Here’s another piece for my archive, originally published at Blogcritics.org. The Merchant of Venice had a great run in Washington, D.C. The production has since moved to Chicago and continues on its world tour. See the Globe Theatre on Tour site to see future performance dates and locations.
The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater will host five special performances of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice from July 27 through 30 in Washington, D.C. The production, directed by Jonathan Munby, stars Jonathan Pryce CBE (Wolf Hall,Game of Thrones) as moneylender Shylock. I reached out to the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts to learn more about this leg of the Globe Theatre on Tour.
Amanda Downes discusses the highlights of this year’s open house and working with the new British Ambassador to the US.
The British Embassy in Washington, D.C., held an open house on Saturday, May 14th. The annual event is run in conjunction with other European Union embassies in our nation’s capital. Members of the public can visit the residence, see the grounds, and enjoy many activities focused on U.K. culture. I interviewed Amanda Downes on behalf of Blogcritics prior to the open house to discuss the joyous occasion. She currently serves as the Social Secretary to Sir Kim Darroch, British Ambassador to the United States.
You’ve worked with the British Embassy for over 26 years. What’s a major challenge in doing such a large scale, open invitation event like this one?
I must confess from the beginning that I’m a very small cog in this big wheel we have here, particularly on this event. We have a fantastic team in the Embassy to lead on this one. The one thing we really want people to have is a wonderful experience here, as well as showcasing the United Kingdom. Obviously, the weather plays a huge part and I fear we have rather British weather tomorrow. I think it might be another ‘bring a brolly day.’ We will carry on, rain or shine. We want people to enjoy themselves, be safe and go away with a good feeling about the U.K. and hopefully visit the U.K.Continue reading “Interview with Social Secretary Amanda Downes on British Embassy Open House Day 2016”