Monthly Archives: August 2016

Ertegun Director, Bryan Ward-Perkins, takes the Scholars on a tour of his own College, Trinity

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 […]

A visit by the Ertegun Scholars to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe

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 […]

The Fairy Queen

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, […]

Ertegun Scholars attend a performance of The Complete Deaths of Shakespeare at the Oxford Playhouse

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 […]

A visit by the Ertegun Scholars to Les Misérables

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 […]