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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Now is the winter of our GCSEs: Teenage Dick sends Richard III back to school by David Jays

What if Shakespeare’s evil king was a scheming, disabled high school student? The creator and star of a new play talk sexuality, shame and why being teenage sucks Like its title character…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Electra, Oresteia and an execution: the daring designs of Hildegard Bechtler – in pictures by David Jays

The theatre designer on creating a family dinner at Agamemnon’s, an election night Oedipus and the night Fiona Shaw got stuck ‘You never know anything, you can only do your best.” Hild…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

The Falsettos 'Jewface' row proves how easily the Jewish experience is ignored by David Jays

This West End musical, featuring a barmitzvah and the song Four Jews in a Room Bitching, deserved greater representation – and raises other questions about identity If this summer’s spat…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Jack Thorne and John Tiffany: 'You're the warrior, I'm the worrier!' by David Jays

After a string of hits, the writer and director are collaborating again but The End of History, a drama based on Thorne’s parents, is filling him with anxiety When Jack Thorne’s wife rea…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Captain Corelli's missing mandolin: when rehearsals go wrong by David Jays

What’s the scene like in the rehearsal room in the third week? At fringe play J’Ouvert, injury leads to a frenzy. At the RSC, the actors scour footnotes. And on Captain Corelli they’re…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sex, money and idiots in power: Restoration comedy's endless appeal by David Jays

These late 17th-century plays – with their sea of unfamiliar words – can be daunting for actors. But this disillusioned world speaks to our own age of uncertainty ‘It’s the most ter…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

'We've been ashamed of our voice': the secret history of UK Jewish theatre by David Jays

The US has a rich tradition of Jewish theatre – but in the UK it’s been more circumspect. Artists from Hofesh Shechter to Tracy Ann Oberman explain why I ask the Israeli-born, British-ba…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

From Sondheim to Dr Seuss: the jaw-dropping designs of Vicki Mortimer – in pictures by David Jays

The ghostly showgirls of Follies, Wayne McGregor’s spellbinding Raven Girl and the madcap world of The Cat in the Hat have all been realised by the designer, who looks back at five of her …

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Monday, January 21, 2019

'You'll never play Romeo!' How character actors have the last laugh by David Jays

They have always lost out on romantic lead roles. But while glamour fades, talent endures – letting these supporting stars win the long gameWhen the actor Paul Chahidi was leaving drama sc…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Vicky Featherstone and Mark Ravenhill on 20 years of bold British theatre by David Jays

As the director and playwright reunite to stage The Cane at the Royal Court, they talk about their friendship and the passion and pain behind their playsAn artistic director has no secrets f…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Has the English National Ballet become too predictable? by David Jays

Leading dancer Laurretta Summerscales has said the endless repeats of crowd-pleasing classics is one reason she left the ENB. So why is it so keen on Swan Lake and The Nutcracker?How many sw…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Carmen La Cubana review – a spirited ensemble by David Jays

Sadler’s Wells, LondonBizet and Hammerstein get a Cuban makeover, played out here with charm and flairCarmen, the heroine of Bizet’s opera, is restless. She won’t be stilled or silence…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Smack That (a Conversation) review – party games to change the world by David Jays

Barbican, LondonRhiannon Faith’s urgent show uses dance and participatory theatre to raise awareness about domestic violenceThis isn’t your usual game of pass-the-parcel. The silver-pape…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Machinal: how an execution gripped America and sparked a Broadway sensation by David Jays

When Rebecca Hall read it she couldn’t breathe. After Fiona Shaw played the role she got letters full of loneliness. This is the true story behind Sophie Treadwell’s trailblazing playIn …

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Lear review – Shakespeare epic becomes howling hour of whimsy by David Jays

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonValda Setterfield, doyenne of the New York dance scene, plays the ageing monarch in a collage of movement and textAnyone who has done time watching a theatrical k…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Scott Ambler obituary by David Jays

Superbly expressive dancer who went on to be a choreographer and movement directorA lost man and a feral swan: it’s an unlikely romance. Yet the dancer and choreographer Scott Ambler creat…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Circle Mirror Transformation review – sign up for Annie Baker's drama class by David Jays

