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The Tragedy of Macbeth, CPO Lausanne, 29-31 May 2015

A Lausanne-based theater troupe, Sweet Sorrow Theater, is offering knowitall.ch readers the chance to win 5 double tickets for the opening night performance of The Tragedy of Macbeth, on Friday 29 May 2015.

Performing in English at the Centre Pluriculturel et Social d’Ouchy, the troupe will enact a real adaptation of Shakespeare’s popular tragedy, a contemporary reading, which places Macbeth’s madness at its center.  

Founded in 2011 by Florence Rivero with a couple of students from the English department of UNIL (Université de Lausanne), the Sweet Sorrow Theater company specializes in performing the works of William Shakespeare, although Macbeth is the first tragedy that they have played.

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The Geneva Amateur Operatic Society (GAOS) will stage their first performance of the musical Cabaret this spring at the Casino Théâtre in Geneva.

Based on the original book by Christopher Isherwood, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Cabaret is set in Berlin in 1931 when the Nazis are rising to power.

The aspiring American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, arrives in the city on New Year’s Eve to write the Great-Novel-That-Will-Make-Him-Rich-and-Famous, but he doesn’t seem to be able to get beyond the first paragraph.

In the seedy Kit Kat Klub he meets the crazy young English singer, Sally Bowles, and his life is turned upside when she moves in with him. Their carefree idyll is soon destroyed by a city beset with decadence, despair and discrimination. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub whose irreverent songs punctuate the show and provide a political commentary on what is happening to the Fatherland.  But is this not the material for a good book?

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Geneva English School will stage what they call “unashamedly, the happiest show in town” – a romantic fantasy adventure, performed by over 70 students from the school and featuring a dazzling array of popular music from the 50s to the 90s. The show will be performed on 22 to 24 January at the Centre Communal in Genthod.

Set in a fictional central European kingdom, Destiny! covers the trials and tribulations of Maximilian, a young prince and heir to the throne, who teams up with peasant girl, Rowena, as they seek the legendary Queen Who Sleeps, in the hope of winning back their kingdom.

Written by GES Headmaster, Stephen Baird, Destiny! was first produced in 1995 when Stephen was Head of English and Drama at Catteral Hall in Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, England.  Performed again 5 years later in Cheltenham, Destiny! has accumulated a lot of scenery and props over the last 20 years, much of which will be recycled and will feature in the 2015 production of the show.

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More free tickets to be won in December to see Caveman performed in English!

Knowitall.ch has been lucky to receive more free tickets for our readers to see the English version of Caveman being performed in Geneva and Lausanne in December. Since the last English performance in Lausanne had to be swapped at the last minute to the French version, readers in this region will be pleased to hear that they will have a new opportunity to see the English version of the show at the Casino de Montbenon on Thursday 11 December.  There will also be two English performances of Caveman scheduled to take place in Geneva on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 December at the Salle Centrale de la Madeleine.

As mentioned previously, Caveman holds the record as the one of the longest running solo plays in Broadway history. The show is also a worldwide rock-solid tour de force that has won the hearts of millions in over 30 countries.  Sponsored by the local English-speaking newspaper, Le News, and the global theatre production company, Theater Mogul, Caveman will appeal to all adults, no matter what their marital status: single, dating, married or divorced!

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5 double tickets to be won for the English Stand Up comedy show on Friday, 5 December!

There will be 3 English Stand Up shows at the 25th edition of the Montreux Comedy Festival, which takes place this year between 4 and 8 December.

And luckily for knowitall.ch readers, the organizers have, once again, kindly offered us 5 double tickets for the first of these shows, which will run over 3 nights on 5, 6 and 8 December, 2014.

Featuring the crème de la crème of English stand-up comedians, this year’s performances will see appearances from the Egyptian Hashem El Garhy, the South African Loyiso Gola, the Frenchman François Yacine Bejhousse (performing in English of course!), as well as the American Mike Lebowitz, winner of the 2013 English Comedy Contest, and a handful of comedians from the Middle East.

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Following in the great tradition of British theater companies, the Geneva Amateur Operatic Society (GAOS) will this year present its own special take on a popular winter pantomime, called Once Upon a Time.

Written by Paul Barron and Sarah Dyson, and performed by a host of talented local performers, the show will open at the Théâtre de Marens in Nyon on Saturday 29 November, 2014.

Pantomime Directors, Karen Ball and Gen Steele, told knowitall.ch. ”Once Upon a Time is a traditional British pantomime containing all the usual ingredients ― except that Cinderella and Snow White are now all grown up and have children of their own!”