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Latest news: Twelfth Night opens to standing ovations at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre... David Farr's production of Twelfth Night has opened in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to standing ovations from the audience. Jonathan plays the pompous Malvolio whose cross-gartered yellow stockings get him into trouble with the object of his affections, the sombre Lady Olivia, with hilarious consequences. You can see pictures, book tickets and watch the trailer here: http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/twelfth-night/. Watch this space for the critics' reaction and don't forget that Jonathan's other two plays The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest open on 16 March and 30 March respectively.
Rehearsals underway for The Tempest & Twelfth Night
Rehearsals have started in the RSC's London space for The Tempest (in which Jonathan plays the exiled Prospero) and Twelfth Night where he will play the completely contrasting role of the pompously ridiculous Malvolio. Describing the rehearsal process, Jonathan said that the cast were trying to find the magic of Propsero's island; "we don't want it to fall into a cliche" he said "we want to find something really unusual and magical about the island". Although no photographs of the rehearsals have been issued yet, the cast were at a very cold stretch of the English coast a few days ago filming the trailer for the three plays which make up What Country Friends, Is This? The Triology of plays open in Stratford-Upon-Avon on 11 March 2012 and transfers to London in June/July 2012.
Jonathan back in The Homecoming!
As some of you already know, Jonathan was knocked off his bike, cycling home after a performance a couple of weeks ago. Although he spent a few days in hospital, he has been discharged and is now recovering with his family in the Cotswolds. The worst injuries that he suffered were two breaks to his arm, but these have been operated on and he's on the mend. This unfortunate accident means that he is no longer able to perform in Macbeth as is it a very physical production and the good news is that Jonathan is back to his role of the smooth-talking pimp Lenny in The Homecoming as of Thursday 15 September until it ends on 15 October! Jonathan would also like to thank everyone who has sent him messages and cards - they're much appreciated!
Exclusive! Jonathan invited back to the Royal Shakespeare Company next year!
You heard it here first! Following his critically-acclaimed performances as Macbeth and the sinister pimp Lenny in The Homecoming, the Royal Shakespeare Company has invited Jonathan back to Stratford-on-Avon for its 2012 season to play two iconic roles - Prospero in Shakespeare's mature masterpiece The Tempest and Malvolio in the ever-popular Twelfth Night. Jonathan is delighted to return for another season in Stratford and is already looking forward to the challenge of these two very different roles.
The Homecoming opens to critical acclaim at the Swan Theatre
The RSC's production of Pinter's 1965 masterpiece The Homecoming has opened to great reviews at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Jonathan tackles the part of Lenny, a 1960's north London pimp, a role which he says is one of the darkest he's ever played. The entire production has received enthusiastic praise from theatre critics and Jonathan's performance has been particularly endorsed; his Lenny is "a master of the
Pinter piss-take, whose pallid face, dead eyes and sharp little grin put one in mind of a shark circling its prey. Like the drama
he is both hateful and hypnotic... an especially chilling performance" (Charles Spencer, The Telegraph) Michael Billington (The Guardian) writes that "Jonathan Slinger brilliantly shows [his] pimping son, Lenny, to be a
man who believes himself to be a sexually violent cock of the walk, but
who crumbles the moment he encounters a real woman", whilst The Stage's Pat Ashworth credits Jonathan as giving "a masterful performance... as the
eerie Lenny". The Homecoming is on at The Swan Theatre until 15 October 2011; tickets can be bought from http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/homecoming/
Production photographs and a trailer for the production can also be seen on the Homecoming microsite.
Jonathan in rehearsal for Pinter's Homecoming
Macbeth: the reviews are in!
Press Night for Macbeth happened this week at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; although reviews of the production were mixed, praise for Jonathan's interpretation of the title role was universal. There are some selected highlights below! The image to the left shows Jonathan as Macbeth and Aislin McGuckin as Lady Macbeth, courtesy of the RSC.
"Jonathan Slinger’s peroxide blond Macbeth, with
his leering grin and dead eyes, seems entirely at home... [and] once Slinger gets going with the serial killing he is horribly
as his vaulting ambition gives way first to terror and then to the
desolation of a man who realises that he has turned his existence into
meaningless wasteland." (Charles Spencer, Telegraph)
"Jonathan Slinger is a sly, edgy and psychotic Macbeth" (Michael Coveney, The Stage)
"Slinger... comes into his own when crowned, turning Macbeth into a berserk,
snickering slaughterer who is prey to nightmarish fantasies: most
sensationally when he imagines Banquo's ghost slitting his throat" (Michael Billington, Guardian)
Nouveau Guignol: First show at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton!
