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We have a new website! Visit www.icarustheatre.co.uk.

We are now casting for our production of Moonfleece by Philip Ridley.

We have just accepted an offer from the Finborough Theatre to co-produce and direct The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan.

When The Lesson was in Romania we were reviewed, received four stars twice and five stars thrice, and won two major awards from a national Judges panel. More information.

As always, visit www.icarustheatre.co.uk for full details on our company.

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New Website


You may have noticed the radical changes to our website over the past two months.

We are now ready to launch and announce the change!

Cherry Branch Design have been working hard on creating a more functional, professionally designed website for us. We're very pleased with the result and can't recommend them enough if you're looking for a new website or to improve your current one. Email contact.

Of course, with any major change like this, there will be grammar errors, layout changes that look different on each computer, etc so if you notice anything amiss (howsoever trivial), do please drop us a line and let us know.

Visit www.icarustheatre.co.uk to see their wonderful work!

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Reports from Romania


We've won!

When The Lesson was in Romania we were reviewed, received four stars twice and five stars thrice, and won two major awards from a national Judges panel!

  • Premiul special al juriului (The Special Jury Prize - a major award created specifically for us)
  • Premiul pentru cea mai buna actrita Ón rol principal - Amy Loughton (Best Actress in a Leading Role - Amy Loughton)

We've also been officially invited to return in October by Teatrul Imposibil. They are in the process of securing funding for us.

We hope this theatre's enthusiasm and these awards will help us secure a small tour throughout Romania.

Visit http://www.icarustheatre.co.uk/shows/lesson.html for more info on the show and to see the reviews we've accumulated along the way.

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The Time of Your Life


Two shows are coming up this autumn. After Moonfleece at the Old Red Lion Theatre we are producing The Time of Your Life at the Finborough Theatre.

 

The Time of Your Life

by William Saroyan

First Revival of Pulitzer Prize winning American/Armenian play since the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1983.

While open-hearted, open-handed Joe sets up his flunky, Tom, to woo the angelic Kitty Duvall (internationally renowned burlesque dancer or two-dollar whore), he also helps a would-be dancer to fulfill his lifelong dream. We meet a lovelorn young man searching for love at the end of a telephone, a longshoreman with the soul of a poet, slumming society swells, and a boozy old coot muttering in the corner about the abyss the world may fall into at any moment…

A rich tapestry of human life, peopled by a profusion of wistful dreamers, pining lonely hearts, and beer-hall-philosophers.

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Casting Breakdown


Moonfleece
by Philip Ridley
directed by: Max Lewendel

Something's wrong in the state of Bethnal Green...

Moonfleece is an intense and thrilling exploration of memory and identity. It also deals with themes of contemporary resonance: racism, homophobia, and how those in authority distort both the truth and the past.

We are looking for a mixed ethnicity cast, caucasian, British Asian, etc with a playing age 14 - 20.

Click here for a full casting breakdown.

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IT Stuff


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All the best,
Max

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Max Lewendel
Artistic Director

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The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

starstarstarstar or better
in 15 of 17 reviews

Out of all productions with a star rating in the last 3 years:

starstarstarstar or better
in 36 of 45 reviews

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"Max Lewendel's production succeeds by the strength of its acting and the steadily increasing tension."

Jeremy Kingston, The Times

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The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"Directed so specifically that the beast of chaos that charges through Ionesco's work like his own rhinoceros is safely routed through the play."

Rebecca Banks, Ham & High

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The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"A daring production by an energetic new company, the London-based Icarus Theatre Collective, it pulls no punches in its visceral pursuit of pure absurdism."

Daniel Lombard,
South Wales Argus

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The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

Premiul special al juriului
Special Jury Prize:
Cash prize from Romania

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

Premiul pentru cea mai buna actrita ín rol principal
Best Actress in a Leading
Role: Amy Loughton

Coyote Ugly by Lynn Siefert

"Scarlet, a wild 12-year-old, like a coyote bitch on heat".

John Thaxter, What's On

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Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

starstarstarstarstarRemotegoat
starstarstarstarstarCarrick Biz
starstarstarstarstarStage, Screen, & the Mystique
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Journey's End
by R.C. Sherriff

starstarstarstarThe Times

starstarstarstarThe Scotsman
starstarstarstarManchester Eve News

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

With sword, axe, spear and bare fist fighting it is an impressively energetic and dynamic production.

Victoria Claringbold, Remotegoat

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The Trials of Galileo
by Nic Young

Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon.

Edwin Reis, Remotegoat

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Spring Awakening
by Frank Wedekind

Nigh-on Faultless. The cast are, one and all, magnificent.

Roderic Dunnett, Behind the Arras

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Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

"Max Lewendel's production is fast-paced and pulls the audience straight in... Outstanding".

Von Magdalena Marek, Newsline

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

"Particularly haunting is the piece because of the use of music and sounds, designed by Theo Holloway. The effect is outstanding".

Von Magdalena Marek, Newsline

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

"Max Lewendel's production is fast-paced and pulls the audience straight in... Outstanding".

Von Magdalena Marek, Newsline

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

"The play explodes into action with a high-powered fight sequence using real swords, axes and spears that superbly captured the intensity of battle".

Robin Strapp, British Theatre Guide

Journey's End
by R.C. Sherriff

"A powerfully emotive production."

Julie Watterston, The Stage

Albert's Boy
by James Graham

"Theatre at its best."

Aleks Sierz, The Stage

Coyote Ugly by Lynn Siefert

"The five-member cast fill the dim confines of the theatre like a desert storm".

Le Roux Schoeman,
Church of England Newsletter

Coyote Ugly by Lynn Siefert

"This sexy, steamy drama really hits home, especially after delivering the scorpion sting in its tail".

Philip Fisher,
British Theatre Guide

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"Comedy, tragedy, fear, mystery, sex, violence, disturbance: The Lesson has them all".

Eleanor Weber,
Raddest Right Now

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"It is impossible not to enjoy Icarus Theatre Collective’s production of Ionesco’s one-act play".

The Stage

Coyote Ugly by Lynn Siefert

"The cast navigates the perilous emotional terrain with aplomb".

Visit London (Totally London)

Coyote Ugly by Lynn Siefert

"Sizzling bursts of desire and hate among the North American sands".

Timothy Ramsden,
Reviews Gate

Albert's Boy
by James Graham

"Extraordinary...
Victor Spinetti is outstanding."

Cheryl Freedman,
What's On in London

Albert's Boy
by James Graham

"A beautifully crafted piece."

Joanna Bacon,
Rogues & Vagabonds

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"The Icarus Theatre collective's production of Eugène Ionesco's absurdist masterpiece is brilliant. A fast-paced, sixty-five minute screaming journey from a bare classroom into utter chaos."

Kevin Hurst, Extra! Extra!

Many Roads to Paradise
by Stewart Permutt

"You would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this, so why not pop along to the Finborough and find out what great nights are made of."

Gene David Kirk,
UK Theatre Web

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The Time of Your Life
William Saroyan

"Book as soon as possible!"

-Claire Ingrams,
Rogues & Vagabonds

The Time of Your Life
William Saroyan

"This is the kind of consoling play we need right now."

-Jane Edwardes, Time Out

Romeo & Juliet
William Shakespeare

"A rollercoaster rendering of the play that dragged the audience on a fast-paced soul-stirring ride for two heart-rending hours."

Team Locals

Romeo & Juliet
William Shakespeare

"An excellent take on a globally-renowned tale of true love."

Take on the Road by Lauren Razavi

Romeo & Juliet
William Shakespeare

"Props to Icarus Theatre Collective for putting on such a fantastic show."

 

Team Locals

Romeo & Juliet
William Shakespeare

"A fresh and invigorating version of this time-honoured romantic tragedy."

Darlington & Stockton Times - Christina McIntyre

The Time of Your Life
William Saroyan

"Fine performances from the 26-strong cast."

-Michael Billington, The Guardian

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"You can reach out and touch the emotional atmosphere."

-Julienne Banister,
Rogues & Vagabonds


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