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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

NHS the Musical review – the doctor will sing for you now by Chris Wiegand

Theatre Royal PlymouthBouncy songs explore three patients’ experiences in this ambitious and spirited show about the health service’s history and current crisis As audiences return to th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

‘Sweating out the notes’: the stunning portrait of Sondheim’s Company by DA Pennebaker by Chris Wiegand

A newly rereleased documentary captures tense scenes in the studio for the 1970 musical’s original cast recording – and reveals much about the songs and their singers After a six-week tr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:32AM
Monday, September 13, 2021

Amy Adams to make her West End debut in The Glass Menagerie by Chris Wiegand

Hollywood actor will perform at Duke of York’s theatre, London, as Amanda Wingfield in one of Tennessee Williams’ most autobiographical plays The Hollywood star Amy Adams is to make her …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06PM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Memory of Water review – how not to behave upon losing a parent by Chris Wiegand

Hampstead theatre, LondonSet during the strange, out-of-time days between a death in the family and the funeral, Shelagh Stephenson’s 1996 play precariously balances riotous humour and pat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

Gregory Doran takes leave from RSC to care for terminally ill Antony Sher by Chris Wiegand

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director has taken compassionate leave to look after his husband, the celebrated actor The actor Sir Antony Sher has been diagnosed with a termina…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

London’s Royal Docks ‘just keeps changing’ – as a new outdoor show reveals by Chris Wiegand

Arrival, co-created with the local community, will take audiences on a journey around the historic industrial area set to welcome City Hall When the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, completes t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Monday, September 6, 2021

Phil Jerrod, ‘spectacularly talented’ comedian, dies aged 42 by Chris Wiegand

Comics including Romesh Ranganathan pay tribute to ‘caring and terrific’ standup, whose death from cancer has been announced The comedian Phil Jerrod, known for his richly lyrical observ…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM
Sunday, September 5, 2021

Punchdrunk to stage epic ‘future noir’ drama in old London arms factory by Chris Wiegand

Dystopian Trojan war play The Burnt City at site of Royal Arsenal will be company’s costliest and most ambitious immersive piece The immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, celebrated for cr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32PM
Friday, September 3, 2021

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act review – a short, sharp shock by Chris Wiegand

Orange Tree theatre, LondonAthol Fugard’s portrait of two lovers defying an apartheid-era ban on interracial sex crackles with tension In Athol Fugard’s best-known play, Sizwe Bansi Is D…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Monday, August 30, 2021

Bedknobs and Broomsticks review – Disney fantasy is a bumpy flight by Chris Wiegand

Marlowe theatre, CanterburyThis stage update adds new songs to the much-loved movie caper but despite deft illusions it lacks sparkle and eccentricity Well, hocus pocus and substitutiary loc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Cinderella review – not so much a ball as a blast by Chris Wiegand

Gillian Lynne theatre, London Bewitching melodies abound as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s terrifically OTT but warm and inclusive musical finally arrives Delayed by a year because of the pandemic,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03PM

Comedian Sean Lock dies aged 58 by Chris Wiegand

Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Harry Hill and Diane Morgan are among the fellow comics who have paid tribute to Lock, ‘an absolute genius’, who died at home from cancer, surrounded by family •…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Adrian Dunbar cast alongside Cush Jumbo in Hamlet at Young Vic by Chris Wiegand

The Line of Duty actor will play Claudius and the Ghost when the postponed play opens next month Adrian Dunbar is to join Cush Jumbo in the Young Vic theatre’s production of Hamlet which, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Something wicked this way comes: the Lord Chamberlain’s Men on tour – photo essay by Chris Wiegand Photography and Interviews By David Levene

The outdoor theatre company will cover more than 12,000 miles this summer, visiting more than 60 venues. Guardian photographer David Levene joined the Macbeth road trip The Covid-19 pandemic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:06AM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Theatre in the Forest outdoor venue to open at Sutton Hoo by Chris Wiegand

Red Rose Chain will present Macbeth at the pop-up playhouse on the site of the greatest British archaeological discovery of the 20th century A new outdoor theatre is to open next summer at S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Theatres accuse UK government of breaking Covid-19 insurance promise by Chris Wiegand

