December, 2005 Newsletter
Dear Email Friends,
The English Theatre of Hamburg wishes all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Directors have cast Tennessee Williams's beautiful play, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, which will open on 30 January. You can download the teaching material for the play by using the link at the bottom of this newsletter. Go ahead. See if you can find it. The official premiere of the play is on 2 February, but there are still a few inexpensive seats available for the previews. If you like bargains, don't wait to book or you will be disappointed.
You are now able to park underground behind the theatre (subject to a small charge) and take the elevator up to the theatre.
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Recent Press Clippings
Man nehme einen Thriller, eine Komödie, ein Comedy-Drama, eine köstliche Farce sowie die Suite eines Londoner Hotels, füge alles sinnvoll aneinander und erhält, vorausgesetzt man heißt Neil Simon, ein erstklassiges Theaterstück.
Dass diese gewagte Mischung tatsächlich funktioniert, ist zur Zeit im English Theatre of Hamburg zu sehen.
Das lediglich vierköpfige britische Ensemble, von dem fast jeder in kurzer Abfolge drei unterschiedliche Rollen verkörpern muss, brilliert durch wohldosierten Sprachwitz und Ausdrucksstärke . . . .
Soon after Christopher Todd came to us in the early 1990s we learned that he had AIDS, and at that time there was no "AIDS cocktail" to prolong his life. He had just finished working in STARLIGHT EXPRESS in Bochum and had the strong legs and the energy that that musical on roller skates requires. Christopher also had charisma, a big spirit, a big heart and a voice you could hear from across Hamburger Strasse in rush hour traffic. He was made for the theatre.
He didn't just like people. He loved them and was interested in knowing all about everyone. We kept him busy and the work helped him to keep his mind off the dreadful disease. Some people in the theatre were available to him day and night, anytime he needed to talk or be comforted. The doctors and therapists at St. Georg Hospital were very kind to him too.
After a couple of years with us, his health failed noticeably and he decided to go back to his home in the United States where he was well taken care of until he died at age 30.
Where did he find the courage and the stamina to live from day to day and, despite his anguish, to make a contribution to the theatre and to the lives of the people who worked here then? He was a beautiful person who made us all laugh and feel so good.