That's (Animal Farm) showbiz!

Posted by Nick Hennegan on Thursday, February 5, 2015 Under: Nick Hennegan
Bummer!  We had the rights to perform George Orwell's Animal Farm for all of 8 weeks, till the 'principle agent' changed their mind and decided to cancel our license.  It probably means a commercial theatre producer has decided to try a production. Which is good for us fans of Orwell, but not so good for WE fans of Orwell.  

A bit like when we performed 'Under Milk Wood' in the Wheatsheaf in Fitzrovia, London, the pub where Dylan Thomas met his wife.  It was commercially stupid to mount such a large production in such a small room, but it was the 60th anniversary of Dylan's death. And it was the pub where he met... oh, I've mentioned that.  It was about the sprit of the production, the emotion of the moment.  And not about the money.  I'm not sure our 9 shows in a pub would have rocked the commercial rights holder, but that's Animal Farm showbiz.

And it means our next full theatre show will be the Maverick Theatre Company's 21st Birthday show - Henry V - Lion of England, in April.  And there's no problems with the rights for that.  I wrote it myself!  With a bit of help from Shakespeare, of course.  I might consider cancelling the licence.  But I doubt it...

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Tags: shakespeare  animal farm  george orwell  henry v. 
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