Tag Archives: John Blondell

The Tempest in Bitola

The Tempest Lit Moon Theatre Company, Santa Barbara, USA Director: John Blondell Review by Randall Martin The gritty basement storage area of the Bitola National Theatre looked like a good space for some rough magic. Floor-to-ceiling v-shaped support-beams, with hanging knotted ropes and swinging poles, suggested the deck of a ship or a New World […]

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Henry VI Part Three in Bitola

Henry VI Part Three National Theatre Bitola, Macedonia Director: John Blondell Review by Randall Martin What does it feel like to watch Shakespeare’s darkest story of civil war in a region whose past and recent history has been written by endemic conflict? Bitola’s Henry VI Part Three gave an affective answer. When I saw this […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Henry VI Part Three

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Henry VI Part Three, National Theatre of Bitola, dir. by John Blondell, 13 May 2012 at The Globe, London By Pete Orford Clearly no-one told the Macedonians that the history plays are […]

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The Plays We Overlook – Introduction

There are the plays everybody knows and loves: the big four tragedies, the cross-dressing comedies, the Henry IVs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra. There are the plays we may feel we have to pretend we know, even if we don’t: Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and […]

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‘Henry VI Part 3’ in Santa Barbara

I recently had the pleasure of working as an advisor for a production of Henry VI Part Three by the Lit Moon Theatre Company, directed by John Blondell, in Santa Barbara, California. This production partly represented a run-up for Blondell with his home company in preparation for the production he will direct with the Bitola […]

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