Thursday, February 2, 2023

Titus Andronicus review – a patriarchy hellbent on self-destruction by Claire Armitstead

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonHeirs and spares fight under a sleazeball Roman emperor and candles take a hammering in a brilliantly provocative show with an all-female ensemble What do you …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM

Kit Hesketh-Harvey, screenwriter, composer and lyricist, dies aged 65 by Tim Jonze

The British entertainer said to be a favourite of King Charles, whose credits ranged from Merchant Ivory and opera to The Vicar of Dibley, has died Kit Hesketh-Harvey, the British composer a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM

The Trial of Josie K review – kidding around with Kafka by Chris Wiegand

Unicorn theatre, LondonInspired by the classic novel, this play for children leads its young heroine through surreal encounters with bureaucracy – and a giant rabbit Kafka never let Josef …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM

2:22: A Ghost Story review – Cheryl’s West End debut is a thunderous fright night by Arifa Akbar

Lyric theatre, LondonThe singer is convincing in the role (first played by Lily Allen) of a mother who hears spooky noises at night in Danny Robins’ well-oiled, blackly comic chiller Since…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons review – Aidan Turner and Jenna Coleman star in sharp drama by Arifa Akbar

Harold Pinter theatre, LondonJosie Rourke’s West End revival of Sam Steiner’s fringe hit really lifts when the show’s starry duo drop their romcom routine Does a revival of Sam Steiner…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM

Bill’s 44th review – tender and boozy puppet party by Chris Wiegand

Barbican, LondonA Beckettian sense of dread pervades Dorothy James and Andy Manjuck’s show about a wistful middle-aged man’s attempts to keep the darkness at bay It’s Bill’s birthday…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM

Tig Notaro: ‘Can I recall a bad gig? The first two years of my career’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The US comedian on heckling, why she gravitates towards silly people and the best and worst advice she’s ever been given Who did you look up to when you started out?In the open mic comedy …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM

The best theatre to stream this month: The Boy With Two Hearts, Punchdrunk and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Billy Crystal’s musical about a fading comedian, a female Faustus and a revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate Hamed and Hessam Amiri’s s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36AM
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Oldham Coliseum will go dark due to 100% Arts Council England funding cut by Chris Wiegand Stage Editor

All events from late March cancelled at the theatre, which is in a priority location for the government’s Levelling Up fund Oldham Coliseum has cancelled all of its forthcoming events from…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM

Welcome Home review – madcap sci-fi adventure spins out of control by Arifa Akbar

Soho theatre, LondonThis intergalactic show about sexuality and religious homophobia boasts a charismatic star in Willy Hudson but tips into chaos Willy Hudson’s “queer sci-fi epic” ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM

Out of the spotlight: seven of dance’s hottest hidden talents by Lyndsey Winship

From costume and lighting designers to composers and producers, here are some of the dynamos bringing breathtaking dance shows to the stage The performers may be in the spotlight and the cho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM

Patti Harrison review – mischievous and wildly funny standup by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Ohio comic takes us on her narcissistic ‘therapy journey’ including ridiculous songs, played with a wickedly straight bat Patti Harrison’s last London show, sh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Monday, January 30, 2023

Famous blue leotard: the Leonard Cohen dance show the singer never lived to see by Lyndsey Winship

The gravel-throated legend gave his blessing to a show set to his greatest songs, but died before rehearsals began. As Dance Me hits the UK, its performers describe feeling his presence on s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Sunday, January 29, 2023

The week in theatre: Othello; The Unfriend; On the Ropes – review by Susannah Clapp

Lyric Hammersmith; Criterion; Park theatre, LondonBrute force speaks volumes in Frantic Assembly’s breathtaking Othello; Steven Moffat and co flirt with farce; and the story of Windrush bo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM

Criticising the theatre critics, 1991 by Chris Hall

The ‘Butcher of Broadway’ and others get a taste of their own acerbic medicine The custard pie is the traditional slapstick method of pricking the pomposity of the powerful, and for the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00AM
Saturday, January 28, 2023

‘I told my gran: You don’t touch Aidan’s hair!’ Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner on friendship and their daring new play by Kate Wyver

