Though theatre trips to London provide an exciting escape from the Oxford bubble, some of the most rewarding events in the Ertegun calendar occur closer to home. College tours are a firm fixture, and the most anticipated took place two weeks ago: Programme Director Bryan’s tour of his own college, Trinity. We started as was […]

On an English summer evening (chilly and drizzly) a small group of Ertegun scholars gathered in front of the stage in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a Midsummer Night’s Dream. We were told to expect a “weird, druggy, space-age Bollywood mash-up” (Lloyd Evans, the Spectator) from this first production under the Artistic Directorship of Emma Rice. Innovations of […]

From Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th May 2016, I sang the role of Corydon in six performances of Purcell’s Fairy Queen in the Oxford Playhouse, with the company Theatron Novum. This experience was exciting and rewarding, for several reasons. With 600 seats, the Oxford Playhouse is the biggest stage on which I have ever performed, […]

How do you stage Shakespeare in the 21st century? How do you steer free of the Scylla of a semi-senile, seen-a-thousand-times, grand-gesture kind of Shakespeare, without touching base with the Charybdis of a pretentious, navel-gazing, and vacuously pseudo-intellectual Shakespeare with forced references to contemporary political developments? In their ambitious play The Complete Deaths, the performance […]

On May 7th, an Ertegun group went to London to watch Les Misérables (“Les Mis”, in the English-speaking world), the world-famous musical based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo. Les Misérables is the longest running musical in the world at present: the show opened at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985 and has […]

I had been eagerly anticipating this college tour: in June, we visited my own college – Magdalen, in all its splendour! Our guide was Prof. Laurence Brockliss, a history tutor at Magdalen, and the author of a very recent book, “The University of Oxford: A History” (2016). Prof. Brockliss took us to various places in […]

Bulletproof screens, aviator sunglasses, loud music (recorded and live), and military uniforms: you wouldn’t have guessed that this was Hamlet, but, as a group of Ertegun scholars discovered in Stratford-upon-Avon last month, it most certainly was. The RSC’s new production of Hamlet takes the play out of Denmark and straight into the heart of West […]