The London Theatre Tour is Underway!

What a joy to be in London seeing theatre again. We arrived Sunday morning, and gathered that evening for a welcome dinner. The renovated Royal Lancaster London Hotel is beautiful, and they did a lovely job with dinner. Meeting friends...

Chester Theatre Company wins two Berkshire Theatre Awards

Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has received two Berkshire Theatre Awards for work seen on the stage of Chester’s Town Hall Theatre this past summer. Actor Joel Ripka was cited for Outstanding Solo Performance Piece for Every Brilliant Thing (written by...

Washington, DC Theatre Tour–Days Three & Four

We’ve been having a busy and wonderful time here in Washington. The weather continues to be wonderful, encouraging everyone to enjoy the city. We gathered Friday morning for a discussion of the Studio Theatre production of Lucy Prebble’s play The...

Washington, DC Theatre Tour–Day Two

We began our second full day in Washington, DC with a discussion of Native Gardens, which we had seen the night before at Arena Stage. The show raised a range of issues about everything from neighbors and property lines to...

Washington, DC Theatre Tour — Day One

Greetings from Chester Theatre Company’s first theatre trip to Washington, DC. Twenty-five travelers journeyed to the capital for a week of theatre, conversations, museums, and monuments. About half our group took the short flight from Bradley, while others met us...

Character Assassination: Julius Caesar at the Public Theatre

In the Public Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar, currently running as part of the theatre’s Free Shakespeare in the Park program, the title character bears a clearly intentional resemblance to Donald Trump. And, of course, because it’s Julius Caesar, this...

Should a Playwright Ban Post-show Discussions?

Here at Chester Theatre Company, many of our audience value the range of post-show discussions we offer. Each play we produce has four performances followed by a discussion with the audience, two followed by a conversation with the cast, and...

All Good Things Must End (even the 2017 London Tour)

This final blog entry from the 2017 London Tour is being written back in snowy Chester, but what a marvelous time (and what marvelous weather) we had. Our last days went in a blur of activity. Friday morning we gathered...

A day in South Bank!

Have any travelers to London been blessed with such glorious weather so many days in a row? We are all feeling quite fortunate on that front. Not an umbrella has been opened…so far. Seeing Amadeus at the National Theatre last...

Technology, the Movies, and Theatre: More London!

Wednesday morning we met after breakfast for our second full Talkback, to discuss Simon McBurney’s stage adaptation of the Robert Evans Hollywood memoir The Kid Stays in the Picture, at the Royal Court Theatre. In keeping with the topic of...

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