The Really Small Theatre Company proudly presents
THE LOVER by Harold Pinter
8th & 13th-15th April 2018 @ 19:00 (Sunday performances @ 17:00)
FINNBRIT, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki
Sarah dutifully waves her husband Richard off to work every morning and welcomes him home at six in the evening. Meanwhile she openly entertains her lover in the afternoon in the knowledge that Richard is also otherwise engaged. There are no secrets in this apparently 'beautifully balanced' marriage!
Featuring Mira Berglund-Fitzpatrick & Christian Jull.
Directed by Joan Nordlund.
THE LOVER is a one act play just over one hour in length. As such, there is no interval. However, we will be serving complimentary refreshments before the show begins.
This is a full stage production.
Discounts available to RStC patrons.
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This amateur production of “The Lover” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. But don't forget: 'amateur' means 'lover' in French...
The Really Small Theatre Company in co-operation with the Finnish National Theatre proudly presents
The Chess Player
Written and Performed by Richard McElvain
Based on Stefan Zweig’s classic novella The Royal Game (Schachnovelle)
Two Performances Only!
20th and 26th April, 2018 @ 19.00
Willensauna Stage, Finnish National Theatre, Bergbominkuja 2, Helsinki
A stolen book of chess games becomes a lifeline for a prisoner in a Nazi jail. Held in solitary confinement, he keeps insanity at bay by dividing his mind between two feuding chess masters. After he escapes, he dares to skirt a volcano of madness by challenging the greatest chess player in the world to a match. Richard McElvain reimagines Stefan Zweig’s classic story as a 75 minute journey exploring the powers of imagination and the pitfalls of obsession.
"Using Zweig’s brilliant story as a springboard, the play explores the power of illusion and how it distinguishes us from all other beasts, how it frees us and at the same time traps us." – McElvain
Richard McElvain is an award winning actor, director and playwright from the United States. He also teaches at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. McElvain has created successful stage adaptations of the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving, O. Henry, and Saki, as well as his own version of Sophocles’ Antigone.
The Chess Player is coming to Helsinki from its successful run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Duration 75 minutes, no interval.
Student & unemployed: €15
Tickets can be purchased and booked either directly from the Finnish National Theater's own ticket office (see below) or from all Lippupiste outlets. Tickets can be purchased at any time from Lippupiste's online store at www.lippu.fi (English available).
Finnish National Theatre Ticket Office
Ticket sales: Mon-Sat 9.00-19.00, tel. 010 7331 331
Group sales: Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00, tel. 010 7331 332
(€0.083 + standard network rate)
Läntinen Teatterikuja 1 aA, 00100 Helsinki
The ticket office entrance is on the corner closest the railway station.
Full ticket information is available on the Finnish National Theatre's website (in Finnish only). The ticket prices include VAT.
There has been an ominous silence from us over the summer. We thought that after the problems we faced last year, that things would be better this year. Unfortunately, we have again been struck by many factors that have hindered our production plans.
There have been several personal misfortunes affecting our administration team over the past months and they have slowed our ability to action plans. In addition, before the summer we encountered a huge setback to our production of Choices when our planned theatre unexpectedly withdraw availability. This necessitated the need for us to have to start the very difficult task of finding an affordable alternative. Coupled with the problems mentioned above, we were again forced into the regrettable position of postponing Choices until early next year.
The theatre situation for small theatre companies in central Helsinki is particularly grim. So much so that we are having to consider alternatives further afield in Helsinki and Espoo. Please be prepared for this in future.
Although our main production has been delayed, we are able to offer some smaller treats!
At 19:00 on Thursday, 24th August we will be performing a half hour of Chekhovian wit at the Finnbrit Open House. This is the same evening as Night of the Arts. Full details can be found here.
On the 21st October, it will be our wonderful pleasure to transport you back to 1930 by performing a stage reading of Noël Coward’s sophisticated comedy, Private Lives.
Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and a roundelay of affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then apart, and new partnerships are formed.
Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of September and we hope you can join us. The performance will be held at the Finnbrit premises with only a limited number of seats available, so book early!