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Friday, June 21, 2024

Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey to play Richard II on London stage by Chris Wiegand

Nicholas Hytner has shared details of his forthcoming production, which will give the actor his highest profile Shakespeare role to date Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey is to play Richard II …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
Monday, June 3, 2024

Jodie Whittaker returns to London stage to play The Duchess by Chris Wiegand

The Doctor Who star’s performance coincides with David Tennant’s Macbeth and Ncuti Gatwa appearing in The Importance of Being Earnest Jodie Whittaker is returning to the stage for the fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM

The Colour of Dinosaurs review – fascinating family show with raptor-ous revelations by Chris Wiegand

Polka theatre, LondonPalaeontologist Jakob Vinther joins a lively group of musicians for this gig-theatre production based on his groundbreaking research Adaptations are a safe bet in childr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Friday, May 31, 2024

The best theatre to stream this month: David Suchet’s Poirot secrets, Oklahoma! and more by Chris Wiegand

This month’s roundup includes the versatile actor’s 75th birthday show, Succession’s Harriet Walter playing Lorca’s matriarch and supreme showman Hugh Jackman in the classic musical …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM
Monday, May 27, 2024

Exit, pursued by a panda: the Brits bringing eye-popping Shakespeare to the Baltics by Chris Wiegand

The Winter’s Tale is retold with a virtual reality plot set in Silicon Valley and hardly any lines from the original, staged at a bold Latvian theatre elevating English talent John Malkovi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM
Monday, May 20, 2024

The Artist review – peppy stage show adds volume to silent cinema hit by Chris Wiegand

Theatre Royal PlymouthDrew McOnie’s version of the Oscar-winner is a visual treat, with expressive physical movement, lustrous dance routines – and an irrepressibly waggy puppet dog Ligh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:02PM
Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Succession’s J Smith-Cameron to star opposite Mark Rylance in Juno and the Paycock by Chris Wiegand

Actors to play the lead roles in Matthew Warchus’s centenary West End revival of Seán O’Casey’s Irish civil war classic Sarah Snook has just finished her London theatre run in The Pic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM

The House Party review – teenage debauchery brings Strindberg to Saltburn by Chris Wiegand

Minerva theatre, ChichesterWrithing and retching while sandwiched between spectators, revellers navigate class, sex and power at Miss Julie’s 18th birthday celebration The Minerva’s last…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Friday, May 3, 2024

Lily Allen to star in new version of Hedda Gabler ‘absolutely for now’ by Chris Wiegand

Matthew Dunster, who directed Allen in her West End debut 2:22: A Ghost Story, will write and direct the show for Bath’s Ustinov Studio next year Lily Allen is to play Hedda Gabler in a ne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith announce stage version of Inside No 9 by Chris Wiegand

The pair, whose final season of the hit horror-comedy will air on the BBC this month, say the West End production will feature familiar characters and fresh surprises As the ninth and final …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Sweat review – chilling vision of a divided, alienated America by Chris Wiegand

Royal Exchange theatre, ManchesterThis timely return of Lynn Nottage’s 2015 play that anticipated Trump’s presidency has powerful performances despite never finding the right rhythm Alth…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The best theatre to stream this month: The Little Big Things, David Tennant in Good and more by Chris Wiegand

Musicals, Shakespeare and multiple versions of Nick Payne’s multiverse drama Constellations are among May’s digital theatre highlights One of the most celebrated new British musicals in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Monday, April 29, 2024

Ncuti Gatwa cast in National Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Chris Wiegand

Doctor Who star will play Algernon in the ‘hilariously subversive’ comedy, said artistic director Rufus Norris Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa is to make his debut at the National Theatre in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:02AM
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

The best theatre to stream this month: Jekyll & Hyde, Daniel Kitson’s Tree and more by Chris Wiegand

Forbes Masson stars in Gary McNair’s version of the gothic novella, Tim Key joins Kitson in an Old Vic two-hander and Jason Manford celebrates all musicals great and small Robert Louis Ste…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Monday, March 25, 2024

Andrew Scott wins best actor at Critics’ Circle theatre awards by Chris Wiegand

Irish actor awarded prize for playing every role in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, following his win at Critics’ Circle film awards Andrew Scott has been named best actor at the Critics’ Circl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM

‘Magic to do – just for you’: the miracle of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Pippin by Chris Wiegand

