The Standard Bearer
Truly an outstanding performance… I have never had a wash of so many emotions in 50 minutes. Robert Kovacik, NBC Los Angeles
Neil Dickson, the actor who plays the actor, generates considerable laughs and pathos. laist.com
Julian Sands and Neil Dickson have partnered up to present The Standard Bearer, a moving and funny one man, 50-minute play written by Stephen Wyatt about a Shakespearean actor on tour in West Africa. Sands directs and Dickson stars. The performance is preceeded by a solo by Julian Sands himself.
Somewhere in West Africa in the 1980s an actor is sent out, by some cultural affairs bureaucrat, on a tour of various communities to elucidate Shakespeare for them. As his on-stage partner doesn’t show up, the trooper wrangles with the stage manager, fuzzes about his spouse, takes increasingly long sips from a bottle of “water”, mixing them with bits and bobs of the Bard. The flurry tableau of the situational mixed with Shakespeare’s words unintentionally shifts to become a more and more saturated confessional.
The Standard Bearer will be preceeded by Keats, Shelley, Ghosts and Lovers where Julian Sands is performing an actor who finds both fulfillment and redemption through the performance of Shakespeare as he struggles to make sense of his life.
Julian Sands who made his breakthrough in A Room With A View presented last season at the TNL A Celebration of Harold Pinter, directed by John Malkovich. He told The Guardian, “to work with another person who can lend its own performing integrity is incredibly valuable. It’s about trust, inspiration and confidence.” Julian brings that same inspiration and value to Neil Dickson in The Standard Bearer.
Neil Dickson played the role of Harold Ford in the television series Mad Men. His film work includes Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies, David Lynch’s Inland Empire, cult classic Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion and the BAFTA award winning film Chasing Chekhov. He has appeared in London at The Young Vic and in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Playhouse. Playwright Stephen Wyatt has worked widely in England in theatre, radio and television, and his play Memorials to the Missing won radio and theatre awards.
The Sands/Dickson team premiered The Standard Bearer first in London 2011 to sold-out audiences and then continued a critically acclaimed run in Los Angeles.
Director: Julian Sands
With: Neil Dickson, Julian Sands
Opening Night 4th of January 2018 at 20.00
5th of January, 20.00
Théâtre National du Luxembourg