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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Balancing Acts by Nicholas Hytner review – secrets of the National Theatre by Andrew Dickson

The NT’s former artistic director digs up absorbing material, and argues that high-minded can also be showbiz goldImpressive though his time running the National Theatre was, in one respec…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:31AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How Punchdrunk breathed life into The Drowned Man by Andrew Dickson

Punchdrunk are staging their biggest show yet – a descent into the Hollywood dream factory – in a vast west London building. But have the interactive mavericks reached theatre's outer&nb…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spy report that criticised Marlowe for 'gay Christ' claim is revealed online by Andrew Dickson

British Library releases ‘Baines note’ in which playwright Christopher Marlowe scandalously suggests Christian communion should be smoked in a pipeA controversial document in which the p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM
Monday, March 27, 2017

From War Horse to Wolf Hall: the secret alchemy of stage lighting by Andrew Dickson

How a play is lit changes not only how it looks but how we feel about it. Top designers Paule Constable and Mark Henderson discuss mysteries of the craftIn the darkness of the Lyric theatre …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36AM
Friday, March 24, 2017

Martin Crimp: ‘I wrote a play called Cruel and Tender – I hope to be both’ by Andrew Dickson

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley have starred in his bleakly funny, sometimes dowright horrible plays. As The Treatment is revived at the Almeida, Martin Crimp talks about how his wo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32AM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Woman overboard! Hull unveils its spectacular floating city show by Andrew Dickson

The City of Culture is hitting the waves for Flood, its wildly ambitious flagship show – and even the boat gets a stunt doubleIn a quiet corner of Whitby harbour, Alan Lane, artistic direc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42AM
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Alas, poor Yorick! The shocking life of theatre's greatest skull by Andrew Dickson

It’s been licked, kissed and caressed. It’s been played by a beige sweater and the real remains of a Hamlet-loving horse thief. As Andrew Scott gets ready to be or not to be, we explore …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Friday, February 10, 2017

Tom Stoppard: Brexit is too big for the stage by Andrew Dickson

As Daniel Radcliffe appears in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Tom Stoppard remembers the dandy who wrote it 50 years ago, picks his favourite play – and reveals why he’s less interested i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:31AM
Monday, January 2, 2017

Beat the Bard! Shakespeare's characters fight it out in our interactive game by Garry Blight and Andrew Dickson

Could Richard III handle Hamlet in a punch-up? Is Benedick more fanciable than Beatrice? Is Falstaff craftier than Cleopatra? Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday by pitting his characte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Sunday, December 4, 2016

What's so bad about taking sponsorship money from Big Oil? by Andrew Dickson

Banks and oil giants should keep out of temples of culture, shouldn’t they? Andrew Dickson thought so – until he made a documentary about sponsorship and the increasingly desperate searc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Activist playwright Anders Lustgarten: 'I love winding people up' by Andrew Dickson

The firebrand writer is an outspoken critic of the establishment but his new work is an RSC commission about Caravaggio. He talks about challenging audiences’ prejudices – and his ownSay…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy 450th birthday to William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe by Andrew Dickson

If Shakespeare, not Marlowe, had been fatally stabbed as a young man would we even remember him? As the 450th birthdays of both playwrights approach, Andrew Dickson makes…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:10AM
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Simon McBurney: British theatrical alchemist ready to dazzle Broadway by Andrew Dickson

His hallucinogenic new show takes the audience up the Amazon and to the centre of their own consciousnesses – the latest work from an auteur who has constantly redefined theatreBroadway ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:07PM
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Freddie Fox: Tom Stoppard's Travesties still fizzes like candyfloss by Andrew Dickson

Stepping in to play Romeo for Kenneth Branagh at a couple of days’ notice, followed by the razzamatazz of Tristan Tzara? Fox says it’s like ice skatingIt sounds like an actor’s fantasy…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:34AM
Monday, July 18, 2016

Alan Cumming opens his cabaret of curiosities by Andrew Dickson

It began as a Broadway afterparty for guests including Monica Lewinsky. Now, the Good Wife star is taking his confessional one-man show to Edinburgh, with a sappy songbook that runs from Liz…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:40AM
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Angry Brigade review – an explosive account of ideological war by Andrew Dickson

Theatre Royal PlymouthJames Graham’s gimlet-eyed play gives both sides of 70s anarchism and shows there’s still plenty to get angry aboutUnemployment is sky-high and a Tory government is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:27PM
Monday, May 16, 2016

