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Theatre

Vladek in an as yet unidentified role [1]±

Please Note:

 

This section is not yet complete; in some cases dates

and/or venues/character names are missing.

 

Polish theatre appearances are not yet included.

 

My thanks to Artur Patek for his help with parts of

this section.

 

1960

Passenger without Luggage (Ch. Lead)

By: Anhuille

Venue: London

 

1963

Nathan der Wijze (Ch. unknown)

By: (unknown)

Venue: (unknown)

 

1964

He Who Gets Slapped (Ch. unknown)

By: (unknown)

Venue: (unknown)

 

The Cloud (Ch. unknown)

By: (unknown)

Venue: (unknown)

 

1973

Mahler (Ch. Gustav Mahler)

By: Maurice Rowdon

Venue: Arts Theatre, London

 

1977

Salome (Ch. Herod)

By: Oscar Wilde

Venue: Roundhouse Theatre, London

 

Variations on The Merchant of Venice (Ch. Shylock)

By: William Shakespeare

Venue: Open Space Theatre, London

 

1978

Emigrees (Ch. Lead)

By: Mrozak

Venue: London

 

1979

Korchak (Ch. Korchak)

Directed by: Alexander Ford

Venue: English Theatre, Copenhagen

 

1988

The Eagle and the Serpent (Ch. Friedrich Nietzsche)

By: Pierre Bourgeade

Venue: (unknown)

This production was Vladek's final theatre appearance

 

 

UNDATED APPEARANCES

 

Human Roundabout (One Man Show)

By: Vladek Sheybal

Venue: (unknown)

Performs own songs

 

Touring

With readings of poetry and with Conway & Garcia

Musical Duo (flute and guitar)

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note

 

In various documents Vladek mentions involvement in the 1989 production of Alma (Ch. Oscar Kokoschka & Gustav Mahler) By: Maurice Rowdon. Venue: (unknown) but there is no further information available at the moment, therefore it cannot be verified.

 

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± My thanks to Brian Lamb for his kind permission

to use these two lovely photographs.

 

Vladek in an as yet unidentified role [2] ±

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Theatre News

The photo on the right is a copy of an old newspaper advertisement for the production of 'Salome.' Seen in the NME paper, February 1977.

 

 

From The Cherub Company, London.

 

In December 1989, Vladek Sheybal was moved to write a letter to The Cherub Company, of whom he was a patron, in disgust at the critics' neglect in not reviewing their excellent 'Duchess of Malfi' production.

 

The letter is reproduced here as it was written by Vladek Sheybal, and with the kind permission of Andrew Visnevski.

 

 

 

"It is a very sad fact that one of the most outstanding recent London theatre productions, The Cherub Company's THE DUCHESS OF MALFI last November, has gone almost unnoticed. It has not been reviewed by the national press. The critics did not come to see it. Was it too far to go to St George's Theatre in Tufnell Park Road, N7? Is it not their duty to write about productions in London theatres? A documentation of a production is a vital part of the history of the theatre.

Without it the work simply vanishes. Forever.

 

The previous productions by The Cherub Company have been outstanding.

I can sincerely say that in my entire theatrical life span as an actor and director in Russia, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, the USA and Australia, I rarely saw anything as breathtaking and so amazingly directed and team acted as their DUCHESS OF MALFI. Andrew Visnevski is definitely one of the most original and outstanding directors in English theatre. This is a play rich in emotion. It does not seem possible to "translate" it and make it digestible to modern audiences. Yet it contains the larger-than-life drama, colour and depth of eternal Icelandic saga. It is a combination of Shakespeare, Tolstoy's 'War and Peace,' traditional Grand Guignol, Lindsay Kemp's FLOWERS and Brecht. Visnevski made the play act run shout cry sing and dance with such full pace that the audience had not a spare moment to breathe. The action runs swiftly and smoothly, the scenes and the visual tableaux instantly converge or withdraw from each other. A simple set or no set at all can create magic in the theatre. Visnevski uses this notion to the hilt. Four vertical ladders and on the top a platform about 2 metres square at the back of an otherwise empty stage. Beyond, hang rich blue curtains split in several places so that the actors can move in and out. They play evocatively with the curtains. They look to the top of them as if they were reading them. They slowly touch them and cover their faces with them. They pull them to the sides and to the front of the stage. They treat them as columns, bedspreads, curtains, people. They hide behind them suggestively and bulge them in and out, up and down, in the movements of lovemaking. They swathe themselves with them. They climb with the dexterity of monkeys up those ladders wearing with ease their deliberately much too long coats. Julia for her love scenes voluptuously trails behind her yards and yards of light, red fabric. She plays provocatively with it, folding and unfolding. She does this with incredible ease. There were moments when, being an actor myself and knowing the dangers on the stage of badly fitted carpets and spreads, I was petrified for these actors and then proud of them for their skill of walking and running in these movable masses of folds. All of this was done with great abandon and dramatic tension ... sexual innuendo almost splashing all around. I thought that I was not in an English theatre but at the Moscow Art, Brecht in Berlin, or at a Lindsay Kemp production.

 

The main point of my admiration was the realisation of how the right director with the right actors can co-operate in complete abandon and sacrifice. They represented one unit and one body. They supported each other and complemented each other. They did not spare themselves, doing all jobs, acting, drawing curtains, handing each other the props. Visnevski has developed an amazing style with his actors over the years. They created team acting with great understanding.

 

It would be a shame to let this company disappear - if Visnevski together with The Cherub Company were to share the fate of the Lindsay Kemp Company in whose unforgettable SALOME I had the honour of playing Herod, with brave Lindsay playing Salome himself. Lindsay was ignored here and emigrated. He enjoys his triumphant success on the Continent and in Japan. There they write about him as 'the English Clown.' Isn't it ironical? This should not be allowed to happen again to the talents and style of Visnevski and The Cherub Company. It would be a shame."

 

A brief introduction to The Chreub Company, London.

 

 

The Cherub Company, London - a "théâtre sans frontières" - was created by Andrew Visnevski in 1978, as an ensemble of young actors, designers and composers introducing rare classics and continental plays to the stage in a style that proved unconventional and brilliantly visual.

 

The Cherub Company, London rescued from oblivion such plays as Calderon's LIFE IS A DREAM, THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN by Shakespeare and Fletcher and Middleton's A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE; staged Michel de Ghelderode and award-winning adaptations of Franz Kafka, and took Shakespeare as far afield as the North-West frontier and Sudan! For almost a quarter of a century, The Cherub Company London has inspired audiences and artists, and established a reputation as a foremost innovative touring company, a pioneer and trendsetter in choices of repertoire and performance.

 

 

If you would like to know more about The Cherub Company, London please click here

 

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