John puts a Sheen on French farce at Minack

June 26, 2012

In July, the Minack Theatre will see why the name Sheen is synonymous with theatre at its very best. John Sheen, father of musical theatre star Caroline Sheen and uncle of award-winning actor Michael Sheen, brings his years of expertise to directing the classic Molière farce ‘The Hypochondriac’, which has been updated by legendary Liverpool poet Roger McGough.

Newport Playgoers present 'The Hypochondriac'

Hypochondriac Argan (Richard Dymond) is outwitted by his wily maid Toinette (Claudia Barnes)
(PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“This modern take on Molière’s very funny comedy is a lavish costume romp packed with fakes – a wealthy hypochondriac who pretends to be dead, a wife who pretends to love her husband and doctors who pretend to understand medicine,” said John.

“I think we’ve concocted the perfect remedy for all the doom and gloom that’s around these days.”

Newport Playgoers present 'The Hypochondriac'

Argan (Richard Dymond) is keen to marry off his daughter Angelique (Rachel Fenwick) to a doctor – even when he’s an idiot like Thomas (Ryan Salter)
(PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The play, which was a great success during its run at the Dolman Theatre in Newport, features several members of Playgoers who have proved a hit with Minack audiences in previous years: Richard Dymond as the eponymous Argan, Claudia Barnes as the scheming maid Toinette, Caroline Drewett-Mansell as Beline, Argan’s gold-digging wife, Rachel Fenwick as his daughter Angelique who is pursued by foppish suitor Thomas, played by Ryan Salter and the man she loves, Cleante, played by Kevin Myers.

Two years ago, Newport Playgoers enjoyed enormous success at Minack with another Molière play, ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’, and they are hoping for a repeat performance – and good weather.

‘The Hypochondriac’ by Roger McGough is at the Minack Theatre from 9th – 13th July. For more information phone 01633 263670 or visit  www.dolmantheatre.co.uk or www.newportplaygoers.wordpress.com.

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John puts a Sheen on frantic French farce

June 22, 2012
John Sheen

John Sheen (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The name Sheen is synonymous with theatre at its best. For proof, check out the latest production by Newport Playgoers – it’s directed by John Sheen, father of musical theatre star Caroline Sheen and uncle of award-winning actor, Michael Sheen.

John brings years of expertise to his production of ‘The Hypochondriac’, the classic Molière farce that has been updated by Liverpool poet Roger McGough.

Newport Playgoers present 'The Hypochondriac' by Roger McGough after Moliere

Comic capers in ‘The Hypochondriac’
(PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“Following a successful run at the Dolman Theatre we’re now presenting this modern take on Molière’s very funny comedy at the famous open air Minack Theatre on the cliffs in Porthcurno, Cornwall,” said John.

Newport Playgoers present 'The Hypochondriac' by Roger McGough after Moliere

‘The Hypochondriac’ at the Dolman Theatre
(PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“The play is a lavish costume romp packed with fakes – a wealthy hypochondriac who pretends to be dead, a wife who pretends to love her husband and doctors who pretend to understand medicine. I think we’ve concocted the perfect remedy for all the doom and gloom that’s around these days.”

‘The Hypochondriac’ by Roger McGough is at the Minack Theatre from 9th – 13th July. For more information visit  www.dolmantheatre.co.uk or www.minack.com


West End Star Caroline Sheen to Top Bill at Gala Night of Entertainment

February 22, 2011
West End star Caroline Sheen

Top West End musical star Caroline Sheen, who is currently touring America as Mary Poppins, is returning to Wales to top the bill at a gala night of entertainment at the Dolman Theatre on Saturday 19th March.

Mary Poppins will be coming to Newport– in the shape of top West End musical star Caroline Sheen, who is returning to Wales to top the bill at a gala night of entertainment at the Dolman Theatre on Saturday 19th March.

 Caroline, who is currently touring America as the lead in the hit musical ‘Mary Poppins’, will join of host of talent from local musical societies, dance schools and Newport Playgoers Society (NPS), for an evening which promises to be packed with music and mirth. As well as singing a host of familiar favourites, Caroline will be performing songs from her debut album, ‘Raise The Curtain’.

A former pupil at Caerleon Comprehensive School, Caroline gained invaluable experience performing with Gwent Young People’s Theatre and the National Youth Theatre of Wales before going on to study at Guildford School of Acting where she graduated with first class honours. Her West End roles include Marty in ‘Grease’, Eponine in ‘Les Miserables’ and Truly Scrumptious in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

“This gala event has been organised as a fund-raiser for Newport Playgoers Society which owns and runs the 400-seat Dolman Theatre,” explained NPS spokesperson Phil Mansell. “We’re really pleased to have such a talented and well-known performer as Caroline to headline a feast of entertainment that will include something for everyone.”

Tickets for the event, on Saturday 19th March are £15 – and include a glass of bubbly and canapés before the curtain goes up. To book, contact the Dolman Theatre box office on 01633 263670.