PSC hosts concert and one-man shows

Composer Patrick Doyle conducts his soundtracks and two actors give their insights

Prague Shakespeare Company (PSC) has several events open to the public as part of the 2019 Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) Annual Conference.

The main highlight is composer Patrick Doyle presenting an evening called Shakespeare in Concert at the Estates Theatre on Jan. 11.

There are also two one-man shows. Patrick Page stars in Evil Genius: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain, at Divadlo Na Prádle on Jan. 10. Stephan Wolfert performs Cry Havoc, at Divadlo Na Prádle on Jan. 9

The fully staged play Much Ado About Nothing is in Czech at Divadlo Bez zábradlí on Jan. 8.

Shakespeare in Concert will feature Patrick Doyle’s own music from several film soundtracks.

Doyle has two Oscar nominations, for Sense and Sensibility in 1995 and Hamlet in 1996, and has won several other awards. He has long worked with Sir Kenneth Branagh and composed music for the Shakespeare-themed films Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour’s Lost and As You Like It, in addition to hit films like Bridget Jones's Diary, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor, and Brave.

Joining Patrick Doyle will be Guy Roberts, Jessica Boone, Václav Vašek and Karel Heřmánek. Dirk Brossé will conduct the Praga Sinfonetta Orchestra.

Evil Genius: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain explores the dark characters in the Bard’s work.

Patrick Page has been called “one of [America's] finest classical actors” by The Wall Street Journal and “Broadway’s foremost portrayer of villains” by Theatermania.

Page is currently starring in Hadestown at the Royal National Theatre in London, UK.
He has appeared in or directed numerous Shakespearean plays across North America including on Broadway, as well as performed other roles such as the Goblin in in Spider- Man, Turn Off the Dark.

His television credits include The Good Wife, Elementary, Flesh and Bone, Law and Order SVU, and many others.

He is the recipient of Helen Hayes Award, the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theater, the Princess Grace Award in Theatre and other honors.

In the special performance of Cry Havoc, author and actor Stephan Wolfert looks into the military themes in Shakespeare, and how they are relevant to veterans and civilians today. Wolfert, after recovering from a sports injury that had left him paralyzed, joined the US Army for six years and left it suffering from PTSD. His personal experiences shape the show.

Much Ado About Nothing is presented in a Czech translation by Martin Hilský, in a staging that has been updated to World War II in England. A cast of volunteers in uniform do a radio presentation of the play while the city is being bombed.

The theme of the 2019 Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference is “There is a World Elsewhere,” based on a line from Coriolanus. The focus is on artistic, managerial and educational methodologies around the world.

Much Ado About Nothing
(in Czech)
Divadlo Bez zábradlí
Jan. 8 at 7 pm

Cry Havoc
Divadlo Na Pradle
Jan. 9 at 8 pm

Evil Genius: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain
Divadlo Na Pradle
Jan. 10 at 8 pm

Patrick Doyle: Shakespeare in Concert
Estates Theatre
Jan. 11 at 8 pm

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