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Friday, June 16, 2017

Andrew Polec on Headlining Jim Steinman's Rocktacular Bat Out of Hell in London by Matt Wolf

Shows don’t get much more “rocktacular,” or so one assumes, than Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, the vaunted Jim Steinman hymn to youthful passion whose stag…

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London Theater Reviews: Sharing Joy and Sacrifice from the Barber Shop Chair by Matt Wolf

As the cast of “Barber Shop Chronicles” gets a (simulated) trim and shave, the audience shares in the genuine, if sorrow-inflected, buoyancy of the piece.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Two-Time Tony Nominee Eve Best on Starring in Love in Idleness in London & Why Kevin Spacey Should 'Permanently' Host the Tony Awards by Matt Wolf

Two-time Tony nominee and onetime Nurse Jackie TV name Eve Best has returned to the London stage to give among the season’s most scintillating star turns in Love in Idle…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

London's School of Rock Star Gary Trainor on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Rockin' Roots & Why He Eats a Lot of Pasta by Matt Wolf

Gary Trainor has been with the West End company of School of Rock since it opened, initially as the alternate to leading man David Fynn in the mega-voltage part of rock ‘n&rs…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

London Theater Reviews: Ripping Up the Rule Book in ‘An Octoroon,’ and Making a Patchwork of ‘Woyzeck’ by Matt Wolf

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s “An Octoroon” reaches London and offers a mixture of disbelief and awe, while John Boyega steps into a troubled role of a German soldier.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dawn Sievewright on Rocking Out in the Olivier-Winning Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour & More by Matt Wolf

Scottish actress Dawn Sievewright made her West End debut in 2010 in Legally Blonde and is now starring as the blowsy, take-no-prisoners Fionnula at the Duke of York’s Theatr…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

James McArdle on Being the 'Baby' in London's Angels in America and Working with Andrew Garfield & Nathan Lane by Matt Wolf

James McArdle has been gradually hitting the big-time ever since the he co-starred first on the West End in Chariots of Fire, then at the National Theatre in both The James Plays&n…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

James McArdle on Being the 'Baby' in London's Angels in America and What He Loves About Working with Andrew Garfield & Nathan Lane by Matt Wolf

James McArdle has been gradually hitting the big-time ever since the he co-starred first on the West End in Chariots of Fire, then at the National Theatre in both The James Plays&n…

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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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