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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Friendsical review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘completely pointless cash-in’ by Tim Bano

It’s really, really difficult to fathom what this is and why. Stopping in Edinburgh on a UK tour, it claims to be

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Bobby and Amy review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘moving and nostalgic’ by Tim Bano

As well as the fun stuff that the 1990s brought – “He dun a poo! He dun a poo!” one girl squeals

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Theatremaker Tim Crouch: ‘If the system needs dismantling, it must be done incrementally’ by Tim Bano

For nearly two decades, playwright Tim Crouch has brought experimental work to the nation’s biggest stages. As his latest convention-busting piece opens

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Secret River review at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘raw, powerful storytelling of early British colonisers in Australia’ by Tim Bano

We’re shamefully late to The Secret River in the UK. Kate Grenville’s 2005 novel is a high water mark of Australian literature

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Phoenix review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘a sweet slice of Americana’ by Tim Bano

Like a mirror image of A Star is Born, this one-man musical set in 1960s America follows Ash Phoenix as his hopes

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Friday, August 2, 2019

The Girl on the Train review at Duke of York’s Theatre, London – ‘plodding, dull and unimaginative’ by Tim Bano

Whatever magic made Paula Hawkins’ thriller such a huge success – millions sold, bestseller records smashed – has been stripped away for

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jenna Russell: ‘It’s been a lovely career, but it could all stop tomorrow’ by Tim Bano

Olivier award-winner Jenna Russell has built an impressive career playing funny, bright, complex women, but at 51 she fears the work could

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Troubadour Theatres: Behind the scenes at the major new venues set to shake up London theatre by Tim Bano

Tristan Baker and Oliver Royds brought theatre – and a real steam train – to London’s King’s Cross. Now, the Troubadour duo

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Company manager Joni Carter: ‘You might think famous actors don’t get nervous, but they do’ by Tim Bano

As resident company manager at London’s Royal Court, Joni Carter offers pastoral care and practical solutions to cast, crew and occasional live

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat review at London Palladium – ‘a massive blast of joy’ by Tim Bano

So, this is where it all began. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the dream team, wrote their Dream musical more than

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Jesus Christ Superstar review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘still an absolute must’ by Tim Bano

This is still, probably, the best version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar there’s ever been. Timothy Sheader’s

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Joseph star Jac Yarrow: ‘If the audience is looking at my loincloth, I’m not doing my job’ by Tim Bano

Straight out of drama school, Jac Yarrow is about to play Joseph at the London Palladium. He tells Tim Bano about pursuing

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Video designer Andrzej Goulding: ‘You can’t turn up with a finished video – it still needs to be live’ by Tim Bano

Though he originally set out to make films, Andrzej Goulding has developed a career in stage video design with shows including People,

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

On Your Feet! review at London Coliseum – ‘irresistible Gloria Estefan musical’ by Tim Bano

With 26 Grammys under their belts, 115 million records sold – as well as credit for having created a new form of

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The Hunt review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘complex, harrowing, unmissable’ by Tim Bano

On its release in 2012, Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm’s film about a teacher falsely accused of abusing a child was pretty

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Actor David Morrissey: ‘I have to choose roles that challenge me – really frighten me’ by Tim Bano

In his four-decade stage and screen career, David Morrissey has played everyone from Mark Antony and Gordon Brown to a hangman and

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Stage Podcast: Musical theatre company SpitLip and actor Bally Gill by Tim Bano

In our June episode, Tim Bano meets the four members of exciting musical theatre troupe SpitLip, who tell him how they created

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bitter Wheat review at Garrick Theatre, London – ‘Flabby, cynical and pointless’ by Tim Bano

David Mamet, thorn in the side of political correctness, is back in London with another play about a powerful man accused of

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The Light in the Piazza review at Royal Festival Hall, London – ‘Renée Fleming is sublime’ by Tim Bano

Maybe the reason it’s taken 15 years for Adam Guettel’s multiple Tony award-winning show to make it to London is because it’s

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Producer John Brant: ‘Yes, Bitter Wheat is controversial and won’t be to everyone’s taste, but that’s David Mamet’ by Tim Bano

He’s the producer behind smash-hit musical Come from Away and now a very different beast: David Mamet’s new work, which has already

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Starry Messenger review at Wyndham’s Theatre, London – ‘Matthew Broderick gives a great, understated performance’ by Tim Bano

It was almost 40 years ago that Kenneth Lonergan and Matthew Broderick attended the same astronomy class in New York’s Hayden Planetarium,

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

King Hedley II starring Lenny Henry at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – ‘an electric surge of rage’ by Tim Bano

The scope of August Wilson’s play is staggering. It spans the entire scope of the universe from the smallest speck – in

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Partenope review at Jacksons Lane, London – ‘Blowaway performances lift confusing production’ by Tim Bano

The small but potent opera company Hampstead Garden Opera works with singers towards the beginning of their careers, staging operas twice a

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Charcoalblue’s Ian Stickland: Digital needn’t be flashy – the tech’s already in our pockets’ by Tim Bano

Theatre consultant Ian Stickland brings technology into every area of the industry. He tells Tim Bano how digital is revolutionising the way

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Operation Mincemeat review at New Diorama, London – ‘a masterclass of macabre musical comedy’ by Tim Bano

In the middle of this madcap musical about a particularly bizarre espionage plot during the Second World War, the flooringly funny piss-take

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button review at Southwark Playhouse – ‘New cornish-set folk musical sounds timeless’ by Tim Bano

Although it’s no great feat to make a version of Benjamin Button better than the disturbingly CGI-dependent 2008 film, it is pretty

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘funny, sad – and slow’ by Tim Bano

If you’ve ever felt boredom – real bone-numbing, brain-dead boredom – chances are it’ll still be insignificant in comparison to the first

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Amour review Charing Cross Theatre, London – ‘irresistibly charming chamber musical’ by Tim Bano

The late and very great Michel Legrand wrote a colossal amount of music, mostly for films, but 2002’s Amour was one of

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Man of La Mancha review at London Coliseum – ‘Kelsey Grammer saves a patchy production’ by Tim Bano

We’re now in year five of the annual GradeLinnit semi-staged musical spectacular at the London Coliseum. It has been a fascinating opportunity

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Director Adele Thomas: ‘As soon as I stepped in to opera, I felt like I was home’ by Tim Bano

Director Adele Thomas tells Tim Bano about setting stagehands on fire at Shakespeare’s Globe, reviving Handel’s Berenice after its 300-year absence from

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Monday, April 29, 2019

This Is My Family review at Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘finds magic in the mundane’ by Tim Bano

Tim Firth’s better-known musicals The Girls and The Band have been doing the rounds the last couple of years, but this 2014

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