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Monday, July 8, 2019

Manchester's Royal Exchange theatre names joint artistic directors by Chris Wiegand

Roy Alexander Weise and Bryony Shanahan unite to ‘make work with and for’ the city’s people Two acclaimed young directors are to jointly run Manchester’s Royal Exchange, one of the U…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

'Let's kill Prospero!' Primary students fall under Shakespeare's spell by Chris Wiegand

Sleepovers, bossy monarchs and a desert-island McDonald’s … The Orange Tree theatre introduces kids to The Tempest with a hands-on creative extravaganza ‘Suspense!” “Romance!” …

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Game of Thrones' Indira Varma: 'All I was being offered was women undressing' by Chris Wiegand

She was ruthless Ellaria in the TV epic. As she appears in a Noël Coward comedy, the actor talks about her dreams of returning to mime – and why sticking with her name may have hurt her c…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

'An obsessive, mischievous genius': actors pay tribute to Franco Zeffirelli by Chris Wiegand

Brooke Shields, Robert Powell, Jeremy Irons and Fanny Ardant share their memories of working with the virtuoso director He was very tough but in a loving way. Franco was always wanting and e…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Franco Zeffirelli, revered Italian director, dies aged 96 by Chris Wiegand

Italian equally celebrated as director of films, theatre and opera over 60-year career Franco Zeffirelli, one of Italy’s most revered artistic figures, has died at the age of 96. In a care…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Ian McKellen announces 80 West End dates for 80th birthday show by Chris Wiegand

The actor’s one-man show includes a reading from Lord of the Rings, anecdotes about his Shakespeare days and a revival of his panto dame Widow Twankey A West End run has been announced for…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Use your illusion: the magic supergroup that tricked the world by Chris Wiegand

They have left millions boggled with their graceful card acts, great escapes and audacious stunts. But can The Illusionists make magic’s fusty reputation vanish? Our instinct when watching…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Edinburgh fringe 2019: 12 of the best shows by Chris Wiegand

In the run-up to the Edinburgh festival we’ll be picking highlights from the programme. Here’s a dozen for starters, including Eddie Izzard and a ukulele comedy Assembly George Square St…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors review – grisly gags at the Tower of London by Chris Wiegand

Iffy insults fly, heads bounce around and the wiper of the king’s bottom takes a bow – all in the moat where alligators swam ‘I’m Anne Boleyn, yeah, I’m married to this dude,” go…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

He Takes Her By the Hand … review – desire and dread in Bausch's Macbeth by Chris Wiegand

Opera House, WuppertalPina Bausch merges the domestic and dream worlds in a dark but playful version of Shakespeare’s tragedy In Since She, the first of two new full-length pieces created …

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'I even loved his Twankey': Dench, Hopkins, Mirren and more on Ian McKellen at 80 by Interviews By Catherine Shoard and Chris Wiegand

Wild parties, stunning performances, silhouette erections and marrying Patrick Stewart twice. As the actor turns 80, friends including Derek Jacobi, Janet Suzman, Michael Sheen, Bill Condon …

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Great Scott! Back to the Future returns as a musical for 2020 by Chris Wiegand

Time-travel film’s co-creator to write dialogue while Olly Dobson takes Marty McFly role A stage musical based on the blockbuster film Back to the Future will have its world premiere in Ma…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Leeds Playhouse to reopen with all-female Yorkshire Ripper drama by Chris Wiegand

Charley Miles’s There Are No Beginnings is based on interviews with women who lived through Peter Sutcliffe’s reign of terror A play about the impact on women’s lives of the hunt for t…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Tom Gates Live on Stage! review – songs and sketches from the schoolboy doodler by Chris Wiegand

Milton Keynes theatreLiz Pichon brings the young hero of her witty books to life in an adaptation that explodes with animations There is barely a boring sentence in Liz Pichon’s books abou…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bridge theatre's Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr to open new venue in King's Cross by Chris Wiegand

The 600-seat theatre, due to open in Facebook’s new offices in 2021, will be an adaptable auditorium in the mould of the Bridge A new theatre is to open in King’s Cross, central London, …

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Immersive Wolf of Wall Street to bring outrageous behaviour to secret location by Chris Wiegand

