Friday, February 15, 2019

Production news round-up: New cast announced for Tina Turner musical and Maggie Smith to return to the stage in one-woman play by Giverny Masso

This week’s production news includes a new cast for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and a show at London’s Bridge Theatre

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Patti LuPone, John Partridge and Cleve September win at Acting for Others’ Golden Bucket Awards by Georgia Snow

Performers Patti LuPone, John Partridge and Cleve September are among the winners of this year’s Golden Bucket Awards, which celebrate fundraising in

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Michael Frayn’s Noises Off to return to Lyric Hammersmith after 40 years by Giverny Masso

Michael Frayn’s comedy Noises Off is to return to the Lyric Hammersmith 40 years after it premiered at the London venue. The

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Graeae and Hijinx criticise ‘disappointing’ use of puppet in autism play by Giverny Masso

Leading theatre companies that work with disabled artists, including Graeae and Hijinx, have criticised the decision to use a puppet to portray

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Ubu the King review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘a no-holds barred reworking’ by Jane Coyle

The King is dead. Long live the king. Through the ages, the replacement of one corrupt despot with another represents the opposite

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Rattled review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘meaty and unsentimental’ by Ava Davies

Em is having a terrible night. Rachel Harper’s new monologue, which she also performs in, is a meaty, impressively unsentimental deep dive

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Obituary: David Ponting – actor, writer and teacher who portrayed Dylan Thomas more than 700 times by Michael Quinn

David Ponting presented his one-man show Dylan Thomas, the Man and the Myth, more than 700 times on both sides of the

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Stones in His Pockets: ‘As relevant and timeless as it was 20 years ago’ by Nick Smurthwaite

The multi-award winning play about a blockbuster film set in Ireland enraptured audiences when it premiered in 1996, and now it’s back

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Carmen review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘punchy new version of Bizet’s tragedy’ by Amanda Holloway

This punchy new English version of Bizet’s opera, by Mary Franklin and Ashley Pearson, focuses on the seedy, violent aspects of the

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BBC criticised for under-representation of British East Asian writers on TV series about Chinese family by Giverny Masso

Actor Lucy Sheen and playwright Inua Ellams are among the signatories of a letter slamming the BBC for the “unacceptable” shortage of

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New cast announced for Tina Turner musical by Giverny Masso

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe and Ashley Zhangazha have been announced to join the cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Obi-Melekwe will take

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Jason Manford to star in UK tour of Kander and Ebb musical Curtains by Georgia Snow

Jason Manford is to star in a new production of the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains, which will tour the UK later

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Sparkplug review at Home, Manchester – ‘moving autobiographical monologue’ by Natalie Douglas

Dave has passed on a love of Rod Stewart to son David, but they don’t share a genetic link or even the

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The American Clock starring Clarke Peters at the Old Vic – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Another day, another Arthur Miller opening in London in a season that sees a plethora of the American playwright’s work popping up

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Can-Can! review at Union Theatre, London – ‘cliché-ridden and heinously cheesy’ by Paul Vale

Director and producer Phil Willmott has proved himself a past master of the musical reinvention. But though his Essential Classics season at

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The D Word review at Vaults, London – ‘an entertaining solo show’ by Fergus Morgan

This is a true story. Jordan Waller was born in 1992, the child of two lesbians. His natural mum, the lucky recipient

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Sea Wall/ A Life review at Public Theater, New York – ‘two transfixing performances by Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal’ by Mark Shenton

This double bill allows audiences with the opportunity to see two great actors starring in intimate solo shows by playwrights with which

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Berberian Sound Studio review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘impressive directorial debut’ by Natasha Tripney

Peter Strickland’s 2012 cult film Berberian Sound Studio is a very sensory cinematic experience – aurally and visually disorientating, almost hallucinatory in

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Mark Shenton: Theatre should be a phone-free experience and technology can provide the answer by Mark Shenton

These days it is virtually impossible to separate people from their phones. And despite strenuous efforts by theatres that make repeated announcements

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Howard Sherman: Why has an original Broadway musical that hits the right notes failed to be a hit? by Howard Sherman

An entirely original Broadway musical – that’s to say, not based on a book, movie, play, or TV show and not using

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tryst review at the Vaults, London – ‘a static three-hander’ by Fergus Morgan

Another week, another influx of Irish productions at Vault Festival. Jeda de Bri and Finbarr Doyle’s new play Tryst is a three-hander,

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Marit Moum Aune: Norway’s Ibsen is much more contemporary – and funnier – than the UK version by Nick Clark

The perception of Henrik Ibsen’s work in the UK is often told through the prism of a period piece, of people from

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All About Eve starring Gillian Anderson – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Something of a dream team has been assembled for this stage adaptation of Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1950 black-and-white classic film about a Broadway

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Natalie Dormer and Richard E Grant among stars calling for casting director Olivier by Giverny Masso

Theatre and TV stars including Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer and Gemma Arterton have called for an Olivier award for casting directors,

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Yorke Dance Project: Twenty review at Theatre Royal Winchester – ‘a heartfelt mixed bill’ by Rachel Elderkin

The work of choreographers Kenneth MacMillan and Robert Cohan is familiar territory for Yorke Dance Project, so it’s fitting that works by

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Babylon Beyond Borders review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘brimming with life’ by Ava Davies

Babylon Beyond Borders is a momentous technical feat. At the end of the performance, a spotlight illuminates Heather Pasfield, the live stream

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The Lady from the Sea review at Print Room, London – ‘a mesmeric performance’ by Dave Hollander

No detail in the Norwegian Ibsen company’s staging of The Lady from the Sea is left to chance. In this bilingual version,

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True West starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn to be released on Audible by Georgia Snow

The West End production of True West, starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn, has been recorded for audio release on Audible. The

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Jade Anouka: ‘Shakespeare needs more gender-swapped casting to stay relevant’ by Giverny Masso

Actor Jade Anouka has argued that there needs to be more openness in the casting of classical theatre in order for it

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The Writing Squad’s Steve Dearden: ‘We support those who face the blank screen and keep doing it’ by Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner talks to Writing Squad director Steve Dearden and finds out about how the company has helped writers Nick Payne and

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Mother Courage and Her Children review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘brutal and brilliant’ by Natasha Tripney

Amy Hodge’s production of Brecht’s epic play of conflict and commerce sets out its stall from the start. The Royal Exchange stage

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