Friday, October 18, 2019

Fast review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a fascinating true story’ by Rosemary Waugh

Ar the turn of the last century, long before Gwyneth Paltrow promoted alkaline water on her Goop well-being brand, ‘Doctor’ Linda Hazzard

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The Sound Inside review at Studio 54, New York – ‘Mary-Louise Parker stars in a mysterious two-hander’ by Nicole Serratore

Playwright Adam Rapp’s Broadway debut, The Sound Inside, is a slippery mystery featuring a subtle central performance from Mary-Louise Parker. Parker plays Bella, a

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Ballet dancer Anna Rose O’Sullivan – ‘Never lose your special something’ by Ruth Comerford

Royal Ballet first soloist Anna Rose O’ Sullivan is currently performing in Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III and soon

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Stolen Royal Exchange van carrying Gypsy costumes is found by Matthew Hemley

Police have recovered a van carrying costumes for the Royal Exchange Theatre’s forthcoming production of Gypsy. The van was stolen on October

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More than 70 actors and crew left owed thousands following collapse of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre by Giverny Masso

More than 70 actors and backstage staff have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket following the collapse of Shakespeare’s Rose

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Roundhouse and Donmar Warehouse reveal Sackler grant refusals amid opioid crisis allegations by Georgia Snow

Two major British arts institutions have revealed that they have rejected grants from the Sackler family amid the controversy over its alleged

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The D Road review at Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent – ‘witty and well-performed’ by Natalie Douglas

For a production ostensibly about a major thoroughfare, The D Road is actually about stasis, and the bonds that bind us to

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L’Elisir d’Amore review at Glyndebourne, Lewes – ‘lively and effortlessly charming’ by George Hall

Since its first showing in 2007, Annabel Arden’s staging of Donizetti’s heart-warming romcom L’Elisir d’Amore (The Love Potion) has become a welcome

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I Have Met the Enemy (and the Enemy Is Us) review at Byker Community Centre – ‘bold but uneven’ by Tracey Sinclair

A co-production with Northern Stage, Common Wealth’s I Have Met the Enemy (and the Enemy Is Us) is a bold and passionate

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Opera North site added to Heritage Risk Register by Ruth Comerford

An area in Leeds that includes the home of Opera North has been added to a list of sites that are most

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Puppet designer withdraws unpaid placement on National Theatre show following exploitation accusations by Matthew Hemley

A freelance designer working on a National Theatre show has been forced to backtrack on plans to use volunteers on the project,

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Grade II-listed Isle of Wight theatre set to be resurrected by Giverny Masso

A local council is striving to bring a grade II-listed theatre on the Isle of Wight back into use after nine years.

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Liverpool’s Unity Theatre to mark 40th birthday with £40k fundraising drive for outreach work by Georgia Snow

Liverpool’s Unity Theatre is launching a campaign to raise £40,000 to expand its outreach work, to mark the venue’s 40th birthday. The

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical announces London transfer by Giverny Masso

Moulin Rouge! The Musical will transfer to London’s West End in March 2021. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s film, the musical will run

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For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad review at Stoke Newington Town Hall – ‘a balm’ by JN Benjamin

To be a black woman in contemporary Britain is a lot. Our bodies are over-policed, exoticised and brutalised. Our minds are gaslighted

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Last Orders: The Haunting of the Old Red Lion review – ‘as entertaining as it is scary’ by Paul Vale

Whether or not it’s a trick of the air-con or simply a fluke, there’s a definite chill in the tiny theatre housed

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[Blank] review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘written with exquisite precision’ by Natasha Tripney

As a text Alice Birch’s [Blank] is a phenomenal thing. The play began as a co-commission between National Theatre Connections and theatre

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Samuel Sims: Working front-of-house can feel like a trap by Samuel Sims

That front-of-house workers are not mindless robots there to serve every whim of patrons is hopefully becoming more apparent to those who

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Howard Sherman: In a world of entertainment on demand, theatre needs to tinker with start times by Howard Sherman

Four matinees a week is not typical on Broadway. But that’s exactly what the new musical The Lightning Thief is offering. The

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Trevor Nunn to direct Beckett triple bill at Jermyn Street Theatre by Ruth Comerford

Trevor Nunn is set to direct three Samuel Beckett plays as part of Jermyn Street Theatre’s 2020 season. This is the first

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Watermill Theatre announces 2020 season by Georgia Snow

The Watermill Theatre will premiere two new British musicals next year as part of its 2020 season. The Newbury venue will stage

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Runners from The Stage raise £3,600 for Acting For Others by Giverny Masso

A team of runners from The Stage has raised more than £3,600 for performing arts charity Acting for Others with a sponsored

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Sheffield Theatres to open creative hub in former bank building by Giverny Masso

Sheffield Theatres is opening a creative hub dedicated to talent development, which will be housed in a former bank. The Bank, located

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Call for campaign to improve theatres’ accessible offering as report reveals gaps in provision by Georgia Snow

The head of arts accessibility charity VocalEyes has called for an in-depth campaign to improve support for disabled audience members, after its

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Manchester Royal Exchange ‘devastated’ after van full of costumes stolen by Giverny Masso

The wardrobe department at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre has said it has been left devastated after a van containing 12 bags of

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Youthquake review at Stratford Circus, London – ‘confidently presented’ by Frey Kwa Hawking

Two years after Oxford Dictionaries chose “youthquake” as its word of the year, Zest Theatre presents a manifesto for the term in

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Tosca review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ’emotionally charged revival’ by Thom Dibdin

Anthony Besch’s production of Tosca, set in Rome in 1943 on the eve of Mussolini’s defeat, does not appear to have aged

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Meet Me at Dawn review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘a surreal meditation on grief’ by Emily Jupp

Zinnie Harris once worked as a writer-in-residence at a hospice. In Meet Me at Dawn, she distills the experience of grief –

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Director, writer and actor Joyce Branagh – ‘There’s not enough female-led drama’ by Giverny Masso

Joyce Branagh most recently directed Melanie Blake’s play The Thunder Girls, which tells the story of a reunion between members of an

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Agency criticised for turning down actor with children claiming her opportunities would be ‘restricted’ by Matthew Hemley

An actor with two children seeking new representation has revealed how an agency turned her down because of her caring responsibilities, claiming

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Matthew Bourne and Jude Law back theatre photography competition by Ruth Comerford

A new theatre photography competition has been launched, backed by choreographer Matthew Bourne and actor Jude Law. The competition is being run

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