Monday, October 22, 2018

Frankenstein review at Sutton House, London – ‘an inventive adaptation’ by Julia Rank

  Writer/director Katharine Armitage’s adaptation of Frankenstein – a site-specific promenade but not all that immersive production in spite of being billed

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Jack Thorne and John Tiffany reunite for Royal Court Theatre’s new sason by Georgia Snow

The Royal Court has unveiled a new season of work, including a production that reunites Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and a

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Sound designer Tom Gibbons: ‘I don’t want to get pigeonholed into a certain style of sound’ by Amber Massie-Blomfield

The award-winning sound designer has carved out a wide-ranging career in theatre, working on some of the most dynamic shows at venues

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UK version of Ellen’s Stardust Diner opens in Liverpool by Georgia Snow

A restaurant featuring a cast of singing waiters that is dubbing itself the ‘UK’s answer to Ellen’s Stardust Diner’ in New York

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One third of schoolkids ‘do not know who Shakespeare is’ by Georgia Snow

Nearly a third of British schoolchildren do not know William Shakespeare was a playwright, according to new research commissioned by LAMDA. The

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Cendrillon review at Glyndebourne – ‘a cluttered production’ by Amanda Holloway

Massenet’s operatic fairytale is a thing of perfection, his ravishing melodies supported by shimmering solos and feather-light textures. But director Fiona Shaw

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Scott Alan’s The Distance You Have Come review at Cockpit Theatre, London – ‘an uneven song cycle’ by Paul Vale

Though American composer Scott Alan has yet to write a musical, his compositions are loved by musical theatre performers on both sides

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Poll: Have parental or caring responsibilities ever had a negative impact on your career? by Matthew Hemley

This week, campaigning body Parents and Carers in Performing Arts released findings of a report into the challenges faced by people with

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Katherine Kingsley and Siobhan Redmond cast in National Theatre’s first staging of Top Girls by Giverny Masso

Katherine Kingsley and Siobhan Redmond have been cast in the National Theatre’s production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls. The National’s first ever

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Il Bravo review at National Opera House, Wexford – ‘an exciting rediscovery’ by George Hall

Major companies rarely glance at works by Saverio Mercadante, a prolific and admired older contemporary of Donizetti and Bellini who lived long

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Ex-Complicite boss Judith Dimant launches new company Wayward Productions by Georgia Snow

Former Complicite producer Judith Dimant has founded a new production company she says will look beyond the usual sources of inspiration to

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Burnley Empire Theatre damaged in arson attack by Giverny Masso

Restoration of the embattled Burnley Empire Theatre has suffered a further blow after a fire broke out following a suspected arson attack.

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Guys and Dolls review at Royal Albert Hall – ‘concert staging of a classic musical’ by Tim Bano

The Royal Albert Hall has done musical spectaculars before. The 10th anniversary production of Les Mis, the 25th anniversary of Phantom, the

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The Bridge Theatre in London to host The Stage Awards 2019 by Matthew Hemley

The Stage Awards 2019 will be held at the Bridge Theatre in London for the first time. The Bridge, run by Nicholas

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Dinner at Eight review at National Opera House, Wexford – ‘snappily delivered’ by George Hall

During his tenure Wexford’s artistic director David Agler has made a feature of American operas, with somewhat mixed results. The latest is

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Gagarin Way review at Dundee Rep – ‘a resonant, revelatory revival’ by Thom Dibdin

It’s nearly two decades since Gregory Burke’s darkly comic Gagarin Way first burst onto a stage, but Cora Bissett’s new production for

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Lyn Gardner: Regional theatre may be thriving creatively, but what about in five years? by Lyn Gardner

If you wanted a barometer of the rude creative health of regional theatre, then the recent nominees and winners at the UK

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (October 22-28) by Natasha Tripney

Macbeth – Barbican Theatre, London Polly Findlay’s Royal Shakespeare Company production, starring Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack, received mixed reviews when it opened in

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Ferryman review at Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York – ‘tender and ferocious’ by Mark Shenton

Over 20 plays have already been announced to open on Broadway this season, but there’s unlikely to be a family drama teeming

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Maggie May the Musical review at Royal Court, Liverpool – ‘heartfelt take on a Liverpool legend’ by Nigel Smith

This isn’t the first time the 18th century folk song Maggie May has been used as the basis for a musical –

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Plans for purpose-built immersive theatre space collapse by Georgia Snow

Plans for a new venue billed as the UK’s first purpose-built immersive theatre have fallen through a month before it was due

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Percussionist Evelyn Glennie: Listen – immersive sound opens up amazing theatrical possibilities by Evelyn Glennie

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie has made her first foray into theatre with the RSC’s Troilus and Cressida, creating a sound world integral to

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Production news round-up: Company extends West End run and Freddie Fox to star in UK premiere of Edmond de Bergerac by Giverny Masso

This week it was announced that Freddie Fox is to star in Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s latest season and Company has extended its

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Emma Rice’s Wise Children at the Old Vic, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Emma Rice is back. After her acrimonious departure from Shakespeare’s Globe earlier this year, the former artistic director of Kneehigh returns with

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Peter Pan arena tour starring Martin Kemp is cancelled by Giverny Masso

An arena tour of Peter Pan starring Martin Kemp and Milton Jones has been cancelled. Peter Pan – The Arena Adventure tour

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Marketing boss Sally Cordwell joins Bristol Old Vic as interim chief executive by Matthew Hemley

Bristol Old Vic has appointed marketing chief Sally Cordwell as its interim executive director. She joins the theatre in November, replacing Emma

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Threatened Wakefield drama college submits plans for new home by Giverny Masso

Wakefield drama school CAPA College has submitted plans for a permanent purpose-built home, which would allow it to increase its capacity from

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Act for Change appoints first staff member as part of expansion plans by Georgia Snow

Act for Change has appointed its first permanent member of staff, as it looks to expand its efforts to achieve greater diversity

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Pot review at Ovalhouse, London – ‘resonant writing’ by Jn Benjamin

Ambreen Razia’s latest play, Pot, investigates the world of inner-city gang culture from a point of view that we don’t usually see:

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Jericho’s Rose review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘a winning performance’ by Ava Davies

Stories of cultural displacement feel worryingly relevant nowadays, and Lilac Yosiphon’s continent-spanning epic of identity is no different. The story of Jasmine,

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Sundowning review at Tristan Bates Theatre, London – ‘a poignant play about dementia’ by Grace Wood

Despite being only 80 minutes, Nessa Muthy’s new play Sundowning feels a lot longer. Repetitive and slow, it captures the misery of

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