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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Theatremaker David Cumming: ‘I’ve always had a strong voice, now I’m branching out’ by Tom Wicker

Everything is coming together at the same time for in-demand performer and theatremaker David Cumming. Tom Wicker talks to him about developing

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Actor Carly Mercedes Dyer: ‘Our West Side Story is shining a light on what’s happening today’ by Tom Wicker

After cutting her teeth on big West End shows such as Dreamgirls and Memphis the Musical, Carly Mercedes Dyer wanted to step

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Inside London’s new Boulevard Theatre: ‘Soho is everything: creative, provocative and international’ by Tom Wicker

A new theatre is opening in Soho this week, the brainchild of Fawn James, granddaughter of Paul Raymond, and a dream realised

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Alex Kingston: ‘I don’t want to play King Lear – let’s create new heavy hitting roles for women’ by Tom Wicker

Doctor Who and ER star Alex Kingston tells Tom Wicker about struggling to get into the ‘closed’ New York theatre scene, never

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: ‘The secret to writing? Read everything – even if you hate it’ by Tom Wicker

Pulitzer Prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins speaks to Tom Wicker about mourning Toni Morrison, his love for London and how his play Appropriate

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Actor Marina Sirtis: ‘You know you’re an icon when the drag queens start doing you’ by Tom Wicker

The Star Trek actor – originally from Hackney – is returning to the UK stage in a play about a former TV

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Climate change: can theatre help tackle the greatest threat of all? by Tom Wicker

Angry protests have led to a greater urgency over our collective response to global warming. Industry figures tell Tom Wicker what theatre

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Into the Woods writer James Lapine: ‘Creating a road-trip musical like Little Miss Sunshine was a fun challenge’ by Tom Wicker

Creating a musical is a little like sex, according to Tony award-winning writer and director James Lapine, possibly with his tongue in

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Eileen Atkins: ‘I don’t like filming, I went into the business for theatre’ by Tom Wicker

At 84, grande dame of the stage Eileen Atkins continues to seek out challenging roles in the theatre, with the latest in

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Director Michael Boyd and designer Tom Piper reveal the secrets of their long-running creative partnership by Tom Wicker

For more than two decades, director Michael Boyd and designer Tom Piper have worked together on a series of audacious, award-winning productions.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Women in circus: ‘It’s about sisterhood and about pushing your female wildness’ by Tom Wicker

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the first modern circus, but the contribution of many female performers has been written out

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Frankenstein review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘a brilliant beatbox reimagining’ by Tom Wicker

It starts with a breath, a beat and a vein pulsing in the neck. And then the ensemble for BAC Beatbox Academy’s

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – A Reimagining review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – ‘beautiful and engrossing’ by Tom Wicker

Imagine. That’s basically the edict of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, with its candlelit lack of modern technology. The best shows in the

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Acceptance review at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs – ‘relevant, but heavy-handed’ by Tom Wicker

After directing the mediocre Dry Powder on Hampstead Theatre’s main stage earlier this year, Anna Ledwich heads downstairs to helm this weightier

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Duchess of Malfi review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘Gut wrenching but unsteady’ by Tom Wicker

By the end of this production of John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, the stage is swamped in blood. Initially

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Garry Robson: ‘Disabled performers are doing great things – there are real stars now’ by Tom Wicker

Performing in Ramps on the Moon’s revival of Our Country’s Good, Garry Robson is a passionate advocate for disabled performers and theatremakers.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Playwright Stephen Beresford: ‘I went from zero to main stage. It was a fast lesson’ by Tom Wicker

After a ‘semi-feral’ childhood in Dartmouth, Stephen Beresford has never been one for the rule book. He bypassed fringe venues and in

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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Shadow Factory review at NST City, Southampton – ‘a new state-of-the-art space’ by Tom Wicker

Nuffield Southampton Theatres opens NST City, its second, state-of-the-art venue in the heart of the city’s regenerated cultural quarter, with The Shadow

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Dry Powder review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘Hayley Atwell stars in a so-so satire’ by Tom Wicker

Since starring in 2013’s The Pride, Hayley Atwell has become one of the best things about the all-conquering Marvel Cinematic Universe, as

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

All’s Well That Ends Well review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘blisteringly good’ by Tom Wicker

How do you tackle a Shakespeare play that people consider a problem? One answer, at least for the Globe’s outgoing artistic director

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Passage to India review at Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton – ‘an evocative adaptation’ by Tom Wicker

When it was published in 1924, EM Forster’s A Passage to India was provocative. Now, its metaphysical musings about existence feel naive

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pearl Mackie: ‘People might not know I’ve done lots of theatre before, Doctor Who was the anomaly for me’ by Tom Wicker

Pearl Mackie, who played the first openly gay Doctor Who companion, will be returning to theatre in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Beans review at Canal Cafe Theatre, London – ‘a wry, spry adult panto’ by Tom Wicker

This wry, spry little adult panto in the upstairs space of the Canal Cafe Theatre is a refreshing antidote to the sugary

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Twilight Zone review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘a loving pastiche’ by Tom Wicker

Everyone remembers that distinctive off-kilter pattern of notes. You’ve probably hummed them when something strange happens. That oscillating tinkle has become a

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Misalliance review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘an entertaining revival’ by Tom Wicker

The Orange Tree Theatre isn’t doing an explicitly Christmas show this year, but there’s definitely something of the panto about Misalliance, which

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Cell Mates review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘fitfully enjoyable’ by Tom Wicker

Over time, Simon Gray’s Cell Mates has become most famous as the play Stephen Fry disappeared from during its West End run

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Christmas Carol review at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘intelligent and inventive’ by Tom Wicker

David Edgar’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol is a tale of two men: Ebenezer Scrooge and Charles Dickens. It opens on the

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Goats director Hamish Pirie: ‘I’m drawn to plays that are messy, odd and weird’ by Tom Wicker

Hamish Pirie’s latest production for the Royal Court, which examines life in Syria, features real goats, but the director has no fear

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Poison review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘quietly unflinching’ by Tom Wicker

Bereaved, divorced parents She and He meet at the cemetery in which their son is buried. He’s received a letter about toxic

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Josie Lawrence: ‘I still think of myself as an actor who likes to improvise’ by Tom Wicker

Having trained in drama, Josie Lawrence made her name in TV improv before tackling a series of Shakespearean roles. Now turning to

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Swamp Studios: The duo dishing up an immersive adventure by Tom Wicker

Swamp Studios has joined forces with a London restaurant to put on site-specific production Night at the Bombay Roxy. The brains behind

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