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Sunday, June 16, 2024

‘We want the audience to feel there is hope’: how to write a play about the climate crisis, by the team behind The Jungle and Little Amal by Kate Kellaway

The latest play from the writing duo focuses on the landmark 1997 climate conference in Kyoto, Japan. During rehearsals, they talk about the importance of consensus, and the challenges of tu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Sunday, April 28, 2024

German actor Nina Hoss: ‘London is more driven. In the theatre, people are full of positive energy’ by Kate Kellaway

The star of Homeland and Tár on performing In The Cherry Orchard at the Donmar, working with Cate Blanchett, her Green party upbringing, and acting in a second language Nina Hoss, 48, is a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Sunday, March 31, 2024

The week in theatre: Opening Night; MJ the Musical – review by Kate Kellaway

Gielgud theatre; Prince Edward theatre, LondonSheridan Smith captivates, if the songs don’t quite, in Ivo van Hove and Rufus Wainwright’s new musical, while Christopher Wheeldon and Lynn…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Sunday, March 24, 2024

The week in theatre: Faith Healer; Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon – review by Kate Kellaway

Lyric; Garrick, LondonIn a great week for monologues, Rachel O’Riordan directs a superb cast of three in her unmissable revival of Brian Friel’s 1979 classic, while Bridgerton’s Charit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM

Actor Tamara Lawrance: ‘Less and less do I relish playing hyper-disturbed characters’ by Kate Kellaway

The award-winning actor, best known for her roles in The Silent Twins and Time, on learning from her characters, writing poetry and trying to live in the moment As an actor, Tamara Lawrance,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42AM
Sunday, February 18, 2024

The week in theatre: Dear Octopus; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Just for One Day – review by Kate Kellaway

Lyttelton; Theatre Royal Haymarket; Old Vic, LondonLindsay Duncan and co create a living period piece in Dodie Smith’s rarely performed marvel of a family portrait; Sarah Snook’s one-wom…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Sunday, December 3, 2023

‘I studied the play in school – I hated it’: Cush Jumbo and David Tennant on playing the Macbeths by Kate Kellaway

The Shakespeare virtuosos are about to share a stage in a modern-day version of the Scottish play. Fresh out of rehearsals, they discuss PTSD, childhood ambition and what makes them angry Da…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM
Sunday, November 26, 2023

The week in theatre: The Witches; Ghosts; Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) – review by Kate Kellaway

Olivier; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Kiln, LondonThe youngsters steal the show in the National’s terrifying gothic Disney Roald Dahl; a fine cast are stranded in Ibsen by candlelight; and a b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Sunday, September 24, 2023

The week in theatre: Pygmalion; King Stakh’s Wild Hunt; It’s Headed Straight Towards Us – review by Kate Kellaway

Old Vic; Barbican; Park theatre, LondonPatsy Ferran and Bertie Carvel are delightfully word-perfect in Richard Jones’s first-rate Shaw revival; Belarus Free Theatre fuse fairytale and real…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:13AM
Sunday, September 17, 2023

The week in theatre: Great Expectations; Infamous; That Face – review by Kate Kellaway

Royal Exchange, Manchester; Jermyn Street, London; Orange Tree, RichmondPip becomes Pipli in Tanika Gupta’s colonial Indian take on Dickens; Caroline Quentin and daughter are a dream team …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Sunday, August 13, 2023

24 (Day): The Measure of My Dreams review – a feelgood story with sadness at its core by Kate Kellaway

Almeida, LondonThis huge community collaboration tries to put a positive spin on the difficulties of ageing, helped by a wonderfully rebellious script In 24 (Day): The Measure of My Dreams, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Sunday, August 6, 2023

Carlos at 50 review – Acosta’s gorgeous birthday bash with friends and family by Kate Kellaway

Royal Opera House, LondonThere’s less gravity defying, more gravitas as the Cuban star makes a dazzling return to the Royal Opera House in a seamless show of crowd-pleasing highs When the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:37AM
Sunday, July 23, 2023

The week in theatre: Grenfell: In the Words of Survivors; Cuckoo; The Sound of Music – review by Kate Kellaway

Dorfman; Royal Court, London; Chichester Festival theatreGillian Slovo’s new verbatim play about the 2017 tragedy is overpowering theatre that doubles as activism; a comedy of iPhone-fixat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:43AM
Sunday, July 16, 2023

The week in theatre: Dr Semmelweis; Beneatha’s Place; A Strange Loop; Song from Far Away – review by Kate Kellaway

Harold Pinter theatre; Young Vic; Barbican; Hampstead theatre, LondonMark Rylance mesmerises as the tormented Hungarian doctor; Kwame Kwei-Armah’s new satire is all too timely; Kyle Ramar …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:25AM
Sunday, June 4, 2023

The week in theatre: Aspects of Love; Rose; The Shape of Things – review by Kate Kellaway

Lyric; Ambassadors; Park theatre, LondonA superb cast, including opera star Danielle de Niese, elevates Andrew Lloyd Webber’s plodding 80s musical; Maureen Lipman gives a one-woman masterc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Monday, April 24, 2023