Having starred in some of Britain’s biggest TV shows, the pair are taking to the stage for Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, a minimalist two-hander where words are strictly rationed. An…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM

Acosta Danza: Spectrum; Julie Cunningham: How Did We Get Here? – review by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells, LondonBig personalities shine out in the Cuban company’s celebratory show. And Mel C holds her own in Cunningham’s opaque new work In ballet, the dan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Friday, January 27, 2023

Alan Cumming hands back his OBE citing the ‘toxicity of empire’ by Tim Jonze

Actor says recent conversations about role of monarchy ‘opened his eyes’ to suffering of Indigenous people around the world We tend to receive things on our birthdays, but on his 58th Al…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM

Still Life: Flesh review – morsels of mime gesture towards a finer show by Arifa Akbar

Barbican, LondonThese four vignettes offer flashes of brilliance and smart stagecraft but feel too disconnected to truly hit home Is it too soon to see the funny side of the pandemic? A hosp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM

Saint Jude review – delightfully disturbing immersive theatre in creepy clinic by Kate Wyver

Petty France, LondonTaking part in a trial shift to help coma patients wake up, the tension grows as it slowly becomes clear why you’re really mining strangers’ secrets A deliciously une…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Spitting Image stages revival – and this time the puppets are on a mission by Jessica Murray Midlands Correspondent

Live theatre version of 1980s TV satire features Tom Cruise and other showbiz stars trying to save ‘broken Britain’ Writing a political satire for the stage in today’s tumultuous times…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM

The Brides review – overblown antics from David Glass and co, and for LIMF the end of an era by Clare Brennan

Jacksons Lane, London Glass’s latest collaboration cites female power but suggests the opposite, and comes as London’s influential mime festival prepares to disperse After 47 appearances…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM

Sound of the Underground review – magnificent explosion of mesmerising drag by Arifa Akbar

Royal Court, LondonA plot to kill RuPaul for dragging drag into the mainstream, followed by song and dance numbers, fires up an exhilarating show with breathtaking costumes, radical politics…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM

John Mulaney review – upbeat tales of addiction and downfall by Brian Logan

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonThe standup comedian may have lost some of the gloss on his reputation after nearly destroying himself with drugs, but his good cheer remains in place ‘If you’v…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Shirley Dynevor-White obituary by Tim Dynevor

My mother, Shirley Dynevor-White, who has died aged 89, was an actor in Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop company in London during the 1950s. Between 1953 and 1959 she took part in many p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM

Vittorio Angelone: Translations review – an eye-catching standup debut by Brian Logan

Soho theatre, LondonThe Irish-Italian comic, nominated for best newcomer at the Edinburgh fringe, delivers his show with a light touch and ample self-irony It is exciting to encounter a youn…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM

A Streetcar Named Desire with Paul Mescal transfers to West End by Chris Wiegand

Critically acclaimed and now boasting an Oscar nominee, the Almeida’s Tennessee Williams production will move to the Phoenix theatre in spring The Almeida theatre’s sold out production o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM

All the (open) world’s a stage: how the video game Fallout became a backdrop for live Shakespeare shows by Alysia Judge

Free to roam through the post-apocalyptic game, one intrepid group has taken to performing the Bard. They have found an intent new audience, as well as the odd mutant scorpion One crisp spri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM

The Boys Are Kissing review – family satire with an audacious angelic twist by Arifa Akbar

Theatre503, LondonWhen two boys kiss at primary school, there’s a furore on the parents’ WhatsApp group and an intervention from fabulous supernatural forces Two couples thrash out their…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM

BP sponsorship of Royal Opera House ends after 33 years by Esther Addley

Move leaves British Museum and Science Museum isolated as arts institutions with fossil fuel sponsors Campaigners have hailed a “seismic shift” in arts funding after the Royal Opera Hous…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Elephant Song review – psychiatrist and patient spar in game of truth or lie by Arifa Akbar

Park theatre, LondonGwithian Evans and Jon Osbaldeston star in a power struggle that keeps you guessing – but it’s not enough to get under your skin Nicolas Billon’s 2004 play sets its…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48AM

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