Audiences will choose to be crooked traders or FBI agents in London production of Jordan Belfort’s memoir this September The Wolf of Wall Street, the outrageous memoir of former stockbroke…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star in Fleabag on stage for the last time by Chris Wiegand

The actor-writer will perform her comic monologue, on which the hit TV show was based, for 30 performances this summer It is the filthy, fiercely funny monologue that received mixed reviews…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pinch yourself: Aurélia Thierrée perfects the art of the steal on stage by Chris Wiegand

Bells and Spells casts the French star as a kleptomaniac in a performance that leaves the audience guessing In her mystifying shows, Aurélia Thierrée has crossed the stage in an upside-dow…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

'Let them roar': West End stages first baby-friendly performance by Chris Wiegand

Vaudeville theatre claims to break new ground in London with parent and baby showing of hit play Emilia Cliche has it that matinee audiences are full of snoring older people. But it was infa…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Bitter dispute: new play to tell epic tale of Hobbit pub's battle with Hollywood by Chris Wiegand

Ian McKellen throws his wand behind underdog in dramatisation of themed pub’s legal threat from Middle-earth Enterprises It is the nail-biting, crowdpleasing story of a plucky everyday her…

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Comedians pay tribute to Ian Cognito after standup dies on stage by Chris Wiegand

Jimmy Carr and Katy Brand among those to pay public respect to ‘fearless’ comic who fell suddenly ill during Bicester gig Tributes have been paid to the anarchic comedian Ian Cognito, wh…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Atomic 50 review – hammer away in a ghost factory for metalheads by Chris Wiegand

Leyton Sports Ground, LondonThis craft-based installation celebrates a London borough’s history of metalwork – and the wonder of tin On a wall opposite Blackhorse Road underground stati…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Body shock: Suspiria’s Damien Jalet unleashes his headless dancers by Chris Wiegand

The horror-film choreographer’s new show, Vessel, weaves spells with writhing limbs, menacing ritual figures and a cauldron of gloop. He explains its origins ‘A sculpture contains an ene…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Danny Dyer's 'shout out to the Duchess!' – the Olivier awards' best quotes by Chris Wiegand

Danny Dyer saluted royalty, Akram Khan told us to keep moving and Laura Wade remembered meeting her husband Olivier awards: list of winners Laura Wade (best new comedy, Home, I’m Darling):…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Caroline Horton: 'The patriarchy lands on you with its full force and you go … wow!' by Chris Wiegand

In her new show, Muckers, the actor and playwright revisits the mess, mischief and bamboozling anxieties of growing up ‘Ask her if it’s true about the poo!” “Ask her what she really …

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

'The band were in tears!' How karaoke musicals are conquering theatre by Chris Wiegand

Six and Waitress are the latest shows to find singalong success – and without a jukebox hit between them. What’s their secret? From The Sound of Music to The Greatest Showman, singalong …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Comic Strip's riotous Soho club reborn as state-of-the-art theatre by Chris Wiegand

New Boulevard theatre aims to awaken area’s rebel spirit in the building that hosted Eddie Izzard and Rik Mayall in the 80s A tiny new state-of-the-art theatre seeking to capture the “re…

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Disney's Frozen musical will reopen London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2020 by Chris Wiegand

The stage show, directed by Michael Grandage, has been running on Broadway for a year An invasion of tiny Elsas – and a few Annas – will hit London in autumn 2020, as the stage musical …

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Monday, March 18, 2019

It's the comedy economy, stupid! Elf Lyons on the true cost of standup by Chris Wiegand

After a Franglais Swan Lake, the comic explains economics with sex dolls in ChiffChaff. She talks about loving horror, how guinea pigs helped her through illness and standing up for comedian…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lessons in Sweetieland: Matthew Bourne's old primary school dance his Nutcracker! by Chris Wiegand

Walthamstow’s Roger Ascham school has a superstar ex-pupil: Matthew Bourne. Now his company is putting on a show with the students – almost 500 of them It looks, at first glance, like a …

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

'I'm raising demons': Billy Postlethwaite on playing Macbeth in his dad's shadow by Chris Wiegand

He grew up listening to his father Pete reciting Shakespeare over breakfast. Now Billy Postlethwaite is taking on the part that obsessed them both: Macbeth Billy Postlethwaite has lost his m…

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