(AN) EMERGING GEM ON THE LONDON THEATRE SCENE
— John Sessions, actor

Scena Mundi Theatre Company produce faithful, innovative classical plays, with an ethos built on respect; of both the text and our discerning modern audience.

 

PRODUCTIONS

At the heart of what we do are our large-scale, site-specific ensemble productions of classical plays. From Shakespeare to Wilde, our 'stunning', 'superb' and 'mesmerising' performances range from the 'steadfastly historical' to 'in-your-face' and 'visually striking'. Alongside these, we have recently launched Scena Mundi FORUM, a series of dramatised readings followed by an open-floor discussion with guest
speakers.

PRIVATE HIRE

Launched in 2016, The Mechanicals are the new Masters of Concise Comedy, delighting audiences from London private members' clubs to the Isle of Wight's Ventnor Exchange Festival. They are available for Private Hire and provide the perfect entertainment for the most cultured of party hosts. We also offer bespoke readings and entertainment for any occasion.

MASTERCLASSES

From Educational and Corporate workshops to one-to-one tuition and Classical Workshop Retreats in the UK and France, Scena Mundi can guide you through the basics of approach to classical text or give your career a boost with audition masterclasses. All workshops are led by Artistic Director Cecilia Dorland and facilitated by our classically trained actors.

SEASON 2017

'DUCHESS OF MALFI' TO OPEN FACE OF DECADENCE SEASON, EXPLORING "THE SKULL BENEATH THE SKIN"

Scena Mundi’s first foray into Jacobean tragedy, our production of Webster’s Duchess of Malfi, will bring to life the dark, furtive and macabre world of Webster in the stunning setting of St Giles in the Fields, in the heart of the West End.

Our artistically ambitious season will explore the aesthetics of decadence through two major art works. Before descending into the abyss of the Victorian underworld in the autumn, we are travelling to the refined yet corrupt Italian courts of the Renaissance as seen by one of the Jacobean era’s most distinctive dramatists, John Webster.

Recently widowed, the young Duchess of Malfi loves and is loved by her steward Antonio. Desirous not to see life pass her by, she marries him despite the orders of her insidious brothers, unleashing a whirlwind ofjealousy, madness and death.  

One of the few female-led classical plays, The Duchess of Malfi  is set in a decaying world where the beauty of the palazzi, rich Renaissance fabrics and gold cannot hide the rampant ugliness and corruption of  the protagonists. 

Cruelty and beauty mix in a strange way to create a heady cocktail ofrefinement and macabre, seduction and horror. True to its standards ofexcellent acting and insightful textual exploration, Scena Mundi have decided to stage their Duchess of Malfi in a site specific environment which will enhance the dark disintegration at the heart of the play. 

We are very happy to announce our upcoming 2017 Season, The Face of Decadence. The season will feature two full-scale productions; a Jacobean tragedy and a new adaptation of a classic Victorian novel. Both are stories of art and murder, beauty and decay, outward attraction and inward perversion, refinement and corruption. Our first show will run at St Giles-in-the-Fields in London's West End, from the 9th to the 27th of May. Booking will open within the next couple of weeks, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, below, for early booking and to stay up to date with the latest news, cast announcements and developments as the production comes to life.

further to our full-scale productions, in January 2017 we launched FORUM; a curated series of intimate readings, recitals and informal performances of lesser known classical works with Scena Mundi's acclaimed actors and invited guest speakers followed by open-floor discussions. The next event can be found on our WHAT'S ON page, and will always be announced first via our Newsletter.

We are delighted to be relaunching our critically-acclaimed repertory production of Sad Stories of the Death of Kings. More details to be announced soon.

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THE PERFORMANCE IS STUNNING
— The Independent, 2016
 

Our first production was John Lyly's Love's Metamorphosis at the Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead, followed by T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral at The Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield, London, in May 2014. Scena Mundi were subsequently offered a residency at Great St. Bart's, and since staged Everyman, in November 2014, and our first repertory season, Sad Stories of the Death of Kings: Richard II & Edward II in spring/summer 2015. Having received much critical acclaim, Scena Mundi were invited to bring the season to the Isle of Wight, in August 2015, to headline the Ventnor Exchange Festival. In autumn 2015, Scena Mundi presented their first production at the Jack Studio Theatre, Ben Jonson's dark comedy Volpone, or The Fox. Transported into the rip-roaring era of post-war decadence, the 1920s romp received outstanding reviews across the board. Our most recent production was a dark, shimmering Twelfth Night at the stunning French Protestant Church, Soho Square, in the heart of London's West End.

We are now known for our faithful approach to text and the excellence of our actors' performances. At the heart of our work is the reflection about the nature of theatre as illustration of a literary text. The shows we create are aesthetically and intellectually demanding yet immensely rewarding for both actors and audiences. 

 

All our upcoming events are also available on our WHAT'S ON page, where you can find booking links and download the event to your calendar (Google Calendar and iCal).

CHAMPIONS THE POETRY AT THE PIECE’S HEART
— The Stage, 2015
 

2016 saw the launch of Scena Mundi's The Mechanicals. The new masters of concise classics, based on Shakespeare's infamous troupe of amateur thespians from A Midsummer Night's Dream, specialise in short versions of Shakespeare's most popular plays, to be performed in intimate settings, perfect for an evening's light entertainment. They are available to hire now for the cultural event curator. We also offer bespoke readings and recitals, available 'a la carte' or of your own careful choosing.

