Friday, March 24, 2017

Michael Aitkens’ sitcom is still waiting for God by Nick Smurthwaite

The baby boomer generation is one of regional theatre’s biggest demographics so it made perfect sense for writer Michael Aitkens to adapt

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Sheena Easton: ‘I’d sing with snot coming out of my nose and tears in my eyes’ by Mark Shenton

Sheena Easton has had quite some professional life, spanning a recording career, live concert artist, TV actor and the Broadway stage. But

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Stella Duffy on diversity: Theatre industry is ‘screwed’ by Tim Bano

Fun Palaces founder Stella Duffy has accused the theatre industry of being “screwed” when it comes to audience diversity. Speaking to The

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Brighton Dome refurb receives £3m cash injection by Georgia Snow

Brighton Dome has been given a £3 million boost towards a major refurbishment project. The grant from the Coast to Capital Local

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Underbelly extends Edinburgh dominance with Hogmanay coup by Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh Fringe venue operator Underbelly has won the contract to run Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebration, adding to its control of the city’s Christmas

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Producer Edward Snape: Oliviers’ London focus plays down prestige of touring by Giverny Masso

Producer Edward Snape has claimed that actors would be more attracted to performing in the regions if the Olivier Awards recognised shows

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Bausch/Forsythe/van Manen Triple Bill review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘ambitious’ by Rachel Elderkin

Tamara Rojo has created an ambitious programme. Featuring signature works of Pina Bausch, William Forsythe and Hans van Manen, it’s a triple

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Dog Ends review at Tabard Theatre, London – ‘misanthropic and mischievous’ by Dave Fargnoli

Equal parts misanthropic and mischievous, Dog Ends is an awkward mismatch of knockabout comedy and bitter rumination on the burdens of old

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Kicked in the Sh*tter review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘well-meaning but artificial’ by Paul Vale

Following on from their critical success with Sid, author Leon Fleming and director Scott Le Crass turn their attention to the gaping

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Madama Butterfly review at Royal Opera House – ‘Ermonela Jaho gives a star performance’ by George Hall

The current revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s long-running traditional production of Madama Butterfly fields two geishas and two exponents of

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Dear West End Producer: ‘Should eating in theatres be banned’ by @westendproducer

@reverbe ‘Do you agree there should be no eating in theatre, unless you can scoff it quietly in seconds?’ While I agree that

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Survival jobs that won’t kill your acting career by John Byrne

From Johnny Depp’s time as a ballpoint pen salesman, to Jennifer Aniston’s stints in telemarketing and waitressing, how celebrities made a living

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The Importance of Being Earnest review at Avenue Theatre, Ipswich – ‘a thoughtful reworking’ by Jackie Montague

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest has been wonderfully re-imagined by Joanna Carrick in her production for Red Rose Chain as a play within

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Antony and Cleopatra review at Royal Shakespeare Theatre – ‘lumbering and old-fashioned’ by Mark Shenton

Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s epic drama of the passionate and violent co-dependent relationship between the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Roman power broker

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Howard Sherman: Trump hasn’t destroyed the arts yet, but not for want of trying by Howard Sherman

It comes as no particular surprise that Donald Trump has made it known he’d like to eliminate the National Endowment for the

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Mark Shenton’s top 10 musical theatre directors by Mark Shenton

Last week I listed my favourite directors of the classics, and today it’s the turn of directors whose work in musicals I

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Annie Rowe: East Asian actors are starting to get the visibility they deserve by Annie Rowe

I’m a big fan of David Henry Hwang’s writing and wanted to come on board as casting director for his play Chinglish

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Kid Stays in the Picture review at Royal Court, London – ‘weary and well-worn’ by Mark Shenton

Simon McBurney, whose last solo show for Complicite was the astonishing sensory experience of The Encounter, which cocooned each theatregoer in a

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Julius Caesar review at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘a throwback’ by Mark Shenton

The Royal Shakespeare Company launches its Rome season with Julius Caesar, a play I’ve seen twice recently – in Phyllida Lloyd’s remarkable

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Production news round-up: March 15 to 21 by Giverny Masso

Plays Edinburgh International Festival has announced its 70th anniversary line-up. The programme includes the world premiere of a two-part Alan Ayckbourn play

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London’s Bloomsbury Theatre to reopen in 2018 by Georgia Snow

The Bloomsbury Theatre in London will reopen in autumn 2018, more than three years after it closed for refurbishment. The theatre, owned

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New musicals need funding to tour mid-size venues, says West End producer Kenny Wax by Giverny Masso

West End producer Kenny Wax has called for more funding to allow new musicals to tour medium-sized venues. Speaking to The Stage

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Rob Drummer: ‘Our work should terrify parents’ by Catherine Love

The artistic director of Boundless Theatre – formerly known as Company of Angels – speaks to Catherine Love about dramaturgy, telling stories

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Why doesn’t Britain take part in World Theatre Day? by Ian Herbert

On March 27, theatres all over the globe will celebrate World Theatre Day in different ways. Many will give free performances; even

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An American in Paris at Dominion Theatre – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

An American in Paris in London. That’s the situation at the Dominion Theatre for the time being, as Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed musical, having played

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Underbelly merges Udderbelly and London Wonderground festivals by Georgia Snow

Entertainment company Underbelly has announced the merger of its two London festivals, Udderbelly and London Wonderground. The two South Bank-based events will

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Full West End cast announced for The Wind in the Willows by Georgia Snow

Denise Welch and Gary Wilmot are to join the cast of The Wind in the Willows when it opens in the West

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Imaginate renamed Edinburgh International Children’s Festival for 2017 by Tim Bano

Imaginate Festival has announced that it will be renamed the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival as it reveals its 2017 programme. The name

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Obituary: Derek Walcott by Michael Quinn

Derek Walcott decided to become a poet at the age of eight and published his first poem at 14 – to find

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Michelle Collins: ‘EastEnders trained me well, but it’s hard to be taken seriously’ by Georgia Snow

Actor Michelle Collins has claimed she has struggled to get theatre work because of her background as a soap actor, but praised

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Free actor headshots scheme launched for drama students by Giverny Masso

A new bursary scheme that will give free headshots to 21 students from different drama schools around the UK has been launched.

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