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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

3-D Sound and a Zoom Apocalypse: The Plays That Come to Life Online by Holly Williams

Watching on a screen can feel like a poor imitation of real-life theater, but some artists are using the communications technology we now rely on to enhance the streaming experience.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Upstart Crow review – a sitcom ripe for a theatrical remake by Holly Williams

Gielgud, LondonDavid Mitchell makes a rollicking stage debut as the Bard in this bawdy adaptation of Ben Elton’s BBC series Of all the sitcoms to be turned into a stage show, Upstart Crow …

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Nora: A Doll’s House review – Stef Smith’s powerful three-Nora rewrite by Holly Williams

Young Vic, LondonStef Smith’s smart three-Nora Ibsen update spans 100 years and cleverly contrasting worlds of pain in this slick first revival It’s often said that Nora’s slam of the …

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu: ‘Give black people the keys to the building’ by Holly Williams

The writer-director on staging Arinzé Kene’s Little Baby Jesus, winning the JMK award and working with regional black British writers Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, 25, is a playwright, director a…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Staging a (True) Crime in Edinburgh by Holly Williams

Playwrights and comedians try to make sense of human brutality, and the public’s feverish interest in real-life murder mysteries.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

How Can You Put ‘Life of Pi’ Onstage? With Puppets by Holly Williams

In an adaptation for a theater in Sheffield, England, the tiger at the center of Yann Martel’s best-selling book comes startlingly to life.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

How James Corden Shares His Love of Theater by Michael Paulson and Holly Williams

From a Paris crosswalk to Radio City Music Hall, the TV funnyman and Tony Awards host reminds us that he started on the stage.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Everything We Know About ‘Bitter Wheat,’ David Mamet’s New Play by Holly Williams

With John Malkovich playing a Harvey Weinstein-style character, the play already has people talking — and speculating.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Giles Terera: ‘Shakespeare is a metaphor for life – persistence pays off’ by Holly Williams

The desire to be challenged has propelled Giles Terera to an impressive CV of performances and an Olivier award-winning turn in Hamilton.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Nyla Levy: ‘I pieced together what I knew of girls who have gone to Syria’ by Holly Williams

The writer of Does My Bomb Look Big in This? talks about the joy of putting London Muslim girls on the stageNyla Levy was born in Tooting, south London. As an actor, she has appeared in ITV…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Top Girls star Amanda Lawrence: ‘This thing about being a mum and an actress – it’s big’ by Holly Williams

The last time she was on stage at the National Theatre, Amanda Lawrence played an angel in Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed production of

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

From ‘The Simpsons’ to ‘The Twilight Zone.’ And Now, Trump. by Holly Williams

London’s Almeida Theater has become a home away from home for the New York playwright Anne Washburn. Next: a very American comic drama called “Shipwreck.”

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

It’s a Theater, With Craft Beer and D.J.s Until 6 a.m. by Holly Williams

The Yard in East London is bringing young people to theater with programming that mixes avant-garde stage productions and club nights.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Tiata Fahodzi’s Natalie Ibu: ‘We’re all living far more diverse lives than theatre acknowledges’ by Holly Williams

Tiata Fahodzi artistic director Natalie Ibu is on a mission to multiply theatre’s narratives. The ‘strategic provocateur’ tells Holly Williams about her

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Ellie Kendrick: ‘I’ve always been interested in the expression of rage in women’ by Holly Williams

The actor on her playwriting debut, Hole, at the Royal Court, the power of Beyoncé, and the pleasures of Vanity FairEllie Kendrick, 28, is an actor and writer. She started acting profession…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel Comes to the Stage by Holly Williams

No one knows why the writer abandoned her novel “The Watsons.” In adapting it for the theater, Laura Wade tussled with both the characters and their deceased creator.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Kiln Theatre: Exclusive first look at transformed London theatre by Holly Williams

Following a controversial name change, which saw the Tricycle become the Kiln in April, a bigger transformation is set to be unveiled.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Julie Hesmondhalgh: ‘A new generation are proud to be socialist and that’s really exciting’ by Holly Williams

The actor on her first performance at the Edinburgh fringe, politics and her pride in Coronation StreetJulie Hesmondhalgh, 48, was born in Accrington, Lancashire. She trained at Lamda, and h…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Actor Aaron Pierre: ‘I’ve been taking notes from Mark Rylance since day one’ by Holly Williams

Currently performing in Othello at the Globe, the Krypton star reveals his inspirations on stage and in comics, and a sprinting career thwarted by cakeAaron Pierre was born in 1994 in south …

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Friday, July 27, 2018

A Dramatic Play About Finance? Yes, if It’s Lehman Brothers by Holly Williams and David Segal

“The Lehman Trilogy,” a story of American capitalism, is playing on a London stage. Two journalists — one British, one American — discuss.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Botis Seva: ‘We need a massive shift in the dance work put on stage’ by Holly Williams

The choreographer on struggling with fatherhood, why dancers are like football fans, and taking hip-hop to Sadler’s WellsChoreographer Botis Seva was born in south London in 1991 and&…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Fleabag’s Vicky Jones: ‘After #MeToo, I feel people are more ready to talk about my debut play The One’ by Holly Williams

The One is returning to Soho Theatre. Author Vicky Jones – who, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, make up the team behind Fleabag –

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Playwright Charlotte Jones: ‘The middle-aged female voice is not heard enough in theatre’ by Holly Williams

After a string of early hits, Charlotte Jones abandoned stage writing for TV, radio and film. Now returning to theatre with The

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Andrew Scott: ‘I hate Shakespeare being put in a glass box, like a dead thing’ by Holly Williams

The Sherlock star on Shakespeare, modern-day morality and playing a Christmas baubleAndrew Scott, 41, was born and raised in Dublin. Recently seen in the BBC adaptation of King Lear, he is b…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Domestic violence survivors celebrate resilience in dance show Smack That by Holly Williams

In Rhiannon Faith’s new production, the audience play pass-the-parcel and listen to pop as performers dance on stage. But the light tone is used to tell raw stories of abuse and courage“…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Actor Irfan Shamji: ‘It’s affirming to know people like Kenneth Branagh think you’re good’ by Holly Williams

The up-and-coming actor has experienced a gilded start to his career, starring in a production of Hamlet at RADA with Tom Hiddleston,

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sing when you might be winning: 2018 Olivier award nominees, from Hamilton to Network by Holly Williams

The nominations for the Olivier awards are out, and – to the surprise of no one – Hamilton is the big hitter, with a record-making 13 nominations. Its cast were out in force at a lunch f…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Billie Piper Hasn’t Looked Back Since She Left the Tardis by Holly Williams

The English actor has played a television time-traveler, a call girl and a woman desperate to conceive a child. Next stop? New York and new projects.

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Will ‘Grief Is the Thing With Feathers’ Take Flight on Stage? by Holly Williams

A new production starring Cillian Murphy will transform Max Porter’s experimental novel into a play. Just don’t expect any CGI birds.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

How the National Theatre’s new in-house stage engineers spun into action by Holly Williams

Michael Lane has engineered shows at the National Theatre for 20 years, but his team has a new challenge – designing bespoke

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: Hilda and Virginia at Jermyn Street Theatre by Holly Williams

Woolf remains uncracked: Holly Williams on a pair of monologues exploring two very different historical women's lives. The post Review: Hilda and Virginia at Jermyn Street Theatre appeared f…

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