Monday, February 20, 2017

The Wild Party review at the Other Palace, London – ‘sizzling and sensational’ by Mark Shenton

The Other Palace, formerly London’s St James Theatre, is holding a wild, wild party to mark its relaunch. Under the ownership of

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Repertory theatre returns to Manchester for the first time in 50 years by Georgia Snow

Rep will return to Manchester for the first time in more than half a century, as part of a growing trend for

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Stegosaurus review at Etcetera Theatre, London – ‘a mordant monologue’ by Julia Rank

According Ersi Niaoti’s one-woman play Stegosaurus, one of the many myths perpetuated by Hollywood is how easy it is to be bulimic.

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Stiles and Drewe musical Honk! to have 20th anniversary revival by Tim Bano

A new production of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical Honk! is to run at the Union Theatre in London, marking the

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See Me Now review at Young Vic, London – ‘candid and moving’ by Natasha Tripney

See Me Now is genuinely eye-opening theatre. It puts the stories of real-life sex workers up on stage and invites the audience

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Careers Clinic: Should I take a non-acting theatre job? by John Byrne

I’m a very committed graduate actor for whom my first year in the business has been successful from an artistic point of

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Eva Yerbabuena: Apariencias review at Sadler’s Wells – ‘uncompromising intensity’ by Neil Norman

Eva Yerbabuena is the living embodiment of the phrase “dynamite comes in small packages”. Her compact, formidable form contains enough explosive energy

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Cinderella review at Grand Theatre, Leeds – ‘feel-good factor’ by George Hall

The last of three works making up Opera North’s fairytale season, Cinderella – or La Cenerentola, given that the company perform Rossini’s

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New Nigerians review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘deft political satire’ by Dave Fargnoli

Suffused with warmth, hopefulness and humour, the New Nigerians is no ordinary political satire. Part of the Arcola Theatre’s Revolution season, the

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Dreamgirls’ Amber Riley: ‘I’m giving young black girls permission to be in musicals’ by Giverny Masso

Dreamgirls star Amber Riley has spoken of the importance of her leading role in the West End in inspiring young black girls

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£200k grant accelerates Theatre Royal Wakefield creative hub plans by Georgia Snow

Plans for a new creative hub at the Theatre Royal Wakefield have taken a step forward after the council granted the project

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Poll: When was the last time you went to Samuel French’s theatre bookshop? by The Stage

Last week, theatre publishing and licensing company Samuel French announced it will shut the doors of its London shop after 187 years

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Why video is getting a bigger part in theatre by Catherine Love

Video technology has been influencing theatre for decades, but never has it been easier or cheaper to incorporate into productions. Today, video

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The Green Room: How has your training at drama school helped you? by Thomas Hescott

Meet our panel: We have given our panellists pen-names and used stock images but their biographies reflect their real career details… Sally

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Natasha Tripney: Is theatre’s fad for blind luck more than just a stunt? by Natasha Tripney

A spin of the wheel. A toss of a coin. The striking of a match. Chance is part of what makes the

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Sean Brosnan: ‘Acting is easiest when you’re on stage for the whole show’ by Giverny Masso

After training in stage management at RADA, Sean Brosnan pursued a career in acting that has lasted more than 50 years and

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Mark Shenton’s week: Not all shows get the West End transfers they deserve by Mark Shenton

Much is made these days of our isolated social bubbles. So I wasn’t surprised to be contacted, independently, by two prominent London

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Billie Piper and Jamie Parker win top prizes at WhatsOnStage Awards by Giverny Masso

 Billie Piper and Jamie Parker picked up the top acting accolades at the 2017 WhatsOnStage Awards, which saw Harry Potter and the

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Let It Shine Episode 7 review: Gary Barlow takes centre stage by Paul Vale

It seems incredible that Let It Shine (BBC1, February 18) has now reached its semi-final. Whereas The Voice and The X Factor

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Stage Scholarships 2017: Barbara Speake Stage School by Lisa Martland

Jeremiah Waysome, from Canning Town in London, already boasts stage credits as Young Simba in The Lion King tour and as Young

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Good Dog review at Watford Palace Theatre – ‘compellingly vital’ by Fergus Morgan

Inspired by a desire to understand the rage that fuelled riots across England in 2011, Arinze Kene’s Good Dog is an ambitious, sprawling

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Friday, February 17, 2017

‘I did a show about cancer and boobs while I had breast cancer’ – The Girls: opening night by Matthew Hemley

As Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s The Girls opens in the West End, Matthew Hemley met with its cast and creators to

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Competition: Win tickets to see Filthy Business at Hampstead Theatre by The Stage

“When you’ve got no nation, no government, no place in the world what have you got? Family. You can’t depend on anything

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Andrew Scott Hamlet cancels first Almeida preview by Georgia Snow

The first preview of Hamlet, starring Andrew Scott, has been cancelled owing to staff changes on the production. Hamlet was due to

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67-year-old understudy to make West End debut in The Girls following cast illness by Matthew Hemley

A 67-year-old understudy will make her West End debut in a leading role after Michele Dotrice was forced to pull out of

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Samuel French bookshop closure prompts industry outcry by Giverny Masso

The news that theatre publisher Samuel French is to close its London bookshop has prompted an industry outcry, with critics branding the

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Equity: culture secretary must act to prevent ‘new dark age’ for arts in Bath by Matthew Hemley

Equity has called on culture secretary Karen Bradley to “urgently intervene” following 100% cuts to Bath’s arts grants. The union said there

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Cinderella review at Hippodrome, Birmingham – ‘a joy to watch’ by Rachel Elderkin

David Bintley’s production of Cinderella for Birmingham Royal Ballet is, for the most part, a sparkling version of the traditional tale. But

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Obituary: Alec McCowen by Michael Quinn

Few actors were as consistently intelligent and engagingly relaxed on stage and screen as Alec McCowen. They were qualities that shone through

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What next for Samuel French? by Nick Smurthwaite

London’s theatre lovers, amateur and professional, are soon to lose the iconic French’s Theatre Bookshop, off London’s Tottenham Court Road, which is

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How Alexandra Palace Theatre once enthralled London theatregoers by Nick Smurthwaite

It seemed like a good idea at the time. A people’s palace of entertainments needed a properly designated theatre where opera, ballet,

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