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LAMDA takes centre stage at Bowness
STANDOUT theatre is playing a major part of this year’s Old Laundry Theatre Season.
One of the many highlights of the Bowness theatre’s 21st Season yet to come promises to be courtesy of the rising stars of tomorrow in LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).
On Thursday, October 24 (3pm/8pm), LAMDA stages the first of three plays - The Lightning Play by Charlotte Jones, which uses Hallowe’en in Hampstead, North London, as its backdrop, where Max Villiers, a celebrity ghost writer, and his wife Harriet, host an impromptu party. Eddie, a failed monk is on top form, his date Jacklyn is equally keen to enthuse, while heavily pregnant Imogen and her straight-laced husband try to keep a sense of decorum. As Max connects up his first plasma television, the evening is hijacked by interference from the past which sends the unlikely sextet hurtling inexorably towards the cocktail party from hell.
The world-class drama school follows the day after (Friday, 3pm/8pm) with Aaron Sorkin’s (creator of TV’s fabulous West Wing) A Few Good Men.
Acclaimed on Broadway and subsequently made into a successful film in 1992, A Few Good Men tells the story of military lawyers at a court-martial. A young Navy lawyer is assigned to defend two Marines on trial for the murder of one of their platoon members. The play raises the questions of what it means to have honour, dignity and humanity in an increasingly complex world.The Finally, LAMDA’s theatrical trilogy concludes on Saturday (October 26, 3pm/8pm) with J B Priestley’s classic Dangerous Corner, set in 1932, where a group of dazzling young publishing executives gather at a stylish country retreat for an elegant dinner party. Beautiful and successful, they have the world at their feet.
Gradually, however, events turn a dangerous corner and a relentless series of revelations expose the darkness that lies beneath the glamorous facade. As truths and secrets tumble out, the cost of professional and social success is laid bare.
For more than 150 years, London-based LAMDA has taught the dramatic arts.
Today the academy is synonymous with professionally trained actors and theatre technicians and scarcely a year goes by without LAMDA's former students being honoured at a major film, television or theatre award ceremony.
Gary Carr, who graduated from LAMDA’s three year acting course in 2008, plays jazz singer Jack Ross, in the new - and fourth - season of the top television series Downton Abbey, joining other new cast members such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and LAMDA alumna Dame Harriet Walter.
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