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Friday, July 20, 2018

Review: Damaged Goods, King’s Head Theatre by Simon Fearn

Though it’s not the most adventurous piece of theatre, Damaged Goods by emerging playwright Rosalind Adler, marks itself out in The post Review: Damaged Goods, King’s Head Theatre appear…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review: Guy, The Bunker Theatre by Simon Fearn

We can’t all be Hamilton – finding a distinctive musical voice is where many exciting new shows fall down. Guy, The post Review: Guy, The Bunker Theatre appeared first on A Younger Theat…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: Shakespeare’s Mad Women, Theatre N16 by Simon Fearn

It’s something everything Bardolator has to contend with: Shakespeare’s tragic women get little stage time and even less agency. They The post Review: Shakespeare’s Mad Women, Theatre …

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Review: Mamzer Bastard, Hackney Empire by Simon Fearn

Mamzer Bastard is a new opera about family identity and long-buried secrets, set in New York during a city-wide blackout The post Review: Mamzer Bastard, Hackney Empire appeared first on A Y…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Actor Scherrikar Bell: ‘Every time I was on stage the whole audience was laughing. It was the best buzz’ by Simon Fearn

Scherrikar Bell’s acting talent took her by surprise when she auditioned for an Off-West End production of Oh! What a Lovely War

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Review: Act and Terminal 3, The Coronet by Simon Fearn

Swedish playwright Lars Norén cannot be accused of being a household name, yet this double bill of experimental shorts shows The post Review: Act and Terminal 3, The Coronet appeared first …

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Night Alive review at Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘a lugubrious revival’ by Simon Fearn

Written in 2013, Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive is a play of otherworldly mystery and biting loneliness. This small-scale revival has potential

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Review: Leave Taking, Bush Theatre by Simon Fearn

It hardly needs saying that Leave Taking is an inspired piece of programming for the Bush Theatre. Though first performed The post Review: Leave Taking, Bush Theatre appeared first on A Youn…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Production news round-up: Lenny Henry to star in August Wilson’s King Hedley II and Martin Kemp cast in Chicago by Simon Fearn

This week we learned that Andrew Scott will appear in a limited run of Simon Stephen’s monologue Sea Wall at the Old

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Out of Joint rolls out scheme to find next generation of playwrights by Simon Fearn

Theatre company Out of Joint is to roll out a playwriting scheme for teenagers following a successful pilot last year, with the

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Andrew Lloyd Webber to fund acting scholarship at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire by Simon Fearn

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to fund a new scholarship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for an acting student. Funded through the Andrew

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hull Truck Theatre unveils plans to improve its diversity and working conditions by Simon Fearn

Hull Truck Theatre Company has committed to new diversity targets and introduced schemes to help young people from deprived areas break into

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review: In the Shadow of the Mountain, Old Red Lion Theatre by Simon Fearn

This is a play I’m a bit conflicted about. Initially I was sure I was going to hate it. By The post Review: In the Shadow of the Mountain, Old Red Lion Theatre appeared first on A Younger …

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: Isaac Came Home From the Mountain, Theatre 503 by Simon Fearn

Last year a BBC documentary called No More Girls and Boys dug down into the different ways we treat male The post Review: Isaac Came Home From the Mountain, Theatre 503 appeared first on A Y…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera House by Simon Fearn

“It’s nothing to do with loving a man, it’s love full stop that’s poison”. This is the opening line of The post Review: Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera House appeared…

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Review: Nightfall, The Bridge Theatre by Simon Fearn

The Bridge, the first commercial theatre of its size to be built in London for 80 years, has so far The post Review: Nightfall, The Bridge Theatre appeared first on A Younger Theatre.

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Actor Marieme Diouf on playing the first black female footballer: ‘She’d play in a corset then go home and cook the family dinner’ by Simon Fearn

Now playing Emma Clarke, the first black professional female footballer, in Offside, a play by poets Hollie McNish and Sabrina Mahfouz, Diouf

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Review: 143, Theatre N16 by Simon Fearn

143 stands for one writer, four actors, three plays. It’s a showcase for young playwright Isabella Stokes, who serves up The post Review: 143, Theatre N16 appeared first on A Younger Theat…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Stand Tall Theatre founder Carley Dawson: ‘Most theatre companies really don’t tackle mental health in a direct way’ by Simon Fearn

Carley Dawson founded Stand Tall Theatre in 2015, with the company’s latest show focusing on schizophrenia. She tells Simon Fearn why she

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Review: S/he/it Happens, Wandsworth by Simon Fearn

She/he/it Happens is a clown show about a gender-neutral performer’s discomfort with their own body. It’s a genius idea, helped The post Review: S/he/it Happens, Wandsworth appeared firs…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Review: George, Theatre N16 by Simon Fearn

“How much do you earn?” the young woman (Barbara Blanka) asks, blowing cigarette smoke provocatively into our faces. As uncomfortable The post Review: George, Theatre N16 appeared first …

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Circus Abyssinia juggler Bichu Tesfamariam: ‘Our show is about every single artist back in Ethiopia’ by Simon Fearn

The Ethiopian juggler went from showing off at the local market with his brother to performing with English National Opera and at

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Les Miserables summer shake-up sees Bradley Jaden’s return by Simon Fearn

Les Miserables is to bring back Bradley Jaden in the starring role of Javert, one of several cast changes over the summer.

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Guildford School of Acting student wins 2018 Alan Bates award by Simon Fearn

Eilidh Loan, a student at Guildford School of Acting, has won the Alan Bates award for the most promising actor in the

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Review: The Gulf, Tristan Bates Theatre by Simon Fearn

A young couple are moored in the shallows off the Gulf of Mexico. Kendra (Louisa Lytton) fishes idly while Betty The post Review: The Gulf, Tristan Bates Theatre appeared first on A Younger …

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Edinburgh Festival Fringe unveils schemes to help young theatre critics and writers by Simon Fearn

Two initiatives have been launched for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe aimed at helping young theatre writers break into arts journalism. The

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Actor and Chess understudy Cellen Chugg Jones – ‘It was single-handedly the best moment of my life’ by Simon Fearn

At the first preview of Chess at London’s Coliseum last week, leading man Tim Howar was forced to leave at the interval

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Ruthie Henshall and Wendi Peters to judge this year’s West End Bake Off by Simon Fearn

Ruthie Henshall and Wendi Peters will judge this year’s West End Bake Off. The charity event will take place on Saturday May 19,

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Theatres Trust awards £50,000 to fund building improvements for 10 small theatres by Simon Fearn

Venues including London’s Theatre 503 and the Tron Theatre in Glasgow are among 10 venues to be awarded up to £5,000 each to

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UK transfer of Gerard Alessandrini’s Hamilton spoof comes to Menier Chocolate Factory by Simon Fearn

The UK debut of Spamilton, which parodies megahit Hamilton along with a variety of other Broadway musicals, will open at the Menier

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: Much Ado About Nothing, Rose Theatre Kingston by Simon Fearn

Mel Giedroyc has swapped punning with Sue Perkins on Bake Off and The Generation Game for verbal duelling with John The post Review: Much Ado About Nothing, Rose Theatre Kingston appeared fi…

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