Alex Hassell
Alex Hassell
Alex Hassell is a British actor born September 17, 1980 in Southend. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama after completing GCSE and A-Level courses at Moulsham High School, in Chelmsford, Essex. He is a co-founder of The Factory Theatre Company whose patrons include Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Mark Rylance and Emma Thompson.
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First Nighter: "Henry IV" at St. Ann's Warehouse, "Henry V" on Screens Reign Supreme
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Director Phyllida Lloyd's inspiration for her all-women Shakespeare productions -- first Julius Caesar and now Henry IV, both at St. Ann's Warehouse -- wasn't simply to have her actors perform a William Shakespeare play but to have them appear as prison inmates putting on a William Shakespeare play. The advantage is that the one remove not only lifts whatever onus there is to women playing men's roles. It also allows for women playing women playing men's roles to get extra mileage from exaggerating masculine mannerisms. More than that, it means that inmates coming from various backgrounds get to use their own accents, which in the instance of Henry IV Parts I and II -- here conflated into one intermissionless two-hours-plus piece -- works a charm where the Bard's territorial references are involved. In the just-opened new St. Ann's Warehouse space, Henry IV is played in the round -- or, more accurately, in the square. Into it the "inmates" are marched by guards and immediately ...
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The Weekend Tip: Brooklyn Food Conference
Fort Greene- Clinton Hill Patch - almost 5 years
1. Do you dream of delicious, ecologically sustainable, socially just, and accessible food? Join the 2012 Brooklyn Food Conference to learn how to make the dream a reality. Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place. Sat., 9 a.m. Free. 2. "Living legend" Juan de Dios will help teach workshops on three different dance styles from Cuba and then lead a conversation about Afro-Cuban dance. Cumbe, 558 Fulton St. Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Roots of Salsa Fundraiser at 9 p.m. $18 online, $25 at the door. 3. Just in time for Mother's Day, Brooklyn-based author Erin Bried presents her new book, How to Rock Your Baby: And Other Timeless Tips for Modern Moms. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St. Sun. 11 a.m.  4. Continuing to keep jazz alive, vocalist Steve Cromity and his trio performs every second Sunday. This month's special guest is Jazz vocalist TC III. Two Steps Down, 240 Dekalb Ave. Sun., 6 p.m. $10. 5. Two-time Tony and Olivier Award winner Jonath ...
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Five Things to Do This Week
Park Slope Patch - almost 5 years
Monday Mayhem Poets, playing at Brooklyn Academy of Music, comment on subjects from Dr. Seuss to superheroes to fast food with their spoken word poetry. This trio of theatrically-trained artists will be joined by an electric violinist to explore rhythm in its many forms.  Tuesday Hosted by a self-proclaimed “Rodney Dangerfield impersonator” and his daughter (Fred and Jo Firestone), Punderdome 3000 is a pun competition at Littlefield Art & Performance Space. The event is a round robin, but only the first 24 individuals/duos to sign-up at the door will have a chance to compete. Expect celebrity judges and grand prizes. Wednesday Come to the Brooklyn Public Library: Central Branch to hear Polish journalist and author Wojciech Jagielski chronicle the tolls of long-term conflicts by detailing the lives and perspectives of men and women who find themselves mired in seemingly irresolvable wars. Jagielski will be interviewed by Joel Whitney, a founding editor of Guernica: A ...
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Theater review: 'The Caretaker' at the Curran Theatre
LATimes - almost 5 years
 Clarity is not commonly thought to be one of Harold Pinter’s signature virtues. But when his work is done right — and the penetrating British import production of “The Caretaker” starring two-time Tony winner Jonathan Pryce at San Francisco's Curran Theatre is nearly flawless — there’s a dreamlike lucidity that will have you seeing deep into the underground pathways of human nature. When Pinter burst onto the British playwriting scene in the late 1950s, his enigmatic style proved exasperating to many of the day’s leading critics, who could tolerate mystery only if it came with an intelligible explanation, some moral or message they could comfortingly relay to their readers. Not given one, they grew frustrated by this cocky upstart whose characters spoke, as one impatient reviewer put it, in “non-sequiturs, half-gibberish and lunatic ravings.” “The Caretaker,” which premiered in 1960, turned out to be Pinter’s breakthrough play, the work that inspired a new receptiveness to his d ...
