Friday, October 20, 2017

La Traviata review at Theatre Royal, Glasgow – ‘a lavish revival’ by Thom Dibdin

Staged on Tanya McCallin’s lavish funereal set, David McVicar’s production of La Traviata, revived by Marie Lambert, gets straight to the tragedy of the courtesan

Linked From The Stage Registration at 11:28AM

Baying for stage blood: meet theatre’s gore merchants by Gavin James Bower

From Shakespearean tragedies to slasher horrors, realistic stage blood is a must for shows that aim to shock, disgust and thrill. Industry

Linked From The Stage Registration at 11:26AM

Theatre company criticised over ‘insulting’ Cockney-themed immersive experience by Giverny Masso

A London theatre company has come under fire for mocking working-class culture with a £55-a-head Cockney-themed immersive Christmas supper club. Zebedee Theatre’s

Linked From The Stage Registration at 11:18AM

Mark Shenton’s top 6 long-running West End shows by Mark Shenton

The news this week that Stomp is finally to stop banging its drum (and other random objects) after a 15-year West End

Linked From The Stage Registration at 10:16AM

Trois Grandes Fugues review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘illuminating’ by Neil Norman

Take three female choreographers and set them the challenge of interpreting the same piece of music in their own fashion. Beethoven’s Die

Linked From The Stage Registration at 09:12AM

The Threepenny Opera review at Octagon Theatre, Bolton – ‘standout performances’ by Chris Bartlett

Although its themes of corruption in high places and moral turpitude are perennially relevant, Brecht and Weill’s densely packed hybrid of opera

Linked From The Stage Registration at 09:03AM

Medea review at Wexford Opera House – ‘beset by problems’ by George Hall

The Wexford Festival made no secret of the fact that owing to the severe effects of hurricane Ophelia, the company lost the

Linked From The Stage Registration at 08:10AM

Mel Giedroyc to star in Much Ado About Nothing by Roda Musa

Rose Theatre Kingston in London has announced that Mel Giedroyc is to star in its production of Much Ado About Nothing, which

Linked From The Stage Registration at 07:38AM

Fishskin Trousers review at Park Theatre, London – ‘rhapsodic’ by Ka Bradley

Three figures face the audience from a circle of pebbles, shells, dried seaweed and other sea debris. Mab (Jessica Carroll), clad in

Linked From The Stage Registration at 07:06AM

Meera Syal to star in Annie by Roda Musa

Meera Syal is to join the cast of Annie for the duration of its run at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. She will take

Linked From The Stage Registration at 06:54AM

Howard Sherman: The case of The Prince of Egypt shows how raised voices can change the arts by Howard Sherman

Mentioned in passing at the end of this column last week was the opening of The Prince of Egypt, a new stage

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Production news: Ian McKellen will feature in The Exorcist and adaptation of Madagascar announced by Giverny Masso

This week’s production news includes a UK tour of Madagascar the musical and the casting of Ian McKellen as the voice of

Linked From The Stage Registration at 01:48PM

Spotlight to open subscriptions to voice-over artists for first time by Roda Musa

Casting directory Spotlight has announced a partnership with the membership body that represents voice artists allowing them to subscribe to the castings

Linked From The Stage Registration at 12:40PM

Dominic Cooke: ‘Liberal intelligentsia are snobs about musicals’ by Giverny Masso

Theatre fans who identify as liberal can be “incredibly elitist” in their attitude towards musical theatre, director Dominic Cooke has claimed. Cooke

Linked From The Stage Registration at 12:12PM

Creative Industries Federation warns of ‘major skills crisis’ post-Brexit by Georgia Snow

The creative sector in the UK is facing a “major skills crisis” if freedom of movement ends post-Brexit without a replacement that

Linked From The Stage Registration at 12:08PM

Oxy and the Morons review at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ‘winningly warm-hearted’ by Fergus Morgan

In the late 1970s, punk band Oxy and the Morons nearly made it, coming within a pen-stroke of signing with record label EMI, before

Linked From The Stage Registration at 11:16AM

Venus in Fur at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

What an awful moment for Venus in Fur to arrive in the West End. With stories of Hollywood’s deep-seated misogyny dominating the

Linked From The Stage Registration at 11:12AM

Technical theatre journalism award launched in honour of Ken Bennett-Hunter by Giverny Masso

A new award for backstage journalism, supported by The Stage, has been launched in memory of former UK Theatre president Ken Bennett-Hunter.

Linked From The Stage Registration at 06:12AM

The Lady from the Sea review at the Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘earthbound’ by Natasha Tripney

Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea is a strange and slippery play. Having been recently appointed as artistic director of the Young

Linked From The Stage Registration at 05:49AM

Top theatre jobs and auditions of the week: Matilda auditions, the Old Vic and Miss Saigon auditions by Aaron McGregor

This week’s top theatre jobs and auditions on The Stage Jobs include production manager at English National Opera, senior costumer maker at Birmingham Repertory

Linked From The Stage Registration at 05:00AM

Tracy Brabin: ‘EBacc is turning kids into robots’ by Roda Musa

Labour MP Tracy Brabin has claimed the English Baccalaureate is turning young people “into robots that regurgitate facts”, labelling it a “disaster”

Linked From The Stage Registration at 03:00AM

Richard Jordan: The Weinstein scandal will have big ramifications for theatre by Richard Jordan

Harvey Weinstein has become the face of harassment, bullying and all that is bad within the entertainment industry. After the revelations of

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM

Antonio Benitez: Arts and science are not incompatible, together they can fire the imagination by Antonio Benitez

Science and art have much in common. Both disciplines ask big questions, both attract people who are inquisitive, both seek to inspire

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM

Mark Shenton: Where have all the classics gone? by Mark Shenton

‘In with the new, out with the old’ seems to be the current theatrical mantra. All but one title in the rep

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nominations open for The Stage Awards 2018 by Roda Musa

Nominations have now opened for The Stage Awards 2018, which include categories celebrating innovation, sustainability and the industry’s unsung hero. The awards,

Linked From The Stage Registration at 07:01PM

Matt Trueman: Can theatre change the world? You’re asking the wrong question by Matt Trueman

Let’s start – where else? – with Lady Gaga. There’s a moment in her new fly-on-the-wall Netflix documentary when the singer Florence

Linked From The Stage Registration at 07:01PM

In The Stage newspaper this week: October 19 by The Stage

The Stage newspaper comes out once a week and is brimming with industry news, advice, analysis and reviews from all over the

Linked From The Stage Registration at 07:01PM

Tracy Brabin: ‘I’ve had an amazing career – it’s a gift to get to have another one’ by Tim Bano

Real-life tragedy in Tracy Brabin’s hometown catapulted the former theatre and TV actor into the political spotlight. A year after she was

Linked From The Stage Registration at 07:01PM

Theatre Royal Bath announces 2018 spring season by Roda Musa

Robert Powell and Liza Goddard are to star in the world premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain as part of the

Linked From The Stage Registration at 01:08PM

Dance Umbrella review – ‘an exciting and varied programme’ by Rachel Elderkin

Dance Umbrella, London’s annual festival of dance, sees performances taking place across the city in theatres, small arts venues and outdoor spaces.

Linked From The Stage Registration at 12:34PM

The Prince of Egypt review at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley – ‘ambitious new musical’ by Dominic May

The world premiere production of The Prince of Egypt, a musical adaptation of the Book of Exodus, draws on the 1998 DreamWorks

Linked From The Stage Registration at 11:15AM