Friday, August 23, 2019

Production news round-up: Caroline, Or Change announces Broadway transfer and Boeing-Boeing UK tour cancelled due to poor ticket sales by Giverny Masso

Musicals Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Caroline, Or Change has announced it will transfer to Broadway next year, with star Sharon D

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Producers respond to Jewish criticism of Falsettos casting by Georgia Snow

Producers of the forthcoming UK premiere of Falsettos have responded to criticism over the lack of Jewish representation in the musical’s cast,

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Travis Alabanza and Battersea Arts Centre’s Beatbox Academy win at 2019 Total Theatre Awards by Giverny Masso

Travis Alabanza and Battersea Arts Centre’s Beatbox Academy are among the winners of the 2019 Total Theatre Awards at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Everything I See I Swallow review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘hypnotic and exquisitely choreographed’ by Francesca Peschier

Everything I See I Swallow features three sets of ropes. Two standard aerial cords and a hoop strung with the silk strands

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Tokyo Rose review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘punchy, post-Hamilton musical’ by Fergus Morgan

Burnt Lemon Theatre turned heads last year with raucous gig-theatre show The Half Moon Shania. They’re back this year, as part of

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Musik director Josh Seymour: ‘With theatre, the Pet Shop Boys are like kids in a toy shop – they love it” by Douglas McPherson

Director Josh Seymour’s show Musik is drawing in crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to London. He tells Douglas McPherson about

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Four Woke Baes review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘playful and provocative’ by Fergus Morgan

Don’t go and see this with your significant other. American writer Jonathan Caren’s five-handed comedy, set during a stag-do – sorry, bachelor

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Buddy writer Alan Janes: ‘I didn’t believe it would run 30 days. Now here we are 30 years on’ by Douglas McPherson

Trailblazing jukebox musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Writer and producer Alan Janes tells Douglas McPherson

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Out review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘stunning, expressive dance theatre’ by Francesca Peschier

The audience files in to the sight of two dancers lost in a dancehall haze. Dressed in black fishnets, sunglasses and tiny

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Birth review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘a transporting, time-travelling show by Fergus Morgan

Theatre Re celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. In that time, thanks largely to 2014’s Blind Man’s Song and 2017’s The Nature

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Civilisation review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘sensitive but indulgent’ by Fergus Morgan

Barely a word is spoken in Civilisation, the bold new collaboration between Antler Theatre’s Jaz Woodcock-Stewart and choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple. A woman

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Online directory to raise profile of British East Asian directors and writers by Giverny Masso

An online directory is being created to give more visibility to British East Asian directors and writers. Campaign group British East Asians

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Final winners of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2019 announced by Georgia Snow

The final winners of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2019 have been announced, with four new prizes handed out. They go to Nigel

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Cyst-er Act review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘spirited but muddled musical’ by Francesca Peschier

The ovarian cyst that Catherine Hoffmann had removed weighed more than 10lb and distorted her body and hormones in a manner similar

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America is Hard to See review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘compelling and well-crafted’ by Fergus Morgan

Miracle Village is a community in Florida’s Palm Beach County, somewhere deep in sugarcane country – a community for registered sex offenders.

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The Shark is Broken review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘humorous and knowing’ by Thom Dibdin

Set on the film set of Jaws as its three stars bicker and drink to pass away the interminable between-shot delays, The

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Hard to be Soft: A Belfast Prayer review at Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘deeply moving’ by Susie Browning

Oona Doherty’s Hard to be Soft: A Belfast Prayer is inspired by the people of her home city. It explores the things

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Appropriate review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘a stunning act of theatrical subversion’ by Sam Marlowe

Much happens in this ingenious drama by African-American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that is far from appropriate. And the play itself is an

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Howard Sherman: Every time a stage door closes on Broadway, a new show opens by Howard Sherman

Much has been made of the closing of five Broadway shows in the past two weeks: Be More Chill, King Kong, Pretty

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Lyn Gardner: Where are the opportunities for self-exploiting support staff after the fringe is over? by Lyn Gardner

As we head into the final weekend of the fringe, artists will be totting up their gains and losses. Some will have

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Beep Boop review at Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh – ‘slick but slightly repetitive’ by Fergus Morgan

Beep boop. That’s the noise of the phone in your pocket, or the iPad in your bag, or the laptop on your

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The 18 best shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2019 – our critics pick the standout work at this year’s festival by The Stage

As this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe draws to a close, The Stage’s team of reviewers pick their favourite productions… Tim Bano The

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Campaigners rebuff government claims that GCSE arts uptake is on the rise by Georgia Snow

Creative education campaigners have cautioned against the government’s claims that arts subjects are on the rise at GCSE, arguing that a spike

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Entertainment unions express ‘deep concern’ at arts journalism decline by Giverny Masso

Entertainment unions have jointly written an open letter expressing “deep concern” at the decline in arts journalism and the impact this will

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Macbeth review at C South, Edinburgh – ‘an extraordinary physical performance’ by Natasha Tripney

Korean company Cho-in Theatre has condensed Macbeth to an intense hour of solo theatre performed by a female and male actor, Lee

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Love (Watching Madness) review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘moving and nuanced’ by Natasha Tripney

It can be draining, caring for someone with a mental health condition; it can consume you. Isabelle Kabban’s jagged and fragmented play

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Where to Belong review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘moving contemplation on what makes a place home’ by Francesca Peschier

Victor Esses is on Facetime, guiding his mother around her childhood home via his phone. He talks us through the Lebanon flat

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Katie Arnstein: The industry must take a stand against unacceptable casting breakdowns by Katie Arnstein

Words are important, powerful and, if used carelessly, can create one of the most ridiculous casting calls in modern memory. As a

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West End Producer – Free Willy review at Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh – ‘insightful and entertaining’ by Paul Vale

The audition process can be one of the most raw and uncompromising components of an actor’s life, laced with stiff competition and

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Too Pretty to Punch review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘innovative mix of poetry and projection’ by Francesca Peschier

There is one proven way as a transgender individual to significantly lower your risk of hate crime, explains Edalia Day – be

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Inflatable Space review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘moments of ingenuity and wonder’ by Natasha Tripney

There is a huge inflatable doughnut in the middle of the stage. It dominates the space. US theatremaker Thaddeus Phillips uses this

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