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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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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ma Rainey, King Lear, Harry Potter & More! The Top Five Shows in London in 2016 by Matt Wolf

Defining productions of Tom Stoppard and August Wilson classics raised the bar high for revivals in a classics-heavy year that also found Glenda Jackson, of all people, taking on the title r…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Broadway round-up by Matt Wolf

Broadway's new season promises a diet of big stars – and the best cure for winter blues is that ray of sunshine Carrie FisherIt's a new year, but Broadway is up to its old tricks, with sho…

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

An Inspector Calls' Barbara Marten on Soggy Costumes, a Collapsing Set & Her Show-Biz Marriage by Matt Wolf

Barbara Marten is a veteran presence on stage and screen with a sizable range of British TV credits that include a series regular on The Bill. The actress has returned to the West End t…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: ‘Dreamgirls’ Makes an Overdue British Debut by Matt Wolf

The production stars Amber Riley, from the TV series “Glee,” as the girl group singer Effie White.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Nice Fish's Jim Lichtscheidl on Working with Mark Rylance, Meeting Celebs and How to Pronounce His Name by Matt Wolf

Jim Lichtscheidl has played London before, as part of an amalgam of Tony Kushner one-acts that came to the Tricycle Theatre in 2010 under the title Tiny Kushner. This season finds the Minnes…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Philippa Stefani on Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda, Keeping in Touch with Cynthia Erivo and Playing Mimi in London's Rent by Matt Wolf

Philippa Stefani has a wide-ranging list of musical credits that include Imagine This, Wicked, GhostI Can't Sing! and In the Heights,  and now the performer is taking on the role of…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: ‘The Children,’ in London, Offers Hints of an Apocalypse by Matt Wolf

The play by Lucy Kirkwood is at the Royal Court; also reviewed are “The Sewing Group” by E.V. Crowe and a revival of Somerset Maughan’s “Sheppey.”

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This House Star Nathaniel Parker on Politics, Star Vehicles and Memories of Wolf Hall's Tony Noms by Matt Wolf

Nathaniel Parker has twice played Broadway, first opposite Dustin Hoffman in 1989 in The Merchant of Venice and then in 2015 in his Tony-nommed performance as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, f…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Samantha Barks on Keeping Cool in Front of Jason Robert Brown, Not Dissing Russell Crowe & Starring in London's The Last Five Years by Matt Wolf

Samantha Barks came to worldwide attention as Eponine in the film of Les Miserables but has an extensive list of stage credits including Les Miz, Aladdin and City of Angels. The 26-year-old …

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Review: Salieri’s Anguish Continues in a New ‘Amadeus’ in London by Matt Wolf

Peter Shaffer’s play about the relationship between Mozart and his rival gains a few tweaks at the National Theater.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Buried Child's Amy Madigan on Working with Hubby Ed Harris, Making Her London Stage Debut & Redefining Family Drama by Matt Wolf

Chicago-born actress and 1985 Oscar nominee (Twice in a Lifetime) Amy Madigan has done TV, film and stage and is now about to make her London theater debut in Sam Shepard’s 1978 play B…

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