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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Paul Huntley obituary by Veronica Horwell

Award-winning wigmaker who was always in great demand for Broadway musicals, West End shows, film and televisionPatti LuPone’s second-act wig for the 1979 Broadway production of Evita is s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Carol Channing: the sparky Broadway and film star with a husky comic drawl by Veronica Horwell

Channing, who has died aged 97, starred in Hello Dolly! and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and had a genius for characterThornton Wilder, having seen Carol Channing in Hello Dolly!, the 1964 Broa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Peggy Spencer obituary by Veronica Horwell

Teacher, choreographer and popular judge on the BBC’s Come DancingAlthough Peggy Spencer’s life revolved around the ballroom, she never thought of herself as a dancer or choreographer; s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:13AM
Thursday, June 18, 2015

How the Battle of Waterloo became a theatrical spectacular by Veronica Horwell

When Napoleon’s defeat was retold at Philip Astley’s Amphitheatre in 1824 – complete with handsome equine stars, orchestra and explosions – it dazzled audiences and set the pattern f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:28AM
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Theatre's fight club: how the experts add muscle to stage battles by Veronica Horwell

Good fight direction can make all the difference to the credibility of war scenes in both drama and dance. Here’s how two current productions – Shakespeare’s King John and Rosie Kay’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:55AM
Monday, March 2, 2015

The economics of Arthur Miller: salesmen, dockers and gilded preachers by Veronica Horwell

From All My Sons to The Crucible and beyond, the great playwright captured America’s financial, as well as existential, desperationArthur Miller called The American Clock, which premiered …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:21AM
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The jig is up Shakespeare's Globe sends them out dancing by Veronica Horwell

The Bards scripted end-of-play dance is a loose, chaotic and robust revival of energy to reward the audience Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:44AM
Friday, July 18, 2014

Elaine Stritch: everybody rise for Broadway's greatest dame by Veronica Horwell

Sondheim's The Ladies Who Lunch was the defining song of Elaine Stritch's life. With two classic performances, delivered 30 years apart in London, she brought down the house From Sondheim to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:45AM
Monday, July 7, 2014

Musicals we love: Into the Woods by Veronica Horwell

Soon to appear in film form with Meryl Streep as the Witch, Sondheim's plainest musical blends adult stories with grim fairytales to spellbinding effect Into the Woods' sex isn't censored fo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:26PM
Saturday, May 24, 2014

The female leads who cut a swathe through the centuries by Veronica Horwell

As the RSC's heroines season continues, explore theatre's tradition of wisecracking, swashbuckling, roaring girlsThere isn't a surviving copy of the 1590 first edition of The Life of Long Me…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:59AM
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Casting call for buildings: on location with Punchdrunk and the Spectators' Guild by Veronica Horwell

How do site-specific theatre companies pick the magical venues to host their elaborate productions? Veronica Horwell tours London to find the stories behind Venice Preserv'd and The Drowned …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:00AM
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Can't hold a candle to it: lighting the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Veronica Horwell

From Liberace candelabras to fiery breeches, the theatre's Cumbrian-made candles shed a unique light on its showsThe candles at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse couldn't be more simple and elegan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:08AM
Sunday, March 9, 2014

The theatrical life of Derek Jarman by Veronica Horwell

Derek Jarman is remembered as an innovative film-maker and artist but his stage work is key to his career – even his own residence was a performanceDerek Jarman wandered into theatre, as h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:40AM
Monday, December 16, 2013

Joan Fontaine obituary by Veronica Horwell

Oscar-winning actor who played threatened heroines for Alfred Hitchcock in Rebecca and SuspicionIt was hard to cast the lead in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 193…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:49AM
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nijinsky by Lucy Moore – review by Veronica Horwell

Vaslav Nijinsky's brief career and doomed existence is tackled with angry unsentimentalityVaslav Nijinsky was almost immobile at the last moment of his real life. Only his expressive hands m…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:00AM
Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ray Aghayan by Veronica Horwell

Award-winning costume designer who dressed Judy Garland and Diana Ross and oversaw the Oscar red carpetNow that television talent contests are gussied up to Vegas standards, it's less easy t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:49PM
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Theoni Aldredge obituary by Veronica Horwell

Innovative costume designer for stage and screen, she won an Oscar and three TonysTheoni V Aldredge, who has died aged 88, could and did do anything with clothes, on Broadway stage or film; …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:08PM
Friday, December 31, 2010

Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans – review by Veronica Horwell

Veronica Horwell salutes a meticulous and magical survey of balletWhen I reached the final chapter of Jennifer Homans's history of ballet, I knew that, sadly, it would come to dominate not t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:05PM
Friday, November 19, 2010

Ballets Russes Style: Diaghilev's Dancers and Paris Fashion by Mary E Davis – review by Veronica Horwell

Veronica Horwell on the ballet company that redefined fashionThe story conventionally goes that Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes landed with a crash on the Paris stage in 1909 and cha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06PM

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