Patrick Marber interview: ‘Your heart skips when someone is saying your lines’ by Andrew Dickson

After early success writing for the National Theatre and for Alan Partridge, Marber’s career stalled. As he returns with two plays, he talks about how Lewes FC, Turgenev and an escape from…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

'The strange thing is we howled with laughter': Sarah Kane's enigmatic last play by Andrew Dickson

First staged a year after she killed herself, 4.48 Psychosis was called Kane’s suicide note. As a new opera version opens, the team behind the play’s Royal Court premiere look back – a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Monday, May 9, 2016

Is this a bloodbath I see before me? The 75 deaths of Shakespeare by Andrew Dickson

Spymonkey are sticking the knife into Shakespeare, by putting every poisoning, bear attack and stabbing on stageA woman lies on a tomb in a deathlike slumber, rose petals scattered all aroun…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:21PM
Friday, April 22, 2016

Popeye, Klingons and John Lennon: the weirdest Shakespeare productions ever by Andrew Dickson

His name may not appear in the credits, but the playwright has inspired some unlikely renditions of his great worksIn this 1940 episode of Dave and Max Fleischer’s classic cartoon, the pip…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:13AM
Friday, April 15, 2016

West side story: how Shakespeare stormed America's frontier by Andrew Dickson

Whether his plays were performed on a whaling ship, up a redwood tree or by a burlesque dancer, the pioneers had a particular fondness for the BardIn May 1831, the French political thinker A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:39PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Welcome Home, Captain Fox! review – a riot of illusion and self-delusion by Andrew Dickson

Donmar Warehouse, LondonJean Anouilh’s wartime tale of mistaken identity is given a witty, colourful update with top-rank comic actingMistaken identity makes for absorbing dramatic materia…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:02AM
Friday, February 12, 2016

Robert Icke's new revolution: a Vanya to blow Chekhovians' samovars by Andrew Dickson

He unleashed a fierce 1984 and brought Aeschylus bang up to date. Now the Almeida’s wunderkind is stripping back a Russian classic with actor Paul RhysSay what you like about his productio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:30AM
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Monster Raving Loony review – Benny Hill meets Blackadder in Screaming Lord Sutch bio by Andrew Dickson

Theatre Royal, Plymouth James Graham rifles through period-comedy vignettes in this chaotic retelling of the life of the rocker turned serial parliamentary hopefulJames Graham deserves an ho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:34AM
Monday, February 1, 2016

Shakespeare timeline: follow the plot of the playwright's life by Andrew Dickson

From his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon to family tragedy, friendship with the monarch and success at the Globe, explore the twists and turns in Shakespeare’s own storyOn 26 April, Stratford…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:44AM
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Marie-Hélène Estienne: the powerhouse behind Peter Brook by Andrew Dickson

She’s not just his fixer, assistant, co-writer and collaborator. She even picks the costumes and carpets. As Peter Brook revisits his epic Mahabharata, Marie-Hélène Estienne looks back o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:19PM
Sunday, January 17, 2016

John Malkovich: 'I've read more books on the Middle East than any British journalist' - video by Andrew Dickson, Alex Healey and Mustafa Khalili

As he arrives at London's Barbican to play an operatic serial killer, John Malkovich talks to Andrew Dickson about being back on stage, doing the Edinburgh festival for the first time – an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:53AM
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Does your nuclear shelter have a bar? Michael Smith on 40 years of mocking America by Andrew Dickson

Scared at airport security? Anxious about ageing? Fearful your fallout shelter doesn’t quite cut it? The artist Michael Smith has been reliving the horrors of modern life since the 70s –…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:31AM
Friday, December 4, 2015

Barbarians review – like a furious, punk Godot by Andrew Dickson

Young Vic, LondonBarrie Keeffe’s fable of three working-class men adrift in society gets an urgent update in Liz Stevenson’s muscular, bleakly humorous productionA generation has been th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:55AM
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ben Hur review – biblical epic with a cast of … four by Andrew Dickson

Tricycle theatre, LondonThe team behind The 39 Steps are back with a multitasking troupe, plus more quick changes and tomfoolery than an entire run of Monty PythonIn September, Patrick Barlo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Monday, November 23, 2015

Electric review – cinema flickers into life in immersive drama by Andrew Dickson

Rio cinema, LondonA young cast bring verve to the history of a century-old filmhouse – but the plot gets lost in the dark“No point looking sheepish, darling,” says the usherette, fixin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:41AM

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