Le Nouveau Guignol, the fringe theatre company of which Jonathan is patron, performed their first show at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, on 27 June 2011. History was made in the Courtyard's Studio space as Nouveau Guignol performed two plays which haven't been seen on the British stage since London's original Grand-Guignol theatre closed its doors in the 1920's! As usual, the audience were treated to a tense blend of vintage Guignol plays and some brand-new horror writing. LNG are also to be involved in the first ever London Horror Festival which will take place around Hallowe'en, when they will perform the UK premiere of the 1958 French Guignol classic The Orgy in the Lighthouse. More details to come soon!
Macbeth now open!
Michael Boyd's new production of Macbeth, starring Jonathan as the tragic thane, has opened in Stratford-upon-Avon in the newly rebuilt Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Although it's too early for the critics to have given their opinion, theatregoers have been describing the production as "intelligent", "interesting" and "fabulous". Make your own mind up! See Jonathan as Macbeth until 06 October 2011 at the RST. Book your tickets here: http://www.rsc.org.uk/buy-tickets/
The RSC at 50 - Jonathan on Radio Four...
Radio Four celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company with a three-part series about the history of the company and its work today. James Naughtie talks to various members of the company, including Jonathan, as he prepares to bring a new interpretation of one of Shakespeare's most memorable characters to the stage. The first programme also includes contributions from Judi Dench, Greg Doran and David Tennant, plus members of the backstage team. Listen to it here:
Macbeth rehearsal photographs and trailer released!
The RSC has released a few photographs of Macbeth in rehearsal, including some lovely shots of Jonathan looking every inch the tortured nobleman. Have a peek at:
The trailer for Macbeth has also been released and is on the RSC website; although there is no footage of Jonathan in the video, he speaks some of Shakespeare's most beautiful and well-known lines in voiceover. See it here! http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/macbeth/
Nouveau Guignol: May show announced...
After a sold-out success with their February and March productions, Le Nouveau Guignol return to their home theatre - The Old Red Lion - to stage another evening of classic Grand-Guignol and new writing on 23 May 2011. Entitled "A Few Of Our Favourite Things", the evening will consist of a classic Guignol plays - The Final Kiss and two new pieces by Guignol writer Ed Allenby, whose previous work left one well-known theatrical agent hiding her face in her cardigan! Tickets available from http://www.redliontheatres.co.uk/monday-nights.htm (scroll down past the comedy!) or from the Old Red Lion Box Office on 020 7837 7816.
Dates and more casting for Macbeth announced!
The actress who will star opposite Jonathan as the ambitious Lady Macbeth will be Aislin McGuckin. An experienced classical actress, Aisline played Olivia with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005, and last year played the title role in Webster's dark drama, The Duchess of Malfi at the Greenwich Theatre. Further casting is yet to be announced.
Dates for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Macbeth - in which Jonathan stars as the eponymous anti-hero - have been announced. The play will open in Stratford-Upon Avon on Saturday 16 April 2011 and will run until 06 October. Public booking opens on 28 January 2011 - to book tickets or for for information, go to: www.rsc.org.uk
UPDATE: Tickets now on sale for first date! Le Nouveau Guignol set to commence residency
Tickets are now on sale for Le Nouveau Guignol's first residency performance at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Entitled "Strange Love... Romance, the Guignol way", the company present an evening of three short Guignol plays on the theme of "love". Book your tickets at:http://www.redliontheatres.co.uk/monday-nights.htmor at the box office on: 020 7837 7816.
The boutique theatre company of which Jonathan is patron are set to commence a monthly residency at The Old Red Lion Theatre. Le Nouveau Guignol are committed to restaging the classic plays of the Parisian Theatre du Grand Guignol and encouraging new writing in the same genre; a sell-out performance at the ORL in October won them a monthly residency which is due to start on 21 February 2011, with a programme including the classic The Final Kiss and two new works. They will then present an evening of Grand Guignol theatre on the third Monday evening of each month. For more details, check their website at: www.nouveauguignol.co.uk
Jonathan to play Macbeth with Royal Shakespeare Company!
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the exciting news that Jonathan has accepted an invitation to play the title role in a new production of Macbeth next year. Rehearsals start in mid-January 2011 and will then transfer to Stratford for the summer months; the company's year will then finish with their usual London season. No more casting details have been announced as yet, but fans of Jonathan's work will undoubtedly look forward to seeing his interpretation of the classic Shakespearean anti-hero. Watch this space for more news!
Yes, Prime Minister
Yes, Prime Minister is now over, after a very successful run, but you can still see the trailer below: