Friday, April 20, 2018

Production news round-up: Kwame Kwei-Armah reveals his first Young Vic season and Disney announces immersive Fantasia experience by Giverny Masso

This week’s production news includes Kwame Kwei-Armah’s first season as artistic director of the Young Vic in London, a new immersive experience from

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Playwright Chris Bush: ‘With social media, it’s like we’re learning a new language’ by Natasha Tripney

In her new musical The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Chris Bush explores the polarising effect of Twitter and Facebook on public debate.

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Shobna Gulati joins the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie by Matthew Hemley

Coronation Street and Dinner Ladies star Shobna Gulati is to join the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. She will

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Back in the game: Chess returns to the West End by Nick Smurthwaite

With a long history of rewrites and revisions, Chess is being revived at the London Coliseum this month. Nick Smurthwaite looks at

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Wellingborough Castle Theatre contract awarded to Parkwood Creative by Matthew Hemley

Parkwood Creative, which operates Parkwood Theatres, has won the contract to run the Wellingborough Castle Theatre, taking its UK portfolio of venues

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Critics of Colour Collective launches to promote theatre writers from diverse backgrounds by Georgia Snow

A new collective for people of colour who write about theatre has been formed to support the development of critics from diverse

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Long Day’s Journey into Night review at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow – ’emotionally gruelling’ by Gareth K Vile

Eugene O’Neill’s script is torn between a tragic examination of familial conflict, realistic representation of drug and alcohol abuse, O’Neill’s need to

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Brace yourself – here comes the next mega-hit jukebox musical. Tina, which opened with a bang in the West End this week

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Passing Places review at Dundee Rep, Dundee – ‘sparkles with comic banter’ by Thom Dibdin

It is 21 years since Steven Greenhorn’s road movie for the stage had its debut at the Edinburgh Traverse. And, while it is firmly set

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The Gulf review at Tristan Bates Theatre, London – ‘never edges towards surprising territory’ by Frey Kwa Hawking

The heat is rising in the Alabama Delta. On an isolated fishing trip, Betty is trying to talk to her girlfriend Kendra,

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The Bekkrell Effect review at Roundhouse, London – ‘gently comedic and a bit confounding’ by Anna Winter

A circus inspired by nuclear physics? It’s hard not to think of the world’s premier political megalomaniacs and their social media sabre-rattling.

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Liver Birds Flying Home review at Royal Court, Liverpool – ‘less than the sum of its many parts’ by Catherine Jones

Back in the 70s, The Liver Birds was ground-breaking TV – a show where the lead characters were two young women who

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Killian Donnelly to play Valjean in Les Miserables tour by Georgia Snow

Killian Donnelly will play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables when it tours the UK later this year. Donnelly is currently playing the

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Persuasion review at Playground Theatre, London – ‘faithful and traditional’ by Rosemary Waugh

Persuasion was the last novel finished by Jane Austen, and it contains all the well-worn components the author is famous for. There’s

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Educating Rita review at New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘totally absorbing’ by Neil Bonner

Any preconceptions that this might simply be a tired rehash of an all-too-familiar play are quickly dispelled the moment our cast of

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Pia Catton: Theatre boards need to involve artists to help battle harassment by Pia Catton

From London to Texas, non-profit theatres are cleaning up the fallout from sexual misconduct allegations. After the revelations and resignations, leadership searches

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Howard Sherman: Will winning a Pulitzer finally bring Cost of Living to Broadway? by Howard Sherman

When Martyna Majok’s play Cost of Living was announced as the recipient of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama earlier this week,

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Mark Shenton: Our love of jukebox shows mustn’t be allowed to drown out original scores by Mark Shenton

“You already know you’re going to love it!” proclaims the advertising slogan for Mamma Mia!, now heading for its 20th anniversary in

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

My Fair Lady review at Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York – ‘positively glows with class’ by Mark Shenton

Lerner and Loewe’s 1956 version of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion has long provided the gold standard for musical adaptations. It both honours

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An Officer and a Gentleman – The Musical review at Curve, Leicester – ‘corny as hell, but loveable’ by Tim Bano

How can anyone resist the iconic climax from An Officer and a Gentleman, with Up Where We Belong blasting and love finding

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Bat Out of Hell review at Dominion Theatre, London – ‘ridiculous, overblown, baffling – and a joy’ by Tim Bano

It’s good to be back in Jim Steinman’s world, a world full of too much leather and picaresque songs in which the

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Billie Piper, Noma Dumezweni and Andrew Garfield among UK talent up for Drama League awards by Matthew Hemley

British actors Billie Piper, Noma Dumezweni and Andrew Garfield have been nominated for this year’s Drama League Awards in New York. They

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Sonia Friedman named one of the world’s most influential people by Matthew Hemley

Sonia Friedman has been named among the 100 most influential people in the world, as part of the Time 100 list. Friedman,

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Planned cafe in Burnley Empire entrance ‘puts cultural asset at risk’ by Giverny Masso

Plans for a permanent cafe in the foyer of the disused Burnley Empire Theatre could signal the end of the venue as

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A Clockwork Orange review at Everyman Theatre, Liverpool – ‘focused and fired up’ by Nigel Smith

Nick Bagnall’s new production for the Everyman is astonishingly the first professional outing for Anthony Burgess’ 1980s stage adaptation of A Clockwork

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Goldsmiths University launches musical theatre degree and unveils plans for new performance centre by Giverny Masso

Goldsmiths University in London is building a £2.9 million performance centre and launching a new degree in musical theatre. The development will

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Dates for return of National Theatre’s Follies confirmed by Matthew Hemley

Dates for the return of Stephen Sondheim musical Follies have been confirmed, with the production running in the Olivier Theatre from February

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NT Live to broadcast Nottingham Playhouse’s The Madness of King George III by Georgia Snow

Nottingham Playhouse has announced it is partnering with National Theatre Live for the first time to broadcast its forthcoming production of The

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Sierra Boggess to star in West Side Story at BBC Proms by Georgia Snow

John Wilson will conduct a concert version of West Side Story, starring Sierra Boggess as Maria, at this year’s BBC Proms. It

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Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time review at Barbican, London – ‘A superb, fascinating project’ by Anna Winter

In November, Britain’s ballet companies commemorated the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death with a varied programme of his one act works.

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Much Ado About Nothing review at Rose Theatre, London – ‘inventive Mafia-style staging’ by Paul Vale

There’s a modern Mafioso twist to Simon Dormandy’s busy production of Much Ado About Nothing, with Don Pedro and his men arriving

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