Friday, April 28, 2017

Gypsy Queen, Mill at the Pier, Wigan, review: A worthy successor to gay footballer play Away Days by Paul Vallely, Paul Vallely

Hope Theatre Company's 'Gypsy Queen' by writer/actor Rob Ward about two professional boxers learning to love is a touching romance

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Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe, London, review: This is an emotionally fierce and fiery Romeo and Juliet by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Daniel Kramer's production which reinterprets the star-crossed lovers as modern-day teenagers and includes Village People's 'YMCA' as the main number at the Capulets&apos…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Obsession, Barbican, London, review: Jude Law is muscular and brooding but is wooden by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Law plays the handsome drifter Gino in a new stage adaptation of Visconti's sexually charged 1943 film 'Obsession' directed by Ivo van Hove

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Monday, April 24, 2017

How dance can be a force for political power: Requiem for Aleppo had recorded testimonials from Aleppans speaking of their memories of the city by Erin Whitcroft, Erin Whitcroft

Dance performances including 'Requiem for Aleppo' performed at Sadler's Wells and the upcoming 'Material Men Redux' at The Place show how inherently political the mo…

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Nuclear War, Jerwood Upstairs, Royal Court, London, review: Intriguing but truly satisfying only in snatches by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Simon Stephens joins forces with movement director Imogen Knight for this highly visual and physicalized play that uses the dramatic title 'Nuclear War' merely as a metaphor

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Spring Offensive, Clapham Omnibus, London, theatre review: Victoria Willing has created a brilliant update to Abigail's Party by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

A black comedy set in 'the best bed and breakfast on the Somme' delivers both on bleakness and glorious belly laughter.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studio 1, London, review: A strange play to unearth now by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Matt Berry and Lily Cole star in Simon Callow's revival of Christopher Hampton's 1969 play which is an inversion of Moliere's 'Misanthrope'

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Plague, Arcola, London, review: The play seems to be applicable to everything from Ebola to Syria and Brexit by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Director Neil Bartlett's adaptation of Albert Camus' dark story which was written in the aftermath of the Nazi's march across Europe is given a contemporary update

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Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre, London, review: Rajiv Joseph's excellent play seizes on some potent philosophical issues by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Jamie Lloyd directs this award-winning off-Broadway play from the Pulitzer Prize nominee that questions the price to be paid for creating supreme beauty

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Ready or Not: The Arcola, London, review: Ambitious black comedy thrives in the dark, but struggles to lighten a sombre story of torture by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Helena Bell directs a solid three hander black comedy which is at its best when observing modern day anti-Muslim sentiments.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Betroffenheit, Sadler's Wells, London, review: This dance-theatre hybrid is raw, funny and profoundly, tenderly human by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Olivier Award nominated Betroffenheit was created by choreographer Crystal Pite and actor/playwright Jonathon Young to examine the aftermath of his own personal tragedy when his daughter and…

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Carousel, Coliseum, London, review: Alfie Boe's long black wig comes to seem more emotionally eventful than the rest of him by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Roger and Hammerstein's 'Carousel' stars Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe in this English National Opera co-production directed by Lonny Price

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Monday, April 10, 2017

The Winter's Tale, Barbican, London, review: Leontes is very disturbingly communicated by the excellent Orlando James by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The Cheek by Jowl production is directed by Declan Donnellan who was recently awarded the Golden Lion of Venice for his ability to bring classic works to life for a contemporary audience

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017

The Goat, or Who is Silvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, review: Homeland's Damian Lewis gives the performance of his life by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Edward Albee's darkly comic masterpiece, directed by Ian Rickman, about a married architect who falls in love with a goat, stars Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Consent, Dorfman, National Theatre, London, review: One of Nina Raine's most enjoyable and intelligent plays yet by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Roger Michel directs Raine's powerful play about rape and justice which stars Anna Maxwell Martin and Ben Chaplin

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Posh, Pleasance Theatre, London, review: It persuades you that the all-female casting is integral to the play's meaning by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The new all-female production of Laura Wade's 'Posh', about a fictional version of the riotous Oxford students' Bullingdon Club, is directed by Cressida Carré

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Jewels, Royal Opera House, London, review: Marianela Nuñez leads the ballet with radiant authority by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

George Balanchine's ballet was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels and the music of Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikov…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Life, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: A crime if this show does not transfer to the West End by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

"Wow, there's Michael Blakemore," I said, prodding my college across the aisle when I spotted the multi-talented 88 year old taking his seat for this UK premiere of the Cy Col…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Sergei Diaghilev: Who was the Russian art critic and Ballet Russes founder? by Joe Sommerlad, Joe Sommerlad

Today's Google Doodle captures the great theatrical producer in his element

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Don Juan in Soho, Wyndham's Theatre, London, review: David Tennant is every bit as magnificent in the title role here as he was as Hamlet by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

David Tennant stars in Patrick Marber's version of Molière's story about a serial seducer of women which transports the action to contemporary London

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Why I wrote a play about William Wordsworth: 'Coming to theatre so late, and then trying to write for it, is a fairly mad idea' by Nicholas Pierpan, Nicholas Pierpan

Nicholas Pierpan's play, which stars John Sackville and Joseph Mydell, questions whether William Wordsworth was a poetic genius or a reckless egotist

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Le Sacre du printemps, Sadler's Wells, London, review: This is the best staging of Le Sacre I know by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

English National Ballet's production of Pina Bausch's 'Le Sacre du Printemps' (The Rite of Spring) has been danced by only one other ballet company, the Paris Opéra

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Just Call Me God: A Dictator's Final Speech, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, review: A showcase for John Malkovich's skewed method-acting by Richard Whitehouse, Richard Whitehouse

The UK premiere of Michael Sturminger's music-theatre piece stars Malkovich as a dictator on the brink of madness pitted against the mighty Symphony Hall organ

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Urbain Hayo talks about black deaths in British police custody in his play: 'People think it's an American issue but it's not. We just by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The actor who goes under the stage name of Urbain Wolf has created his first play 'Custody' with writer Tom Wainwright which looks at real-life cases of police brutality and black …

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Thomas Adès Day 'Arcadiana', Wigmore Hall, London, review: An ideal route into his sound world by Cara Chanteau, Cara Chanteau

The Wigmore Hall explored the composer Thomas Adès in a day-long programme of chamber music, including his own string quartet 'Arcadiana' and a performance of his Concerto Consiso…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court, London, review: The latest brilliant piece of experimental, multi-media theatre from Simon McBurney and Com by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Simon McBurney directs a new play about the rise and fall of legendary film producer Robert Evans who saved Paramount Pictures from collapse and produced films such as 'The Godfather&ap…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre, London, review: Leanne Cope as Lise can go from wide-eyed to slinky in one bright glance by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon made his Broadway directing debut with this stage musical which puts dance at the heart of the production

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, review: It brilliantly synthesises the two versions that exist of a play by Terence Rattigan by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Trevor Nunn has combined the texts from Rattigan's comedy 'Less Than Kind' with its revised version 'Love in Idleness' to create a new production that stars Eve Best…

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Why female thespians like Tamsin Greig shouldn't get their hands off male roles: She has completely reconceived Shakespeare's character by Elizabeth Schafer, Elizabeth Schafer

Due to insufficient roles for women in Shakespeare's plays, Greig, who plays a female version of Malvolio in 'Twelfth Night' at the National Theatre, joins a host of other act…

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