Saturday, March 2, 2024

For trauma survivors like us, theatre trigger warnings are not a luxury | Letters by Guardian Staff

Readers reflect on the deep impact that some scenes on stage can have on their mental health Re Arifa Akbar’s article (We go to the theatre to feel something – and people do. Trigger war…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Friday, March 1, 2024

Ben and Imo review – Britten and Holst’s collaboration slides into cruelty by Arifa Akbar

Swan theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonMark Ravenhill’s reimagining of the duo’s work on Gloriana exposes imbalances in the partnership but ultimately is a tragedy of thwarted ambition In 1952…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54PM

The Duchess of Malfi review – revenge tragedy goes hard on the humour by Emma John

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonToxic masculinity rears its head in Rachel Bagshaw’s Globe debut which proves less interested in horror effects than the characters’ emotional journeys Joh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM

Check tickets, play a dragon, feed the cat: the volunteers who go all out to keep theatres going by Kate Wyver

Offering up their time and energy, unpaid staff have become a crucial support for an embattled industry. They explain what’s in it for them Wander into Leicester’s Curve theatre and you …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Thursday, February 29, 2024

The best theatre to stream this month: Peaky Blinders, Prima Facie and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of what to watch at home includes Rambert’s prequel to the hit TV series, Jodie Comer reprising the legal drama and Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger A doff of the cap to Rambert…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12PM

No 10 condemns London theatre for hosting Black Out nights by Peter Walker

Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson says it would be ‘concerning and divisive’ to restrict audiences based on race at Noël Coward Downing Street has condemned a London theatre’s decision to …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42PM

Sarah Keyworth: My Eyes Are Up Here review – top surgery becomes a family affair by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonWith fine one-liners, the crowd-pleasing east Midlander traces their relationship with their parents in a touching show Sarah Keyworth launched their standup career with …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42PM

Bhangra Nation review – Punjabi dance powers a joyful high school musical by Arifa Akbar

Birmingham RepSoaring ballads and spirited movement abound in a charming show about teenage self-discovery A team of bhangra dancers bound onto the stage in traditional sequined dress and fa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM

‘Why would you not want to be woke?’ Inside the TV comedy workshops infuriating the right-wing press by Rachael Healy

They’ve been called ‘a disaster for the arts’ and lambasted for ‘pursuing a heavily woke agenda’. So what actually happens at a comedy workshop? Our writer joins 30 working-class s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Brooklyn Laundry review – John Patrick Shanley’s sudsy drama is a washout by Gloria Oladipo

New York City Center, New York David Zayas and Cecily Strong try to breathe life into a small-scale tale but are betrayed by lackluster dialogue and a thin plot It’s hard to discern a high…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06PM

Arts Council England says funding will not be removed for ‘political’ artists by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

ACE had been under pressure to revise guidance in January which focused on ‘reputational risk’ Arts Council England (ACE) has released new guidance confirming it will not penalise organi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42PM

Alan Ayckbourn was ahead of the curve in predictions of AI-created TV soaps | Letters by Guardian Staff

Yvonne Whalley on the rise of AI actors. Plus a letter from Mike Peacock on Donald Sinden’s Othello So, the TV director James Hawes has told parliament’s culture, media, and sport commit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM

Nachtland review – a provocative plunge into art history by David Jays

Young Vic, LondonThe discovery of what could be a painting by Hitler leads to a moral quagmire in Patrick Marber’s punchy staging of Marius von Mayenburg’s play Arrive early, and you’l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM

Feel Me review – innovative show puts audience empathy to the test by Chris Wiegand

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughThe Paper Birds’ new touring production explores forced displacement through physical theatre, interactivity and multimedia What does the rest of the au…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM

The Human Body review – Keeley Hawes and the NHS in a silver-screen romance by Arifa Akbar

Donmar Warehouse, LondonHawes and Jack Davenport radiate as postwar lovers in Lucy Kirkwood’s cinephile postwar romantic drama set against the birth of the NHS As debate on the future of t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42AM
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Ally review – intense but unwieldy play tackles big issues by Jesse Hassenger

The Public Theater, New York Josh Radnor is a liberal college professor falling down a slippery slope in a thorny drama that starts with a punch and ends with a heavy hand In The Ally, a new…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:00PM

