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Friday, January 19, 2018

‘An intriguing look at #AbiMorgan’s emergent writing style’: #TinyDynamite @ORLTheatre > @TheTimeProd by Ian Foster

It is always fascinating to revisit the early work of writers who have gone on to bigger things and Tiny Dynamite offers that chance with Abi Morgan, screenwriter of such hits as Shame, The …

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‘An undoubted visceral thrill’: EAST – King’s Head Theatre by Ian Foster

Set in the East End of yore, Steven Berkoff uses his bastardised Shakespeare'n'slang prose style to depict the lives there with an extraordinary vigour.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Out of 346 shows seen, what were Ian Foster’s Top Ten #theatre2017 picks? by Ian Foster

Well, we made it, just. 2017 passed by with just the 346 visits to the theatre, I don't really know why I do it to myself! Out of those, 33 were return visits to shows I'd already seen and I…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

FosterIAN Awards for Best Actor by Ian Foster

It is great news indeed that this Orange Tree production will be gaining further life in 2018 with a transfer to the National Theatre in the summer. I really hope that as much of the origina…

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FosterIAN Awards for Best Actress by Ian Foster

How to split these three? Why would you even want to. Their effortless grace, their ferociously detailed complexity, their heart-breaking connectivity, all three will live long in my mind.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

FosterIAN Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Play + in a Musical by Ian Foster

To pick someone out of this prodigiously talented ensemble almost feels unfair, but Ellams' narrative did repeatedly land on Peckham and the contested ownership of that salon was given blist…

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FosterIAN Awards for Best Supporting Actress by Ian Foster

Thinking about this most well-received of plays, it is the role of Aunt Maggie Faraway who lingers most in my mind, the elegiac beauty of her speeches an elegant way of folding in traditions…

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

The 2017 fosterIAN Awards by Ian Foster

Behold the 2017 fosterIAN award nominations, recognising the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up.

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Revisiting DREAMGIRLS – West End: ‘A belter of a show’ by Ian Foster

"You want all my love and my devotion"... As Dreamgirls is now into its second year in the West End and has recently welcomed a new cast into the Savoy, what better time to revisit this most…

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Friday, January 5, 2018

‘I want those puppies’: THE HUNDRED & ONE DALMATIONS – Birmingham by Ian Foster

The main reason for traveling to Birmingham Rep for The Hundred and One Dalmatians was to see Cruella De Vil played by Gloria Onitiri, an actress who I've enjoyed following since the Avenue …

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Album Review: Rachel Tucker – On The Road by Ian Foster

Proving that you don't need to win the reality show that you're in to set your career, and that it's your talent that matters, Rachel Tucker's success is testament to just how far hard work …

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Looking forward: 20 fringe & regional shows to see in 2018 > #theatre2018 by Ian Foster

There are all sorts of big productions arriving in the months to come (Long Day's Journey Into Night, the return of Amadeus, PATTI LUPONE!), but I'm using this spot to highlight some of the …

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

There Ought To Be Clowns’ 11 top theatre moments of 2017 by Ian Foster

As ever, the wait for the end-of-year lists of favourite plays and performances has to continue until I've actually stopped seeing theatre in 2017. But in the meantime, here's a list of 11 o…

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Album Review: Anton Du Beke – From The Top by Ian Foster

Released in time for Christmas, From The Top contains zero surprises. If you were thinking of getting for someone who likes him, then they are going to be satisfied.

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‘Star-sprinkled, retro-TV-set influenced design’: THE TWILIGHT ZONE – Almeida Theatre by Ian Foster

Anne Washburn (she of the extraordinary Mr Burns) has fashioned this play out of eight of the stories told by The Twilight Zone and presents them as if shuffling a pack of cards.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

‘I loved it. I really really loved it’: ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Ian Foster

Emma Rice scores one of her biggest hits on Bankside with a musical that couldn't be more Emma Rice if it tried. As it is, it fits perfectly into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, shaking up the …

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Album Review: Alexander Armstrong – In A Winter Light by Ian Foster

The album is nearly completely stymied by its song selection, misguidedly mishmashing its genres so that we're taken from traditional carols to easy listening to the Fleet Foxes to original …

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Album Review: Bradley Walsh – When You’re Smiling by Ian Foster

Between hosting The Chase, appearing in his regular Peter Pan panto and preparing to become one of the 13th Doctor's new companion, it's a wonder he's managed to find time to record a new al…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

‘Satisfying, challenging, complex, beautiful’: @GrinningManLDN @TrafStudios by Ian Foster

There's superlative work from Gyre & Gimble's puppetry, Loren O'Dair and James Alexander-Taylor's work with the wolf is exceptional, and the whole show is just as satisfying and challen…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

‘An extraordinary cast get the chance to shine in extraordinary ways’: HAMILTON – West End by Ian Foster

Change doesn't just happen, it has to be ushered in by visionaries determined to shake up the status quo to allow the rest of us to shuffle in in their wake.

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‘What a fruity affair’: THARK – Drayton Arms Theatre by Ian Foster

Matthew Parker is best known as the Artistic Director of the Hope Theatre but this production of 1920s Aldwych farce Thark sees him go west, to the Drayton Arms pub theatre, a lovely fringe …

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

‘Poetic magic & festive fun’: THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE – Brockley Jack Theatre by Ian Foster

Already a tale of stirring adventure, the joy of Russ Tunney's adaptation for the stage is that it revels in its theatricality, taking a much different but no less effective route.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

‘A unique, faintly creepy brand of entertainment’: PINOCCHIO – National Theatre by Ian Foster

No matter the weather, as you walk into the Lyttelton's auditorium for Pinocchio, you’ll find that it is snowing. A simple trick but one that inspires just the right childlike wonder for a…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

BEAUTY & THE BEAST (A Musical Parody) – King’s Head Theatre by Ian Foster

No opportunity to parody Disney's Beauty & The Beast is passed up, from the wealth of French influences (the Camembert Art Fair; the under-rated star of the show - Bicyclette!) to James…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

‘Rather silly but good fun’: DAISY PULLS IT OFF – Park Theatre by Ian Foster

"Buck up kiddies"Theatres that aren't putting on pantomimes face something of a dilemma - what do you do to ensure you capture audience attention in this most lucrative of seasons? Some thea…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Christmas Round Robin Letters – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

A sadness that is at first unspoken, then as the letters they read take a poignant turn - revealing a year's worth of bad news in some cases - their melancholy bleeding out to force them to …

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

‘A bold re-envisioning’: GUYS & DOLLS – Manchester by Ian Foster

Michael Buffong's reinterpretation of Guys and Dolls, a co-production between the Royal Exchange and Talawa Theatre, is just that, a bold re-envisioning of the classic musical that consequen…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL – Manchester by Ian Foster

This musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s much-loved novel is a wonderful piece of adaptation. Streamlining plot whilst simultaneously enriching character, it translates the travails of …

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THE BOX OF DELIGHTS – Wilton’s Music Hall by Ian Foster

There's a wonderfully rough magic to Justin Audibert's production of The Box of Delights that makes it the perfect choice for Wilton's Music Hall's festive show.

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‘Bittersweetly wry & affecting comedy’: THIRTY CHRISTMASES – New Diorama Theatre by Ian Foster

As many of us lurch from swapping random Secret Santa gifts at office parties to necking eggnog at pantos (just me?!) in preparation for the culinary bliss that is my dad's Christmas dinner,…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

GOATS – Royal Court by Ian Foster

Can I recommend Goats, even with live goats appearing onstage with the cast? Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin. There's definitely something interesting at the nub of Liwaa Yazji's pla…

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