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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

The Great British Bake Off Musical review: Sweet songs and silly jokes, but the puns are overdone by Isobel Lewis

A ‘Bake Off’ inspired musical was never going to be subtle, but the humour is surprisingly offbeat and self-aware

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:30AM
Sunday, March 5, 2023

On your marks, get set… sing! How The Great British Bake Off became a West End musical by Isobel Lewis

The nation’s nicest TV show has been turned into an all-singing, all-dancing musical about star bakers and soggy bottoms. Isobel Lewis meets the cast and creatives bringing the tent to the…

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:30AM
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

‘It feels like a healing process’: Breach Theatre on making a musical about Section 28 by Isobel Lewis

Two decades on from the repeal of the law that banned the ‘intentional promotion’ of homosexuality in schools, risk-taking theatre company Breach are making a musical about Section 28. T…

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:30AM
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Ben Platt shares video after neo-Nazi protesters ‘spread evil’ outside Broadway musical Parade by Isobel Lewis

‘Now is really the moment for this particular piece,’ actor said

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:12AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Joseph Fiennes to star as Gareth Southgate in National Theatre play this summer by Isobel Lewis

‘Dear England’ has been written by ‘Quiz’ playwright James Graham

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:00AM
Sunday, February 5, 2023
Thursday, February 2, 2023

2:22 A Ghost Story review: Cheryl the actor has arrived – and she’s frightfully good by Isobel Lewis

The Geordie pop princess makes an impressive West End debut in Danny Robins’ spooky tale

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:18AM
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

A Streetcar Named Desire starring Paul Mescal announces West End transfer after actor’s Oscar nomination by Tom Murray and Isobel Lewis

‘It’s my favourite play and it’s wonderful to be able to share it with a wider audience,’ Mescal said

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:41AM
Sunday, January 22, 2023

Vault Festival 2023: What to see this year, from theatre to comedy by Isobel Lewis

London’s answer to Edinburgh Fringe is back with a bang after a two-year hiatus. Isobel Lewis rounds up the unmissable highlights

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:30AM
Sunday, January 1, 2023

The best theatre to see in 2023, from A Little Life to The Pillowman by Culture Staff,jessie Thompson and Isobel Lewis

‘A Little Life’ comes to the stage, Sheridan Smith and Lily Allen return to the West End, and ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is transported to 1930s Cable Street – we bring you our guid…

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:08AM
Sunday, December 25, 2022

Girl behind viral ‘Let It Go’ video from bomb shelter surprised by West End cast of Frozen by Isobel Lewis

Clip will air as part of ‘The National Lottery’s New Year’s Eve Big Bash’

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:54AM
Monday, December 19, 2022

Jodie Comer, a gen-Z Elle Woods and a giant swimming pool: The best theatre of 2022, ranked by Jessie Thompson,isobel Lewis,nicole Vassell and Annabel Nugent

The Independent’s theatre critics have chosen their top stage shows of 2022, a year in which fresh new writing and charming musicals reigned supreme

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:42AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol review: Tennessee-based Dickens retelling is heavy on the cheese by Isobel Lewis

Classic Christmas tale is given the Parton treatment, in a saccharine musical with flashes of fun

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:48AM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

Liz Kingsman: ‘At first, I got really hung up on people misinterpreting One Woman Show’ by Isobel Lewis

After feverish word-of-mouth and unanimous five-star reviews, Liz Kingsman’s ‘One Woman Show’ is heading to the West End. She talks to Isobel Lewis about how it catapulted her to stard…

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:18AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A Little Life: James Norton to star in English-language stage premiere of mammoth novel in West End by Isobel Lewis

Ivo Van Hove’s original Dutch-language production opened in Amsterdam in 2018 and was four hours long

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:18AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Lion King sign language interpreter claims he was fired from Broadway production for being white by Isobel Lewis

‘If you insert a different color, if you insert a different race, it is wrong,’ interpreter said

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:24AM
Saturday, October 22, 2022

Josephine Melville: EastEnders actor dies backstage at Nottingham Playhouse after performance by Isobel Lewis

Actor had been playing Maggie in a production of ‘Nine Night’

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:13AM
Friday, October 7, 2022

Lesley Manville says ‘naughty’ Judi Dench once made her laugh so much she wet herself on stage by Isobel Lewis

‘I was on stage on my own and she was in the wings trying to make me laugh,’ actor recalled

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:03AM
Monday, October 3, 2022

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella musical transferring to Broadway less than a year after West End closure by Isobel Lewis

Musical will move to Broadway as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ ends

SOURCE: The Independent at 12:07PM
Friday, September 2, 2022

I, Joan review: Funny, fierce non-binary Joan of Arc proves sceptics wrong by Isobel Lewis

The Globe’s much-publicised production of Charlie Josephine’s new play is no gender studies lecture but a rousing piece of theatre

SOURCE: The Independent at 11:03AM
Sunday, August 28, 2022

The Week on Stage at Edinburgh Fringe: Amy Gledhill, Colin Hoult, Vir Das, Age Is a Feeling by Isobel Lewis

A guide to comedy and theatre from the final week of the Fringe

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:12AM
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Friday, August 12, 2022
Friday, July 22, 2022

Rare copy of Shakespeare’s first folio from 1623 sells for £2m by Isobel Lewis

Book containing 36 of the bard’s plays was compiled seven years after his death.

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:24AM
Thursday, July 21, 2022

Stranger Things cast celebrate Gaten Matarazzo’s first show in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway by Isobel Lewis

Matarazzo will be the last actor to play the role of Jared before ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ closes on Broadway

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:42AM
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Glee star Samantha Ware says ‘Broadway upholds whiteness’ as Lea Michele cast in Funny Girl by Isobel Lewis

Ware accused Michele of making her life a ‘living hell’ on set of musical comedy series

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:24AM
Sunday, July 3, 2022

Taron Egerton says dropping out of West End play was ‘one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make’ by Isobel Lewis

Actor fainted on stage during first night and contracted Covid before fully leaving show

SOURCE: The Independent at 10:42AM

Peter Brook death: ‘Genius’ theatre director dies aged 97 by Isobel Lewis

‘The man was a giant in our field,’ Adrian Lester tweeted

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:33AM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Inside Gifford’s Circus: the Cotswolds institution bringing magic to middle England by Isobel Lewis

For over 20 years, Gifford’s Circus has been bringing kitsch comedy and knife-throwing to village greens. Oh, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a fan. Isobel Lewis meets the people who really di…

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:42AM

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