A 50th-anniversary concert in London celebrates the unlikely show about the son of a holy Roman emperor that became one of Broadway’s biggest hits In the 2019 bio-series Fosse/Verdon, Sam …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:02AM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

Ian McKellen’s Player Kings to tour England by Chris Wiegand

The play, adapted by Robert Icke from both parts of Henry IV, stars McKellen as John Falstaff for the first time in his career and will take in Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle after its We…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:02AM

Romeo and Juliet review – a fiery-footed, stunt-riding thriller by Chris Wiegand

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonFreestyling cyclists serve around the cast in Lucy Cuthbertson’s shrewd production aimed at younger audiences When Shakespeare’s star-crossed tragedy was at …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:02AM
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

‘It’s a beehive’: Tero Saarinen’s mighty Macbeth puts Helsinki’s first dance house on the map by Chris Wiegand

As he stages Shakespeare’s bracing tragedy with a cast who share the main role, the choreographer and his company’s managing director Iiris Autio discuss the upswing in Finnish dance Is …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM
Sunday, March 17, 2024

‘Laced with fear and a lot of fun’: Punchdrunk announce new ‘slumber party’ show by Chris Wiegand

Company founder Felix Barrett says Viola’s Room, written by Daisy Johnson, will be an audio-driven production perfect for date nights Punchdrunk’s last immersive production, The Burnt Ci…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Harry Clarke review – Billy Crudup dives into ‘the deep end of sexy’ in tricksy tale by Chris Wiegand

Ambassadors theatre, LondonA timid midwesterner adopts a geezerish British persona in David Cale’s often shrewdly observed yet meandering monologue Harry Clark is the former lance corporal…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Romeo and Juliet review – beatboxing lovers in full flow by Chris Wiegand

Polka theatre, LondonA hip-hop take on the tragedy finds the feud blowing up on social media and the balcony scene remixed for FaceTime but it lacks pathos Two hours’ stage traffic becomes…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:03AM
Monday, March 11, 2024

Ava Pickett’s drama of female friendship in Tudor England wins Susan Smith Blackburn prize by Chris Wiegand

Pickett’s ‘very funny and very angry’ play 1536 follows three women as they discuss the arrest of Anne Boleyn The British playwright Ava Pickett has won this year’s Susan Smith Black…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Work It Out review – keep fit drama delivers great results by Chris Wiegand

Home, ManchesterIn Eve Steele’s affecting comedy, mental health is explored through Jennifer Jackson’s inspired movement direction Playwrights are naturally drawn to the brain and heart.…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Little Shop of Horrors review – evergreen musical back for another bite by Chris Wiegand

New Wolsey theatre, IpswichWith its irresistible harmonies, this comedy about a blood-guzzling plant has plenty to savour but it lacks satirical punch and menace ‘Feed me, Seymour!” Alan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54PM
Monday, March 4, 2024

‘Astonishing’ British horror film Saint Maud to hit the stage by Chris Wiegand

Acclaimed British movie starring Morfydd Clark will be adapted for Live theatre in Newcastle by Jessica Andrews, with music by Gazelle Twin The British horror film Saint Maud is to be adapte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:18AM
Thursday, February 29, 2024

The best theatre to stream this month: Peaky Blinders, Prima Facie and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of what to watch at home includes Rambert’s prequel to the hit TV series, Jodie Comer reprising the legal drama and Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger A doff of the cap to Rambert…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Feel Me review – innovative show puts audience empathy to the test by Chris Wiegand

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughThe Paper Birds’ new touring production explores forced displacement through physical theatre, interactivity and multimedia What does the rest of the au…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Monday, February 26, 2024

Jab review – Kacey Ainsworth and Liam Tobin lock horns in lockdown by Chris Wiegand

Finborough theatre, LondonAn NHS worker’s marriage to her anti-vaxxer husband comes under pressure in James McDermott’s two-hander James McDermott’s new play takes us back to the Covid…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Friday, February 23, 2024

Camp Phoenix review – an essential firsthand guide to flaming youth by Chris Wiegand

Gulbenkian Arts Centre, CanterburyTalented students from Canterbury College impress in Zest Theatre’s show, developed through conversations with hundreds of young people In Katie Kirby’s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2024

One Last Push review – Chris Chibnall’s family farce about birth and beyond by Chris Wiegand

Salisbury PlayhouseA fitfully funny play from the creator of Broadchurch considers the terrifying prospects of parenthood yet never quite delivers Here’s a perfect prop for farce: a huge, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12PM

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