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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

'Fearless' Irish playwright Tom Murphy dies aged 83 by Chris Wiegand

Playwright Martin McDonagh and Ireland’s president Michael D Higgins pay tribute to revered dramatist whose works include A Whistle in the DarkTributes have been paid to the influential pl…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

British theatre stars storm the nominations for 2018 Tony awards by Chris Wiegand

Angels in America and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are in the running for prizes at New York’s theatre ceremonyThey won acclaim in London for their stage performances as a grownup Har…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Quiz: Noël Coward or Murder, She Wrote? by Chris Wiegand

Angela Lansbury's return to the West End stage in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit is one of London's hottest tickets but the star is still best known as TV sleuth Jessica Fletcher. Can you gues…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kwame Kwei-Armah announces £5 seats for his first Young Vic season by Chris Wiegand

New artistic director will stage a musical version of Twelfth Night and introduces £5 tickets for every first preview at the theatreThe Young Vic’s new artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day to be adapted for the stage by Chris Wiegand

Playwright Barney Norris will collaborate with the Booker prize-winning author on a production opening in Northampton in 2019Twenty-five years after it was made into an Oscar-nominated film,…

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Alex Beckett, theatre and W1A actor, dies suddenly by Chris Wiegand

Tributes paid to acclaimed actor who had been appearing in the Donmar’s production of The Way of the WorldThe Donmar Warehouse in London has announced the sudden death of the actor Alex Be…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

RSC auctions McKellen's coat, Dench's doublet and Tennant's trousers by Chris Wiegand

Outfits worn by Susannah York, Patrick Stewart and Sinéad Cusack will also be listed on eBay to raise money for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s costume workshopA red floor-length coat spo…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Concrete Dreams: new show celebrates Southbank's history of performance by Chris Wiegand

Exclusive: exhibition looks back on London cultural centre’s legacy through 50 years of archive material An innovative new exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre gives visitors a perfor…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tributes paid to Scott Ambler, the prince in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake by Chris Wiegand

Death is announced of a ‘passionate collaborator’ who choreographed innovative shows such as Enron and danced in Bourne productionsScott Ambler, the dancer who played the original Prince…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spiral's Audrey Fleurot and Peaky Blinders' Paul Anderson to star in West End by Chris Wiegand

Actors to share the stage in Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Tartuffe at London’s Theatre Royal HaymarketOne is known for playing an unpredictable Birmingham gangster; the other for …

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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Singing Mermaid review – Julia Donaldson's fishy caper makes a splash by Chris Wiegand

Little Angel theatre, LondonBad puns, circus tricks and goggle-eyed jellyfish abound in a smart adaptation of the popular picture bookThe picture books by Julia Donaldson with illustrations …

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Richard Hawley writes musical about Sheffield's Park Hill estate by Chris Wiegand

Standing at the Sky’s Edge, which features old and new songs by the musician, will play at the city’s Crucible theatreThe singer and songwriter Richard Hawley will explore the history of…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Isabella Rossellini and Isabelle Huppert take one-woman shows to London by Chris Wiegand

Southbank Centre to host Isabella Rossellini performing with her pet dog and Isabelle Huppert reading from the Marquis de SadeTwo celebrated European actors are taking one-woman shows to Lon…

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Friday, February 23, 2018

David Mamet writes play about Harvey Weinstein by Chris Wiegand

Playwright’s producer urged him to write Bitter Wheat about the Hollywood mogul facing allegations of sexual harassmentDavid Mamet has revealed that he has written a play about Harvey Wein…

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Alan Bennett and Nicholas Hytner to collaborate on new play about the NHS by Chris Wiegand

The playwright, a passionate supporter of the health service, has set Allelujah! in a beleaguered Pennines hospitalAlan Bennett is to explore life in a Yorkshire hospital threatened with clo…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ian McKellen to play King Lear in London by Chris Wiegand

