Tickets Now Available for B’way’s The Audience, Starring Helen Mirren

first_imgAlways wanted to be in the presence of Her Majesty? Tickets are now on sale to see Peter Morgan’s The Audience, starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II. The show will begin previews on February 17, 2015 and play a limited engagement through June 28. Directed by Stephen Daldry, opening night is set for March 8 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional—sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 View Comments The Audience The production will also star Geoffrey Beevers as the Queen’s equerry, with Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. All are reprising their roles from the acclaimed London production. Further casting will be announced later. Related Showslast_img read more

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How Syracuse causes more turnovers than any other team in the country

first_img Related Stories Syracuse gets ‘program-changing win’ over No. 10 Florida State Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer Published on February 29, 2016 at 8:34 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds With an experienced guard-heavy lineup, Syracuse’s athleticism and length makes it a fit for the press. Each year, layers have been added and Hillsman has recruited players for the press as it becomes a bigger part of the Orange’s identity.The key, players said, is paying attention to Hillsman on the sideline. If he calls “fist,” it’s a man-to-man press, Cornelia Fondren said. But whether his fists are pointed up or down determines whether to trap in the frontcourt or bait the opposition to get to half court before applying the pressure. If the call is “red,” SU’s defense traps as much as possible before half court. “Green” means to only feign the pressure. On any given possession, the entire package could change.Players on opposing teams have asked SU guard Brittney Sykes how the Orange does it. All she could do was chuckle. It’s tiring just to break a press for a full game, Sykes said, and even more challenging for offenses when it’s hard to detect what the Orange is doing.“It’s almost like boxing. You keep hitting them in the body and eventually they’re going to lower their hands and you finish them,” Hillsman said. “That’s how we are on defense. We just keep pressing them and then we go on these 10-0 runs that blow the game open.”In its biggest win of the season on Feb. 18, Syracuse forced Florida State, a team that averages 17.4 turnovers per game, into 10 first-quarter turnovers. In that quarter alone, the Orange varied its defense by disguising pressure on some possessions and attacking ball-handlers right as they crossed half court on others.FSU head coach Sue Semrau said her team was “shell shocked” by Syracuse’s press. Boston College head coach Erik Johnson had to switch who handled the ball. Clemson head coach Audra Smith said SU plays like sharks that smell blood.Syracuse’s press has been a major part of one of its most successful years in program history and now it carries the Orange into the postseason.“Most offenses they’re dictating to you,” Read said. “But if we got you on your heels and you’re uncomfortable, you’re unsure, we’re dictating to you.”For a comprehensive visual breakdown of Syracuse’s defense, click here. Commentscenter_img One fist or two. Thumbs up or down. Red or green.No matter what Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman signals, the appearance of the Orange’s full-court press, at first, is the same. Then it shifts. Then chaos sets in.Then-No. 10 Florida State committed 28 turnovers. Then-No. 16 Miami had 26. Then-No. 12 Duke coughed the ball up 32 times. Syracuse’s full-court press is nearly impossible to game plan for.The Orange leads the country with 25.5 forced turnovers per game. That’s given it had nearly five more possessions than it averaged a season ago. It’s also the most since SU averaged 28.5 forced turnovers per game in the 1979-80 season. It all stems from 40 minutes of deception.“It’s kind of like a football game in a sense where you have this team that’s giving you different looks and different blitz packages,” SU assistant coach Vonn Read said. “You don’t know where the traps are going to come from and it can really frustrate our opponents.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Thursday, No. 17 Syracuse (23-6, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) earned a double bye in the ACC tournament by blowing out Boston College and forcing 33 turnovers. SU’s 23 regular-season wins tied a program record and its 13 conference wins set one. And a big portion of the Orange’s success comes from a full-court press that’s rarely been cracked this season.Syracuse fully committed to the press a few years back because it wanted to reduce the time it spent in its 2-3 zone. Read said instead of having to sit back for nearly 30 seconds, SU only has to sit back for 15–18 by pressing. Hillsman had Syracuse press the full game and the zone defense improved. As the Orange stuck with the press, it improved.By now, the press has several formations: 1-2-2, 2-1-2, 2-2-1 or man-to-man. And the Orange has several wrinkles within each one: attack before half court or behind it, apply the pressure or only create the illusion, trap from the front or trap from the rear.“We used six players in practice to go against it,” Pittsburgh head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said after the Panthers committed 26 turnovers in a 23-point loss to SU on Jan. 14. “Constantly trapping and they’re just relentless.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Reports Felix Jones joining Munster backroom

first_imgAccording to the Irish Independent   the 28 year old ex full back will take over as skills and development officer.Jones had to retire due to injury earlier this season.Incoming Director of rugby Johan “Rassie” Erasmus is in Limerick this week and has brought possible defence coach Jacques Nienaber  with him.last_img

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Ulster Bank League resumes after short break

first_imgHowever, the poor weather of the last day or so means that just one of the Tipperary teams in Division 2A are in action.Cashel travel to take on Blackrock – the match at Stradbrook begins at 2.30pm with updates on Tipp FM at regular intervals.Nenagh Ormond were due to host Malone but the pitch at New Ormond Park has been deemed unplayable.last_img

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Record Number of People took part in Blood Donation Action

first_imgFC Zeljeznicar and the Institute for Transfusion Medicine of the FBiH organized volunteering blood donation action at the Grbavica Stadium.The action lasted from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a total of 121 donors took part in it.Numerous fans of the Blue team, staff members of the Club, as well as citizens of Sarajevo who regularly donate blood for the Institute for Transfusion Medicine took part in this action. All donors received a free ticket to derby match with FC Sarajevo.“FC Zeljeznicar would like to thank to all donors, and to inform fans that the club will organize blood donation actions in the future period as well,” as announced from the club.(Source: klix.ba)last_img

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