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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Oh what a gun-totin’ morning: raw Oklahoma! swaps folksiness for firearms by Emma John

Daniel Fish’s restaging of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is no Kansas City cornbread caper. The director explains why he ratcheted up the racial tension and gun violence In the Oklah…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Zorro: The Musical review – swordplay, seduction and castanets by Emma John

Charing Cross theatre, LondonThe whiff of hamminess is never absent from the Zorro story and here both script and performances are endearingly alive to a sense of the ridiculous Swipe right!…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Our Generation review – magnificent verbatim account of teenage life will steal your heart by Emma John

Dorfman, LondonAlecky Blythe’s masterful play – which features a brilliantly charismatic cast – follows real youngsters across five years of their lives Ali, 14, wants to be a criminal…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03AM
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Rain and Zoe Save the World review – teens on a messy eco-adventure by Emma John

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonLikable leads who act with great verve are let down by a weak story that can’t hold the weight of its themes Given the scale of the environmental challenges fa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36PM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Little Women: The Musical review – a high-energy show fired with charm by Emma John

Park theatre, LondonLydia White is magnetic as the aspirational Jo in an uneven but stirring adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic Jo March is a heroine well suited to musical theatre.…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Sunday, November 14, 2021

Abigail’s Party review – the original cringe comedy returns by Emma John

Park theatre, LondonMike Leigh’s 1970s masterpiece of aggressive hospitality, embarrassing silences and gauche behaviour is back in a slightly more naturalistic portrayal Mike Leigh’s co…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Monday, November 12, 2018

Motherland's Paul Ready: 'Michelle Terry and I are very much like the Macbeths!' by Emma John

He has done politics in Bodyguard, horror in Utopia and comedy as Kevin in Motherland. Next up for Paul Ready is Shakespeare’s tragedy, alongside his wife, at the GlobePaul Ready is spooke…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Emma John discovers what ballet does to a dancer's feet by Emma John

Some cover their feet in glue, others slice at them with razor blades ... Emma John discovers what performing night after night does to a dancer's feetIt should have been the best day of Jen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:11PM

Zawe Ashton as Jaques in As You Like It: ‘All the world’s a stage’ – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Emma John and Chris Wiegand

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Zawe Ashton speaks Jaques’s lines on the seven ages of man fro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Paterson Joseph as Shylock: 'You call me misbeliever' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Emma John and Chris Wiegand

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Paterson Joseph speaks Shylock’s lines from The Merchant of Ve…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:11AM

Zawe Ashton as Jacques in As You Like It: ‘All the world’s a stage’ – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Emma John and Chris Wiegand

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Zawe Ashton speaks Jacques’s lines on the seven ages of man fr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:10AM

Damian Lewis as Antony in Julius Caesar: 'Friends, Romans, countrymen' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Emma John and Chris Wiegand

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Damian Lewis performs Antony’s lines from act III, scene 2 of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:10AM

Laura Carmichael as Portia: 'The quality of mercy' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Emma John and Chris Wiegand

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Laura Carmichael speaks Portia’s lines from The Merchant of Ve…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:10AM

Riz Ahmed as Edmund in King Lear: 'Now, gods, stand up for bastards' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Emma John and Chris Wiegand

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Riz Ahmed speaks Edmund’s soliloquy from the start of Act I, S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:10AM
Monday, February 29, 2016

Camille O'Sullivan as Constance in King John: 'Thou art not holy' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Chris Wiegand and Emma John

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Camille O’Sullivan plays Constance in King John, Act III, Scen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:15AM

Joanna Lumley as Viola in Twelfth Night: 'I left no ring with her' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Chris Wiegand and Emma John

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Joanna Lumley speaks Viola’s soliloquy from Twelfth Night, Act…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:15AM

Sacha Dhawan as Shakespeare's Parolles: 'Are you meditating on virginity?' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Chris Wiegand and Emma John

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Sacha Dhawan delivers an edited version of Parolles’s lines fr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:15AM

David Threlfall as Prospero in The Tempest: 'Our revels now are ended' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Chris Wiegand and Emma John

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, David Threlfall speaks Prospero’s lines from The Tempest, Act …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:15AM

Daniel Mays as Macbeth: 'Is this a dagger which I see before me?' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Chris Wiegand and Emma John

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Daniel Mays speaks Macbeth’s lines from Act II, Scene 1. As Ma…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:15AM

Samuel West as Henry V: 'Upon the king' – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Liese Spencer, Chris Wiegand and Emma John

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Samuel West speaks Henry V’s soliloquy from Act IV, Scene 1. O…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:15AM
Monday, February 1, 2016

Joanna Vanderham as Juliet: ‘The mask of night is on my face’ – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Chris Wiegand, Emma John and Liese Spencer

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Joanna Vanderham speaks Juliet’s monologue from the balcony sc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:20AM

Eileen Atkins as Emilia in Othello: ‘If wives do fall’ – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Chris Wiegand, Emma John and Liese Spencer

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Eileen Atkins speaks Emilia’s lines from Othello, act IV scene…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:20AM

David Morrissey as Richard III: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’ – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Chris Wiegand, Emma John and Liese Spencer

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, David Morrissey speaks the opening lines from Richard III in whi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:20AM

Roger Allam as King Lear: ‘Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks’ – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Pascal Wyse, Emma John, Liese Spencer and Chris Wiegand

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Roger Allam plays King Lear in act III, scene 2 of the tragedy. …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:20AM
Friday, January 29, 2016

Coming soon: Adrian Lester, Roger Allam and Joanna Lumley star in Shakespeare Solos – video by Dan Susman, Jess Gormley, Chris Wiegand, Emma John and Liese Spencer

Adrian Lester as Hamlet, David Morrissey as Richard III, Joanna Lumley as Viola, Daniel Mays as Macbeth … To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:14AM
Friday, December 18, 2015

'I don't go to the theatre to watch people die' … carers review Caryl Churchill's Here We Go by Emma John

A new play at the National Theatre, Here We Go, takes an unflinching look at death. What would real-life carers think of it? We took a group to find out Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:09PM
Monday, July 27, 2015

Move over Whoopi! How Cynthia Erivo made The Color Purple her own by Emma John

She stole the show as a weightlifting Earl of Douglas in the all-female Henry IV. Now Cynthia Erivo is off to Broadway – and Jennifer Hudson is asking her for stage tipsCynthia Erivo would…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:21PM
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Bertie Carvel: man of many faces by Emma John

He’s been a terrifying Miss Trunchbull, a convincing Nick Clegg, and now, in the BBC’s Sunday-night drama, he’s a magical Jonathan Strange. Emma John meets actor Bertie Carvel Continue…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:45AM
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Maria Friedman: ‘You’re always mining your own experiences on stage’ by Emma John

The actor and singer, 55, on adrenaline, matching music and cooking, and getting married in a swimsuit Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:00AM
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Clowning around: five of Britain's funniest women by Emma John

Female comedians are finally enjoying equal billing to their male counterparts – and they’re beating them to the awards Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Saturday, February 22, 2014

Brian Cox: 'Women constantly move the goalposts, but men invented goalposts' by Emma John

The 67-year-old actor talks about being an angry old man, sugar addiction and the bane of his life, his talented young namesakeYou think wisdom will come with age – it doesn't. Just confus…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00PM