Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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Not much ado: the joy of plays that lose the plot by Lyn Gardner

A handful of current shows, including The Flick at the National Theatre, ditch the traditional sense of narrative drive but still manage to draw you in“Nothing happens. Twice.” That was …

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Pas de deux: Alina Cojocaru and Rupert Pennefather on Jewels by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

How do you create chemistry in a plotless ballet? Just pretend it's a wedding, say the stars of the Royal Ballet's DiamondsAlina Cojocaru: It was easy for me to fall in love with Balanchine'…

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After Independence review – a family fight it out on the farm in Zimbabwean drama by Michael Billington

Arcola, LondonMay Sumbwanyambe’s promising play, set in 1998, pits a white farm-owning family against a government agent sent to acquire their landThe Papatango new writing prize has uncov…

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Royal Ballet dancer fed up with critic's references to his ginger hair by Jamie Grierson

Edward Watson calls constant mentions of his red hair and pale skin in negative reviews ‘ridiculous’A principal dancer at the Royal Ballet has turned on a critic for repeatedly mentionin…

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Judith Mackrell talks to ballet dancer Edward Watson by Judith Mackrell

Edward Watson calls himself a 'ginger freak'. But to everyone else, he is the Royal Ballet's hottest new star. Judith Mackrell meets him on the eve of his biggest role yetIt was Edward Watso…

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Theatre review: The Roman Tragedies, Barbican, London by Lyn Gardner

Barbican, LondonShakespeare gets a close-up in Toneelgroep's compression of three plays – Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra – a remarkable six-hour marathon played witho…

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Jude Law returns to London stage in Ivo van Hove's Obsession by Mark Brown Arts Correspondent

Talented Mr Ripley actor to join forces with Belgian director next year in Barbican production of 1943 filmJude Law is to return to the London theatre in an adaptation of the Luchino Viscont…

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Kenneth Branagh on The Entertainer: 'I've been bending Rob Brydon's ear about standup' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In the final production of his West End season, Kenneth Branagh takes on the role of the failing comic Archie Rice. He explains how he’s taken tips from funnymen Rob Brydon and Ken DoddYou…

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Is this a bloodbath I see before me? The 75 deaths of Shakespeare by Andrew Dickson

Spymonkey are sticking the knife into Shakespeare, by putting every poisoning, bear attack and stabbing on stageA woman lies on a tomb in a deathlike slumber, rose petals scattered all aroun…

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Digging for Shakespeare review – a well-plotted walk on the playwright's wild side by Lyn Gardner

Roedale allotments, BrightonArtist Marc Rees’s deliciously understated promenade piece unearths the story of eccentric Shakespeare scholar James Orchard Halliwell-PhillippsThe Brighton fes…

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Ross and Rachel: the one that explodes the Friends myth by Matt Trueman

James Fritz explores modern love through multiple references to the US sitcom in his dark play which is about to open off-Broadway and embark on a UK tourRoss & Rachel. You know the ones…

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The cut and thrust of Shakespeare: a fight director's view by Interview By Andrew Dickson

Henry V is a play about war yet we only see two conflicts – and the way the characters do combat tells us plenty about them, says fight director Terry KingIt’s one of the simplest stage …

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The secret life of an actor: sacrifice, sudoku and sexless sex scenes | Anonymous by Anonymous

Actors do not effortlessly waft from one job to another, dropping names and stardust as they go. It’s hard work, involving tough rejections and long hours“What have I seen you in?” is …

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Plan your week’s theatre: top tickets by Lyn Gardner

There are festivals all across the country, while Philip Ridley’s Radiant Vermin returns and James Graham’s Monster Raving Loony arrives in SohoThe Ricochet Project’s Smoke and Mirrors…

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Osipova and Polunin: backstage with ballet's most explosive couple by Judith Mackrell

He’s the bad boy of ballet, she’s the Royal’s Russian superstar. Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin talk about fear, pain and falling in love on the dance floor “I’d heard about h…

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Diana of Dobson's review – rich irony as shop-girl 'slave' comes into the money by Alfred Hickling

New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeThis revival of Cicely Hamilton’s 1908 play about a downtrodden shopworker has an admirable lightness of touch An actor, activist and contemporary of George Be…

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On my radar: Akram Khan’s cultural highlights by Kate Kellaway

The dancer and choreographer on Kate Tempest’s poetry, Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary, and astonishing jazz pianist Brad MehldauAkram Khan was born in Wimbledon, south-west Lon…

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An Enemy of the People review – all society on a stage by Susannah Clapp

Chichester Festival theatreHugh Bonneville as a whistleblower driven by sibling rivalry shows how Ibsen’s play switches emphasis with every stagingHere is Hugh Bonneville, the amiably stuf…

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Dancing out of poverty in South Africa by Frances Byrnes

Dane Hurst escaped township life to become a dancer with the Rambert in London. Now he’s bringing his dream back home. Frances Byrnes charts his next stepThe school where Dane Hurst, star …

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Frankenstein review – a monster hash from the Royal Ballet by Luke Jennings

Royal Opera House, LondonThe dancing is superb, the sets magnificent, but Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet Frankenstein squanders Mary Shelley’s great novelThere’s a riveting sce…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream review – the wildest of dreams by Susannah Clapp

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonEmma Rice’s first production as artistic director at Shakespeare’s Globe is a glittering, unnerving comic triumphA sitar player sends music pulsing through t…

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Roy Williams: ‘It’s hard to comprehend that a man could kill his own son’ by Liz Hoggard

The playwright on his new play about Motown giant Marvin Gaye, absent fathers and why his work strikes a chord with black audiences in AmericaBafta and Evening Standard award-winning playwri…

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Shakespeare outdoes Game of Thrones in the BBC's Hollow Crown by Michael Billington

The Henry VI plays are condensed into two servings of power battles, sex and witchcraft with fine performances from Hugh Bonneville and Sophie OkonedoShakespeare’s early histories used to …

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Clive James: ‘If Victoria Wood had caught us moping over her death, she might have been quite strict’ by Clive James

Wood’s central power was an infallible ear for the nuances of the national languageIn taking so long to say something about Victoria Wood’s early death, I fear that I’m making an …

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Why I love… Michaela Coel by Bim Adewunmi

Coel is fearless. No joke is too risque, no comedic situation too outrageous to explore in pursuit of the funny Generally speaking, I love being surprised. It’s an increasingly hard t…

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Friday, May 6, 2016

New York dance troupe says China banned shows over Falun Gong links by Alan Yuhas

The troupe has accused China’s government of forcing cancellation of shows in Seoul because of its links to a spiritual movement Beijing calls an ‘evil cult’A New York-based dance trou…

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Three of the best… new dance shows by Judith Mackrell

Charles Linehan Company | Rambert | New ShootsDance at the Brighton festival opens with this double bill, featuring a duet for original BalletBoyz Michael Nunn and William Trevitt that riffs…

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Five of the best… new plays by Lyn Gardner

Fake It ’Til You Make It | The Encounter | The Flick | Boy | The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-TimeIt was only some time into their relationship that performance-maker Bryony Ki…

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Rob Delaney: 'My wife has made me laugh the most' by Rachel Aroesti

From Key & Peele to his other half, the comedian reveals the things that give him the giggles Continue reading...

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Swan Lake to school disco: this winter's dance shows are set to dazzle by Judith Mackrell

Sadler’s Wells and Dance Umbrella have announced their autumn seasons and here are the highlights, including naked duets, ordinary Londoners and PinocchioContemporary dance audiences have …

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