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The Twilight Zone at The Almeida
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The Almeida’s production of The Twilight Zone now has photos and a teaser video

Remember that production of The Twilight Zone coming to The Almeida theatre in December? Well, things are proceeding apace, it seems. We have some rehearsal photographs, such as this:

Behind the scenes of The Twilight Zone

(Bonus points if you can work out what episodes they’re adapting, purely from the photographs)

There’s a YouTube teaser video:

And director Tom Brennan has written an article about the difficulties of adapting episodes of an old US TV show for the stage:

So the TV show was like a kind of theatre, and in turn the theatre show is based on TV. It’s a strange transference of forms. There are certainly many questions that arise when thinking about the legacy of the show and its new manifestation on stage.

How do you do a pre-commercial break cliff-hanger onstage?
How do you create a high-concept perspective twist with no camera?
What is the best form for building tension?
What is the best form for creating a sense of the paranoid, the mysterious, the genuinely strange?

Forgive him for not knowing that The Twilight Zone wasn’t ‘the original anthology show’, mind.

I’m going to see it in December. How about you?

Joe Pasquale as Frank Spencer
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The Twilight Zone
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The Almeida theatre enters The Twilight Zone this December

Well colour me surprised – the Almeida Theatre in north London is putting on some adaptations of classic episodes of The Twilight Zone from this December. I wonder who’ll play Rod Serling?

Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area which we call the Twilight Zone.

Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this world premiere production of the acclaimed CBS Television Series The Twilight Zone lands on stage for the first time in its history. Or its present. Or its future.

Stage magic and fantasy unite as the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

The stories chosen are by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson, so that should narrow things down – but only a little bit.

The production runs from 5th December 2017 to 27th January 2018, with a post-show discussion with members of the company on 11th January. Tickets cost £10-£48 and available here to the public from July 27.

Playwright Joe Orton
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What TV’s on at the BFI in August 2017? Including What the Butler Saw and Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Every month, TMINE lets you know what TV the BFI will be presenting at the South Bank in London

August is normally a quiet time for the BFI, as it gambles that everyone’s probably on holiday. Maybe this year it’s gambling that Brexit means we’ll not be able to afford to go on holiday, because there’s actually a surprisingly full schedule. Most of this comes from a season of works by playwright Joe Orton, but there’s also a preview of BBC One’s adaptation of Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)’s first Cormoran Strike novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and a showing of ITV’s seminal The Naked Civil Servant.

Purely by coincidence, The Weekly Play this week is an adaptation of Orton’s final play, What the Butler Saw, which was broadcast as part of BBC Two’s Theatre Night in 1987. The play is a farce in two acts and revolves around Dr Prentice (Dinsdale Landen), a psychiatrist attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay (Tessa Peake-Jones). Also along for the ride are Mrs Prentice (Prunella Scales), her lover/blackmailer Tyler Butterworth, government inspector Timothy West and cross-dressing police officer Bryan Pringle.

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