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Paul Robeson

Paul Leroy Robeson was an African-American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At university, he was an outstanding American football player, then had an international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and cinema. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, Fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with Communism, and his criticism of the US government caused him to be blacklisted during McCarthyism. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career. To the end he remained unapologetic for the unpopular political stances he took.
Robeson won an academic scholarship to Rutgers University, where he became a football All-American and the class valedictorian. He attended Columbia Law School, while playing in the National Football League. At Columbia, he sang and acted in off-campus productions and post-graduate, he became a participant in the Harlem Renaissance with performances in The Emperor Jones and All God's Chillun Got Wings. Robeson initiated his international artistic résumé with a theatrical role in Great Britain before settling in London for the next several years with his wife Essie.

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Paul Robeson is currently involved with

The Seagull - Producer

20:15, Fri 11th June 2021 - Tue 15th June 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
17:15, Fri 18th June 2021 - Tue 22nd June 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
20:45, Fri 25th June 2021 - Tue 29th June 2021 at Adelphi Theatre

The Seagull is the first of what are generally considered to be the four major plays by the Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. The Seagull was written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev.
The character of Trigorin is considered Chekhov's greatest male role, though as with the rest of Chekhov's full-length plays, The Seagull relies upon an ensemble cast of diverse, fully developed characters. In contrast to the melodrama of the mainstream theatre of the 19th century, lurid actions are not shown onstage. Characters tend to speak in ways that skirt around issues rather than addressing them directly; in other words, their lines are full of what is known in dramatic practice as subtext, or text that is not spoken aloud.
The opening night of the first production was a famous failure. Vera Komissarzhevskaya, playing Nina, was so intimidated by the hostility of the audience that she lost her voice. Chekhov left the audience and spent the last two acts behind the scenes. When supporters wrote to him that the production later became a success, he assumed that they were merely trying to be kind. When Constantin Stanislavski, the seminal Russian theatre practitioner of the time, directed it in 1898 for his Moscow Art Theatre, the play was a triumph. Stanislavski's production of The Seagull became "one of the greatest events in the history of Russian theatre and one of the greatest new developments in the history of world drama."

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Paul Robeson is preparing for

  • Evita - Percussion, Flute

    21:00, Sun 20th June 2021 - Thu 24th June 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The…

  • Romeo and Juliet - Lord Capulet

    20:15, Sat 24th July 2021 - Tue 27th July 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's…

  • Wicked - Madame Morrible

    20:15, Sun 25th July 2021 - Thu 29th July 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    21:00, Sun 1st August 2021 - Thu 5th August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    21:00, Sun 8th August 2021 - Thu 12th August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a…

  • The Merchant of Venice - Choreographer

    19:45, Sun 31st October 2021 - Wed 3rd November 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    20:00, Sun 7th November 2021 - Wed 10th November 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:15, Sun 14th November 2021 - Wed 17th November 2021 at Adelphi Theatre

    The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespear…

  • Starlight Express - Buffy the Buffet Car

    19:45, Fri 17th December 2021 - Wed 22nd December 2021 at Barbican Centre
    19:30, Fri 24th December 2021 - Wed 29th December 2021 at Barbican Centre
    19:30, Fri 31st December 2021 - Wed 5th January 2022 at Barbican Centre

    Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Arlene Phillips, with revisions by Don Black, David Yazbek and Alistair Lloyd Webber & Nick Coler. The story follows a…

  • Oklahoma! - Set Designer

    20:00, Fri 7th January 2022 - Tue 11th January 2022 at Royal Opera House, London

    Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma…

  • War Horse - Writer

    19:30, Sat 12th March 2022 - Tue 15th March 2022 at Random Venue 59

    War Horse is a play based on the book of the same name by acclaimed children's writer Michael Morpurgo, adapted for stage by Nick Stafford. Originally Morpurgo thought "they must be mad" to try to make…

  • Starlight Express - Volta

    20:45, Mon 2nd May 2022 - Fri 6th May 2022 at Globe Theatre, London

    Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Arlene Phillips, with revisions by Don Black, David Yazbek and Alistair Lloyd Webber & Nick Coler. The story follows a…

  • Titus Andronicus - Quintus

    20:15, Sun 12th June 2022 - Thu 16th June 2022 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, and possibly George Peele, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593. It is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy, and is often seen…

  • Spamalot - Costume Designer

    18:00, Sun 19th June 2022 at Random Venue 16
    20:30, Mon 20th June 2022 at Random Venue 78
    21:00, Thu 23rd June 2022 at Savoy Theatre
    20:30, Sat 25th June 2022 at The Old Vic
    21:00, Mon 27th June 2022 at Random Venue 24
    15:45, Tue 28th June 2022 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
    11:30, Fri 1st July 2022 at Noël Coward Theatre
    20:30, Mon 4th July 2022 at Globe Theatre, London

    Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy "lovingly ripped off from" the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it diff…

  • The Importance of Being Earnest - Production Manager

    20:45, Fri 8th July 2022 - Thu 14th July 2022 at Random Venue 1

    The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at St. James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the…

  • Bye Bye Birdie - Violin

    20:15, Sun 7th August 2022 - Thu 11th August 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.
    Originally titled Let's Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 1958.…

  • The Book of Mormon - Reeds

    20:30, Sat 13th August 2022 - Thu 18th August 2022 at Almeida Theatre

    The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and Stone co-cr…

  • The Crucible - Production Manager

    21:00, Fri 9th September 2022 - Tue 13th September 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    The Crucible is a 1953 play by the American playwright Arthur Miller. It was initially called "The Chronicles of Sarah Good". It is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Provi…

  • Godspell - John the Baptist

    20:15, Fri 25th November 2022 - Thu 1st December 2022 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:15, Fri 2nd December 2022 - Thu 8th December 2022 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:45, Fri 9th December 2022 - Thu 15th December 2022 at Adelphi Theatre

    Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including…

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