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Geoffrey Hutchings obituary

11 July 2010 10:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Shakespearean actor who played many familiar roles on film and television

Few actors can claim to have played most of Shakespeare's clowns and made some of them funny, but Geoffrey Hutchings, who has died of meningitis aged 71, did just that. An associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he played Launce, Bottom, Feste, one of the Dromios and even the impossible Lavache in Trevor Nunn's great "Crimean war" All's Well That Ends Well, with Peggy Ashcroft making her RSC farewell as the Countess of Rousillon. Hutchings brought an individual quality of asperity and crackle to everything he did, and was noted early on as a character actor of uncommon personality: small, slight, but always ferocious, he was like a terrier with a dangerous bark.

He grasped Autolycus, for instance, that wandering snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, in Ronald Eyre's 1981 The Winter's Tale at Stratford-upon-Avon, and transformed him into a »

- Michael Coveney

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Geoffrey Hutchings obituary

11 July 2010 10:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Shakespearean actor who played many familiar roles on film and television

Few actors can claim to have played most of Shakespeare's clowns and made some of them funny, but Geoffrey Hutchings, who has died of meningitis aged 71, did just that. An associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he played Launce, Bottom, Feste, one of the Dromios and even the impossible Lavache in Trevor Nunn's great "Crimean war" All's Well That Ends Well, with Peggy Ashcroft making her RSC farewell as the Countess of Rousillon. Hutchings brought an individual quality of asperity and crackle to everything he did, and was noted early on as a character actor of uncommon personality: small, slight, but always ferocious, he was like a terrier with a dangerous bark.

He grasped Autolycus, for instance, that wandering snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, in Ronald Eyre's 1981 The Winter's Tale at Stratford-upon-Avon, and transformed him into a »

- Michael Coveney

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David Myerscough-Jones obituary

4 May 2010 12:28 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Idiosyncratic set designer renowned for his opera productions for BBC television

Talent can flourish only in an ideal environment. For the set designer David Myerscough-Jones, who has died of cancer aged 75, the ambitious BBC television of the 1970s and 80s represented the perfect time and place. Piercing original drama, opera and Shakespeare were central to the programming, especially on BBC2, and Myerscough-Jones approached each with idiosyncratic flair, bringing his signature sombre palette and ingenuity to every project.

Such ambitious programming challenged the BBC's designers. Myerscough-Jones was unashamedly consumed by his work; he liked to quote Edgar Allan Poe's scornful description of sleep as "those little slices of death".

His entry to television coincided with the rapid expansion of the BBC's design department. Up to 150 designers were hired upon the advent of BBC2 and colour television. Many recruits came from interior design, so his theatrical sensibility was immediately distinctive. The »

- David Jays

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Summer Training Listings

25 February 2010 8:19 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

CALIFORNIALa Jolla PlayhouseP.O. Box 12039La Jolla, CA 92039(858) 550-1070, fax (858) 550-1075information@ljp.orgwww.lajollaplayhouse.orgChristopher Ashley, artistic directorEquity Lort B contractNon-EquityCasting: Casts productions in-house and through independent casting directors by invitation only. Send pix and resumes to above address, attn: Casting. See website for more information. Internships availableSeason: June - September. Shows: "Surf Report" (June); "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" (September); "Ruined" (November); "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (July); "Notes From the Underground" (September)Marin Shakespeare CompanyP.O. Box 4053San Rafael, CA 94913(415) 499-4485, fax (415) 499-1492management@marinshakespeare.orgwww.marinshakespeare.orgRobert S. Currier, artistic director; Lesley Currier, managing directorEquity Loa referenced to Lort contractNon-EquityCasting: Casts productions in-house. Send pix and resumes to Robert Currier. Please see website for specific audition dates and information.Internships and/or apprenticeships available.Season: July - September. Shows: "Travesties" (July 2-Aug. 15); "The Taming of the Shrew" (July 16-Sep. 26); "Antony and Cleopatra" (Aug. 20-Sep. 25)Pcpa Theaterfest800 S. »

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Do It the Bard Way

24 February 2010 12:02 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

To most Americans, baseball is the sport of summer. But in the theater world, Shakespeare is the favored pastime. How else to explain the profusion of melancholy princes and merry wives at festivals across the country every summer?For the aspiring theater artist, Shakespeare festivals present a myriad of performing and production opportunities. If you're a college student, you may not have to stray far from familiar territory to land an internship—and academic credit to boot. If you're a recent graduate, a Shakespeare festival can provide you with hands-on experience in a season's worth of shows—and perhaps points toward an Actors' Equity Association card.The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, located in Madison, gets many of its interns from Drew University, where the theater has been in residence for 38 years. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival restricts its acting internships to theater arts students at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, »

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