Friday, April 28, 2017

The Cardinal review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘gratifyingly dark farce’ by Rafaella Marcus

Like most 17th century revenge tragedies, James Shirley’s The Cardinal is a gratifyingly dark farce: masques, wars, poisonings, and illicit love abound

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Dirty Butterfly review at the Bread and Roses Theatre, London – ‘an unflinching revival’ by Neil Dowden

First staged in 2003, Debbie Tucker Green’s Dirty Butterfly is not an easy play to watch. Its subject of domestic abuse, and

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Oh Yes Oh No review at Camden People’s Theatre, London – ‘startling and resonant’ by Anna Winter

Louise Orwin’s Oh Yes Oh No is a challenging, thought-provoking one-woman show about the vagaries and violence of female desire. It struggles

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Judi Dench: ‘Young actors need to work on their vocal technique’ by Tim Bano

Judi Dench is the latest actor to criticise younger performers for poor diction. In a speech before unveiling a blue plaque at

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Three UK stage schools named among Europe’s top creative colleges by Giverny Masso

Arts Educational Schools London, Tring Park School for Performing Arts in Herfordshire and the Brit School in Croydon have been named among

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Divine Chaos of Starry Things review at White Bear Theatre, London – ‘tries to say too much’ by Sam Williams

Written by journalist and chronicler of radicalism Paul Mason, Divine Chaos of Starry Things – named after Victor Hugo’s poem dedicated to

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Production news: April 20 to 26 by Giverny Masso

Plays Casting has been announced for the production of Anatomy of a Suicide at London’s Royal Court Theatre. The play will run

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How the Fossett family’s circus rode to success by Douglas McPherson

Next time you head to the supermarket, spare a thought for the advance manager of Sir Robert Fossett’s Circus in the 1970s.

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Upswing’s Vicki Amedume: ‘We need to make diverse circus’ by Catherine Love

Vicki Amedume has an unusual career trajectory. The founder and artistic director of circus company Upswing studied pharmacology at the University of

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Late Company review at the Finborough Theatre, London – ‘superbly crafted’ by Fergus Morgan

Combining the creeping high school horror of Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why, the stigma-skewering impishness of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, and a delectably bleak, Fargo-esque …

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In pictures: rehearsals for Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour by The Stage

Exclusive pictures from rehearsals for the Olivier award-winning Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, opening at the Duke of York’s, London from the 15 May

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How My Light Is Spent review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘oddball optimism’ by Roger Foss

The growth of social media might suggest we are all closely connected, but the premier of Alan Harris’ play explores social disengagement

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Anti-BP protestors target Royal Shakespeare Company again by Giverny Masso

Activists have invaded the stage at a Royal Shakespeare Company performance in protest of its renewed five-year sponsorship deal with oil company

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Time Out and Newsday latest casualties in New York criticism cull by Tim Bano

New York theatre has lost two of its leading critics in one week amid concerns from commentators that theatre coverage in the

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Macbeth review at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury – ‘a skilful in-house production’ by Neil Bonner

Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn has taken the brave step of mounting its first in-house production. It has temporarily converted the intimate Walker studio

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Hone your circus skills with the right training by Paul Vale

Make no mistake, circus is big business in the entertainment industry. From the major shows of Cirque du Soleil to the sheer

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Dear West End Producer: ‘Should I study the dark arts to get a part in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?’ by @westendproducer

@westendproducer @TheStage Should they add the Dark Arts to drama Studies now?… maybe it might help getting a part in HP —

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Romeo and Juliet review at Shakespeare’s Globe, London – ‘macabre and raucous’ by Natasha Tripney

Death permeates Daniel Kramer’s opener for Emma Rice’s second – and last, before she steps down amid circumstances that might kindly be

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Paul Clayton: Beware dangerous digs: creeps, flirts and steaming sheets by Paul Clayton

A very talented young actor I have had the pleasure to mentor in his post-drama-school career is heading off on an eight-month

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Robert Gore-Langton: Why is every theatre hell-bent on having a worse name? by Robert Gore-Langton

What’s in a theatre name? The Bridge (to open this year near Tower Bridge) is sweet and short. Shakespeare North to be built

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Howard Sherman: Charity fundraising is fitted as standard in US theatre culture by Howard Sherman

I do not typically find myself watching a show in a Broadway theatre at 2pm on a Tuesday, but I dare say

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Mark Shenton’s top 10 theatrical bargain bins by Mark Shenton

I often say that my theatregoing habit would be unsustainable if I had to pay for every single ticket I got. But

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Actor and disability rights campaigner Donal Toolan dies aged 50 by Michael Quinn

Tributes have been paid to the Irish actor and campaigner for disability rights Donal Toolan following his death at the age of

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Dorset care home builds 40-seat theatre to entertain residents by Giverny Masso

A family-run care home has built a 1930s-style theatre in its basement to allow residents to “enjoy the things they used to”.

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New Theatre Royal Portsmouth becomes hub for autistic artists by Tim Bano

A national hub for artists on the autism spectrum has been set up at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. The Flow

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Motionhouse: Scattered review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘daring feats’ by Rachel Elderkin

Motionhouse makes highly physical and daring dance work, often performed outdoors. The set always plays a major role in the company’s work,

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Rehearsal rooms: Giving you space by Promoted Content

Finding the right rehearsal space can make all the difference to the nature of the performance on the night. From airy spaces

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Dogs invited to audition for Legally Blonde tour by Tim Bano

Legally Blonde the Musical will tour the UK later this year. The production will star Lucie Jones as Elle. Jones played the

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ENO partners with Regent’s Park in 2017/18 season by Tim Bano

Daniel Kramer directs first production as artistic director ENO to collaborate with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Gate Theatre Four new

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International Dance Day 2017: Celebrating Trisha Brown by Nick Awde

Since 1982, International Dance Day has been celebrated on April 29. Also called World Dance Day, events are coordinated by the International

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Circus Evolution: Propelling top acts around the world by Katharine Kavanagh

Creative producer Crying Out Loud has spent 15 years crossing borders with high-quality visual performance, presenting international artists to UK venues and

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