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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Little Mermaid's feminist fairytale knocks the spots off Cruella and co by Lyn Gardner

A sophisticated Hans Christian Andersen adaptation in Bath leaves Birmingham Rep’s 101 Dalmatians and the New Vic’s Treasure Island in its wake as a trio of festive family shows open aro…

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Meet Charlotte Bevan, the most important person at the National Theatre you’ve never heard of by Lyn Gardner

The woman at the helm of the National Theatre’s Creative Diversity Project tells Lyn Gardner why she is determined to keep the

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Thirty Christmases review – a merry little comedy about festive stress by Lyn Gardner

New Diorama, LondonA reunited brother and sister try to repair their relationship at Christmas time in this amiable show with songsChristmas is a time to be with family. But what if your fam…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Lyn Gardner: Theatre with, not for, local communities is the way forward by Lyn Gardner

At the Engage conference in Hull at the end of November, Arts Council England’s deputy chief executive Simon Mellor indicated that Arts

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Grimly Handsome review – gripping Lynchian nightmare gets under the skin by Lyn Gardner

Site, Royal Court, LondonCharacters morph into one another and the audience are peeping toms inside a darkly festive city in Julia Jarcho’s teasing, finely acted playRed Riding Hood was wa…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Hannah J Davies, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From festive horror-comedy Better Watch Out to Mariah Carey’s Christmas tour, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue r…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Tall Stories’ Toby Mitchell and Olivia Jacobs: ‘We’re not a children’s company. We’re a theatre company’ by Lyn Gardner

Known for its adaptations of Julia Donaldson’s children’s books, Tall Stories wants everyone to enjoy its shows, whatever their ages. Its co-founders

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Guys and Dolls review – Harlem-set version captivates with energy and charm by Lyn Gardner

Royal Exchange, ManchesterRelocated to Harlem, Frank Loesser’s classic musical about Broadway’s gamblers and dreamers gets an extra jazzy swing in its step and more grit to its character…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Woman in White review – can this cast solve Lloyd Webber's musical mystery? by Lyn Gardner

Charing Cross theatre, LondonA masterly set of actors leave their mark on a gothic revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 2004 misfire which flattens the spikier elements of the Victorian novelA…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Lyn Gardner: As independents face ‘Armageddon’, funded theatres must lend their support by Lyn Gardner

It’s the time of the year when thoughts turn again to Edinburgh, as companies weigh up whether to take part in next

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Hannah J Davies, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From Michael Haneke’s Happy End to Marilyn Manson’s latest tour, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue reading...

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The best theatre of Christmas 2017 – from Treasure Island to Guys and Dolls by Lyn Gardner

Romance and adventure abound as Rhys Ifans plays Scrooge, Guys and Dolls hits Harlem and Sherlock returnsMore to see: Carols and concerts | Dance | ComedyBea Roberts is a smart writer with a…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Snow White and Rose Red review – sisters doing it for themselves by Lyn Gardner

BAC, LondonFeminist theatre company RashDash rework the Brothers Grimm fairytale for a family audience, with colourful heroines in control of their own destinies‘No, not the Disney version…

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Lyn Gardner reconsiders Sleeping Beauty by Lyn Gardner

Sleeping Beauty hasn't always been a docile object, says Lyn Gardner. She's had to face a cannibal queen, a rapist king - and even a Nazi princeFor our age of anxiety, Sleeping Beauty is the…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

National Theatre of Scotland boss Jackie Wylie: 'I want to take theatre off its pedestal' by Lyn Gardner

As she announces her first season, including a My Left Foot musical, the new head of NTS says she wants to demystify the artistic process and is calling on young people to shape the company…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Lyn Gardner: We own publicly funded theatres. It’s time to occupy them by Lyn Gardner

“I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage,” wrote Peter Brook in his famed 1968 book The Empty

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Roller review – it's theatre as full-contact sport in urgent look at female power by Lyn Gardner

The Pit, LondonCurrent events cast a timely light on this funny, gripping story of oppression, told through the world of all-female roller derby‘This is a witch hunt. We are the witches, a…

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Hannah J Davies, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From Malian band Songhoy Blues to the Natural History Museum’s show about venomous beasts, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven da…

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Sex Workers' Opera review – intimate show upends all the cliches by Lyn Gardner

Oval House, LondonSex workers and professional actors take to the stage together to undermine received ideas in a ramshackle but engaging eveningEarlier this year, the Young Vic handed over …

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Lyn Gardner: It’s time to stop romanticising the London fringe and clamp down on rogue operators by Lyn Gardner

In Paddington 2, Hugh Grant plays villainous actor Phoenix Buchanan, a man of unlimited egotism and fading fame. To fund his one-man

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Michael Cragg, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From wartime race drama Mudbound to Phil Collins’s UK tour, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue reading...

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tiger Bay review – Cardiff's docks get the Les Mis treatment in overblown epic by Lyn Gardner

Wales Millennium Centre, CardiffThis three-hour hymn to Welsh dockers in the early 20th century is a throwback to the musical theatre of the 80s – and exhausting to watchWriting a new musi…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Chekhov's revolutions: the Russian master still speaks to a world in flux by Lyn Gardner

On the centenary of the Russian revolution, a glut of revivals show Chekhov’s characters struggling to adjust to the social earthquakes that engulf themIt’s over a decade since Katie Mit…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Lyn Gardner: We all must ensure we stop abuse by Lyn Gardner

Last Thursday, The Stage and its editor, Alistair Smith, asked six key questions of the Old Vic board over the Kevin Spacey

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Michael Cragg, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From the Taylor Wessing photo prize to Hedda Gabler’s UK tour, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days Continue reading...

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca review – Maxine Peake salutes Hull's wonder women by Lyn Gardner

Guildhall, HullPeake reels us in with this winning story about the women who fought for fishermen’s rights, featuring folksy music by the Unthanks ‘Good to see you. You’re a rum lot,…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Retreat review – gag overkill in new comedy from Peep Show's Sam Bain by Lyn Gardner

Park theatre, LondonKathy Burke directs this three-hander about a city boy seeking enlightenment but the jokes keep getting in the way of the storyYou’d expect plenty of jokes from the fir…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Jubilee review – Toyah Willcox returns in theatre tribute to Jarman's punk pageant by Lyn Gardner

Royal Exchange, ManchesterChris Goode directs Toyah Willcox in a wild reimagining of Derek Jarman’s film about a time-travelling queen and a generation with no future‘Welcome to Jubilee,…

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Fog, smog and eco-drag: these climate-change shows are a breath of fresh air by Lyn Gardner

From cabaret to a witty teenage odyssey, the Shoot the Breeze festival at Camden People’s theatre considers global warming and pollution in striking styleWas Shakespeare a chronicler of cl…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

More pow! to you: Touretteshero's utterly joyous Barbican takeover by Lyn Gardner

Jess Thom’s wonderful weekender featured bipolar pop star Captain Hotknives, a witty striptease by blind performer Amelia Cavallo and poetry done in BSL“Is there anything going on for us…

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Lyn Gardner: Why does support for emerging artists vanish once they have ’emerged’? by Lyn Gardner

Last week, Camden People’s Theatre’s outgoing executive director Amber Massie-Blomfield observed, very wisely, that not every small theatre has a big theatre

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