 

 

THE MECHANICALS

 

THE MECHANICALS

TWELFTH NIGHT

14・12・16

St GILES IN THE FIELDS, WC2H 8LG

Following on from their first public outing at The Ventnor Fringe Festival 2016, The Mechanicals make their debut public performance in London this Christmas Season, marking the beginning of Scena Mundi's new residency at St Giles in the Fields church, in London's West End. Their short, sharp, witty and hugely popular version of Twelfth Night is available to book for the 14th of December, a perfect winter's evening entertainment as part of your festivities. This is a one-off event, so book your seat now to avoid disappointment by clicking one of the links below, or by calling 07850009028.

*Concessions (on presentation of a valid proof): under 18s, students, all recipients of state benefits, Equity members.

Please note: there are no senior concessions.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE?

 

The Mechanicals currently have three of Shakespeare's most popular plays in their repertoire: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Pyramus and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night's Dream, but what would you like to see them do? Drop us an email at info@scenamundi.co.uk and let us know, we will periodically add the most popular requests to the list. If there is a particular play you would like for your event, please do let us know and we can organise a bespoke performance, especially for you and your guests.

 

READINGS & BEYOND

YOU COULD, FOR A NEED, STUDY A SPEECH OF SOME DOZEN OR SIXTEEN LINES, WHICH I WOULD SET DOWN AND INSERT IN’T, COULD YOU NOT?
— Hamlet; II, ii

Looking for something more intimate? Scena Mundi's professional, classically trained actors are also available for poetry readings, recitals, extracts and more. Simply tell us your requirements and we will curate a bespoke programme to suit your needs.

To discuss your event and for more information, please contact us at info@scenamundi.co.uk

ACTOR TRAINING

THE WORDS OF SHAKESPEARE SOARED
— On The Wight, 2015
 

Scena Mundi Theatre’s productions have been consistently praised for the close attention paid to the original texts, the clarity of the actors’ diction and the detailed precision of their performances. We are creating the Conservatoire to share those skills with as many performers as possible and equip them with a solid and reliable toolkit to tackle the classical repertoire. 

We specialise in classical texts (from Greek to early 20th century) and the heritage of European drama, hence the name “Conservatoire” (a college or institution for the study of the classical arts, the use of the word originating in continental Europe). 

The Conservatoire is closely linked to Scena Mundi Theatre Company, giving its students the two-fold opportunity to train in the specific requirements of classical theatre and to take part in the life of a professional theatre company.

 
THE DYNAMIC WAS JUST RIGHT
— Everything Theatre, 2015

SHAKESPEARE MASTERCLASS RETREAT, FRANCE

Shakespeare from page to stage, An exploration of Shakespearean text for professional actors, tutors and students of Shakespeare. 

Join us in beautiful Brittany for a week of workshops and classes (Easter 2017 & Summer 2017).

Whether you are an actor, a director, a scholar, a teacher, a student or simply a lover of all things Shakespearean, this week of in-depth exploration and study in a friendly, stimulating environment will be immensely rewarding. 

You will explore the wonderful world of Shakespearean performance with stage director Cecilia Dorland (Scena Mundi, The Globe, UCL) and Emerita Professor Gisèle Venet (Sorbonne University and Chief Editor of The Complete Works of Shakespeare for French publisher La Pléiade-Gallimard) and one or two professional UK trained actors. 

The classes will be conducted mainly in English. You will follow a programme of group classes (no more than six participants) in drama and literature and get personal attention and feedback. 

The intensive week of masterclasses will be run from a charming sea-front house on the coast of Brittany. For more details, a full programme and to book, click here.


DRAMA TUITION FOR ACTORS

I can honestly say that this ranks as one of the best performances of Shakespeare I have ever seen.
— The Theatre Tourist, 2015
 

Classical acting requires specific skills and some performers find it quite daunting, preferring to avoid auditions rather than tackle those dreaded monologues. Classical texts can be difficult to understand and not all actors feel confident when it comes to working on them.

We know what skills the actor should have in his/her toolkit. We are good at sharing our expertise and can help you acquire those skills and give your career a boost.

Our private drama classes offer one-on-on tuition on approach to text and specific guidance for auditions with Artistic Director Cecilia Dorland.

In our group classes you will have the opportunity to do scene workshops, working with other actors to perfect the all important skill of speaking Shakespearean dialogue naturally and confidently; textual exploration, developing the crucial tools needed to dissect and fully understand classical text and the skills of classical drama.

For more information or to book a session, contact Cecilia at info@scenamundi.co.uk

 


 

CORPORATE WORKSHOPS

Step into the limelight and become a hit on stage... 

Our Corporate Acting Workshop is a flexible, tailor-made and fun event designed to give you an opportunity to work together to put on your very own show. We provide costumes, props, scripts and professional actors and theatre makers to guide you through the process of putting on a show. 

The Acting Workshop is ideal for team building, public speaking, confidence, creativity, personal development and self belief. 

In your teams you will have to find actors, lighting designers, costume designers and a director, all working together to produce a successful show. 

We end the event with an Oscar style ceremony where each team's play is performed and awards are given for Best Play and Best Actor. 

To discuss your requirements and find more about the workshops , contact us at  info@scenamundi.co.uk