Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

"Nothing to be done" is the opening line of Samuel Beckett's best-known play, Waiting for Godot. Yet, when faced with the German occupation of France and confronted by what the Nazis were do…

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Best in showbiz: West End wipes the floor with Broadway

The roof might be falling in at some venerable venues but London has supplanted New York as the most significant theatre capital in the world, a new report claims.

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West End theatre beats Broadway and Hollywood, new report finds

The roof might be falling in at some venerable venues but London has supplanted New York as the most significant theatre capital in the world, a new report claims.

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The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, Arcola Theatre, review: Witty and rawly topical

When he was the artistic director of the Tricycle, Nicolas Kent was renowned for the creative tenacity with which he kept the heat turned up on the issue of Iraq – not least in the tribuna…

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, ballet review: An explosive yet creaking production

The Mariinsky Ballet opens its London season with radiant young lovers in a creaky old production. In the leading roles, Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov are stellar as well as star-cro…

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A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic, review: Gillian Anderson gives shatteringly powerful performance

You can say what you like about this production, but it's definitely not underwrought. No, sir. We're in New Orleans though not as we have known it in previous stagings of Tennessee Williams…

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

When the curtain rises on Tennessee Williams's classic play A Streetcar Named Desire at London's Young Vic theatre tomorrow, the audience will include a very special guest – a close friend…

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Nether, Royal Court Theatre, review: Deeply disturbing and provocative

It sounds a cock-eyed compliment to say that I wouldn't want to see Jeremy Herrin's brilliant production of Jennifer Haley's deeply disturbing and very responsibly provocative play again in …

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Britannia Waves the Rules, Royal Exchange studio, review: A transfixing performance

A seaside sandpie is scattered across the stage with a single violent kick at the start of Gareth Farr’s scream-of-rage of a play Britannia Waves the Rules.

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Coppelia, London Coliseum, review: Warm and bright

Coppélia is classical ballet at its bounciest, complete with clockwork toys, a resolute and stroppy heroine and a tuneful Delibes score. English National Ballet’s happy revival sails alon…

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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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