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A trumpet playing, narcoleptic good fairy (Nicola Bryan) sets the tone for Chatham’s traditional yet fresh pantomime. It’s a treat, featuring delightful
Now this is how you produce a decent local panto on a very low budget. With a cast of eight and a
The innate glitziness of the Orchard Theatre – with its strips of multicoloured, flashing neon lights around the auditorium – makes it
If you’re looking for a present, bound to make your beloved theatre person giggle all Christmas morning, then West End Producer’s shiny new book is the obvious 2017 choice.
The rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas at the end of this year’s Churchill Theatre panto is one of the funniest sequences
The world’s largest Shakespeare Festival ends this week after 292 performance nights in theatres all over the country. I refer, of course, to Shakespeare Schools Foundation which, every ye…
The idea of four modern-ish children improvising a story is not particularly original but it works splendidly in Mike Kenny’s adapatation of The Snow Queen for a cast of four.
Hollywood film director and acting coach Michelle Danner has been coaching for 27 years, working with actors privately as well as on set.
The flood myth is common to most cultures and John Agard, originally from Guyana, gives it strong African undertones with lots of African resonances in the language which often rhymes. At th…
Traditional can often mean stale but Paul Hendy knows panto too well for that. His latest, immaculately well-targeted pantomime for the Marlowe is
I have followed the success of Fourth Monkey Training Company, which launched in 2010, almost since before it was a twinkle in Steve Green’s eye.
Best of all though, are the articles. This time there’s a new one by Bruce Wall (wonderful man who changes lives every day) about his pioneering work in prisons and one by Anthony Holmes o…
For those wishing to pursue a career as a stage manager, a wide range of courses is available, as well as occasional
Following the success of Pied Piper Theatre’s Burglar Bill last year, this new two hander for very young children follows a similar
Lou Stein became artistic director of Chickenshed in 2016. He was founding artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and
I continue to appreciate the work of theatre people like Max Stafford-Clark, Kevin Spacey – and no doubt others yet to come – too. We have to hold on to a balance.
“Pray you, undo this button: thank you Sir” is probably not the most memorable line in the play although it’s a neat example of Shakespeare tucking his stage directions into the script…
Dilek Rose, 31, trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School on its three-year degree course when she was in her early 20s.
Few bits of theatre news have delighted me more this year than hearing that Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, has taken possession of the Poor Priests Hospital in Stour Street – a large, iconic…
Things and times change and there are plenty of newer schools doing things differently but worth considering even though they don’t yet qualify for funding so students have to be self-fina…
Vocal tutor Jane Maudsley is the founder and managing director of Little Voices, a national drama and education company for children aged
Though the quality of teaching is a vital foundation for training, the standard facilities is a key factor in preparing for professional
The problem is that there’s a very fine line between enthusiastic engagement and disruptive behaviour. And if one person’s enjoyment of a show spoils someone else’s by, for instance, m…
A Day by the Sea is beautifully written, nicely observed, often witty and very compelling in the hands of director, Tricia Thorns and her cast.
It’s time to sing the praises of Theatre Centre – the new writing company specialising in young audience work, based in Shoreditch Town Hall.
Sonum Batra has a degree in music from King’s College London, after which she took private piano lessons because she couldn’t afford
Last week I attended an event at Royal Opera House. In effect, it was a press briefing to introduce the new season and raise awareness of the range of ROH’s other work. So I was mildly amu…
Adam Stadius is one half of Both Feet, which trains actors in the Meisner Technique. He is currently head of acting and
In his 1903 play Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw famously observed that 'He, who can, does. He, who cannot, teaches'. And it still hits the nail on the head.
If venues take money from the theatregoing public for children’s shows, then they have a moral duty – it should be a
If you really want to perform, or become a theatre technician, then you almost certainly need the hands-on approach of a drama school with at least 30 hours tuition a week, people with prope…