(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.

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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.

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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.

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. 

 

SEASON 2017

Launching in January 2017, FORUM is 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 first in the series will be William Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, at St Giles in the Fields church in London's West End. In a first for Scena Mundi, live-stream video projection technology will be used to highlight the intricate detail of the text and its performance. FORUM will continue with a further series of short solo plays as chosen and performed by Scena Mundi members.

We are delighted to be relaunching our critically-acclaimed repertory production of Sad Stories of the Death of Kings in 2017. More details to be announced soon, along with the official announcement of our first large-scale production of the season, a new adaptation of one of the world's most-loved classic novels.

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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

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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

MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS & EDUCATION

THE DYNAMIC WAS JUST RIGHT
— Everything Theatre, 2015
 

At Scena Mundi, classical acting. We are good at sharing our expertise and we believe that whatever your age and expertise, you will benefit from working with us. 

Cecilia Dorland, our Artistic Director, is a stage director and a Shakespearean scholar. She studied English (PhD - La Sorbonne) and Classical Acting (MA -Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and after working at Shakespeare's Globe for two years as a researcher and text consultant for actors, she founded Scena Mundi. Since then she has directed many critically acclaimed classical plays, from traditional versions of TS Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral and Shakespeare's Richard II to a 1920's inspired Volpone, or The Fox and a 1980's Edward II. Her dual expertise means that she works very closely with the text and brings her literary understanding into the performance of the actors she directs. 

She is surrounded by a team of experienced classical actors and together they will prepare the right programme for you.

 

 

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

Pip Brignall leads the cast as King Richard and 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

 

THE WORDS OF SHAKESPEARE SOARED
— On The Wight, 2015
 

Scena Mundi Theatre Youth is the young person’s division of Scena Mundi Theatre.

Scena Mundi Theatre Youth is a new organisation aiming to bring to all children & young people the appreciation and benefit of everything that theatre and the art of storytelling have to offer.

The underlying philosophy of Scena Mundi Theatre Youth is to help young people realise their potential through the medium of theatre.

We organise:

-        Performance Workshops (group or individual)

-         a young company which will function as a professional theatre company and will work towards a full scale theatrical production of a Shakespeare play.

All our staff have a background in theatre, the arts, film or television. They are all CRB checked and each workshop leader, director, actor is known to us personally and we have seen the results of their professional work.

For more information on Scena Mundi Theatre Youth, please email: 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