Gregory Doran: ‘Shakespeare defines things when you can’t’ by Kate Kellaway

As the RSC’s artistic director steps down after an illustrious and radical 35 years and 50 shows, he talks about the productions he’s most proud of, his new memoir, and the loss of his h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Sunday, April 2, 2023

The week in theatre: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Berlusconi – review by Kate Kellaway

Barbican; Lyric Hammersmith; Southwark Playhouse, LondonComplicité’s masterly take on Olga Tokarczuk’s eco-thriller is unforgettable; Daniel Rigby excels in Fo’s all too timely classi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Sunday, March 12, 2023

The week in theatre: Top Girls; The Great British Bake Off Musical; Sleepova; Oklahoma! – review by Kate Kellaway

Everyman, Liverpool; Noël Coward; Bush; Wyndham’s, LondonA revival of Caryl Churchill’s female power play has yet to settle; Paul and Prue become song-and-dance naturals; a fab four get…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:30AM
Sunday, February 19, 2023

Beverley Knight: ‘Prince encouraged me to be bold’ by Kate Kellaway

The singer and musical star on her role as suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in a hip-hop stage show, her contempt for the home secretary and her ambition to play Aretha Franklin Beverley Knigh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:30AM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

The week in theatre: Othello; Baghdaddy – review by Kate Kellaway

Lyttelton; Royal Court, LondonOpposite Giles Terera’s dynamic yet vulnerable Othello, Rosy McEwen’s forthright Desdemona is a revelation. Elsewhere, a personal tale of the Iraq war that …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Sunday, October 2, 2022

Jews. In Their Own Words. review – an illuminating, unsettling study of prejudice by Kate Kellaway

Based on interviews by Jonathan Freedland with 12 British Jews, this verbatim play directed by Vicky Featherstone disturbs and frustrates This brave and necessary show was conceived, accordi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:19AM
Sunday, September 25, 2022

The week in theatre: Handbagged; The Cherry Orchard; Clutch – review by Kate Kellaway

Kiln; Yard; Bush, LondonMoira Buffini’s damning satire imagining the Queen’s weekly meetings with Margaret Thatcher acquires poignancy; James Macdonald directs Chekhov in outer space; an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:25AM
Sunday, September 18, 2022

The week in theatre: The Clinic; The Snail House; Who Killed My Father; Walking With Ghosts – review by Kate Kellaway

Almeida; Hampstead; Young Vic; Apollo, LondonFamily celebrations go pear-shaped in Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s mischievous new play; Richard Eyre’s writing debut falls mysteriously flat; and Gabr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:43AM
Sunday, August 7, 2022

The week in theatre: Closer, The Tempest, The Darkest Part of the Night – review by Kate Kellaway

Lyric Hammersmith; Shakespeare’s Globe; Kiln, LondonPatrick Marber’s four-way passion play still adds up; Sean Holmes takes enjoyable liberties with his party island Tempest; and the hea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Sunday, July 31, 2022

The week in theatre: Chasing Hares; 101 Dalmatians; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Kate Kellaway

Young Vic; Regent’s Park Open Air; Gillian Lynne, LondonGlobalisation’s effect on an Indian factory makes for touching drama; Douglas Hodge’s new Dodie Smith musical is spot on; and a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

The week in theatre: Britannicus; Tony! (The Tony Blair Rock Opera); The Haunting of Susan A by Kate Kellaway

Lyric Hammersmith; Park theatre; King’s Head theatre, LondonEven Timberlake Wertenbaker can’t quite ignite Racine’s tyrannical hero; Harry Hill’s New Labour musical is a gag-filled j…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Sunday, March 20, 2022

The week in theatre: Dogs of Europe; Cock – reviews by Kate Kellaway

Barbican; Ambassadors theatre, LondonThe exiled Belarus Free Theatre offers a frightening, timely vision of a divided Europe, and Taron Egerton brings emotive power to Mike Bartlett’s expl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Sunday, March 13, 2022

The week in theatre: Nora: A Doll’s House; The Key Workers Cycle; Legacy by Kate Kellaway

Royal Exchange, Manchester; Almeida; Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonStef Smith’s Ibsen update can’t quite match the original for its sense of dread; the mystery play gets a Covid-era re…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Sunday, February 13, 2022

Maria Friedman: ‘Sondheim was a kind man, but God, he could be very direct’ by Kate Kellaway

The musical theatre star on her new tribute show to Stephen Sondheim, her unconventional upbringing, and her happiest song… Maria Friedman, 61, is a singer, actor and director who has a na…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Sunday, January 9, 2022

The week in theatre: Force Majeure; Folk – review by Kate Kellaway

Donmar Warehouse; Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, LondonOne false move tears a family apart in a superb adaptation of Ruben Östlund’s avalanche film. And folk song collector Cecil Sharp mee…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Sunday, December 26, 2021

The week in theatre: Spring Awakening; Peggy for You; Habeas Corpus by Kate Kellaway

Almeida; Hampstead theatre; Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonA revival of a 2006 musical gives thrilling voice to a Covid generation, Tamsin Greig is Peggy Ramsay to a tee, and an Alan Bennet…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM

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