age 40+ for the leading role of a ‘Bear’ Smirnov in cognominal provocative passionate ‘Bear’ theatrical joke in one-act with the opening night in a double bill ‘A Bear’/ ‘The Stone Flower’ on March, 9 at Estrella Hall.

Seven months after her husband’s death, a young widow Popova is still mourning the death of her beloved and has locked herself up at home with grief and sorrow. Her servant, Luka, reassures her, that she should get married again, but she is too attached to her husband’s memories. Until the very day when Smirnov, retired Lieutenant in the Artillery and country gentleman comes to the mourning widow to get his debt back, which Popova’s husband had borrowed from him. The emotional exchange between the widow and the creditor quickly progresses into a duel!

Written in 1888 by Anton Chekhov a ‘Bear’ is a great clash of comedian and dramatic nature, being much with odd turn of events and boisterous situations in an eccentric provocative manipulation with no masks attached!

Fluency in English, a sense of humour with a wish to find oneself in ‘do-or-die situation’ is required.

Auditions will be held by Skype and to confirm a time slot for a skype-interview, getting a stage version of the script and for any further questions please contact Tania Kumeda via tania.kumeda@ukr.net

Rehearsals will run from February, 5 in Lisbon till the opening night – March, 9 at Estrella Hall.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS ON ESTRELA HALL

Dear friends,

We stand poised on the brink of an historic opportunity for the Estrela Site to return to the ownership of the people of Lisbon.

The division of the Estrela Site in the land registry is now almost complete. This means that its current owners, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, can choose to offer the site to the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, who then have a two week window to save Estrela hall by accepting the offer.

In the event that the CML do not accept this offer, the proposed sale of this land to a private buyer will go through, and we will be facing ‘Vacant Possession’ i.e. Lisbon Players, the oldest theatre group in Lisbon, and a source of joy and culture to you, the people of this city, for nearly 70 years, will be evicted from its home !!!

With your unstinting support and that of the CML, we are confident this will not be the case and we will continue to be open to serve you for the next 70 years!! Our future hangs on these decisions to be made!!

We will be keeping you posted here on any development as it happens. So keep checking. We need your support now more than ever to keep going!

ON A MORE UPBEAT NOTE,

we are continuing to do what we do best- to delight, entertain and provoke- all of which, judging by the popular response, the season opener at LP, ‘Cooking with Elvis’ , did with masterly aplomb and explosive sass. We intend to match this spectacular production with our forthcoming Portuguese premiere of the deliciously frolicsome labor of love , ‘The Mikado’, by Gilbert and Sullivan, opening 1st December. The new year at LP promises to be a bold one, with several audacious productions lined up and most importantly, the CELEBRATION OF OUR 70th ANNIVERSARY! Yes, time, that gleeful zephyr, does have a magnificently willful flight when it ripples through the limelight! Our first production opened on 29th March 1947!

Stay tuned for what we have in store for our birthday bash!! It has been quite a journey, and we are looking forward to enjoying our celebrations with the people who made it possible- YOU!

UP, UP AND TOWARDS THE STARS,
Yours, as ever,
THE LISBON PLAYERS

MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

LAST CALL!

PIRATES

MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

Sunday September 11th at 3pm at Estrela Hall

 IN PREPARATION FOR A DECEMBER PRODUCTION OF THE MIKADO

Places are filling up fast for this workshop! If you’re interested, send an email to jonweigh@gmail.com before Sunday 28th of August

After the great success of last year’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, the Lisbon Players will be putting on what is perhaps Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-known opera, The Mikado, in December 2016 and to give a taste of  what is in store will be running a workshop for actors, singers and dancers in which participants will be asked to join in a scene which will include a chorus number and a dance routine.

No previous experience is necessary and the workshop is open to all. However a reasonable level of English is obviously a requirement.

The workshop will be conducted by Jonathan Weightman,  Jon Luxton (music), Louise Kakoma (pianist and chorus work) and Keith Esher Davis (choreography)

The workshop is free but previous enrollment is necessary as there is a limit on numbers.

Wanted!!

English-speaking Stage Manager (M/F) for the Lisbon Players’ December production of the comic opera The Mikado.

The right person for this challenging job will be someone with an interest in theatre, someone who’s good at managing people and works well with both the production team and the multinational actors/singers/musicians.

It will involve a couple of production meetings and presence at the rehearsals from the beginning of November (two evenings a week and one weekend afternoon). During the run – Thursday to Saturday, 1st to 17th of December, she/he will be required to be at the theatre from 7.30 pm until the final curtain.

The stage manager (director de cena/contra-regra) is responsible for the smooth running of the show, scene changes, prompting at rehearsals,  making sure everyone is in place on time and  taking notes and assisting the director at rehearsals

If you’ve had no experience of this kind of work but think you have the necessary skills and enthusiasm, this is a great opportunity to gain experience and confidence.

Interested? Contact Jonathan on jonweigh@gmail.com or 964475745

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The Lisbon Players is a voluntary organization and no-one is paid for their work

2016-2017 Season

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2016 Timeline of Recent Events

To read more about recent events at Estrela Hall, click here to read our 2016 Timeline of Recent Events.

Our new 2016/17 committee and an update on Estrela Hall

Dear Members and supporters,

First of all, a huge thank you to all who came to the AGM on Sunday 20th March. Vital points were brought up, which the current committee is now committed to discuss and reflect upon.

The new structure for the 2016/17 committee is as follows:

Alexandra Bochmann (chairman)
Cassandra Woolford (treasurer)
Celia Williams
Colin Lee-Warden
Elizabeth Bochmann
Jonathan Weightman
Keith Davis
Nicki Bailey
Peter Dawson
Stephen Bull (secretary)
Suresh Nampuri

This year the committee has assigned representatives of 3 main areas of interest, who can be contacted by you, as and when applicable, for any queries, suggestions or proposals:

Artistic department
Celia Williams: celiawilliams@lisbonplayers.com.pt

Operations department (day-to-day running)
Cassandra Woolford: cassandrawoolford@lisbonplayers.com.pt

Estrela Hall Action department
Stephen Bull: stephenbull@lisbonplayers.com.pt

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you so require.  Of course, you can also contact us via lisplayers@gmail.com  and via our facebook page www.facebook.com/lisbonplayers

Our petition has been gaining huge support, but we need to keep on collecting signatures.  Please share the link with everyone you can think of.  To date we have 1,793 signatures – let’s get to 5,000 soon!

Here is the link again: https://www.change.org/p/sos-estrela-hall-2016

Recent press coverage includes the following link to the programme on TVi last Wednesday http://tviplayer.iol.pt/video/56eb152e0cf25dc1853cf88a, an article in the Portugal News, http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/lisbons-oldest-english-language-theatre-group-fears-eviction-from-home-after-69-years/37731, and another article in last week’s magazine Sábado.

We will update you soon with more information and news of our forthcoming production of Antigone, which opens on April 21st.

Onwards and upwards!