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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Monday, March 20, 2017

Filthy Business, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Sara Kestelman left me feeling as weak with laughter as Dame Edna does by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Olivier Award-winning Sara Kestelman stars in Ryan Craig's new family comedy set in 1968, taking the lead as an East End matriarch who must protect her shop for future generations

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Flight Pattern, The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, review: It has immense scale and ambition by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite creates her first work for The Royal Ballet - the first woman to make a main stage work for the company in 18 years

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Project Polunin Sadler's Wells, London, review: Given the stop-start nature of Polunin's recent history, it's a relief to find him in e by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The Russian dancer Sergei Polunin, the enfant terrible of dance, who walked out of The Royal Ballet, joins up with Natalia Osipova, to showcase new works for his project

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow in Midsummer, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, review: The translation used here seems to me the rockiest feature of the production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The RSC is bringing Chinese classics to a Western audience with Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's 'Snow in Midsummer', a piece based on a classical Chinese drama by Guan Hanqing, which …

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Ballet Black, Barbican, London, review: This uneven triple bill fails to realise the potential of talented, charismatic dancers by Erin Whitcroft, Erin Whitcroft

Performed by the ballet company comprising international dancers of black and Asian descent, the new production includes Micheal Corder's 'House of Dreams', Martin Lawrance&ap…

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: 50 years on, Tom Stoppard's play returns to the theatre where it made its name by Daniel Rosenthal, Daniel Rosenthal

With the 50th anniversary revival of 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' having just opened at the Old Vic starring Daniel Radcliffe, we take a look back at its origins, its 19…

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My Country: A Work In Progress, Dorfman, National Theatre, review: Carol Ann Duffy rings a major's poet's ear to the music of the text by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Following the Brexit vote, real testimonials were collected from people nationwide and interwoven with speeches by politicians in this play by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and National The…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Old Vic, London, review: Daniel Radcliffe's introspective, scrubby-cheeked Rosencrantz isn't bang on by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

David Leveaux's brilliant 50th anniversary revival of Tom Stoppard's play, which stars Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire, has a set designed by Anna Fleischle, which suspends the play i…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017

How Imelda Staunton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Harold Pinter demanded good theatre manners by David Lister, David Lister

There is a no food 'ban' during the West End production of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf', but it's not the first time theatre etiquette has been requested or…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Othello, Sam Wanamker Playhouse, London, review: Murder by candle-light by Emma Henderson, Emma Henderson

Ellen McDougall makes debut at Shakespearean winter theatre with up-to-date Moorish play

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ugly Lies the Bone, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London, review: Jess is superbly played by Kate Fleetwood by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The American playwright Lindsey Ferrentino's makes her UK debut with this play about a war veteran, played by Fleetwood, who experiments with virtual reality therapy, to heal her emotio…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hamlet, Almeida, London, review: Andrew Scott is a wonderfully moving Hamlet by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Robert Icke's modern dress production of 'Hamlet', starring 'Sherlock' actor, Scott with Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude, may be too slow, but it is not to be missed

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Monday, February 27, 2017

The 'Neath, The Vaults, Waterloo, London, review: At one point, he asks me to pee on him by Emily Jupp, Emily Jupp

The immersive fantasy created for Vault Festival 2017 has a devilish pop-up bar with an interactive performance and a loose plotline

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Twelfth Night, Olivier, National Theatre, London, review: There's a touch of Mrs Danvers about Greig's devoted steward by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Tamsin Grieg plays Malvolia, a traditionally male role, in Simon Godwin's new modern-dress production of Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity, joining the ranks of gre…

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic, London, review: There's a deviant, mind-altering drollery running through this that I found delicious by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Played on a muddy stage, Joe Hill-Gibbins bleak production of Shakespeare's comedy, is going to divide audiences

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Wild Party, The Other Palace, London, review: Gorgeous jazz score – played to perfection by Theo Jamieson's smoking-hot eight piece band by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This darkly comic musical set in Manhattan in the 1920s is about a vaudeville showgirl and vaudeville clown who decide to throw a debauched party like no other

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Call The Midwife's Victoria Yeates on nuns and her new role in The Crucible by Emily Jupp, Emily Jupp

Victoria Yeates, who plays Sister Winifred in 'Call The Midwife', is starring in a new touring production of 'The Crucible', based on the Salem witch trials

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Review: The School Play, Southwark Playhouse: Education becomes an exercise in simply ticking the boxes by Emma Henderson, Emma Henderson

Alex MacKeith's debut play, based on his own experience of tutoring in schools is powerful and poignant

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Monday, February 20, 2017

See Me Now, Young Vic, London, review: The piece is open to the charge that it ends up as a therapy session for the performers by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Real-life sex workers take to the stage, in a production about prostitution, directed by Mimi Poskitt, with song and dance

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sweeps the WhatsOnStage awards with eight wins by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

The two-part play scooped up the likes of Best New Play, Best Actor in a Play, Best Supporting Actor in a Play, and Best Supporting Actor in a Play

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ventoux, Vault Festival, The Vaults, Waterloo, London, review: The actors pedal furiously on their stationary racing bikes by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The show about the rivalry between cycling superstars, Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, dramatises a clash of personalities and their fall from grace

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures, Richmond Theatre, review: This triple bill is crisp, lively and brightly danced by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Bourne's triple bill of early works, which marks 30 years since he launched his own dance company, show that many of his strengths were already in place

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Beware of Pity, Barbican, London, review: 120 minutes of nerve-racking tension by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Simon McBurney's compelling co-production between his own Complicite company and Schaubühne Berlin, is based on Stefan Zweig's 1939 novel, about a man's downfall after he tri…

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The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester,review: A real mix of a production by Paul Vallely, Paul Vallely

Kathryn Hunter plays the matriarch who is grieving her husband's death and bans her five daughters from leaving the house, but the performance with the disabled acting company Graeae, d…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester review: Graeae bring production into a whole new dimension by Ian Herbert, Ian Herbert

This re-worked piece on the suppression of women by a disabled-led company offers a different perspective without preaching

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Silver Lining, Rose Theatre, Kingston, review: The play feels mechanical and lacking in real warmth - but I did laugh out loud once or twice by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Sandi Toksvig's comedy, set in an old people's care home, is about the plight of the elderly, but it is also a message against the treatment of senior actresses, who don't get…

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