King Lear is back, part of the RSC 2018 Summer season!

Tuesday 12 September 2017, the RSC announces the 2018 Summer season.

Gregory Doran’s 2016 production of King Lear will join the Royal Shakespeare Theatre repertoire for a limited season after an international tour.

RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran: “Following a short revival of my production of King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role, we conclude the Royal Shakespeare Theatre season with a change of tone. …”

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Directed by Gregory Doran
23 May – 9 June 2018

Antony Sher reprises his “unbearably moving” (Guardian) performance in the title role of this acclaimed production which was first seen in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and at the Barbican in 2016. It returns to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre after an international tour.

Full casting is not confirmed yet. I wonder if Oliver Johnstone could be in the cast as Edgar again, unless Imperium gets a London transfer, so he’d be busy playing Rufus/Octavian. Let’s wait for news!


Oliver Johnstone plays Rufus/Octavian in RSC’s Imperium!

I was just wondering when I could get some news about this young and dedicated actor. This morning it happened! Terry Paddock of “My Theatre Mates“, always such a precious source, tweeted me about a new casting.

I’m glad to announce that Oliver Johnstone is in the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Imperium“, part of Robert Harris’ Roman trilogy, known as the “Cicero novels”.

He will play Rufus/Octavian. It’s a great role for Oliver, so he goes back to Rome for the RSC again, after Cymbeline!

His Oppenheimer’s colleague Michael Grady-Hall is in the cast, too.

The two plays will run in Stratford-Upon-Avon at the Swan Theatre:

Part I: Conspirator 16 November 2017 – 10 February 2018

Part II: Dictator 23 November 2017 – 10 February 2018

I’m so looking forward to see material about this production!

But, most of all, I hope to make it in Stratford!

On Chesil Beach release dates

On Chesil Beach – movie with Oliver Johnstone in the role of Ted, will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 (unknown date) and will be released in UK on 19 January 2018.

I couldn’t find production photos with Oliver, yet.

LINKS list of the movies

An Interview with Oliver Johnstone on Culture Calling

Image Credit: John Douet

Culture Calling tweet: “The award-winning #Tribes is on @crucibletheatre. We were lucky enough to talk to one of the stars, Oliver Johnstone

You can read the interview here:

I like what he says, he seems a clever young man with a clear idea on what he wants in life!

They also gave me the permission to post it on my blog, you can read it in the Interview session:


Image Credit: John Douet

On Sheffield Theatres’ site, you can also read the transcript of Emily Howlett & Ciaran Alexander Stewart brilliant Tribes interview on BBC Radio Sheffield, aired on Monday 17 July:


These are three talented and brilliant young actors!

Tribes adv+production photos and first reviews

On 3 July there was the Press Night of Tribes at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Here the adv photos made by the Crucible Theatre


Here the production photos – photographer Mark Douet:

I went to see the last preview on the 1st of July: it’s a beautiful story and the six members of the cast made a terrific performance! Unmissable!

This is a regional premiere of the play, let’s hope it goes farther! The West End, maybe? I do hope so!



read the first reviews for Oliver as Dan:

What’s On Stage 4 July 2017 – 4* – “Oliver Johnstone copes superbly with Dan’s journey from bumptious brilliance, via drugs and hallucinations, to inarticulate desperation. ” (also source for the photos)

The Stage 4 July 2017 – 3* – “the cast give convincing performances. Oliver Johnstone is equally believable as the stammering brother Dan who can’t cope with his sibling’s signs of independence.

Broadway World UK 4 July 2017 – 4* – “The six performers are fantastic – not only did each embody their characters really effectively, there is a clear chemistry between them. […] Although all the actors are excellent, some of the strongest scenes are those between Johnstone and Stewart. The loving and loathing of sibling relationships, and the tensions of wanting to fly the nest vs wanting to stay cocooned in the family home, are expertly drawn, and the way Dan crumbles as Billy becomes stronger is beautifully portrayed.

The Reviews Hub 5 July 2017 – 3*1/2 – “Oliver Johnstone is compelling throughout as Billy’s brother Dan, whether cruelly baiting his parents and sister, or later bereft and wordless at the apparent loss of his brother from his life.

Exeunt Magazine 5 July 2017 – “It’s in the relationship between Billy and Dan that the emotional centre of Tribes lies, though. Oliver Johnstone is all too believable as the brash, arrogant exterior of his character is gradually worn away, his stammer returning with the threat of his brother becoming independent.

Derbyshire Times 6 July 2017 – “All the hearing actors –Simon Rouse, Lindy Whiteford, Oliver Johnstone, and Louisa Connolly-Burnham – are memorable


More reviews will follow. Congratulations Oliver!

Tribes official page on Sheffield Theatres’ site