Home, ManchesterDirected by Bijan Sheibani, Baker’s play follows five acting students whose role play reveals more than they expect‘I would like to say that I write for everyone,” the …

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Monday, January 8, 2018

You want a flamingo? No problem! A rare glimpse inside the RSC's mind-boggling props HQ by David Jays

From gleaming crowns to bubbling cauldrons, from pink flamingos to forklift trucks, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s gigantic prop store is a place of jaw-dropping theatrical alchemy. Our w…

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Friday, December 29, 2017

The Wizard of Oz review – heartwarming romp brims with brains and courage by David Jays

Crucible, SheffieldThis delightful production boasts a wonderful, wide-eyed Dorothy, a riotous bunch of munchkins – and a scene-stealing turn from Toto the dogPublished in 1900, Frank Baum…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Total recall: performers on learning their parts – and the perils of 'brain farts' by David Jays

Tanya Moodie attacks the script with her highlighters, Pétur Jónasson starts at the end of a score and Sarah Lamb gets a good sleep. They explain how to avoid the moment all performers dre…

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Project Polunin: Satori review – ballet's bad boy makes howling bid for inner peace by David Jays

Coliseum, London Aided by partner Natalia Osipova and designer David LaChapelle, Polunin throws himself into a trio of precise, deeply felt dances about himselfSergei Polunin is a dance star…

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Tarred and feathered: the blackest visions of Swan Lake by David Jays

Tchaikovsky’s ballet of betrayal has inspired Darren Aronofsky’s psycho-horror, Matthew Bourne’s feral males and a shocking tale of Irish clerical abuse. Beneath the sparkle, why does …

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Monday, November 20, 2017

The spray's the thing: how actors use perfumes to get into character by David Jays

Playing Thatcher? Dab on Bluebell. Got a part in Hairspray? Reach for the Madame Rochas. We lift the lid on how actors use smells – from the finest fragrances to cheap tinned mackerel – …

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Friday, October 6, 2017

(The Fall of) The Master Builder review – fresh sleaze in modern Ibsen by David Jays

West Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsReece Dinsdale is increasingly nasty as the predatory architect heading for catastrophe in Zinnie Harris’s sharp rebootSomeone texts the master builder: “I…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

'The body is a living archive': Wayne McGregor on turning his DNA into dance by David Jays

The brainbox of British dance is creating choreography from his own genetic code in an adventurous new show. It’s the latest experiment at his hi-tech dance HQ, where the lift changes colo…

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Dangerous dreams: the mind-blowing world of designer Bunny Christie – in pictures by David Jays

From mapping the journey of The Curious Incident’s teen hero to putting Shakespeare in prison and erecting a towering newsroom for Ink, Bunny Christie talks through five of her creationsBu…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Don Quixote review – synchronised bull-fighters take over as the Mariinsky banishes Don by David Jays

Royal Opera House, LondonThis cape-swirling, fan-clacking production is full of enthusiasm and excellent dancing – but where has our heroic knight gone?Traditional Russian ballets can be b…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

'How does the internet feel?' Chloe Lamford's astounding stage designs - in pictures by David Jays

Hacktivists in ball pools, teenagers riding unicorns and a world powered by actors on bikes … Chloe Lamford’s playful sets take audiences by surprise. She explains how she creates them…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to build a theatre season: something old, new – and a bolt from the blue by David Jays

Assembling a distinctive programme of work is a balancing act for directors. The team at Richmond’s Orange Tree theatre explain how they pair revivals of quirky classics with bravura exper…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kafka, catwalks and vanishing sets: Miriam Buether's stunning designs – in pictures by David Jays

From a play about Edward Snowden to an opera about Anna Nicole Smith, Miriam Buether’s stage designs always astonish audiences. She talks through six of her greatest creationsEnter the the…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Josette Simon: 'Powerful women are reduced to being dishonourable' by David Jays

As she becomes the first black woman to play Cleopatra at Stratford, Josette Simon explains why there is so much more to the queen than a strumpetAs Josette Simon neared the end of her drama…

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