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Friday, May 19, 2017

London Theater Reviews: Once Cryptic, ‘The Treatment’ Now Proves Trenchantly Funny by Matt Wolf

A London revival makes a strong case for Martin Crimp’s play, while versions of “Arturo Ui” and “Salomé” fall short.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Amber Riley on Finding Her Inner Beltress, Losing the Constraints of Glee & Broadway Plans for London's Dreamgirls by Matt Wolf

Onetime Glee star Amber Riley has caused a sensation in her first major theatrical role, winning this year's musical actress Olivier Award for her performance as Effie White in…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sophie Okonedo on Throwing Props, Why Damian Lewis Is a 'Titan' & the Humor and Tragedy of Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? by Matt Wolf

British actress and 2005 Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo has cut a major swath through Broadway in recent years, winning a 2014 Tony for A Raisin in the Sun and a nomination last year…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Giving ‘The Philanthropist’ an Infusion of Youth by Matt Wolf

Two premieres in London put foreboding at center stage.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

West End Star Craige Els on His Long Run in Matilda and the Idea of a Trunchbull Fitness Video by Matt Wolf

Craige Els has appeared at the National and Chichester Festival Theatres as well as in the West End in the musicals Spamalot and Never Forget and is currently enjoying an…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

London Theater Reviews: Adultery With a Difference on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Portraying marriages under siege, Nina Raine’s blistering “Consent” and Edward Albee’s “The Goat” aim to shake up audiences.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Duncan Sheik on London's Whisper House, Being Pissed Off About American Psycho & a Spring Awakening Movie by Matt Wolf

Tony-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik is no stranger to opening shows in London before New York. That was the path taken in 2013 by American Psycho, which had its world pr…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead's Joshua McGuire on 'Spiraling Around' Co-Star Daniel Radcliffe & the Idea of Trading London for L.A. by Matt Wolf

Joshua McGuire has lit up the London stage in plays ranging from James Graham’s Privacy to Laura Wade’s Posh, but the 29-year-old actor is currently sharing marquee billing with …

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Tony Winner Lillias White on Revisiting The Life, Advice for Effies in Dreamgirls & Making Her London Stage Debut in This Joint is Jumpin’ by Matt Wolf

It has been 20 years since Broadway powerhouse Lillias White won a Tony Award for her performance as the seen-it-all hooker Sonja in The Life and now here she is in London, frontli…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Masters of Seduction, Pumped-Up and Multiplied in London by Matt Wolf

Patrick Marber directs his own “Don Juan in Soho”; Dorothea Myer-Bennett brings grace and gravitas to “The Lottery of Love”; and “The Kid Stays in the Picture” has a too-brief ru…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

West End Dreamgirls Star Adam J. Bernard on Finding His Moves and Prepping for the Olivier Awards by Matt Wolf

Adam J. Bernard has appeared on the London stage in Thriller Live and I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical but is having a breakout year with his thunderous…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Weaving Politics and Passion in ‘Love in Idleness’ and ‘Limehouse’ by Matt Wolf

Trevor Nunn presents an uneasy hybrid of the Terence Rattigan work, while a new play about the origins of the S.D.P. is punchy and vibrantly directed by Polly Findlay.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

42nd Street's Clare Halse on Being as Starry-Eyed as Peggy Sawyer, Her Wicked Dream Role & Working with Sheena Easton in the West End by Matt Wolf

The West End’s dance-heavy spring began with the U.K. premiere of An American in Paris and continues with a revival of 42nd Street, returning to the …

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Friday, March 17, 2017

An American in Paris Star Robert Fairchild on Returning to a Role That's in His Bones & Sharing the Show with London by Matt Wolf

S'marvelous indeed: there's no other way to describe the grace, panache and irresistible ease that ballet star Robert Fairchild is bringing to his starring part in the West End&rsquo…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

In London, a Ferocious ‘Virginia Woolf’ by Matt Wolf

A cast led by Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, under the direction of James Macdonald, gives Edward Albee’s 1962 masterwork an unforgettable production.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Don Juan in Soho's Adrian Scarborough on Hitting It Off with David Tennant, Returning to the Stage & More by Matt Wolf

The Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Scarborough was last on the London stage early in 2014 when he played the Fool to Simon Russell Beale's King Lear and will soon be seen as the side…

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In London, a Ferocious "Virginia Woolf" by Matt Wolf

A cast led by Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, under the direction of James Macdonald, gives Edward Albee’s 1962 masterwork an unforgettable production.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Donna McKechnie, Star of London's The Wild Party on Working with Triple Threats, A Chorus Line Memories & More by Matt Wolf

Donna McKechnie is that increasing rarity: a Broadway legend whose vitality defies the years (was A Chorus Line really four decades ago?). She can now be seen back on the London st…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Wild Party Gets a Frenetic Revival in London by Matt Wolf

The staging of the Broadway musical from 2000 can suggest “Follies” or “Chicago” on speed, but the score by Michael John LaChiusa remains treasurable.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Game of Thrones Star Conleth Hill on His Leap to London’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Matt Wolf

Conleth Hill may be best known as the manipulative eunuch Lord Varys on the international TV hit Game of Thrones, but the gifted Northern Irish actor has two Olivier Awards and a 2001 Tony n…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

West End Travesties Star Freddie Fox on How Stoppard Makes You Smarter, John Hurt's Words of Wisdom & Not Going Hollywood by Matt Wolf

Freddie Fox has appeared on the London stage opposite Lindsay Duncan in Hay Fever and Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss, among many other credits. but is currently giving …

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Monday, February 13, 2017

A Thunderous ‘White Devil’ at Shakespeare’s Globe by Matt Wolf

The director Annie Ryan turns up the volume in her production of the John Webster gore-fest from 1612. Two contemporary plays seem tepid.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Michael Esper on Playing Tom in London's Glass Menagerie, Working with David Bowie and Sting & His NYC Plans by Matt Wolf

Broadway actor Michael Esper has made a sizable impression on the London stage of late, moving from his acclaimed performance opposite Michael C. Hall in the U.K. stage debut of the David Bo…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

West End Star Joanna Riding on Singing Gary Barlow's Music in The Girls, Defying Nudie Show Expectations & Skipping the Gym by Matt Wolf

Two-time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding has staked her formidable reputation on such musical theater classics as Carousel and My Fair Lady, now she is in previews at the P…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Katherine Soper’s ‘Wish List’ Blazes on London Stage by Matt Wolf

The playwright’s debut work packs a wallop, while a revival of the 1968 Broadway musical “Promises, Promises,” among other productions, is weak tea.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Tony Nominee Paul Ritter on Throwing Paint on Rufus Sewell & Tim Key, Following Elton John on Tony Night & Starring in Art by Matt Wolf

Paul Ritter was a 2009 Tony nominee for his superb performance in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests and now the British stage and TV stalwart is appearing with Rufus Sewe…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Florence Andrews on Letting Her Hair Down in London's School of Rock & More by Matt Wolf

Florence Andrews is lending some sterling vocals and whiplash timing to the London premiere of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock, based on the Richard Linklater/Jack Black film …

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Ben Turner on Not Being Pigeon-Holed, Playing an Eight-Year-Old Boy & Flying High in London's The Kite Runner by Matt Wolf

Ben Turner's theater credits include the Eddie Redmayne Richard II at the Donmar and the Almeida's revival of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing but the classically trained performer…

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Matthew Seadon-Young on Playing Gerry Goffin in London's Beautiful, the Art of Taking Over a Role & Not Doing Side Show with His Brother by Matt Wolf

Matthew Seadon-Young's London musical credits include Billy Elliot, Urinetown and Les Miserables and now the ebullient performer is playing the American lyricist (and onetime husband of …

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

She Loves Me's Scarlett Strallen on Singing 'Ice-Cream' with a British Accent, Meeting Barbara Cook & More by Matt Wolf

No sooner had the gossamer-voiced Scarlett Strallen got herself a base in New York before the English star of such shows as Mary Poppins, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and the W…

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In a Year of Surprises on the London Stage, Women Held Pride of Place by Matt Wolf

It’s not that men were in any way denied a viewing, but Billie Piper, Glenda Jackson, Sophie Melville and others shined.

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