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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century by Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000 Jez Butterworth: the sage behind our No1 Continue rea…

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Angelin Preljocaj: 'Dance is showing the soul with your body – it's sacred' by Chris Wiegand

The essence of dance is a ritual, says the choreographer whose seductively mysterious works embrace everything from the annunciation to the apocalypse Angelin Preljocaj is celebrated for hi…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Lit review – a blistering look at teenage trauma by Chris Wiegand

Jubilee Hall, AldeburghEve Austin is vividly volatile as a schoolgirl adrift over summer holidays in Sophie Ellerby’s slow-burning drama for HighTide Year 9 is said to be the toughest for …

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

15 of the best Edinburgh festival shows now touring by Kate Wyver, Catherine Love, Anna Winter, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

The festival is over for another year but plenty of its theatre, comedy and dance hits have announced dates around the UK CollapsibleBreffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in M…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Puns and punches: the boxing standup donning his grandad's gloves by Chris Wiegand

James McNicholas is used to performing comedy sketches. Now he’s letting his guard down for the story of middleweight champ turned movie star Terry Downes They called him the Paddington Ex…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Game of Thrones' Daniel Portman: 'People expect Podrick – that's not what they get' by Chris Wiegand

Renowned as the squire and surprise Casanova in Thrones, the star is now wrestling with audiences in Edinburgh. He talks about his meteoric rise to fame and why he won’t be going back to s…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Olaf Falafel wraps up victory in Edinburgh funniest joke award by Chris Wiegand

Swedish comedian feasts on the acclaim after his food-themed quip tops list of 10 best gags from this year’s fringe The surrealist Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel has won the Dave funniest j…

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Sexy Lamp review – actor shines stark light on the misogyny of her industry by Chris Wiegand

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghKatie Arnstein uses Dorothy’s yellow-brick road to map her own struggles and issue a raw reminder of the urgency of #MeToo ‘We saw your boobs! We saw your b…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Did you hear the one about the comedians sharing a flat at Edinburgh festival? by Chris Wiegand

Performing at the fringe can cost a fortune – little wonder so many comics bunk in together. We drop in on Jon Richardson, Rose Matafeo and Josie Long, among others, to see how they live I…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Edinburgh festival 2019: the shows we recommend by Brian Logan, Alex Needham, Catherine Love, Michael Billington, Chris Wiegand, Mark Fisher, Anna Winter and Kate Wyver

Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival BoutSummerhall, 10.20am, until 25 AugustAn exploration of bro…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Bout review – a ringside seat for the delicate battles of brotherhood by Chris Wiegand

Summerhall, EdinburghA trio of siblings make their childhood sparring literal in a mesmerising dance show with heavyweight potential Edinburgh’s Summerhall has a rowdy late-night festival …

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Parakeet review – fizzy punk eco-musical promotes local DIY activism by Chris Wiegand

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghBrigitte Aphrodite and Quiet Boy’s colourful show follows a trio of teens in Margate who form a punk band and campaign to save a tree Planting saplings ha…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass review – timber-shivering fun by Chris Wiegand

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThis musical for over-threes adapted from the eponymous picturebooks comes with delightful puppets and lashings of puns Kids love pirates. Kids also love dinosa…

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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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