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Full Casting for Volpone

What’s on Stage announced the full casting for RSC’s Volpone yesterday.

Trevor Nunn returns to the RSC to direct Ben Johnson’s Volpone. Full cast (in alphabetical order):

Andy Apollo Bonario
Sheila Atim Attendant to Lady Politic Would-Be
Ankur Bahl Androgyno
Guy Burgess Judge/Merchant
Geoffrey Freshwater Corbaccio
Henry Goodman Volpone
Marcus Griffiths Commandatori
Rhiannon Handy Ceila
Simon Hedger Judge
Julian Hoult Castrone
Matthew Kelly Corvino
Jonathan Key Nano
Orion Lee Mosca
Annette McLaughlin Lady Politic Would-Be
Steven Pacey Sir Politic Would-Be
Miles Richardson Voltore
Richard Rees Judge
Colin Ryan Peregrine
Nav Sidhu Notary
Gabby Wong Attendant to Lady Politic Would-Be

Volpone (Italian for “sly fox”) is a comedy play by English playwright Ben Jonson first produced in 1606. A merciless satire of greed and lust, it remains Jonson’s most-performed play, and it is ranked among the finest Jacobean Era comedies.

Text from: Wikipedia

Volpone is already a very rich man. But he worships gold, he understands greed, and he wants to get even richer. He knows that the bankers and lawyers and businessmen in the city around him will stop at nothing to make money… more and more money. Sound familiar?

Text from: RSC

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Swan Theatre
3 July – 12 Sept 2015

Download a detailed guide to sessions for both Volpone, and Steven’s concurrent play, The Jew of Malta.

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Jew of Malta – Director Interview

An interesting interview with the director of The Jew of Malta, Justin Audibert. Recorded in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 March 2015.

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Sounds of Crime Longlist

Steven Pacey has once again been long-listed for The Audible Sounds of Crime Award for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2014 in both printed and audio formats, with his rendition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Guilt.

UPDATE 25 April, 2015: Unfortunately, Steven and Jussi didn’t proceed any further in the competition. Fingers crossed for next year!

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Black Bartlemy Again

BBC Radio 4 Extra is broadcasting Black Bartlemy’s Treasure again today!
Black Bart


BBC Radio 4 Extra
Saturday, 11 April, 2015

The program will then be available for two weeks following broadcast.

Martin Conisby (Steven Pacey) seeks vengeance on Sir Richard Brandon. A swashbuckling pirate adventure by Jeffrey Farnol.
Cast: Steven Pacey, Sean Barrett, Sean Arnold, Julia Swift and Ronald Herdman. Duration: 1.5 hours.
Originally broadcast in 1991.

Text adapted from Radio Times

There is no indication that the sequel to Black Bartlemy’s Treasure , that is Martin Consiby’s Vengeance, will be broadcast. Watch this space.

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Jew of Malta Reviews

The Jew of Malta is receiving glowing reviews!

The play examines issues of racism, misuse of power, hypocrisy and religion. It prompted Charles Nicholl of The Guardian to pen The Jew of Malta – antisemitic or a satire on antisemitism?. You decide.

Also interesting: an interview with Jasper Britton, who plays Barabas.


Professional Reviews

“already there is good work from Steven Pacey as the virulently antisemitic Maltese governor”

Michael Billington, The Guardian

“double-dealing antics of the governor Ferneze himself, played with a wonderful dash and smarmy brio by Steven Pacey”

Michael Coveney, What’s On Stage

“Steven Pacey’s resolute and commanding Governor Ferneze”

Alan Wallcroft, Broomsgrove Advertiser

“Steven Pacey’s flinty governor”

Colin Davison, Gloucestershire Echo

“a steely, rasping Steven Pacey”

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
April 2015 British Theatre Guide Philip Fisher not rated
5 April 2015 The Guardian Susannah Clapp ****
5 April 2015 The Sunday Times
(by subscription only)
Jane Edwardes and Maxie Szalwinska not rated
2 April 2015 Morning Star Gordon Parsons ***
2 April 2015 Times Higher Education Peter J Smith not rated
31 March 2015 Gloucestershire Echo Colin Davison ****
30 March 2015 The Times
(by subscription only)
Dominic Maxwell ****
29 March 2015 Broomsgrove Advertiser Alan Wallcroft not rated
28 March 2015 The Guardian Michael Billington ***
27 March 2015 The Telegraph Dominic Cavendish ****
27 March 2015 Financial Times Ian Shttleworth ****
27 March 2015 Express and Star not rated
27 March 2015 theatreCat BLOG Libby Purves ****
27 March 2015 The Stage Heather Neill ***
27 March 2015 Birmingham Post Richard Edmonds *****
27 March 2015 The Evening Standard Fiona Mountford ****
27 March 2015 What’s On Stage Michael Coveney ****
27 March 2015 Daily Mail Quentin Letts ****
24 March 2015 The Stratford Observer Sarah Judkins not rated

Amateur Reviews

“a fine performance from Steven Pacey”

Guy Thornton, Stratford-upon-Avon Theatre

“Steven Pacey’s Ferneze displays a recognisable statesman-like duplicity, as he schemes both with and against Barabas to defend his nation”

Jonathan Baz, Jonathan Baz Reviews
April 2015 Jewish Renaissance BLOG Judi Herman not rated
1 April 2015 Peter Viney’s BLOG Peter Viney not rated
31 March 2015 Jonathan Baz Reviews Jonathan Baz ****
29 March 2015 Reviews Gate Alexander Ray Edser not rated
28 March 2015 The Public Reviews James Garrington ****1/2
27 March 2015 Elliott Wallis ***
27 March 2015 Kirkville BLOG Kirk McElhearn not rated
20 March 2015 Stratford-upon-Avon Theatre Guy Thornton not rated

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Truth and Lies

Truth and Lies, the sixth and final episode of Series 2 of the Blake’s 7 Classic Audio Adventures is released today by Big Finish.

Steven Pacey appears once again as Del Tarrant in an episode penned by Justin Richards. Other original cast include: Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally) and Tom Chadbon (Del Grant). They are joined by Alistair Lock as Orac/Zen. Listen to the Trailer.

The search for Dayna has led the crew of the Liberator half way across the galaxy, but now Avon knows why she left them. He knows where she went. He knows what she was looking for.

But can he find his missing crewmate before it is too late? The answers lie on a planet called Appallon Five – but so does danger and betrayal.

Written By: Justin Richards
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Text from Big Finish

Available Now

Also available, these previous episodes:
Devil’s Advocate

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Ferneze Costume

The Guardian published an article today showcasing designer Lily Arnold’s breath-taking costumes for the RSC’s production of The Jew of Malta.

Ferneze Costume

Lily Arnold’s design sketch for Ferneze; and, the realised costume for Steven Pacey.

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Jew of Malta Production Photos

Steven Pacey is striking in The Jew of Malta production photographs released by the RSC today:

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Steven Pacey as Ferneze and Andy Apollo as Don Lodowick in The Jew of Malta. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

RSC - The Jew of Malta

Steven Pacey as Ferneze and Annette McLaughlin as Katherine. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

RSC - The Jew of Malta

Simon Hedger as Officer, Steven Pacey as Ferneze and Guy Burgess as First Knight in The Jew of Malta. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

RSC - The Jew of Malta

Steven Pacey as Ferneze. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

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Jew of Malta – Previews Begin

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