Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cuttin' It, Young Vic, London - review: A sensitive exploration of how FGM affects young girls by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Playwright Charlene James writes with great power and sensitivity about the trauma of female genital mutilation

Linked From The Independent at 01:13PM

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: First look at Harry, Albus and Ginny Potter by Jack Shepherd, Jack Shepherd

First look at Jamie Parker, Poppy Miller and Sam Clemmett in costume for the play

Linked From The Independent at 05:26AM
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Jekyll and Hyde, The Old Vic, dance review: 'Danced with gusto by a stylish cast' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Drew McOnie's new Jekyll and Hyde both confirms him as a strong theatrical talent, while suffering from a lack of emotional depth. This production zips along, danced with gusto by a sty…

Linked From The Independent at 07:01AM
Friday, May 27, 2016

The Threepenny Opera, National Theatre, review: A snarling, sexy beast of a show by Alice Saville, Alice Saville

Rory Kinnear quips and charms his way through the role of Macheath

Linked From The Independent at 08:58AM
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bottom: What it's like playing Shakespeare's most famous ass by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Local amateurs are stepping in to play the role of Bottom alongside the professionals in the Royal Shakespeare Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Linked From The Independent at 10:22AM

4.48 Psychosis, Lyric Hammersmith, review: Sarah Kane's final play about her suicidal depression compells by Steph Power, Steph Power

A first ever operatic setting by Royal Opera/Guildhall Composer-in-Residence Philip Venables for Sarah Kane's play

Linked From The Independent at 08:02AM

A View From Islington North, Arts Theatre, review: 'A bit disappointing and underpowered' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

An evening of five political satirical playlets from David Hare, Caryl Churchill, Mark Ravenhill and Alistair Beaton ​

Linked From The Independent at 07:09AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Romeo and Juliet, The Garrick Theatre, London: Teenage high drama, but Kenneth Branagh's show never plumbs the full depths of tragedy by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The setting of 1950s Verona is mucho, mucho Italiano, but it also proves an effective backdrop for the star-crossed lovers

Linked From The Independent at 07:18PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rebel Wilson to make West End debut as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls by Jess Denham, Jess Denham

Wilson will join the cast for eight weeks from 28 June until 21 August

Linked From The Independent at 06:50AM
Monday, May 23, 2016

Blue/Orange, Young Vic, theatre review: Joe Penhall's play is a contemporary classic by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

From the moment Joe Penhall's play was premiered back in 2000, it was obvious that here we have a contemporary classic. Matthew Xia's remarkably vibrant and punchily performed revi…

Linked From The Independent at 07:01AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

David Baddiel's My Family: Not the Sitcom, Menier Chocolate Factory, comedy review: 'Reprehensibly funny' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The comedian's new stand-up show is "a twisted love letter" to his Jewish parents

Linked From The Independent at 07:07AM
Friday, May 13, 2016

West End ticket prices: Why Jamie Lloyd should be applauded for raising the issue by David Lister, David Lister

Both Lloyd and Juliet Stevenson have spoken out against rising ticket prices that alienate new theatregoers

Linked From The Independent at 09:01AM
Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's not just the Sheridan Smith's own trials that are in the spotlight - it's the odd and far too secretive practices of theatre itsel by David Lister, David Lister

Smith has pulled out of the Funny Girl musical for up to a month with 'stress and exhaustion'

Linked From The Independent at 11:31AM

Sheridan Smith pulls out of Funny Girl musical for up to a month with 'stress and exhaustion' by Jess Denham, Jess Denham

The actress has been struggling through a particularly tough time in recent weeks

Linked From The Independent at 10:21AM

Murder, Mystery and a Party, Sadler's Wells, dance review: A new triple bill from the Rambert dance company by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Rambert, the UK's biggest contemporary dance company, present Macbeth, mystery, samba and skateboards

Linked From The Independent at 08:19AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Lawrence After Arabia, Hampstead Theatre, review: 'Intriguing but underpowered' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Lucid direction by John Dove, but this play is too bitty and lacks momentum

Linked From The Independent at 10:26AM
Friday, May 6, 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's Globe, review: Risky gender-bending works like a charm by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

An often very funny production, but Emma Rice needs to relax and let things breathe

Linked From The Independent at 06:46AM
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Frankenstein, Royal Opera House, ballet review: 'Impressive confidence' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

It's the world premiere of Liam Scarlett's new work and the first evening-length ballet he's made for The Royal Ballet

Linked From The Independent at 06:56AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Breakin' Convention, Sadler's Wells, dance review: 'Dazzling' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Breakin' Convention is a festival of international hip-hop dance theatre

Linked From The Independent at 11:54AM
Monday, May 2, 2016

Shakespeare didn't shorten King Lear - it was his printer, says scholar by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

New book The One King Lear by Sir Brian Vickers attempts to tackle a long-held belief about the most authoritative version of Shakespeare's tragedy

Linked From The Independent at 01:27PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Doctor Faustus, Duke of York's Theatre, review: Game of Thrones star Kit Harington's 'audacious commitment' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

An ambitious update of Marlowe's play pulls in young audiences with Game of Thrones star Kit Harington as Faustus

Linked From The Independent at 08:28AM
Monday, April 25, 2016

'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing' review: A ghostly and beautiful play comes to New York by Rachael Revesz, Rachael Revesz

The play, based on the award-winning novel, is in New York for its US premiere after a run in Dublin and Edinburgh

Linked From The Independent at 03:06PM

Kings of War, Barbican, theatre review: 'A coolly penetrating appraisal of political leadership' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The four-and-a-half hour compression of Shakespeare's Henry V, three Henry VI plays and Richard III is impressive

Linked From The Independent at 08:37AM
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016

From the underdog understudy to critical acclaim: has a new star risen on Sunset Boulevard? by Rebecca Flood, Rebecca Flood

Ria Jones' recieves a 'six-minute standing ovation' following 'phenomenal' stage debut

Linked From The Independent at 02:43PM
Friday, April 22, 2016

Google Doodle celebrates Shakespeare and St George's Day - but can you name the plays? by Jonathan Gibbs, Jonathan Gibbs

Saint George crops up a total of 18 times in Shakespeare's plays

Linked From The Independent at 09:28PM
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Gender-blind Shakespeare: classic roles to be taken by women by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Actresses to play King Lear, Henry V and Malvolio

Linked From The Independent at 07:56AM

The Flick, National Theatre, review: 'Studiedly downbeat but strangely uplifting' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Sam Gold's production is exquisitely paced, taking its time with real dramatic purpose

Linked From The Independent at 07:56AM

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