Thursday, July 24, 2014

Prom 1: The Kingdom, Prom 2: China Philharmonic - review

The beginning of the 2014 BBC Proms season was also the end of an era, as Roger Wright officially ended his time in charge. Rather than go out with fanfares however, Wright’s final night w…

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Holes, Arcola Tent, review: Mathew Baynton in an ill-timed plane-crash comedy

“Planes don’t just go missing!” As an expression of exasperation, it probably seemed innocuous enough a year or so ago; Tom Basden’s comedy was a hit at Edinburgh last summer. Now, o…

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shakespeare in Love, Noel Coward Theatre, review: Deliciously funny and absurd

“Comedy, love – and a bit with a dog. That's what they want,” declares Thomas Henslowe, the debt-ridden theatre manager in Shakespeare in Love. We'll come to the love in a moment.  Bu…

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Round the World in Eighty Days, Royal Exchange Manchester, review

School’s out and in celebration the Royal Exchange is offering an exhilarating version of Round the World in Eighty Days which is as near to a sophisticated summer panto as could be imagin…

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Cubania, Royal Opera House, review: Carlos Acosta's roots celebrated with energy

Cubanía, an evening by ballet star Carlos Acosta, has fine dancers and thin choreography, covering the gaps with plenty of energy.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Globe Theatre takes out 100 audience members with its gory Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus, the “grotesquely violent” Shakespearean tale of revenge, has 14 deaths, many violently bloody, as well as rape and mutilation.

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Medea, National Theatre, review: Unforgettable and horribly gripping

This is, incredibly, the first ever staging of Medea in the National Theatre's 50 year history.  It's an omission all the more remarkable, given the complex feminist issues raised by Euripi…

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen calls for a living wage for actors

Struggling actors who scrape a living working in repertory theatres should get paid a “living wage”, Sir Ian McKellen has claimed.

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'My Night with Reg': No 'pink play' stereotypes

When Kevin Elyot's My Night with Reg opens at the Donmar Warehouse next week it will be a revival that is more than tinged with sadness. Just six weeks ago the playwright died. The show's di…

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Errollyn Wallen's 'Anon': Manon Lescaut for the 21st century

When Errollyn Wallen was 17 she was nearly murdered, more than once. She and a friend were hitch-hiking around Europe; several times, she says, men who had offered to help them then drew a k…

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre - review

Rupert Everett as Salieri in Amadeus? It’s a characteristically canny piece of programming by artistic director Jonathan Church and an eminently fitting conjunction of talents with which t…

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

British theatre has traditionally been the preserve of those members of the chattering classes willing to shell out for a seat in the stalls at a hushed, dimly lit playhouse. But open-air th…

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A Streetcar Named Desire: Benedict Andrews gives Blanche and Stanley a twist

Australian stage director Benedict Andrews certainly likes to put a new spin on the classics. Working internationally, in opera as well as theatre, he’s pitched Caligula into a sports stad…

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Gavin Bryars on Samuel Beckett: 'There is something particularly satisfying about devoting a collection of songs to a single poet'

I started to set Samuel Beckett’s poetry to music two years ago when I was commissioned to write four songs for the first Happy Days Festival held in Enniskillen. Having written these four…

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Go People performs new play Win/Lose/Draw in front-room of Covent Garden flat

It is a little after seven o'clock on a balmy July evening in Covent Garden, a stone's throw from the Strand, London's Theatreland, where right now people are getting ready to enjoy a play, …

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Play to 'shine new light' on Britain’s troubled history of industrial relations

A radical new dramatisation of the prosecution of building workers – including the actor Ricky Tomlinson – during a national strike in the 1970s is set to shine new light on one of the d…

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The Importance of Being Earnest, Harold Pinter Theatre, review

We've had a Romeo and Juliet set in a care home with the focus on a pair of star-crossed senior citizens.  We've had a Midsummer Night's Dream in which Judi Dench's ageing Elizabeth I got t…

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Elaine Stritch dead: Star of stage and screen passes away aged 89

Elaine Stritch, the acidly funny star of the Broadway stage who also won three Emmys for her television work, has died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. She was 89. The Detroit-born actre…

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Ricky Tomlinson to star in new play that will 'shine new light' on Britain’s troubled history of industrial relations

A radical new dramatisation of the prosecution of building workers – including the actor Ricky Tomlinson – during a national strike in the 1970s is set to shine new light on one of the d…

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Dracula, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick - review

Raw sexual energy, and society’s need to curb its wilder excrescences, are themes which bubble constantly just below the surface in the myth of the vampire. But in Liz Lochhead’s feminis…

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Invincible, St James Theatre, review: A fresh and punchy production

Torben Betts's latest work begins as robust social comedy and then shades into something darker and more disturbing.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Xander Parish: From Hull to the Mariinsky Ballet

Long limbed and dreamy eyed, Xander Parish looks like everyone's ideal ballet prince the moment he steps on stage. He is the first British dancer to join the Mariinsky Ballet, the historic p…

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Tupac musical Holler If Ya Hear Me to close on Broadway

A non-biographical musical based on the poetry and music of Tupac is getting the chop just over a month after it opened.

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Theatre director of naked play calls for ban on mobile phones

A theatre director has criticised the use of mobile phones during shows after a play was halted because a member of the audience was suspected of filming naked actors on stage.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s Globe, London: 'A production to slay the groundlings'

Dominic Dromgoole’s production has vigour and, in the first half, the right risky mood of volatility.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Ochi is a small West Indian joint on the Uxbridge Road, just down from the Bush Theatre in west London. It's here, amid the fumes of fried patties and jerk chicken, rather than in the packed…

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Potential ban of same-sex partners in ballroom dancing competitions may amount to 'illegal discrimination', say equal rights campaigners

Same-sex partners could be banned from taking part in ballroom dancing competitions under new rules being considered by the UK’s official governing body.

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Intimate Apparel, Park Theatre, review: Superbly acted production is a serious delight

Tanya Moodie's acting can be relied on for excellence but she is giving the performance of her life in this UK premiere – splendidly directed by Laurence Boswell and now transferred to Lon…

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

In this age of high-profile celebrity trials we shouldn't forget that one of the very first opened at the Old Bailey on 3 April 1895. It promised to be one of the most sensational of the dec…

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Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Director Jamie Lloyd is playing a smart and enlightened game with his Trafalgar Transformed seasons. His aim is to change the demographic of the theatre audience and last year he wooed young…

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Groupon offers Monty Python tickets at half price after mixed reviews

Tickets for Monty Python’s “sold out” reunion shows are now being offered at discount rates on Groupon.

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