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Northampton Photo Diary: Abigail McKern's Touring Adventures

Northampton Photo Diary: Abigail McKern's Touring Adventures

24 September 2015

Brave New Worlder Abigail McKern is updating her photo diary across the Brave New World tour.

Ambassador's day: Brave New World

Ambassador's day: Brave New World

by Janice Taylor

24 September 2015

Read what happened when theatre ambassadors from around the country saw Brave New World for the first time. Janice Taylor, who's responsible for keeping ambassadors in the know, â€‹writes about the day she's been waiting for. 

Brave New Worlder: Abigail McKern on family connections and life lessons

Brave New Worlder: Abigail McKern on family connections and life lessons

23 September 2015

Our Brave New World cast interview series kicks off with Abigail McKern, who plays Linda and various ensemble parts. This is Abigail's third time working with director James Dacre and second time appearing at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where her actor-mother Jane Holland trod the boards in the 1950s. Here, Abigail also shares life lessons from her late father, actor Leo McKern, with whom she co-starred in three season of television's Rumpole of the Bailey. For more on Abigail's previous credits visit the Brave New World cast page

Sophie Ward, Huxley and These New Puritans pique press interest in Brave New World

Sophie Ward, Huxley and These New Puritans pique press interest in Brave New World

22 September 2015

Newly added: double-page spread feature in The Stage newspaper... In addition to the various four-star rave reviews, have you seen the latest news and features about Brave New World, including the national newspaper interviews with Sophie Ward and director James Dacre? Plus some fascinating pieces on the attraction of dystopia.

What did literary critics make of Aldous Huxley's novel in 1931?

What did literary critics make of Aldous Huxley's novel in 1931?

by Nick Rice

17 September 2015

Last week, the critics had their say on Dawn King's stage adaptation of Brave New World, but what was the initial response to Aldous Huxley's original novel in 1932?

VIDEO: James Dacre on the use of music in Brave New World

VIDEO: James Dacre on the use of music in Brave New World

17 September 2015

'We've always had a very strong instinct to use music as a key storyteller' - James Dacre on the importance of music in this production.

Why is dystopia all the rage onstage?

Why is dystopia all the rage onstage?

by Holly Williams

15 September 2015

We've heard a lot from Dawn King on Theatre Cloud. But here's a different, wider take: journalist Holly Williams talks to Dawn about why today's theatres are bringing the 20th century's great dystopian novels - including Huxley's Brave New World, George Orwell's 1984 and Franz Kafka's The Trial - novels to the stage.

London Futurists judge #iPredict video contest, new prizes

London Futurists judge #iPredict video contest, new prizes

11 September 2015

The London Futurists Forum have come on board to help us judge submissions in our #iPredict video challenge, in which we're asking you to share your predictions for the future. We've also increased the prize pot - Zoom recording equipment and a VIP theatre trip for two (including travel, hotel, dinner and backstage tour) are now up for grabs. Plus Brave New World director James Dacre shows you how it's done...

First Look: Brave New World in pictures

First Look: Brave New World in pictures

10 September 2015

Take a look at the spectacular production shots for Brave New World.

Critics 'heartily recommend' Brave New World onstage

Critics 'heartily recommend' Brave New World onstage

by Terri Paddock

10 September 2015

The national press flocked to Northampton this week for the world premiere of Brave New World at the Royal & Derngate. What did critics from the Telegraph, Independent, Guardian and others make of this world premiere adaptation of Aldous Huxley's dystopian future, as realised by adapter Dawn King and director James Dacre

First night tweets: Brave New World premieres in Northampton

First night tweets: Brave New World premieres in Northampton

by Terri Paddock

9 September 2015

In one of the busiest weeks for openings in Theatreland, scores of national critics - and plenty of other guests - were in Northampton last night. The world premiere stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is newsworthy, noteworthy and, of course, tweetworthy. 

VIDEO: James Dacre on what audiences should take from Brave New World

VIDEO: James Dacre on what audiences should take from Brave New World

4 September 2015

'If we do our job right, we'll be creating a sense of debate about the way in which people think about their lives' James Dacre on what he hopes audiences will take from seeing the show

Rehearsal journal: Brave New World Week 4

Rehearsal journal: Brave New World Week 4

by Neale Birch

3 September 2015

'Repetition, and precision of movement will enable the actors to build their confidence' Associate producer and staff director Neale Birch writes from week four of the rehearsal room. 

Choreographing the fights in Brave New World

Choreographing the fights in Brave New World

by Neale Birch

2 September 2015

What does a fight look like in a 'perfect' world set hundreds of years in the future?  Associate producer Neale Birch writes on the role of stage and screen combat specialists Rc-Annie in rehearsals. 

First look: Brave New World set design

First look: Brave New World set design

2 September 2015

Here's a look at the model for Brave New World showing what Naomi Dawson's set design will look like. 

Northampton hosts films, talks & twins for Brave New World opening weekend

Northampton hosts films, talks & twins for Brave New World opening weekend

2 September 2015

There's a full day of futuristic activities taking place this Saturday (5 September 2015) at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, to celebrate the world premiere of Brave New World, which starts performances on Friday and opens to the press next Tuesday 8 September.

First look: Brave New World Week 3 rehearsals

First look: Brave New World Week 3 rehearsals

28 August 2015

Here's a glimpse into week three of rehearsals for Brave New World. 

VIDEO: James Dacre on Aldous Huxley

VIDEO: James Dacre on Aldous Huxley

27 August 2015

 'Huxley belongs to a very rare breed of novelists in that he's both a philosopher and also a storyteller' James Dacre on Huxley's work and the unique achievement of Brave New World.

Rehearsal journal: Brave New World Week 3

Rehearsal journal: Brave New World Week 3

by Neale Birch

26 August 2015

'The scenes really come to life and the play has an energy to it that gives us all a lift' Associate producer and staff director Neale Birch writes from week three of the rehearsal room.

VIDEO: James Dacre on researching Brave New World

VIDEO: James Dacre on researching Brave New World

20 August 2015

'The hardest thing to identify has been where to stop researching a particular topic' James Dacre reveals what the research process has been for Brave New World