Amid widespread cancellations of performances, theatre unions and trade bodies say ‘a vital industry’ has been let down Theatre unions and trade bodies claim the UK government has “let…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06PM
Monday, July 19, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber cancels opening night of Cinderella due to Covid case by Chris Wiegand

The composer calls it ‘a devastating decision that will affect the livelihoods of hundreds of people, and disappoint thousands’ Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced the cancellation of the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:48PM

Kenneth Branagh play cancelled after ‘Covid-enforced absences’ by Chris Wiegand

A revival of The Browning Version at Riverside Studios has been called off after cast members’ illness and self-isolation disrupted rehearsals A major summer theatre production starring an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Friday, July 9, 2021

Mr and Mrs Nobody review – at home with the Pooters by Chris Wiegand

Jermyn Street theatre, London There are squabbles, strained smiles and domestic mishaps in Keith Waterhouse’s spin on the Grossmiths’ classic Mr Pooter declares himself disgusted by “a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Don’t lose your head! Anne Boleyn actor gets engaged on stage by Chris Wiegand

Natalie Pilkington, performing in Leeds show of Tudor musical Six, accepts proposal from boyfriend who jumped on stage to pop the question The musical Six, in which the wives of Henry VIII a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM

‘You’re looking at the person you love’: the married couple playing Romeo and Juliet by Chris Wiegand

Laura Elsworthy and Jordan Metcalfe, who wed in Stratford upon Avon in 2018, are playing the star-crossed lovers in their home town of Hull This is a tale of two households, both alike in di…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Camels, clowns and sex education: what to see at Edinburgh fringe 2021 by Chris Wiegand

The festival has shrunk because of Covid but there are plenty of shows in person and online this summer – here’s our pick of the first to be announced Sex Education Xplorers (S.E.X.)What…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54PM

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella: ‘We just want the arts back. We’re not looking for a fight’ by Chris Wiegand

The composer said his latest musical would open, even if he went to jail. Now it has – but he’s still furious at a government he says has ‘dumped’ theatre. We talk to him and the sho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:06AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Kit Harington to play Henry V at the Donmar Warehouse by Chris Wiegand

Game of Thrones star will appear in production focusing on modern political power, part of the London theatre’s reopening season Kit Harington is to star as Shakespeare’s Henry V in a mo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Real-life dramas: 10 great documentaries about theatre by Chris Wiegand

From the story behind Sondheim’s Broadway flop to political theatre during South Africa’s apartheid, these films capture the power of plays The stage on screen: our guide to films about …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber review – blows off lockdown cobwebs by Chris Wiegand

Curve, LeicesterPowerhouse renditions of songs from Joseph, Phantom, Superstar and more – plus memories from the man himself – dazzle in an inventive show Andrew Lloyd Webber is the firs…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM

Lily Allen to make West End theatre debut in supernatural thriller by Chris Wiegand

Singer to star in ‘bloody scary’ 2:22 – a Ghost Story, written by Danny Robins Lily Allen is to make her West End theatre debut in a “bloody scary” supernatural thriller opening in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM

Ian McDiarmid to tour show based on Julian Barnes stories about ageing by Chris Wiegand

Actor will perform two tales with a musical theme featuring characters confronting their mortality with defiance A pair of Julian Barnes stories about old age are to be performed by Ian McDi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Harry Enfield to star in stage version of The Windsors by Chris Wiegand

The comedian will play the Prince of Wales in The Windsors: Endgame, due to play for 10 weeks in London this summer A new stage version of the TV hit The Windsors will star Harry Enfield bot…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Language of Kindness review – moving memories of nursing by Chris Wiegand

Shoreditch Town Hall, LondonBased on Christie Watson’s incisive memoir, this dance-theatre show creates choreography from daily life on the wards In The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Monday, June 7, 2021

Theatre for Two review – intimate encounters, from bedroom to bus stop by Chris Wiegand

CentrE17, LondonKilter’s touring production invites audiences of one or two to watch a quartet of short monologues performed inside a hut Last June, with England’s venues closed due to …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM

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