Galatea on Saturday 15th March sold out – tickets still available for Sunday 16th

Edward’s Boys present John Lyly’s Galatea at the Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March 2014 at 7.30pm. The performance on Saturday 15th March is now sold out. Tickets still available (£10 for adults, £6 for students) for the Sunday performance, although these too are selling fast. Tickets can be purchased online via Paypal from the Edward’s Boys website, or reserved for collection from the School Archive by contacting Richard Pearson: rbp@kes.net. Details concerning the purchase of tickets for the Oxford, Walsall and Warwick performances are now available on the Edward’s Boys website. Tickets
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Review of Dido, Queen of Carthage by Brett D. Hirsch

Dr Brett D. Hirsch of the University of Western Australia has written a review of Edward’s Boys’ production of Dido, Queen of Carthage for next year’s Stratfordian. In it, he praises the company’s ability to defy popular expectations both about boy actors and about the texts performed… “One of the chief pleasures of witnessing an Edward’s Boys performance is that it consistently and forcefully repudiates long-standing assumptions about non-Shakespearean drama and the boy actors charged with reanimating these centuries-old scripts. We are now so out of touch with the Elizabethan tradition that we wrongfully assume boy actors cannot convincingly portray
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Book now for Galatea

Tickets are now available for Edward’s Boys’ 2014 production of Galatea, by John Lyly, directed by Perry Mills. Galatea is a complex, provocative, delightful play with multiple interwoven narrative strands, but at its heart runs the love story of Galatea and Phillida. Lyly wrote the play in the late 1580s and it was first staged for Queen Elizabeth I by the Children of St Paul’s – a renowned troupe of boy actors of the time. Audiences in 2014 will have the opportunity to enjoy Galatea once more staged by an established boys’ company, just as it was when first performed
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First dates announced for 2014 production of Galatea

Edward’s Boys are proud to announce the first dates for our 2014 production of John Lyly’s Galatea. We will be performing at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford on Thursday March 13th, and King Edward VI School’s Levi Fox Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March. We will then be performing at the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe Theatre, London on the evening of Sunday 27th April. This performance coincides with a study day at the Globe examining the work and legacy of Lyly. To stay informed about ticket availability for these performances, please click here to
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Christ Church Dido now available on DVD

Gavin Birkett’s DVD of Dido, Queen of Carthage is now available to buy. Filmed in the Great Hall of Christ Church, Oxford under low available light conditions, the DVD features both the performance of Dido, Queen of Carthage by Edward’s Boys, and EDOX’s performance of William Gager’s Dido. To order, click  here.
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“Dazzling” Dido delights audiences in Stratford and Oxford

Edward’s Boys’ production of Marlow’s Dido, Queen of Carthage met with a hugely enthusiastic audience response at performances in The Levi Fox Hall in Stratford on Friday 20th September and Christ Church Great Hall, Oxford on Saturday 21st. Professor Michael Dobson, Director of The Shakespeare Institute, wrote “I was dazzled by it – complete thanks are due to you and your cast”, and Professor Michael Cordner from the University of York described the performance as “a triumph that I was delighted to have witnessed!”. Click here to view more audience response to the production, and to see more photos of the performances in
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Tickets selling fast for Dido, Queen of Carthage

On Friday 20th September, at 7.30pm, Edward’s Boys will be performing Dido, Queen of Carthage at the Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon. With the support of the faux pas parents association, we shall be staging the production as part of a ‘feast’, with a hot meal of chilli con carne included in the ticket price. The performance will include live music, as is common in our shows, but will also be preceded by musical extracts from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. A short introduction to Marlowe’s play will be given by Dr Andy Kesson of the University
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Henry V DVD now available

The DVD of Edward’s Boys performance of Henry V in the Swan Theatre on 17th March 2013 is now available. Produced by Gavin Birkett, it is a wonderful memento of an amazing evening. Click here to order online now.
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“Our boys have scored a triumph…”

So read the review in the Stratford Herald for the 1913 King Edward VI production of Henry V at the Memorial Theatre, and the 2013 edition has been similarly lauded. The Herald again leads the way, praising this “Bold reinvention of historic Henry”, in performances over three nights at the School’s Levi Fox Hall, the RSC’s Swan Theatre and the historic Guildhall – Shakespeare’s schoolroom. Professional actor and Old Boy Tim Pigott-Smith, who performed the role of Chorus, was described an “an inspired choice… [he] superbly evoked the ‘imaginary puissance’ of the English expedition, but the embedded pedantry of a schoolmaster cast
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