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A psychedelic dream - Spectator.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Lysander (Nathaniel Martello-White) overcomes all hurdles to love not so much with testosterone as by channelling Romeo; Matti Naughton gives a dwarfish Hermia who looks and sounds as though she belongs behind the bar at the Rover's; and Alex Hassell's
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A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon - Oxford Times
Google News - over 5 years
Her face drops a degree or two further when she hears her fiancé's strict instruction to the mini-skirted Hermia (Matti Houghton) — which is to marry Demetrius (Alex Hassell), as her father Egeus (Kammy Darweish) says she must, or face death or entry
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Comedian set to make RSC ass of himself - Leamington Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Playing the young lovers are Lucy Briggs-Owen as Helena, Alex Hassell as Demetrius, Matti Houghton as Hermia and Nathaniel Martello-White (Lysander). Lucy and Alex play two of the young lovers in Gregory Doran's current production of Cardenio
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The City Madam – RSC Swan Theatre - The Good Review (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
That said, I feel I must mention a few individuals who really stood out for me; I will begin with Alex Hassell who's impressive commitment to the character of Sir Maurice provided laughs throughout. Every time he was on stage he was able to convey
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theartsdesk in Stratford-upon-Avon: A New Stage for Shakespeare - The Arts Desk
Google News - over 5 years
... below: Matti Houghton, Sara Crowe and Lucy Briggs-Owen) and Gregory Doran's “Shakespeare-reimagined” Cardenio, bubble with wit, design brio and bright young acting (bouquets in particular to Briggs-Owen and Alex Hassell, outstanding in both)
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The City Madam,The Royal Shakespeare Company: The Swan Theatre, Stratford - Oxford Times
Google News - over 5 years
The mood shifts decisively when the two daughters drive off their respective suitors — the preening aristocrat Sir Maurice (Alex Hassell) and the bluff, self-made Mr Plenty (Felix Hayes) — through their imperious demands in a proposed 'pre-nup'
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The City Madam, Swan Theatre, Stratford - Financial Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Alex Hassell's comic talents work much better here as the foppish suitor Sir Maurice, Sara Crowe is an acidic delight as the scheming Lady Frugal and Simeon Moore gets in some supporting laughs as a faux-Welsh astrologer
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Changing times for Madam - Leamington Observer
Google News - almost 6 years
There's plenty of laughs, mainly provided by the suitors - the foppish noble Sir Maurice (Alex Hassell) and plain speaking Yorkshireman made good Mr Plenty (Felix Hayes) - together with Sir Maurice's father Lord Lacy (Nicolas Day)
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Cardenio: The Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon - Oxford Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Twenty-five years on, the same might be said of Alex Hassell and Oliver Rix (pictured) as they flaunt their pecs in Cardenio, the first major play being staged in the Swan since the transformation of the RSC's Stratford base. Again they are competing
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Cardenio, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon - The Independent
Google News - almost 6 years
Alex Hassell is fantastically good as the dastardly Fernando, glaring and attitudinising as though he were the lovechild of Oliver Reed suffering from an early-onset case of the Brian Blesseds. Oliver Rix is a beguiling Cardenio, at first full of
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Detective work pays dividends - Leamington Observer
Google News - almost 6 years
A superb cast bring Doran's vision to life, with not a weak link among them, from the four lovers - newcomer Oliver Rix in the title-role, Alex Hassell as his philandering friend Fernando, Lucy Briggs-Owen as Cardenio's love Luscinda, and Pippa Nixon
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A Theater Where The Stage Is the Star
NYTimes - over 11 years
One recent evening, Mark Rylance stood among the groundlings at Shakespeare's Globe Theater to watch the first performance of a lively production of ''Pericles.'' Only 24 hours earlier, he, too, had been onstage as Prospero in ''The Tempest.'' But now, wearing a baseball hat, a light raincoat and a heavy beard, he went largely unrecognized -- which
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