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Greetings from Icarus Theatre Collective!

We've just returned from Romania after performing The Lessonand had fantastic adventures meeting diplomats, brilliant artists, and most importantly performing a sold-out show with people stood in the aisles, cheering at the end for more.  More information.

We are eager to sign a lease on a new office.  Very cheap per square foot, but bigger than we need and can afford.  We are looking for other companies/individuals who could use exceptionally convenient office facilities to go in with us on the rent!  More information.

Our collaborations with Original Theatre Company are working out very well.  We already have a good start to booking our mid-scale tour of Vincent in Brixton in Spring 2009.  We also have 23 performances for Othello booked for Autumn 2009 in mid-scale venues.  When this far in advance of The Lesson we only had a mere two performances booked… and we wound up performing nearly 80 times!

We will be sending out hard-copy newsletters soon.  Make sure we have your mailing address on file!

As always, visit www.icarustheatre.co.uk for full details on our company.  We should have a new website soon.

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Inexpensive, Central OFFICE SPACE in Central London!

We are in a unique position to offer great value office space for rent to Young Vic directors.

The space is below a café just off Goodge Street and is around 200 square feet (enough room for up to six people to fit quite snugly).

We will be using two desks ourselves and are subletting the others at the following rates (all inclusive, except phone):

1 Desk: £185 per month
2 Desks: £325 per month
3 Desks: £475 per month

Six - twelve month lease.

We'd like to only have two or three people join us, but we could be persuaded to take on board one group with four people in it if you're super-friendly, responsible, and won't plan to have all four there constantly.

Pros:
-Very central
-Very neat and tidy
-24 hour access
-Inviting atmosphere
-Friendly owner
-Below a café which will offer deals on drinks
-Café is available when not busy for group meetings (basically, any time other than 12.15 - 2.30pm)
-Friendly colleagues
-2 phone lines, internet, etc
-Clean toilets
-Furnished

Cons:
-No natural light.  That being said, it's about as bright and welcoming as it can be.  I normally wouldn't consider something without natural light, but the space is so affordable, lovely, and the café is a great way to soak up the rays.
-Can't think of anything else, but I'm sure there are minor issues you can identify in a viewing.

Do please contact me on
07XXX XXX XXX as soon as possible.

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Reports from Romania

Teatrul de Comedie in Bucharest was very warm and welcoming.  They provided great accommodation, friendly staff (didn’t matter no one spoke a word of English), and an audience devoted to Ionesco who really appreciated our unique production.

While there we met with:

-The British Ambassador to Romania
-Matae Visniec (a very influential Romanian writer often compared to Ionesco) who is interested in Icarus producing his work
-Representatives from Teatrul Metropol and other Romanian venues who may be interested in taking The Lesson in October

…and many others!

The door for international touring has been opened up for us and we will be exploring how to best capitalize on this over the coming months.

The production was very well received.  The audience applauded louder and longer than at any venue on the tour and we even got stopped on the street a couple times by people who’d seen it. Reviewers and judges were in attendance so Teatrul de Comedie invited us back in late May to attend a national awards ceremony.  Wish us luck!

Visit http://www.icarustheatre.co.uk/lessonshell.html for more info on the show and to see all the great reviews we’ve accumulated along the way.


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Two Mid-Scale tours!

We are in the Tour Booking stage of two epic tours.  We have chosen Shakespeare’s most riveting maritime tragedy, Othello: The Moor of Venice and the Olivier Award winning Vincent in Brixton by Nicholas Wright.

Othello: The Moor of Venice
by William Shakespeare

A tempestuous story from scandal and intrigue to lust and vengeance!

This version of Othello comes to you louder and clearer than any other.

Tackling subjects of racism, belonging and deception, our Othello elegantly references our modern world where all sense of identity is turned topsy-turvy.

Using the sense of water and motion, Icarus sets Othello at sea near Venice and Cyprus. This is a maritime story and the feeling of violence and the war will permeate the story.  Design elements and performance style will bring the audience into the Venetian world of war, movement, and contrast.

Opens 23 September 2009 at South Hill Park Arts Centre.

Vincent in Brixton
by Nicholas Wright

The year is 1873.  A young art dealer called Vincent Van Gogh arrives at 87 Hackford Road in Brixton looking for a room and looking for love. As Vincent settles in to his new lodging, he finds himself inexplicably drawn into a secret relationship that will change his life forever.

Set in a working authentic kitchen, the smells, sights and sounds of life in 87 Hackford Road are brought vividly to life.

As the allusions between life and art intensify, this story turns this into a tragic parable about the ruthless flame of art consuming all in its path.

Opens 19 March 2009 at South Hill Park Arts Centre

Winner of 2003 Olivier Award for best new play
"One of the best new plays ever presented by the National Theatre", The Times
óóóóó The Independent

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IT Stuff

Please note our new phone number, 0207 998 1562.

Keep an eye out on www.icarustheatre.co.uk; we will have a brand new website soon!

Do we have your current contact information?  Why not play it safe and re-send any changes to email or address to us.

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See you soon!

All the best,
Max

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Max Lewendel
Artistic Director

Icarus Theatre Collective
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The Lesson by Eugène Ionesco

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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
starstarstarstarThree Weeks

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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