Capstone Theatre launches Autumn/ Winter SeasonMonday 17 August 2015
The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope's own performance venue, will celebrate five years of bringing internationally acclaimed music, dance and theatre to Liverpool with a packed Autumn/Winter programme of tragic love stories, cutting edge jazz, contemporary dance and film classics.
Shakespeare fans can enjoy the Bard’s enduring tale of love and tragedy – Romeo and Juliet – presented by Immersion Theatre on October 14th (matinee and evening performances). Boldly relocating the action to 1980’s England, this production promises to be a gritty, visceral and highly accessible spectacle infused with heart-break, danger and comedy, perfect for both the seasoned theatre-goer and budding literary enthusiast.
The theme continues with I loved you and I loved you on October 27th. Half-way between dance and a play, this production traces the life of composer and musician Morfydd Owen, who in her 21 years won more awards than anyone else in the entire history of the Royal Academy of Music and counted DH Lawrence and Ezra Pound among her friends. It tells the true story of this gifted composer, who died mysteriously at just 26, after being operated on by her husband on the kitchen table. This production explores Owen's music and her two major relationships - the man she married, and the one she longed to love.
I Burn for You, an atmospheric new musical theatre work based on Bram Stokers Dracula comes to the Capstone on Wednesday 28 October. Created by composer Ian Wilson the show features renowned Hungarian metal vocalist Attila Csihar in the lead role of the Vampyre.
International theatre composer Andy Frizell, who has worked on acclaimed productions of View From A Bridge, King Lear and a site specific piece in the basement of Liverpool’s Cunard Building, brings his work to the Capstone on November 12th. Following the success of his Unity show last year, Andy brings a concert including music from a career spanning 30 years and is once again in the company of the illustrious Theatre Orchestra, a small ensemble comprising some of the regions' finest musicians, and some special guests.
In Tales that Time Forgot (November 24th), children aged 5-11 can follow the adventures of Roberta Price, who lives in a world where libraries and books have been forgotten. Excited by the discovery of an abandoned library, Roberta begins to read, and as she turns the pages, rouses characters including Matilda, The Mad Hatter, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more. Starting at 5pm and free to attend, this is a great after-school activity delivered by Take A Hint Theatre Company and is part of the annual Cornerstone Arts Festival.
Film lovers are also in for a treat. This season sees the return of the Capstone Classics series, after a popular first outing last year. The first in the series, Salaam-e-Ishq, follows six different couples all with one common problem – love. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast, a super-hit musical score and plenty of fun, drama and laughter. Other films in the series include Lage Rago Munha Bhai and Om Shanti Om.
Rainhill Music Festival (in collaboration with The Capstone Theatre) will host pianist Stephen Hough and his programme of romantic preludes and etudes on October 20th, while Italian concert pianist Alessandro Stella presents White Sceneries on December 3rd, a concert of contemporary music for solo piano which draws on elements of minimalism and new simplicity styles, including music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and Latvian Pēteris Vasks.
Each November, the Capstone Theatre plays host to Liverpool Hope University’s annual Cornerstone Arts festival, which for the first time is free to the public. Acts already confirmed include renowned contemporary dancer Liz Aggiss, and Grand Band - six of New York City’s top pianists (Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell). Tuesday 24th November will also see the Liverpool premiere of Poles Apart, the scorching new comedy written and directed by John Godber which examines the role of the theatre in the life of the working man and the role of the working man in the life of the theatre. Pianist Clare Hammond, recently selected as BBC Music Magazine's ‘Rising Star’, will present the world premiere of two works for piano and film - Hände, by Liverpudlian composer Ken Hesketh, and The Nose, by Ed Hughes, both of which use silent films as their backdrop. Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, set up by former Scottish Ballet principal dancer Paul Bayes Kitcher, will also present Upon Awakening, exploring real life stories of adversity and recovery from addiction. Visit the Capstone Theatre website at www.thecapstonetheatre.com for the latest news on the festival.
As home to the annual Liverpool International Jazz Festival, and with a history of attracting incredible artists throughout its seasons, The Capstone continues to consolidate its status as one of the best jazz venues in the North West by welcoming legends from the whole jazz spectrum this Autumn. Starting on October 1st with Manchester based trumpeter, composer and arranger, Matthew Halsall accompanied by the Gondwana Orchestra, the jazz beats will continue with Mercury Prize nominees Roller Trio who will return to the Capstone on October 23rd. Still only in their mid-twenties, the band shot to fame in 2012, with a BBC Introducing set, a Mercury nomination for Album of the Year and a MOBO nomination for best jazz act.
Cape Town-born pianist/composer and world music artist Philip Clouts brings his new quartet to the Capstone on October 30th. His band features rising star Samuel Eagles on saxophone, and plays uplifting melodic jazz in moods ranging from lilting calypso to driving Latin American grooves and Afrobeat. Julian Argüelles Tetra plays on November 4th, followed by The Grew Quartet on November 10th, and the jazz programme comes to a crescendo on November 14th with Yaron Herman. Herman is a world class pianist and composer and widely regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. He has presided over the Jury of the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition, headlined television broadcasts in 39 different countries and collected awards including the Victoires du Jazz, iTunes Choice Award and New Talents Trophy. Jazz lovers can also look forward to the 2016 Liverpool International Jazz festival which takes place at the Capstone in February – more details and a full line up will be announced soon.
With an eclectic programme of music, dance and theatre, the Capstone Theatre’s Autumn Winter season aims to bring the best in international arts for music, dance and theatre lovers across the region.