René Pollesch, maverick German theatre director, dies aged 61 by Philip Oltermann European Culture Editor

The pioneer of ‘discourse theatre’ and director of Berlin’s influential Volksbühne died on Monday morning René Pollesch, maverick pioneer of “discourse theatre”, blending pop wit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM

Mary O’Connell: ‘My whole shtick was complaining about money. Then I won £100,000’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on delusional confidence, her heroes and bugbears – and why she hasn’t bought a gold-plated toilet with her OnlyFans contest winnings Why did you get into standup?I always li…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM

Cable Street review – dazzling musical portrait of a community against fascism by Mark Lawson

Southwark Playhouse, LondonFraming the battle within a 1930s romance and a 2024 walking tour, Adam Lenson’s production has big ballads, hip-hop-ish commentary and high camp Headline politi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM

Slave Play writer criticises star casting but Kit Harington to feature in West End run by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Exclusive: Jeremy O Harris says Game of Thrones star will not ‘make it the Jon Snow Experience’ The writer of Slave Play, the controversial Broadway production about race and sexuality t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24AM
Monday, February 26, 2024

Miles Jupp: On I Bang review – elegantly funny, terribly English account of a tumour by Brian Logan

Brighton DomeThe comedian guides us through this life-and-death tale of seizure, diagnosis and treatment with his usual brand of self-deprecation We have all seen comedians die on stage. Is …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM

Jab review – Kacey Ainsworth and Liam Tobin lock horns in lockdown by Chris Wiegand

Finborough theatre, LondonAn NHS worker’s marriage to her anti-vaxxer husband comes under pressure in James McDermott’s two-hander James McDermott’s new play takes us back to the Covid…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM

Bill Hicks: the scorching standup who thought comedy could change the world by Brian Logan

Thirty years after his death, the Texan who set out to ‘topple idols’ remains an outlaw truth-teller for many but his raging material can land with a clunk I could mark out my comedy cri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48AM
Sunday, February 25, 2024

Shifters review – drama of first love lost has giddy kisses and real heart by Arifa Akbar

Bush theatre, LondonBenedict Lombe questions ideas around abuse, grief and the Black body in this meet-again-cute starring Tosin Cole and Heather Agyepong Would you want to revisit your firs…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:02PM

Bernard Kops obituary by Michael Coveney

Playwright best known for his signature early works The Hamlet of Stepney Green and Enter Solly Gold Although once bracketed with Harold Pinter and Arnold Wesker, his fellow East End of Lond…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54PM

Lara Ricote review – endearingly offbeat comedy of self-exploration by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe fringe award-winner compares her romantic relationship to how she feels about her audience in this mildly evasive investigation of inner knottiness There’s a formul…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM

Shed: Exploded View review – formally daring drama lacks conviction by Clare Brennan

Royal Exchange, ManchesterInspired by Cornelia Parker famous artwork, and tracking three couples across three decades, Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s play is a clever concept that never catches fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM

The week in theatre: An Enemy of the People; King Lear; Double Feature – review by Susannah Clapp

Duke of York’s; Almeida; Hampstead, LondonMatt Smith heads a rousing adaptation of Ibsen for a bruised world; Danny Sapani and co lean into the storm in Yaël Farber’s liberating Lear. P…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM

Manon review – Kenneth MacMillan’s 50-year-old masterpiece still bewitches by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonThe Royal Ballet revisits the choreographer’s timeless rags-to-riches work, putting assorted casts through its finely tuned emotional wringer In 2011, at the age o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06AM
Saturday, February 24, 2024

Lycett, Acosta and Duran Duran condemn Birmingham’s 100% arts budget cut by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Napalm Death, visual artist Pogus Caesar and Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight also among city’s cultural figures warning over ‘horrifying’ move Birmingham’s cultural figures from Carl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12PM
Friday, February 23, 2024

The Guardian view on the false alternatives of arts funding: we need bread but also roses | Editorial by Editorial

As a decade of assaults on local democracy takes its toll, it is more important than ever to keep faith with the value of culture How do you put a value on culture? In this age of austerity,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32PM

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May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards