Wednesday, April 07, 2010

fun-filled musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Evening. Sorry for the silence here of late -- I've been busy elsewhere -- but I just wanted to say that you can expect a review of David Tennant as Hamlet now that it's soon to be available on blu-ray and to plug the latest production from Shakespeare4Kidz. Their press release:
After scoring a smash hit with their UK and international tour of Macbeth, Shakespeare 4 Kidz are pleased to announce that their next outing will be with a revival of the fun-filled musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The production will be in the directorial hands of former professional dancer Joseph Fowler, who has already aided S4K boss Julian Chenery as assistant director and choreographer on Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest.

Fowler, who lives in Paris, was also assistant director on the multi Olivier Award winning Hello Dolly! in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last summer. It picked up the Best Musical Revival gong as well as an award for best choreography and best actress in a musical.

Chenery said: “I have every confidence in Joe. He has done some inspirational work for us, co-directing with me, and it’s time for him to fly solo.”

Fowler’s creativity has won him a shelf-load of awards, including the Kenneth Macmillan award for outstanding achievement, the Evening Standard Award for best musical, Time award for best new dance production, the Joan Lawson award and two Golden Artist awards.

He trained at the Royal Ballet School and has worked with the Royal Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet Theatre and was a soloist with the Zurich Ballet for five years. Recently he appeared as guest artist with the Paris Opera Ballet.

International credits include The Sound of Music, On the Town and The Fly in Paris; Carmen – The Musical in Amsterdam and Limelight in the USA.

Other credits which are proof of Fowler’s versatility include Fiddler on the Roof, Some Like It Hot, Fosse and Singin’ in the Rain.

In Paris he is currently resident director at Theatre du Chatelet and dance adviser for La Comedie Francaise.

Auditions for S4K’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place in London at the end of May.

The autumn leg of the tour opens in Mansfield on September 14 and will play the Palace Theatre for one week before moving to Ulverston, Middlesbrough, Manchester, Bradford and venues all over the country until the end of November.

For further information and full tour schedule see