February 20, 2020

Commedia Works at Pineapple Dance Studios

Elliott has been back into Pineapple Dance Studios this week leading Commedia Workshops.

February 01, 2020

Commedia Works at Central School of Speech and Drama

Didi has been into Central School of Speech and Drama to teach a week of Commedia dell'Arte to the BA Acting students.

January 08, 2020

Shackleton and his Stowaway at Park Theatre

Elliott is playing The Stowaway in this new play by Andy Dickinson. Richard Ede (39 Steps, West End) completes the cast as Ernest Shackleton. It is very much a master/servant relationship and the Commedia is inherent in the piece. The show runs at Park Theatre from 8th January - 1st February 2020.

October 30, 2019

Commedia Works at LIPA

Elliott is going into the prestigious LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) to lead 2 days of Commedia workshops for their Applied Theatre students.

August 31, 2019

'The Life I Lead' Transfers to West End

'The Life I Lead', starring Miles Jupp and co-directed by our very own Didi Hopkins has transferred to the Wyndhams Theatre in the West End. This follows a successful run at Park Theatre and a UK tour earlier this year.

August 05, 2019

Didi takes Commedia Works to Intermission Youth Theatre

Didi has been in to lead a day of workshops with Intermission Youth Theatre, who's work continues to transform the lives of underprivileged young people. Patrons include Sir Mark Rylance and Naomie Harris OBE.

April 30, 2019

Elliott appears in The West End production of 'Admissions'.

Elliott is currently appearing in the West End production of Joshua Harmon's award winning play, 'Admissions'. The show runs at the Trafalgar Studios before going on a UK tour. He is working alongside Alex Kingston, Sarah Hadland and Margot Leicester. 

March 21, 2019

Miles Jupp at the Park Theatre

Didi is working with comedian Miles Jupp (Rev, The Thick Of It, The News Quiz) on bringing his physical character to life for his shows at The Park theatre in Finsbury Park.

January 26, 2019

'The Double Dealer' at The Orange Tree

Didi was the movement director on this revival of Congreve's rarely performed Restoration Comedy at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. Teaming up again with creative team we worked with at the RSC, director Selina Cadell and Didi directed a cast that included our friends Jenny Rainsford (The Favourite, Fleabag) & Jonathan Broadbent (Clarence Derwent award winner for My Night With Reg).

November 18, 2018

Elliott plays a masked Puck on US tour

Elliott has just finished a 20 state tour in the US, playing a masked Puck in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The tour was produced by Aquila Theatre. Photo by Richard Termine. 

January 01, 2019

Didi returns to the London International Mime Festival 2019

The prestigious London Mime Festival have had Didi back to lead another masterclass at Jackson's Lane. The workshop was of course a storming success!

October 07, 2018

Commedia Works in the USA

Elliott has been in America, employed by NYU to teach workshops at Universities & theatres across the country. Most recently he lead a physical theatre masterclass for the Seniors at the prestigious University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

October 10, 2017

Commedia Works at Cambridge School of Visual Performing Arts

Elliott has spent 2 days at CSVPA teaching Commedia to students on the Foundation Acting, Musical Theatre & Extended Diploma Courses. 

October 05, 2017

The Rake's Progress at Wilton's Music Hall

Didi is about to start as movement consultant/animateur on 'The Rake’s Progress', drawing Commedia into Auden and Stravinsky. It is a surprising and fabulous opera, directed by the wonderful Selina Cadell, with whom Didi worked at the Arcola and RSC as part of the creative team.

It’s on at Wiltons Music Hall - a jewel in the East End - and Didi shall be there on the 25th November. Catch it if you can!

June 28, 2017

Commedia Works Summer Workshop

Come and join Commedia Works for their 2017 Summer school! This will be a week-long intensive Commedia dell’Arte workshop led by Didi Hopkins, the industry’s leading expert in the practice.

 

The National Theatre have made five short films about the Commedia method Didi developed with mask maker, Ninian Kinnear Wilson. She worked with Richard Bean on One Man, Two Guvnors and his new Commedia inspired RSC show, The Hypocrite. She was also recently Commedia and movement director for Love for Love at the RSC.

 

We will explore the roots of Commedia dell’Arte from what it was to what it can be. Discover the essence of the archetypes and the spirit of the characters, the masks, improvisation, physical storytelling, comedy, tragedy and everything in between.

 

This workshop is for anyone, of any experience.

 

Dates are 14th - 18th August 2017. Location in London. Price for the week is £150. Limited spaces available. Email Elliott@commediaworks.com to request an application form.

April 02, 2017

Commedia Works launches!

We are very excited and proud to share the launch of Commedia Works. We are now taking bookings for workshops. Get in touch with us by emailing elliott@commediaworks.com and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more regular updates!

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