The star will reprise ‘superb’ performance in a transfer of Jonathan Munby’s acclaimed Chichester Festival theatre productionIan McKellen is to star in London’s West End as King Lear…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hit musical Hamilton raises top-price tickets to £250 by Chris Wiegand

The London production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical surpasses The Book of Mormon as it hikes premium ticket pricesPremium seats for the London production of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel …

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket goes up for sale by Chris Wiegand

Owner says it is time to hand historic playhouse over to ‘next generation of dream-makers’London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, which has staged premieres of Oscar Wilde plays and was John…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Cuba Gooding Jr to make British stage debut in Chicago revival by Chris Wiegand

The Oscar-winning actor will play smooth lawyer Billy Flynn as the prohibition-era musical returns to the West End in MarchThe Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr is to make his British stag…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Spiral's Caroline Proust: cast me as anyone but a cop by Chris Wiegand

The star of France’s premier crime drama talks about appearing in Ivo van Hove’s bold take on A View from the Bridge and her determination to avoid typecastingIn a bar around the corner …

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Friday, December 15, 2017

The League of Gentlemen announce 2018 UK tour by Chris Wiegand

The dark comedy foursome are to hit the road, taking new show to ‘all the wonderful local places in our increasingly local country’Their three forthcoming reunion specials for the BBC ar…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Five Little Christmas Monkeys review – maths plus music equals magic by Chris Wiegand

CentrE17, LondonReggae songs, monkey puppets and a duet with a mop all add up to a surreal show for two- to five-year-olds My daughter Hilda is four, her favourite number is five and she can…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cillian Murphy to star in stage version of Grief Is the Thing With Feathers by Chris Wiegand

Enda Walsh to adapt Max Porter’s acclaimed novel about love, art and bereavement for Complicité theatre company’s Irish productionCillian Murphy is to star in an Irish stage version of …

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mean Girls or David Mamet? - quiz by Chris Wiegand

As Lindsay Lohan prepares to make her West End debut in Speed-the-Plow, can you guess if these lines come from Mean Girls or David Mamet's plays?“I’m wearing a spinal halo.” Mean Girls…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Ramin Gray of Actors Touring Company faces harassment allegations by Chris Wiegand

Eight women describe alleged cases of historic harassment against director who called for search for ‘Weinstein of British theatre’A leading director who called for a search for “the W…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

'It's very sweary!' What Labour MPs make of James Graham's political comedy Labour of Love by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Emine Saner

The mountains of leaflets, the WhatsApp groups, the election night panic … Harriet Harman, Tracy Brabin and David Lammy on what the play gets right – and wrong Continue reading...

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

It's business time as Flight of the Conchords announce UK tour by Chris Wiegand

Musical comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement reunite for a string of live dates after solo roles in Hollywood and on TVOK, band meeting! The Flight of the Conchords have announced th…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

'Charming, soulful, a proper comic': Sean Hughes tributes – and his funniest jokes by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Tim Jonze

By his mid-20s he had scooped the Perrier award and landed his own TV show. But Sean Hughes never wanted to be a stadium standup. Mark Steel and Rhona Cameron pay tribute to a troubled talen…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

'Visionary, master diplomat – and absolute smoothie': stars pay tribute to Peter Hall by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Imogen Tilden

He gave Peter Brook his big break, helped Elaine Paige conquer her fear, showed Griff Rhys Jones the joy of farce and dazzled a teenage Samuel West. They celebrate the great director who has…

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Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoë Wanamaker to star in The Birthday Party by Chris Wiegand

A star-studded new West End production of Harold Pinter’s classic play, directed by Ian Rickson, is scheduled for 2018It was famously savaged by theatre critics who dismissed it as “puzz…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

The food Network: play starring Bryan Cranston becomes immersive dining experience by Chris Wiegand

A limited number of tickets at the National Theatre’s production will allow audiences to watch the play from onstage restaurantIts intense plot may be enough to give anyone indigestion, bu…

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