Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Messiah review at the Other Palace, London – ‘some divine moments’ by Tim Bano

Patrick Barlow’s work has always managed to undercut the artifice of theatre while remaining immensely theatrical. That’s certainly true for this reworking

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Clueless the Musical review at Pershing Square Signature Center, New York – ‘contrived and heavy-handed’ by Nicole Serratore

Though the familiar characters and central romance remain in Amy Heckerling’s musical adaptation of her hit 1995 film, Clueless, the nostalgia factor

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Full casting announced for National Theatre’s Tartuffe by Georgia Snow

Olivia Williams will join the cast of Tartuffe at the National Theatre, it has been announced. Williams returns to the NT following

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Aladdin review at Pavilion Theatre, Worthing – ‘lazily written’ by Bella Todd

The trend for gender blind casting has spread as far as the Worthing family pantomime, where musical comedian Vikki Stone is drawing

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The Elves and the Shoemaker review at the Mac, Belfast – ‘fresh and inventive’ by Jane Coyle

The moon is full, the sky is starry and the elves are out to play. Mischievous Dewdrop (Jolene O’Hara) is new to

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield – ‘jolly, high-energy show’ by Pat Ashworth

There’s enough energy coming off the stage here to power the whole of Mansfield, and most of it comes from Adam Moss

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Aladdin review at King’s Theatre, Glasgow – ‘lacks a sense of cohesion’ by Thom Dibdin

Alan McHugh’s Aladdin both subverts panto traditions and celebrates them. He’s ditched the racist overtones and made sure the love story between

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The Yard to produce gender-swapped version of The Crucible with female John Proctor by Georgia Snow

The Yard Theatre in east London will stage a new version of The Crucible next year, in which the lead character of

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Alice in Wonderland review at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough – ‘a high-energy production’ by Wendy Pratt

Nick Lane’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic takes aspects of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass and reframes them

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Actor Lladel Bryant: ‘Kwame inspired me to act – he goes the extra mile to connect with people’ by Giverny Masso

A member of the Leeds Playhouse Ensemble, Lladel Bryant tells Giverny Masso how an encounter with director, actor and writer Kwame Kwei-Armah

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Beauty and the Beast review at Princes Hall Theatre, Aldershot – ‘polished and vibrant’ by Catherine Usher

Aldershot’s festive offering is a traditional, vibrant and very polished panto. There’s not a hint of smuttiness and the performances are all

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Feuding Fawlty Towers producers in dispute again over Only Fools and Horses live shows by Georgia Snow

A long-running feud between producers of two live shows inspired by Fawlty Towers has taken a fresh twist, after the rivals launched

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How to fill out the perfect UCAS application for a drama course by Susan Elkin

As the deadline for UCAS applications approaches, Susan Elkin speaks to the tutors who will be receiving them to find out what

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Daisy Wood-Davis, Jake Quickenden and Marcus Collins cast in Hair tour by Susie Browning

Daisy Wood-Davis, Jake Quickenden and Marcus Collins are to lead the cast for the 50th Anniversary production of Hair – the Musical. They

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Cinderella review at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – ‘Craig Revel Horwood’s star turn’ by Paul Vale

Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood is very much the star attraction at this Qdos Entertainment production of Cinderella, the most beloved

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Just So review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘Gentle but joyful revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Capping off the Barn Theatre, Cirencester’s first season with an enthusiastic musical revival, Just So puts a warm, light-hearted spin on Rudyard

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Beauty and the Beast review at Town Hall, Loughborough – ‘original, fresh and funny’ by Pat Ashworth

Loughborough Town Hall consistently sets the benchmark for traditional panto in the East Midlands. This is the fifth successive panto from Morgan

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Shakespeare’s Globe’s Emilia announces West End transfer by Giverny Masso

Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Emilia has announced a West End transfer. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play will run at the Vaudeville Theatre from

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Peter Pan review at Park Theatre, London – ‘charming and entertaining’ by Rosemary Waugh

It’s easy to forget that JM Barrie’s Peter Pan was originally conceived as a work for the stage. However this year’s Park

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Jack and the Beanstalk review at Newbury Corn Exchange – ‘well-crafted, fairytale pantomime’ by Hannah Greenstreet

This is Phil Willmott’s 11th year of writing and directing the pantomime at the Newbury Corn Exchange and he has clearly hit

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Selladoor launches panto company to bolster its expansion by Giverny Masso

Theatre company Selladoor Worldwide has announced further expansion, with the launch of a new pantomime producer. The theatre company – which earlier this

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Inaugural casting directors awards set for February 2019 by Matthew Hemley

A new awards ceremony honouring casting directors will hold its inaugural event in February next year. The Casting Awards, run by the

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The Green Room: What do you want for Christmas? by Jon Dryden Taylor

Meet our panel: We have given our panellists pen-names and used stock images but their biographies reflect their real career details…​​​​​​​ Eoghan

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Stage school principal and actor Verity Rae Martin: ‘Those who work the hardest succeed’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I attended a dance school in Gravesend before joining the Brit School aged 14. What

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Actor Riz Meedin: ‘At the dress run for my first job, my bravado vanished, but I got through it’ by John Byrne

My first job was a 1989 production of Teechers by John Godber at the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative. That sounds like

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Artistic director Robert Softley Gale: Panto offers best chance to break down barriers for the disabled by Robert Softley Gale

Last year, 2.9 million people in the UK went to a pantomime. It’s one of the most important ways that the UK

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Production manager Heather Doole: Women in technical theatre need allies, here’s what to do by Heather Doole

I love working in technical theatre and I feel lucky to be part of this knowledgeable and supportive community. But I don’t

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Snowflake review at the Old Fire Station, Oxford – ‘Mike Bartlett’s heart-warming new play’ by Hannah Greenstreet

There’ll be some politically fraught conversations round the table this Christmas. Snowflake, the Old Fire Station’s Christmas show by Mike Bartlett, explores

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Snow White review at Towngate Theatre, Basildon – ‘pitch-perfect pantomime’ by Paul Vale

Consistently punching above its weight, the Towngate pantomime in Basildon may not boast the star names and lavish budgets of Qdos’ offering

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Operation Ouch! review at Apollo Theatre, London – ‘engrossing live version of the popular CBBC show’ by Theo Bosanquet

For the uninitiated, Operation Ouch! is a CBBC show that offers a – literally – warts-and-all look at the human body. There’s

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Andrzej Lukowski: Theatre’s Instagram experiment stumbles over its analogue roots by Andrzej Lukowski

Say what you like about Ed Hall – and plenty have – but his tenure at Hampstead Theatre has seen some serious

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