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Thursday, March 30, 2023

London’s Riverside Studios to enter administration by Chris Wiegand

The Hammersmith arts centre, which faces soaring energy bills and debt from its redevelopment, said it has struggled to rebuild revenue streams after the pandemic London’s Riverside Studio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:02PM
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

My Neighbour Totoro to return to the Barbican by Chris Wiegand

The Studio Ghibli adaptation, which is up for nine Olivier awards this weekend, will open in November The Barbican in London is to bring back the furry woodland spirits, mischievous soot spr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2023

London’s County Hall to host immersive Paddington Bear theatre show by Chris Wiegand

The Paddington Bear Experience, a family-friendly show based on Michael Bond’s character, will be at the ex-GLC building on the South Bank The world of Michael Bond’s irrepressible, marm…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Monday, March 27, 2023

In the Amazon Warehouse Parking Lot: play about ‘queer ageing and capitalism’ wins prize by Chris Wiegand

Sarah Mantell’s script awarded Susan Smith Blackburn prize, beating plays by Zadie Smith, Kimber Lee and Ruby Thomas The American playwright Sarah Mantell has won this year’s Susan Smith…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42PM
Thursday, March 23, 2023

Geraldine James cast as Rosalind in RSC production of As You Like It by Chris Wiegand

The 72-year-old actor will play a young woman in the latest example of age-blind casting in a Shakespeare production Geraldine James is to play Rosalind this summer in a “playful and provo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Wildfire Road review – comedy and terror on the path to climate hell by Chris Wiegand

Playhouse, SheffieldA strong cast and plenty of physicality bolster Eve Leigh’s hour-long, plane-set takedown of climate-crisis apathy As we arrive, so do the actors. On stage, passengers …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:39AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Mumsy review – brilliant bittersweet comedy about the family way by Chris Wiegand

Hull Truck theatreLydia Marchant’s sparky debut play about pregnancy and the cost of living finds three generations of mothers sharing a flat Three generations of women in the same family …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:11AM
Friday, March 3, 2023

The Time Machine: A Comedy review – malfunctioning merriment by Chris Wiegand

New Wolsey theatre, IpswichThis riff on HG Wells’s sci-fi novella has a sharp cast but relies on a wearisome play-within-a-play concept and lacks momentum In 2021, HG Wells fans were aghas…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Stranger Things due in West End as stage spinoff of Netflix hit announced by Chris Wiegand

Based on an original story by the Duffer Brothers, Kate Trefry and Jack Thorne, Stranger Things: The First Shadow promises ‘a journey into the past’ After a dance-theatre version of Peak…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:00AM

The Long Run review – going the distance with love and laughter by Chris Wiegand

The Vaults, LondonKatie Arnstein’s captivating show about her mum’s treatment for cancer lies somewhere between storytelling and standup The crowd carries you along in a marathon, says K…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:59AM

The best theatre to stream this month: The Boys Are Kissing, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Hans Christian Andersen on skates, a verbatim play five years in the making and poems from Ukraine Zak Zarafshan’s “audacious and adventuro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00AM
Saturday, February 25, 2023

The Walworth Farce review – tyranny and fantasy at the Elephant and Castle by Chris Wiegand

Southwark Playhouse Elephant, LondonThere is comical swagger and escalating threat but Nicky Allpress’s revival of Enda Walsh’s play is strongest in its fragile moments What a choice for…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00AM
Thursday, February 23, 2023

Beginning review – touching after-party tale of the last two left standing by Chris Wiegand

Royal Exchange theatre, ManchesterDavid Eldridge’s insightful play about a pair of singletons sizing each other up is relocated for a funny and moving revival New light was cast on David E…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Derek Jacobi and Arlene Phillips picked for career-crowning Olivier awards by Chris Wiegand

The actor is to get the lifetime achievement honour and the choreographer the special award at this year’s theatre prizes in April Sir Derek Jacobi and Dame Arlene Phillips are to be honou…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:23AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Hamilton the musical to go on first UK tour by Chris Wiegand

While the West End production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical continues in London, a new cast will simultaneously tour the UK beginning in Manchester in November For more than five…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:45AM
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Spring and Port Wine review – Les Dennis leads 60s drama about Bolton family fortunes by Chris Wiegand

