Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Stage/Spirit Young Performers Company scholarship winners 2017 by Lisa Martland

First-time partner in The Stage Scholarships scheme, Spirit Young Performers Company has offered six part-scholarships in association with The Stage for the

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Against review at the Almeida Theatre, London – ‘Ben Whishaw is near perfect’ by Tim Bano

Violence, at the beginning of American writer Christopher Shinn’s play, is implicit. A police tent covers a body, the vestige of some

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The Class Project review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘exploration of accent and class’ by Natasha Tripney

Rebecca Atkinson-Lord has lost her voice. Or rather she’s lost the voice of her home. She no longer speaks with a Wolverhampton

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Production news round-up: The Exorcist comes to West End and Starlight Express performances announced by Giverny Masso

Musicals Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Starlight Express is to return for a new workshop production. Members of the original creative team are

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Petition to save threatened Greenwich Dance gathers speed by Giverny Masso

A petition to protect a London dance organisation after its Arts Council England national portfolio funding was pulled has reached nearly 3,000

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Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College to host winter festival with live entertainment by Giverny Masso

A new winter festival that will include theatre and other entertainment programming is launching in London this year. The inaugural Greenwich Wintertime

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Summerhall takes home three Fringe Firsts in second week of awards by Tim Bano

Summerhall has dominated the second week of the Scotsman’s Fringe First award winners. The venue was the recipient of three out of

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Theatre’s toilet problem to be panned out in nationwide survey by Giverny Masso

A nationwide survey on access to toilets in theatres has been launched. The Association of British Theatre Technicians, which is running the

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Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89 by Tim Bano

Veteran entertainer and television presenter Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89, his family has confirmed. Earlier this year Forsyth was admitted to

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Morgan and West: More Magic for Kids! review at Underbelly Cow Barn, Edinburgh – ‘perfectly crafted’ by Thom Dibdin

Smoothly moving on from their time-travelling schtick, the enthusiastic Rhys Morgan and curmudgeonly Robert West build on their stage personas in this

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‘Dear Anthony Horowitz, critics weren’t to blame for your play’s failure – I know, I was in it’ by Zed Josef

Dear Anthony, In the summer of 2015 I became involved in what would turn out to be your most infamous project yet.

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Pike Street review at Roundabout at Summerhall – ‘vivid one-woman show’ by Natasha Tripney

In Nilaja Sun’s one-woman show, Pike Street, she brings a whole neighbourhood to life. She plays all the members of a New

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Michelle Terry: ‘I will act, but I won’t be directing at Shakespeare’s Globe’ by Georgia Snow

Michelle Terry has revealed she will not direct any productions when she takes over the artistic directorship of Shakespeare’s Globe. Speaking for

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Farce and fatality in Loot – the birth of Joe Orton’s blackest comedy by Nick Smurthwaite

Fifty years after his brutal murder, the playwright’s darkly comic creation is returning to the stage in its original, uncensored form for

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Performing and expressive arts students drop 10 per cent at A level by Tim Bano

  The number of students taking performing and expressive arts subjects at A level has dropped more than 10 per cent this

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Collision review at London’s Arcola Theatre – ‘jazzily popular and rigorously serious’ by Yehuda Shapiro

A cheeky eschatological opera featuring a virtuosic high soprano as the sinister police chief – if that sounds like Gyorgy Ligeti’s Le

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The Stepmother review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘a feminist triumph’ by Bella Todd

The credit for unearthing this 1924 play rests with Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre, which staged the UK professional premiere in 2013. But

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You Forgot The Mince review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘entirely convincing’ by Dave Fargnoli

Starkly examining an abusive, co-dependent relationship, You Forgot the Mince is a grim and affecting story lifted by moments of real warmth.

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Instructions for Border Crossing review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘a layered and intriguing piece’ by Natasha Tripney

Our world is filled with borders. We have, as a species, a tendency to draw lines around ourselves. The policing of these

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The Last Queen of Scotland review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘exuberant yet thoughtful’ by Thom Dibdin

Youthful vigour and anger run through Rehanna MacDonald’s exuberant yet thoughtful performance of Jaimini Jethwa’s monologue. It draws on Jethwa’s childhood in a Uganda…

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Harry review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘sensitive yet economical dialogue’ by Paul Vale

This is one of those little plays that takes you by surprise. Caitlin and Sophie meet at university in 2011, and immediately

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The Musical in my Mind review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘fast and very funny’ by Paul Vale

The Musical in my Mind is less a musical and more a lyrical piece of stand-up comedy with a hip-hop sound track.

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The Bearpit review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘intriguing but unfocused’ by Natasha Tripney

There are shades of James Fritz’s brilliantly destabilising Ross and Rachel in The Bearpit. Two young people approaching their five-year anniversary talk

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I am a Tree review at Assembly, Edinburgh – ‘a bubble of calm and contemplation’ by Stewart Pringle

Jamie Wood is lost, or maybe he’s just lost something. Or maybe we’re all lost, all cut adrift after the concussive political

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Scribble review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘obfuscated by stilted and irritating devices’ by Anna Winter

Scribble, as the title suggests, is a self-consciously writerly work. It’s an attempt to dramatise the author’s intrusive thoughts – specifically the

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Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘elegant and eviscerating physicality’ by Anna Winter

Lady Macbeth doesn’t get the stage time and death scene she deserves; in the play, her apparent suicide is merely reported to

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Mary Go Nowhere review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘a riot of chaotic situations’ by Paul Vale

This new absurdist comedy by Julie Shavers uses the family unit as a metaphor for the problems dominating the USA at the

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Fruity and the Tweet review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘woefully slight and poorly staged’ by Paul Vale

In an age when politicians are quick to take to social media and spread propaganda, it seems that musical theatre writers can

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Martin Creed: ‘When you don’t give a shit, you’re at your best’ by Nick Clark

Since training at art school, Martin Creed has won a Turner prize for his piece featuring a light being turned on and

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Mark Shenton: 6 legendary Broadway premieres I wish I’d seen by Mark Shenton

There are times when I really wish I could have access to a Tardis, and have it take me back to an

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Howard Sherman: Are indie films a smarter investment than theatre on Broadway? by Howard Sherman

Despite the difference in scale between theatre and movies, those of us connected to the stage can occasionally be forgiven for feeling

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