Friday, April 18, 2014

Henry IV Parts I and II, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon - review

Gregory Doran launched his new cycle of Shakespeare's history plays last year with the hugely successful Richard II starring David Tennant.  He now follows that up with this spacious, vivid…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rory Kinnear: My life on stage with Shakespeare

When I was very little I didn’t want to be an actor. I wanted to be a butcher. Or a goalkeeper. Early in my adolescent years I took the risk of appearing as Sir Epicure Mammon in The Alche…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Of Mice and Men, Longacre Theatre, review: James Franco excels in Broadway debut

“When it rains in the winter, we’ll just say to hell with goin’ to work,” observes migrant worker George, played by James Franco in John Steinbeck’s 1937 stage adaptation of his cl…

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The Roaring Girl, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, review

We're used to heroines in Elizabethan and Jacobean plays who disguise themselves as boys for protection or in order to pursue the men they love.  But once the barriers to marriage are surmo…

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Richard Armitage to lead cast of The Crucible on London stage

Richard Armitage will be the latest big screen actor to take to the London stage when he stars in a new production of The Crucible in June.

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The Malcontent, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, theatre review

One of the aim’s of the Globe’s indoor Jacobean Playhouse was to experiment with theatrical traditions of the era. And with this debut show by The Globe Young Players, that intention is …

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Rodin, London Coliseum, ballet review

The sculptor Auguste Rodin could make clay evoke the weight and power of flesh.

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The Roaring Girl, Swan Theatre, theatre review

We're used to heroines in Elizabethan and Jacobean plays who disguise themselves as boys for protection or in order to pursue the men they love.  But once the barriers to marriage are surmo…

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Catch-22: How the cult classic was adapted for the stage

Catch-22 has long since left its story behind. The syllogism that lent its name to Joseph Heller's dazzling debut novel about an US air-force squadron in the Second World War now nestles in …

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Oh My Sweet Land, Young Vic, theatre review

The desperate plight of Syria's two million refugees is searingly and sensitively communicated in this one-woman show, conceived and performed by the half-Syrian actress, Corinne Jaber, and …

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Adrian Mole musical to go ahead after death of Sue Townsend, who was writing a new book

A planned Adrian Mole musical is set to go ahead after author Sue Townsend’s death last week.

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A View from the Bridge, Young Vic, theatre review: 'Unforgettable'

The Belgian director Ivo van Hove has taken a drastically non-naturalistic approach to Arthur Miller's 1955 drama, set in Brooklyn's Italian-American neighbourhood, and the stripped-back int…

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Olivier Awards 2014: Rory Kinnear beats Jude Law and Tom Hiddleston to Best Actor for Othello

Rory Kinnear has taken home the Olivier Award for Best Actor, beating competition from Henry Goodman, Tom Hiddleston and Jude Law.

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Olivier Awards 2014: Lesley Manville beats Judi Dench to win Best Actress award for Ghosts

Lesley Manville has won the Olivier for Best Actress for her role in Ibsen’s Ghosts.

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Olivier Awards 2014: Winners list in full

The Almeida theatre was named the biggest winner of the night, winning eight awards for its West End transfers Chimerica and Ghosts.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Oliviers 2014: Chimerica the big winner on UK theatre's big night

The hit play about a photographer’s search for the Tiananmen Square “tank man” was the big winner at the most prestigious awards ceremony of the UK’s theatre calendar.

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Oliviers 2014: Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica wins best new play

Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica has been named Best New Play at the Olivier Awards.

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Oliviers 2014: The Book of Mormon wins Best New Musical in night of triumph

The Book of Mormon has won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards 2014, beating competition from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys.

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Oliviers 2014: Rory Kinnear beats Jude Law and Tom Hiddleston to Best Actor for Othello

Rory Kinnear has taken home the Olivier Award for Best Actor, beating competition from Henry Goodman, Tom Hiddleston and Jude Law.

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Oliviers 2014: Lesley Manville beats Judi Dench to win Best Actress award for Ghosts

Lesley Manville has won the Olivier for Best Actress for her role in Ibsen’s Ghosts.

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Oliviers 2014: Red carpet in pictures

Theatre stars and luvvies had their glad rags on tonight ahead of Britain’s most prestigious theatre awards, the Oliviers.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Painting the South Bank red: Celebrating a year of the Shed

"I remember being in the Shed foyer in those days when Romeo and Juliet was on in the afternoon and in the evenings there was the Mathew Herbert show and straight after that Andrew Scott wou…

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Friday, April 11, 2014

The final curtain for National Theatre’s double act Sir Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr

It’s a job that left even Sir Laurence Olivier scarred. For this greatest of thespians, his reign as director of the National Theatre was often consumed by politics, and it ended amid clai…

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The final curtain for National Theatre’s double act Hytner and Starr

It’s a job that left even Sir Laurence Olivier scarred. For this greatest of thespians, his reign as director of the National Theatre was often consumed by politics, and it ended amid clai…

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King Charles III, Almeida, theatre review

In a piquant twist of fate, the premiere of Mike Bartlett's bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play about the future of the monarchy has coincided with news of the death…

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Olivier Awards 2014: ABBA members to perform with Mamma Mia! cast

ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus are teaming up with the London cast of Mamma Mia! to close Sunday night’s Olivier Awards.

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Birdland, theatre review: Sherlock's Moriarty Andrew Scott is excellent

Moriarty resurrected as a stadium rock god?  A mouthwatering prospect for fans of Andrew Scott's delectably witty and deviant turn as Sherlock Holmes's nemesis on TV and for admirers of the…

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Birdland, theatre review: Sherlock's Moriarty Andrew Scott is unforgettable

Moriarty resurrected as a stadium rock god?  A mouthwatering prospect for fans of Andrew Scott's delectably witty and deviant turn as Sherlock Holmes's nemesis on TV and for admirers of the…

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Hetty Feather, theatre review: Winning stage version of Jacqueline Wilson's children's book

This transformation of Jacqueline Wilson’s children’s book is a real treat. And not just for ardent, existing fans: we’re all won over by Hetty Feather, a hot-tempered but good-hearted…

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Small Family Business, National Theatre, review

Corruption (like charity) begins at home, we perceive in Alan Ayckbourn's play, written expressly for the Olivier Theatre in 1987 and now revived there in this spirited production by Adam Pe…

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