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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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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Will review at Rose Playhouse, London – ‘a stylish hagiography’ by Simon Fearn

Swiss-Ukrainian playwright Victoria Baumgartner’s Will is a tender love letter to Shakespeare.  Though overly earnest at times, the play’s wide-eyed wonder at

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Review: Br’er Cotton, Theatre 503 by Simon Fearn

The names are scrawled in white across the walls of the theatre: Eric Garner, Emmet Till, Sandra Bland. Innocent black men and women murdered in racially motivated attacks. Most are young me…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: Stuffed, Jack Studio Theatre by Simon Fearn

Kim (Faye Maughan) is feeling the pressure to procreate. TV ads and well-meaning friends all stress the virtues of motherhood. Now she’s pushing 40 and the IVF costs are stacking up. Is it…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Barn Theatre artistic director Iwan Lewis: ‘In the age of Netflix, theatre has to change its game’ by Simon Fearn

Former actor Iwan Lewis enjoyed a string of leading roles before he moved to rural Cirencester to build a new venue. As

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Opera singer Gavan Ring: ‘Aged five, I was in my bedroom, trying to imitate Pavarotti’ by Simon Fearn

Irish baritone Gavan Ring will make his Welsh National Opera debut in the title role of Don Giovanni this month. He tells

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Burlesque dancer Demi Noire: ‘I’d love to see someone who looks like me doing cabaret’ by Simon Fearn

A chance encounter with a burlesque dancer changed Alix Ross’ life. Now performing under the name of Demi Noire, the fire-dancing cabaret

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Othello review at Unicorn Theatre, London – ‘poetic, crisp and clever’ by Simon Fearn

Belgian playwright Ignace Cornelissen’s adaptation of Othello for a young audience milks the overlooked humour in Shakespeare’s story but doesn’t dispense with

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Moments/Empty Beds review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘truthfulness and intimacy’ by Simon Fearn

This double bill of plays by Julia Cranney contains an undeniable truthfulness and intimacy – though there are times when these qualities

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Screenwriter Danny Strong to pen new Frank Sinatra musical by Simon Fearn

US screenwriter Danny Strong has been commissioned to write a new jukebox music celebrating Frank Sinatra. Called Sinatra the Musical, it is

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Edward II review at Greenwich Theatre, London – ‘lacks subtlety’ by Simon Fearn

A refreshing take on an under-performed Christopher Marlowe play showcasing young acting talent sounds like a great idea. But it fails to

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Motown the Musical announces UK tour by Simon Fearn

Motown the Musical has announced a UK and Ireland tour. Beginning at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on October 11, 2018, the tour

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