Octagon theatre, BoltonAn impressive cast featuring the former TV presenter and Mina Anwar deliver an affecting and funny revival of Bill Naughton’s tale about a suppertime spat In Mog on …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:44AM
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

The Time Traveller’s Wife musical sets a date for London’s West End by Chris Wiegand

With music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Joss Stone, the show based on Audrey Niffenegger’s bestseller will open in autumn A musical based on Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00AM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Pump Up the Volume: can Christian Slater’s teen movie become a musical hit like Heathers? by Chris Wiegand

The 1990 film about high-school rebellion, featuring a jaded late-night DJ, could find a fresh theatre audience in this new age of disillusionment Watching the macabre 1989 high school movie…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:21AM
Thursday, February 2, 2023

The Trial of Josie K review – kidding around with Kafka by Chris Wiegand

Unicorn theatre, LondonInspired by the classic novel, this play for children leads its young heroine through surreal encounters with bureaucracy – and a giant rabbit Kafka never let Josef …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:45AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Bill’s 44th review – tender and boozy puppet party by Chris Wiegand

Barbican, LondonA Beckettian sense of dread pervades Dorothy James and Andy Manjuck’s show about a wistful middle-aged man’s attempts to keep the darkness at bay It’s Bill’s birthday…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:41AM

The best theatre to stream this month: The Boy With Two Hearts, Punchdrunk and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Billy Crystal’s musical about a fading comedian, a female Faustus and a revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate Hamed and Hessam Amiri’s s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

A Streetcar Named Desire with Paul Mescal transfers to West End by Chris Wiegand

Critically acclaimed and now boasting an Oscar nominee, the Almeida’s Tennessee Williams production will move to the Phoenix theatre in spring The Almeida theatre’s sold out production o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:25AM
Friday, January 20, 2023

And Then the Rodeo Burned Down review – high noon for cowboy clowns by Chris Wiegand

King’s Head theatre, LondonChloe Rice and Natasha Roland deliver a playful two-hander about the wild west, power structures and the costs of theatre Like Dolly Parton sang in 9 to 5: it’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Tuesday, January 3, 2023

It’s showtime! Stage sensations to watch out for in 2023 by Chris Wiegand

Ross Willis unveils his new play Grim Brenda, Nancy Medina takes over at Bristol Old Vic and Sung Im Her has all the right moves. Here are 10 of theatre’s brightest talents today Somewhere…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:58AM
Sunday, January 1, 2023

The best theatre to stream this month: Richard II, All of Us and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, a festival of mime and a rock’n’roll panto Before she embarked on Bridgerton, Adjoa Andoh starred as Richard …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Brian Cox to return to the West End in Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Chris Wiegand

The Succession star will play James Tyrone, another patriarch of a dysfunctional family, in Eugene O’Neill’s drama Succession star Brian Cox, who plays mogul Logan Roy in the HBO family …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM

Paradise Now! review – sharp satire of girlboss extremes by Chris Wiegand

Bush theatre, LondonSmartly directed and superbly acted, Margaret Perry’s funny and moving play follows a group of women working for an essential oils franchise Let’s start with the scen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Alice in Wonderland review – Carroll’s classic goes down the Victoria line by Chris Wiegand

Brixton House, LondonPoltergeist theatre company send Alice into the underground in this offbeat adaptation with tube-inspired nonsense language Alice adventures not in the traditional wonde…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM

Don’t look into the wardrobe: are Peeping Tom the world’s freakiest theatre troupe? by Chris Wiegand

The Belgian dance-theatre company love to create unnerving environments – and are set to put the apocalypse on stage. They talk about their taboo-trouncing shows Knock, knock. Who’s ther…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM
Friday, December 9, 2022

Sheridan Smith to star as Shirley Valentine in the West End by Chris Wiegand

Smith will take on the role of ‘theatre’s best-loved mum’ in Willy Russell’s play in London in February Sheridan Smith is to return to the West End stage next year in Willy Russell…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:12AM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Newsies review – ‘tis the season for Disney musical about industrial relations by Chris Wiegand

Troubadour Wembley Park theatre, LondonThis show about young New York paper-sellers has stirring anthems and screwball energy, even if it lacks emotional and political depth Newspaper hawker…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03PM

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