June, 2009 Newsletter

Dear Email Friends,

This will be the last newsletter of the 2008/2009 Season. In July we will be working on a new look for our website and, hopefully, a new format for future newsletters. You will receive the next newsletter in August, 2009.

For information about next season you can phone our box office (040 - 2277089). Remember, if you subscribe now you can see all four of the plays for the price of three! It's easy to subscribe online. Just go to our website: www.englishtheatre.de and click on "Subscriptions".

Press clippings:

Hamburg Express, 15 May, 2009
Heartthrob Lee Baxter not only brings a whiff of popstar glamour to the stage (most will remember him as part of the band Caught in the Act). No, his real magnetism  comes from his fine performance as the gay dancing instructor, and Baxter manages a perfect balance between flamboyance and cynicism while entertaining us from the first to the last minute.

Which he couldn't do without the dynamic Anah Ruddin (Lilly), who plays the retired and lonely woman who has high principles which she bends unwillingly.

In six dance lessons (and a seventh bonus lesson) the audience is taken through a crisp drama with intense emotions, clashing personalities and a discussion of homosexuality, aging, friendship, and mendacity.

The stage becomes a vibrant dance-floor as the two actors explore dance steps on the surface, but deep down explore their own and each-other's lives.

Bitter-sweet, this play will want to make you dance and is really a feel-good play with laughter and a deeply satisfying happy end. And all this in a set that allows you, the audience literally to sit in an apartment with a beautiful view, including sunsets. The dancers' silhouettes at the end of each scene are a sight to remember.

Lee Baxter and Anah Ruddin  graciously did an encore dance, prompting well-deserved applause and adding a  personal touch to the performance.

Die-auswaertige-presse, 11May, 2009

"Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" stellt den Höhepunkt der Saison im English Theatre dar. Das Premierenpublikum war hingerissen von diesem zauberhaften Kammerspiel. Abgesehen von den mimischen Fähigkeiten der beiden Darsteller zeigen Anah Ruddin als Lily und Lee Baxter in der Rolle des Mike eine tänzerische Begabung, die der professioneller Turniertänzer in nichts nachsteht. Auch die unterschiedlichen Kostümierungen -- elegantes Abendkleid und Smoking beim Walzer, Slacks und buntes Shirt beim Rock'n Roll -- fanden großen Beifall. Stehende Ovationen, bevor der letzte Vorhang fiel. Ein Dank geht auch wieder an Regisseur Clifford Dean, der unermüdlich nach wunderbaren Stoffen sucht und immer fündig wird.

Just 4 Fun, 25 Mai, 2009
Das Stück ist teils Komödie, teils Generationskonflikt, teils Unterricht in Toleranz. Die Charaktere streiten einerseits und können sich andererseits in den anderen hineinversetzen. Während wir über sie und mit ihnen lachen können, setzen sie ihren Weg einer ungewöhnlichen Freundschaft fort.

Wochenblatt, 15 May, 2009  
Komisch, herzerwärmend, unterhaltsam und berührend -- was kann man mehr von einem Theaterabend erwarten?

Die Broadway - Produktion "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks", die zurzeit im English Theatre zu sehen ist, bietet alles -- auf höchstem Niveau und sprachlich anspruchsvoll.

Die bissig-ironischen Dialoge von Autor Richard Alfieri schlagen Funken aus der zögerlichen Annäherung des seltsamen Paares, das bei Walzer und Tango mehr Gemeinsamkeiten entdeckt, als ihnen beiden lieb ist. Der junge Schauspieler Lee Baxter ist dabei der wunderbaren, erfahrenen Anah Ruddin durchaus gewachsen. Ein smarter, komischer und bewegender Blick auf Freundschaften", urteilte Broadway On-Line über das Stück. Das schafft auch die Hamburger Produktion spielend.




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33rd Season
(2008 / 2009)


a Comedy by Richard Alfieri

(Final performance on 11 July)

Because of the very different backgrounds Lily (Anah Ruddin), does not get along well with her dance instructor (Lee Baxter) to begin with. After awhile, however, she begins to enjoy the private lessons.

When Michael discovers that Lily suffers from a disease that could be fatal, he understands how much joy his lessons bring to her and he gives her the love and support she so much needs. The two different personalities that clashed at first find common ground and give each other strength and understanding.

Despite her serious illness, Michael insists that Lily keep dancing and maintain her positive outlook on life.


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