Tuesday, April 24, 2018

NEWS: Annie sets of on a UK tour in 2019 by Press Releases

The hit production of the musical Annie will embark on a UK tour, opening at the Manchester Opera House on 9 February 2019

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‘Fun, feel-good night out’: FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Fat Friends The Musical might not be the kind of show you see over and over again, but if you’re looking for a fun, feel-good night out then you can’t go too far wrong with what is an en…

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‘It doesn’t really capture the city at all’: HOW TO BE A LONDONER IN AN HOUR – Centre17 by Laura Kressly

If you don’t know the city and you’ve not heard any stand-up comedy for the last ten years, spending an hour at How to Be a Londoner is a moderately entertaining way to spend your evenin…

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‘Quite brilliant’: THE KITE RUNNER – Touring by Victoria Sadler

The Kite Runner is powerful and quite brilliant production that investigates the complexity of power balances between people – and how these can fluctuate and change on the toss of a coin …

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‘Refreshing to see inclusivity working so well’: Integrated signing at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre by Susan Elkin

The purpose of my visit was very specific to the Watermill Theatre. The forthcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Paul Hart, and building on the success of last year…

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WATCH Gift of the Gab trailer: Do you remember the 1979 Winter of Discontent? by Featured Content

Do you remember 1979? Watch this fantastic trailer for The Gift of the Gab, the first in Simon David Eden's Brighton trilogy, for a feel of the swirling social and historical context for thi…

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Where will we all be in 60 years’ time? Interview with The Fall’s director Matt Harrison by Emma Clarendon

"Over the course of three stories, we draw a very direct line between the young actors the audience see on stage and the people they’ll be in 60 years time – asking what conversations do…

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‘Has a certain frisson’: THE MISANTHROPE – Theatro Technis by Michael Davis

Presented by Acting Gymnasium and updated for the 21st century, Molière’s The Misanthrope is directed by Gavin McAlinden and transposed to modern day London.

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‘Riotous fun’: WEST END EUROVISION – Shaftesbury Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Cast members from the West End’s longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, were hailed the stars of West End Eurovision 2018, scoring a remarkable double victory. The post West En…

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‘The real question is: what can audiences unexpect?’ Benjamin Alborough on Cream Tea & Incest by Emma Clarendon

The writer and producer spoke to Love London Love Culture about Cream Tea and Incest, now playing at The Hope Theatre following a run at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  For those w…

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Pint-sized Playwriting Podcast: Advice from literary agent Janet Fillingham by Pint-Sized Playwriting

The Pint-Sized Playwriting Podcast exists to help emerging playwrights understand how to get ahead in the world of new theatre. This latest episode is with the superb Janet Fillingham, liter…

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‘Theres a lot to like’: THE GULF – Tristan Bates Theatre by Liz Dyer

There’s a lot to like about The Gulf, as it delves insightfully into what makes relationships work, and what makes them fail.

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NEWS: Hayley Atwell & Jack Lowden swap power roles in Donmar’s Measure for Measure by Press Releases

Artistic director Josie Rourke has announced two new Donmar Warehouse productions for 2018: Brian Friel's the Aristocrats, directed by Lyndsey Turner, and her own gender-swapping production …

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‘Not sure the play really knows what it wants to say’: REARED – Theatre503 ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Reared features a tangled web of secrets that can’t all fit under one roof, leading to a hurried conclusion, but Paddy Glynn stands out.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘What passes for normal when safety and ease are ripped away’: SARAB – Jacksons Lane by Katharine Kavanagh

Perhaps the show is preaching to the converted among a largely liberal theatre crowd at Jackson’s Lane, but Sarab is a show that should be programmed to visit every small town where people…

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NEWS: Oliver Tompsett & Natalie McQueen are poised to play Charlie and Lauren in Kinky Boots from June by Press Releases

From 4 June 2018 there will be major changes in the West End cast of Kinky Boots with Oliver Tompsett playing Charlie Price and Natalie McQueen playing Lauren. They join Simon-Anthony Rhoden…

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‘An extraordinarily timeless piece of theatre’: BLOOD BROTHERS – Touring ★★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

Go and see Blood Brothers for yourself, it’ll challenge your way of thinking, make you want to sing along, have you crying with laughter and sobbing with heartbreak.

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NEWS: Full details are revealed on the Bard’s birthday for the pop-up Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York by Press Releases

Today, on the birthday of William Shakespeare, full details have been announced for Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – which makes its de…

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‘A strong piece of work’: COCONUT – Ovalhouse & Touring by Shanine Salmon

When I heard that writer Guleraana Mir and director Madeleine Moore were reuniting with the actress again in Coconut my heart skipped a beat.

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Show People podcast: Mark Shenton is theatre addict by Andrew Keates

This first episode on MyTheatreMates of the Show People Podcast, hosted by director and producer Andrew Keates, is with Mates' own Mark Shenton - so a great one to start with!

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‘Guaranteed to never see the same show twice’: SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – Leicester Square Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Shakespearean silliness continues to entertain, as drunkenness diverts Shylock’s scheming in Shit-faced Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

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‘The kind of show that is beyond critique’: BAT OUT OF HELL – West End by Ian Foster

Newly installed at the Dominion Theatre, after runs in Manchester, Toronto and at the Coliseum last year, Bat Out of Hell has lost little of the bizarre, baffling energy that saw it find a v…

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‘This play shows there’s no homogeneity when it comes to people of faith’: FACELESS – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Inspired by a true court case in the US, Faceless – which is written by Selina Fillinger and directed by Prav Menon-Johansson – deftly tackles this conundrum with tact.

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‘Gradually ramps up the tension to great effect’: RASHEEDA SPEAKING – Trafalgar Studios ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

With many moments that hit a powerful punch, Rasheeda Speaking is a powerful and thoughtful piece of drama, designed to make audiences re-evaluate their own attitudes. Well worth paying a vi…

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‘A touching & enjoyable watch’: THE GULF – Tristan Bates Theatre by Laura Kressly

The lack of social commentary serves mainly to enhance the play’s simultaneously entirely universal but completely personal quality, which ultimately makes The Gulf a touching and enjoyabl…

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NEWS: Shobna Gulati joins the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie by Press Releases

Shobna Gulati, best known for playing Sunita Alahan in ITV’s Coronation Street and Anita in Dinnerladies, is joining the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, taking on the r…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

MISSED THE BOAT: Photograph 51 by Debbie Gilpin

I do hope Photograph 51 might be revived over here one day, though maybe in a more intimate space than the Noel Coward Theatre, to really play up the atmosphere and tension.

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‘Truly awe-inspiring’: ETHIOPIAN DREAMS – Underbelly by Ian Foster

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams traces a true-life story of two Ethiopian brothers who were also responsible for founding the first circus in their country.

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‘Intriguing collaboration between women’: SPIKED – Pleasance Theatre by Tom Bolton

Spiked is an intriguing collaboration between women, with all-female cast and creatives, but lacks the subtlety or the focus to deliver the impact it clearly intends.

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‘Excellent moments of tension & social commentary’: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CORRECT ASSEMBLY – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

There are some sharp writing and unexpected laughs from Thomas Eccleshare’s script in Instructions For Correct Assembly, and its marriage with design elements makes this a smart production.

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‘A thing of beauty’: THE LAST SHIP – Touring ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

For the most part, Sting’s The Last Ship is a thing of beauty. The Geordie songwriter/pop megastar has penned a well-crafted salute to the shipbuilders of his native Newcastle Upon Tyne an…

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