The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall will host an April Fool’s Day Concert presenting a delightful blend of music and comedy in which comedian Rainer Hersch along with Alastair McGowan and pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin will perform. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and a full symphony orchestra will provide the music of this gala comedy concert. Several such concerts have been hosted by Rainer since he became a classical musician who also performs comedy. All these concerts were for the benefit of Comic Relief. Presently, a comedy version of Glinka’s ‘Overture to Ruslam and Ludmila” will be performed in aid of The Musician Benevolent Fund. This performance will be another version of Britten’s ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Ukulele Orchestra’ by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and ‘The Cat Concerto’ – or Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 – performed by ‘Tom and Jerry’ live on stage. These performances will display classical music at its best, but in a comic form.
As part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary season, ‘Othello’, one of the most popular dramas of Shakespeare, will be staged at the National Theatre this spring. The demanding role of Othello will be performed by Adrian Lester, who is known for starring in BBC’s ‘Hustle’. Rory Kinnear, who was the winner of best actor in the Evening Standard’s drama awards after his 2010 portrayal of Hamlet, will play the role of the jealous and conniving Iago. The Shakespeare drama, which will be directed by Nicholas Hytner, will be performed as part of the 50th anniversary season of National Theatre.
My Perfect Mind
In the moving yet comical production of ‘My Perfect Mind’, which will be directed by Kathryn Hunter and performed by Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter, a comical exploration of the resilience of the human mind will be made. The lead actor Edward Petherbridge, who was once cast as King Lear, had started working on his rehearsals. Unfortunately he suffered a stroke on the second day of rehearsals, which has left him barely able to move. While he was struggling to recover, he found that the entire role of Lear still existed verbatim in his mind. The strange twist of fate became evident when the actor who had performed as one of Shakespeare’s most revered roles became helpless lying in a hospital bed, something that he could never have imagined or foreseen.