Saturday, 3 October 2009

Royal and Derngate, Northampton w/c 12 October‏

Fall under the spell of the Legendary Gypsy Queens and Kings

An extraordinary celebration of Gypsy songs – featuring some of Europe’s finest Gypsy singers – comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on Sunday 18 October, in a fantastic evening of music and dance.

With 20 Roma musicians and dancers on stage, The Legendary Gypsy Queens and Kings cast a spell over audiences with their great voices and virtuoso instrumentals. This concert has enjoyed exceptional success around the world over the past three years, including a sold out performance at the Barbican in 2007.

The Legendary Gypsy Queens and Kings 2009 still features Macedonian Gypsy Queen Esma Redzepova, Bulgarian Mahala rocker Jony Iliev, and young Romanian singer Florentina Sandu, as well as acclaimed French rumba Gitano group Kaloome.

Joining The Legendary Gypsy Queens and Kings 2009 is Romanian brass band Mahala Rai Banda who will be performing new material especially created for this show. 

Also featuring members of Fanfare Ciocarlia, The Legendary Gypsy Queens and Kings 2009 concert offers a powerful visual and musical flamboyance and gives the audience an extraordinary and unique experience of the soul of Gypsy music.


Royal & Derngate presents

Young America

Two exciting tales of youth and passion from the masters of American drama

Press day/night:
Beyond the Horizon - Thursday 22 October 2pm
Spring Storm - Thursday 22 October 7.45pm

Following on from the success of this summer's critically acclaimed Ayckbourn at 70 season, this autumn Royal & Derngate presents gripping tales of youthful passion and thwarted hopes with two early masterpieces of 20th Century American drama in its Young America season. An exciting young cast – including Life on Mars star Liz White – brings to life Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon and Tennessee Williams' Spring Storm, the latter a European Premiere. With the two plays performed in rotation by the same company of actors, the Young America season runs from Friday 9 October to Saturday 14 November.

Beyond the Horizon, by Eugene O’Neill, is considered by many to be the first modern American tragedy. Robert is about to start a new life across the ocean while his brother Andrew looks forward to settling down on the family farm. The realisation that they love the same woman results in them swapping lives and changing forever the path of the Mayo family, in a powerful story of youthful dreams crashing into reality and the human spirit being tested almost beyond endurance. This was the first of O’Neill’s plays to be professionally produced, and a sensation on Broadway when first seen in 1920, earning him a Pulitzer Prize. It enjoyed a successful run in the West End, but has been largely forgotten since.

Tennessee WilliamsSpring Storm was written when he was a playwriting student at Iowa University, and was re-discovered among his papers in 1999. Set in a Mississippi town full of small-minded gossips and young people brimming with life, it follows the tale of the beautiful and charming Heavenly and her host of young male admirers. When forced to make a decision between her handsome and wild lover, Dick, and the seemingly respectable and sensitive Arthur, they are all caught up in a storm  

that threatens to tear their lives apart. This autumn's production at Royal & Derngate will be the first time the play has been staged outside America.

Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate, directs the season, and has assembled a talented young cast. In both productions Liz White, who is best known as Annie in BBC TV’s Life on Mars, plays the central female role, with handsome young actors Michael Malarkey (in his professional debut) and Michael Thomson taking on the roles of rival lovers, in two contrasting tales of tangled passions.

Laurie says, “The Young America season is exceptional – two plays that have rarely or never been seen before in Britain, by playwrights who would go on to write masterpieces of the American theatre.  Both plays are characteristic of youth – they revolve around the dreams and passions of young people trying to find their way in life, against the backdrop of an early twentieth century America that is a melting pot of idealism and social tension.”

Beyond the Horizon and Spring Storm can be seen as part of the Young America season which opens on Friday 9 October and runs until Saturday 14 November. Tickets are on sale now priced from £27 to £11, and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at The two plays are being performed in rotation, giving the opportunity to see both plays in one day on certain dates. For more details of dates and times visit the theatre’s website or call the Box Office.




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