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Friday, January 21, 2022

Songs of glaze: Great British Bake Off musical to hit the stage this summer by Chris Wiegand

Show scored by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary is set to become summer’s hot ticket and will premiere in Cheltenham in July After all those weekly showstopper challenges, it was perhaps inev…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Jack and the Beanstalk review – panto season’s not yet behind you! by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineStephen Joseph theatre’s filmed seasonal offering is a proper winter warmer with some off-the-wall touches Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph theatre had to cancel almost half …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM
Monday, January 17, 2022

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby stage show to open in Birmingham by Chris Wiegand

Rambert dance company and writer Steven Knight team up for an ‘inspiring and uplifting’ touring production The upcoming sixth series of blockbuster BBC drama Peaky Blinders will be the l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

Hex: National Theatre cancels opening night of Covid-cursed musical by Chris Wiegand

‘Blighted’ by pandemic, Rufus Norris’s festive production will end current run without a press night but return in November The National Theatre has cancelled the official opening nigh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

King’s Head theatre toasts Victoria Wood and Tom Stoppard in season of rare plays by Chris Wiegand

Dramas by Bryony Lavery, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Stephen Jeffreys also feature in readings to mark the venue’s 50th birthday A pint-sized theatre that opened in the backroom of a London…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Bring It On: The Musical review – Lin-Manuel Miranda leads the cheer by Chris Wiegand

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonLove Island’s Amber Davies tops a charismatic cast, including Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, in a spirited show co-created by the Hamilton man Before Hamilton, Li…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

A Chorus Line review – a thrilling combination of sharp moves and snappy tunes by Chris Wiegand

Curve, LeicesterA gifted company has the chops to do the 1975 New York musical proud, saluting an imperilled industry with an irresistible revival ‘I’m a dancer: a dancer dances,” says…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06PM
Saturday, December 4, 2021

Robert Holman, ‘extraordinary and influential’ playwright, dies aged 69 by Chris Wiegand

Tributes paid to British dramatist acclaimed for dramas including German Skerries, Across Oka and A Breakfast of Eels Robert Holman, the playwright’s playwright who was revered for his fin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Friday, December 3, 2021

Antony Sher on acting: ‘You have simply got to be honest’ by Chris Wiegand

Antony Sher was not only a superb performer but also an insightful observer on the craft of acting and the theatre – as shown in these extracts Antony Sher, celebrated actor, dies aged 72…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM

Antony Sher, celebrated actor on stage and screen, dies aged 72 by Chris Wiegand

His vivid and moving performances, including an Olivier award-winning Richard III, made Sher one of the world’s most respected theatre actors Michael Billington: ‘A man of staggering ver…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

All About Theatre About Film: Ivo van Hove’s big-screen obsessions in focus by Chris Wiegand

Europe’s in-demand theatre director is also an avid cinephile. A dizzying exhibition joins the dots between his adaptations of arthouse movies – by Antonioni, Bergman, Cassavetes and oth…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Glass Menagerie review – Ivo van Hove’s subterranean home blues by Chris Wiegand

Internationaal Theater AmsterdamIsabelle Huppert stars in a shrewd staging of Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical memory play, to be livestreamed from the ITA Is this a latecomer weaving …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:33AM

‘I’m a great audience – I cry very easily’: Stephen Sondheim in his own words by Chris Wiegand

In these extracts from interviews published in the Guardian and the Observer, the musicals maestro – who has died aged 91 – talks about rhyme, reviews and risk People say I always write …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:32AM
Friday, November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim: master craftsman who reinvented the musical dies aged 91 by Chris Wiegand

Scoring his first big hit with West Side Story at 27, the US composer and lyricist raised the art form’s status with moving and funny masterpieces including Follies and Company Stephen Son…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06PM
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Basquiat and Warhol’s ‘intimate friendship’ explored in Young Vic drama by Chris Wiegand

Jeremy Pope and Paul Bettany play the art legends in The Collaboration staged by artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah It promised to be a knockout exhibition, with both artists wearing boxing …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

No turkeys allowed! 25 of the best shows to book for Christmas 2021 by Chris Wiegand

Looking for a jolly good trip to the theatre this winter? Here’s our pick’n’mix selection of musicals, pantos and festive spectaculars, featuring circus tricks, high kicks and puppet r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:32PM
Friday, November 12, 2021

Little Scratch review – superb staging of Rebecca Watson’s novel by Chris Wiegand

Hampstead theatre, LondonThis version of the day-in-a-life book, directed by Katie Mitchell, achieves the same lingering power using a quartet of actors Towards the end of Rebecca Watson’s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Thursday, November 11, 2021

David Suchet: Poirot and More, A Retrospective review – the man behind the moustache by Chris Wiegand

Chichester Festival theatreThe actor revisits his life and craft – not least playing Hercule Poirot – in neat but affecting touring show Has Ian McKellen started a trend? To mark his 80…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Josephine review – Baker’s story packed with rhythm and blues by Chris Wiegand

The Egg, BathWith a brilliantly physical performance from Ebony Feare, this toe-tapping show for over-sevens doesn’t shy away from the stage star’s tough times It took Josephine Baker f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33AM
Friday, November 5, 2021

Footfalls and Rockaby review – Beckett double bill casts a chilling spell by Chris Wiegand

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonPacing endlessly and rocking towards the big sleep, Siân Phillips and Charlotte Emmerson’s performances make this evening deeply affecting This no-frills cell…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06PM
Friday, October 29, 2021

The Lost Lending Library review – immersive family show champions the magic of books by Chris Wiegand

Drapers’ Hall, CoventryPunchdrunk Enrichment’s site-specific project for children aged six to 11 turns a historic building into a secretive library On the way to The Lost Lending Library…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Magician’s Elephant review – a puppet you’ll never forget by Chris Wiegand

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonIt is spirited and witty, with superb puppetry and comedic performances, but this new musical’s songs don’t stay with you and the messages a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Monday, October 25, 2021

Beverley Knight: ‘It’s been a harder journey than if I’d acquiesced. But sod that’ by Chris Wiegand

Returning to the stage to play Faye Treadwell, formidable manager of the Drifters, the singer and actor explains how she faced down sexism and racism to forge her own career path in Britain …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

‘Joy matters’: UK theatre festival tackles hard-hitting issues with a sense of fun by Chris Wiegand

HighTide’s Inventing the Future weekender will feature six new scripts that playfully consider serious subjects, says artistic director Suba Das A sense of joy and playfulness is vital for…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Having a ball: the fairytale couple at heart of West End’s revival by Chris Wiegand

Carrie Hope Fletcher is the star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella; Oliver Ormson is in Disney’s Frozen. The pair discuss romance, musicals and returning to the stage amid theatre’s …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36AM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Antigone review – gender switch sparks striking take on Sophocles by Chris Wiegand

Mercury theatre, ColchesterWendy Kweh plays Creon as a politically minded queen in Merlynn Tong’s adaptation steeped in grief and decay The chorus has been banished, the cast of five has n…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Boy With Two Hearts review – an Afghan refugee family’s story of fear and hope by Chris Wiegand

Wales Millennium Centre, CardiffThe true story of a family forced to flee the Taliban and seek lifesaving health treatment in the UK brings the search for home movingly to life This true sto…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Monday, September 27, 2021

Stop, look and listen: artists’ startling responses to the climate crisis by Chris Wiegand

Dorset’s Inside Out festival brought audiences closer to nature with rock star-guided rambles, dirt-digging dances and a globe suspended in woodland Have you held a seashell to your ear, i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:48PM
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

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