Monday, July 29, 2013

The Secret River wins Helpmann best play award by Helen Davidson

Sydney Theatre Company adaptation of Kate Grenville book takes six awards, while Legally Blonde also wins bigHelen Davidson

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In praise of … Teatro Vivo | Editorial by Editorial

For innovative theatre company Teatro Vivo, no-go areas simply become destinations for one more adventure to add to the story so farThe reinvention of theatre, continued. After Kenneth Brana…

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Romeo and Juliet – review by Lyn Gardner

Shed, LondonFull of light, colour, movement and music, Ben Power's cut-down National theatre version of the tale of star-crossed lovers adds to a growing trend in taking Shakespeare for chil…

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Theatre tickets: when did they become so expensive? by Mark Lawson

Premium tickets over £100. A £1,500 access-all-Ayckbourn luxury package. £10,000 for lunch with the director of the National. Welcome to the curious world of the 'premium' theatre ticketW…

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Luisa Omielan: destiny's comic by Brian Logan

Luisa Omielan is aiming to be as big in standup as the inspiration for her show, Beyoncé, is in pop"You're going to think I'm a dick," says Luisa Omielan, "but I've always wanted …

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Edinburgh fringe 2013: are big names stealing the show again? by Matt Trueman

It's not just big name artists taking over the fringe, but big name arts organisations too – do subsidised theatres belong there?We all know the legend; how, in 1947, a group of artists fe…

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Your biggest Bolshoi ballet moments – open thread by Judith Mackrell

The legendary Russian company opens its London season amid backstage turmoil. Have you ever seen them perform? What are your highlights?It was back in 1956 that Britain got its first sight o…

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Eddie Izzard to bring international comedians to Edinburgh festival by Matt Trueman

Comic – who performs in French as well as English – vows to help foreign standups break into the English-speaking marketEddie Izzard is hoping to increase the breadth of nationalities pe…

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Legend of King Arthur – review by Alfred Hickling

Theatre Royal, YorkIt has been a momentous week for the monarchy, with not one but two future kings proclaimed. The first, born in a hospital in Paddington, you already know about; the secon…

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Josephine and I; Barnum; The Hush – review by Clare Brennan

Bush, London; Theatre in the Park, Chichester; The Shed, LondonActor Cush Jumbo's first play, Josephine and I, juxtaposes the lives of two performers. One is the phenomenal entertainer Josep…

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What to see: Lyn Gardner's theatre tips by Lyn Gardner

It's one of the quieter weeks of the year, but the Stockton international riverside festival has a terrific lineup of outdoor shows, The Legend of King Arthur starts in York and the Camden F…

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Keeping Punch and Judy in the family

Giulia Rhodes meets Glyn Edwards and his family on Brighton beach, where their Punch and Judy show has been going for 54 yearsGlyn Edwards vividly recalls his first glimpse of Mr Punch. It w…

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This week's new dance by Judith Mackrell

Bolshoi Ballet | Carlos Acosta: Classical SelectionBolshoi Ballet, LondonThe Russian monolith of dance may be riven by internal disputes, but it still boasts some of the world's most extraor…

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This week's new live comedy by James Kettle

James Acaster | Henry Paker | Kunt And The GangJames Acaster, Lawnmower; London, Darlington & EdinburghKettering's James Acaster doesn't immediately come across like a star. A quiet, un…

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Stockton International Riverside Festival, Liolà, King Lear: what to see at the theatre this week by Mark Cook, Lyn Gardner

Stockton International Riverside Festival | The Same Deep Water As Me | Liolà | Long Live The Little Knife | King Lear | Arrivals & DeparturesStockton International Riverside FestivalWhile …

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Why artists are great choreographers by Judith Mackrell

Contrasting shows – one of Dutch masters, the other a modern installation – highlight the interplay between art and danceWhen Sergei Diaghilev was educating his young proteges to become …

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All's Well That Ends Well – review by Michael Billington

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonShakespeare's supposedly difficult comedy yields easily the best production of the current Stratford season. Director Nancy Meckler treats the p…

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Prom 17: BBC Philharmonic/Mena – review by Erica Jeal

Royal Albert Hall, LondonWhy are there not more dance proms? The Albert Hall stage may be cramped, but tell that to the Antonio Márquez Company, who took it over for the second half of this…

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Rupert Grint to join Ben Whishaw in West End revival of Mojo by Matt Trueman

Harry Potter actor to make first stage appearance in production of Jez Butterworth's debut play about rival gangs in 1950s SohoRupert Grint is to make his first stage appearance in an all-st…

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Woody Allen contemplates return to standup comedy by Ben Child

'I can do this,' says director, after watching comedian Mort Sahl on stage in New YorkWoody Allen is considering a return to standup more than 40 years after he gave up touring.In an intervi…

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Southcliffe: the most harrowing drama on TV by John Robinson

Broadchurch and The Fall may have made gritty drama popular again, but they pale in comparison to thisThe Kent and Canterbury Hospital is a busy infirmary in the centre of one of the UK's mo…

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English National Ballet: A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev – review by Judith Mackrell

Coliseum, LondonIt has been 75 years since Rudolf Nureyev's birth and 20 since his death, making ENB's tribute programme perfectly timed to honour the great dancer. If the timing is exact, h…

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Midsummer Night's Dream – review by Alfred Hickling

Grosvenor Park theatre, Chester"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal," declares Peter Quince. I couldn't agree more. In four years, Chester's Grosvenor Park theatre has gro…

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Barnum – review by Michael Billington

Theatre in the Park, ChichesterChichester has acquired a 25-metre-high big top to stand in for the temporarily closed Festival theatre. It would seem appropriate that it opens with a revival…

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Wag! The Musical! – review by Lyn Gardner

Charing Cross Theatre, LondonSadly, not as the title might suggest, a new musical about our happy canine friends, but a vacuous trawl through the shopping habits of footballers' wives and gi…

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Save money on tickets to see One Man, Two Guvnors

Richard Bean's award-winning comedy is running at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. You can buy top price tickets for £37.50Richard Bean's award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors is a glorious celeb…

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Bolshoi acid attack suspect given final version of indictment

Leading dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko accused of masterminding attack that almost blinded director Sergei FilinOn the eve of the Bolshoi Ballet's visit to London, Moscow police have concluded th…

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Should a playwright have the final say over a production? by Lyn Gardner

The case of a disgruntled Australian playwright throws up the fascinating question of who's really in charge of a show Last week I went to a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at London…

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Tim Minchin drops more hints about next musical by Matt Trueman

Comedian and composer lets slip that an adaptation of a 'much-loved' film is on the cards, with Matilda director Matthew Warchus directingMatilda composer Tim Minchin's next musical will an …

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London could do more to help small theatres, report says by Mark Brown

Report calls for free advertising on underground network and says mayor should appoint ambassador for small theatresTube posters for West End shows that have been left beyond their expiry da…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Beached - review by Ben Neutze

Griffin Theatre Company, SydneyThe phrase morbidly obese has come to infer an emotional subtext and judgement that goes beyond a medical classification. That's the starting point for Melissa…

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