Below are some more photos of what the audience never saw before and after a performance of CORPSE!
Andrew Southern is in his dressing room getting ready to dress up like a woman, the first role he played in Gerald Moon's CORPSE! After he took off his female clothes onstage, he played the loveable but somewhat whacky twin, Evelyn. Then he played the rich and heartless twin brother Rupert. He went back and forth during the entire show, playing one brother and then the other. Finally, there was a fencing match in which he killed the father he hated. You can see why we engaged a young man for this part.
Zoë Ann Bown, a master at stage make-up, getting ready for her role as Mrs McGee. If you saw her in Alan Ayckbourn's ROLEPLAY, you know that she is capable of making herself look completely different in order to suit the part.
James Walmsley (below, left) played the policeman who discovered Major Powell, played by Hayward Morse (below, right), dead on the floor with a foil protruding from his abdomen. Poor Hayward had to fence every night and get killed at the end of the fight, but as you see he, nevertheless, remained hale and hearty and was able to board the plane back to London unassisted. Both of these actors have graced our stage many times. If you don't recognize them we suggest you buy a subscription.
Below are Andrew Southern, Ava Burton and Patrick Lindner (who took all of the pictures in this newsletter). Well, he may have had help with this one. Andrew looks a bit tired after the show. No wonder. Ava came from London to visit. She played the funny Bible quoting policewoman in GAMEPLAN this past season and fell in love with Hamburg. Patrick is one of our stage managers.
VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
You may not have been reading the cultural pages in newspapers recently, but in the months to come there will, no doubt, be more and more articles about the financial problems of Hamburg's private theatres, one of which is The English Theatre. The subsidies of private theatres have already been cut, and it is very likely that more severe cuts will be announced in the spring. Political pressure and your individual help, however, may save us.
Cutting subsidies of theatres which already do not have enough support is a serious matter. The survival of The English Theatre of Hamburg is endangered due to lack of sufficient assistance from the Kulturbehörde. If you are to continue to enjoy visits to this theatre we need your help.
One of the best ways you can help is by buying a subscription for the coming 2007/2008 Season. Subscriptions offer you a way to save money and they do much to support the continued work of the theatre. We're not going to shout if from the roof tops, but unless we receive more support, this theatre, like others in Hamburg, could close at the end of this season. Please help.