Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Alexandra Palace to stage 'special performances' in derelict Victorian theatre 'hidden' for 80 years by Jess Denham, Jess Denham

Restorers have promised to retain the magical look and feel of a 'found place' while adding modern technical facilities to create flexibility for a range of performances

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews roundup: Theatre critics spellbound by new JK Rowling play by Jess Denham, Jess Denham

'Magical...thrilling...dazzling...spectacular...mind-boggling...triumphant'

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Monday, July 25, 2016

David Bowie musical Lazarus coming to London by Jacob Stolworthy, Jacob Stolworthy

The production, which debuted in New York, stars Dexter actor Michael C Hall

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Jesus Christ Superstar, Open Air Theatre, review: 'Enjoyable but stops short of a performing miracle' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Timothy Sheader's 45th anniversary production is the first time the show has ever been presented al fresco

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Now We Are Here, Young Vic, theatre review: 'Well worth catching' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The Young Vic is welcoming visits by foreign companies and engaging with local communities and young people. Its latest show, Now We Are Here, has been created by refugee writers in workshop…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Jesus Christ Superstar, Open Air Theatre, London, review: Enjoyable but stops short of a miracle by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Declan Bennett's hipster Jesus has go-for-broke soul-bearing intensity

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

While The Sun Shines, Theatre Royal, Bath, review: 'Delectably droll' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Little attention has been paid to Terence Rattigan's While The Sun Shines, the 1943 wartime comedy that, during his lifetime, was his longest West End hit

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The Game's Afoot, Madame Tussaud's, review: 'The detail in each little room is wonderful' by Emily Jupp, Emily Jupp

Madame Tussaud's provides the latest interactive theatre show following Punchdrunk, Door in a Wall, You Me Bum Bum and The Crystal Maze

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Edinburgh Fringe 2016: The 12 most promising shows at this year's festival by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Edinburgh is always a treasure trove but it can be hard to find the gold among the glitter. Holly Williams offers up her top picks to delight, surprise, move or provoke

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Letters Live: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch read a letter from a young Tom Hanks as new dates announced by Jess Denham, Jess Denham

The popular event in which stars read out real life letters of note returns to London's Covent Garden in October

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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Creation, Garsington Opera, Wormsley, review: 'Baldwin's choreography is sculptural and focused' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The natural world flows through Haydn's oratorio The Creation, from new-made landscapes to darting birds and a roaring lion. In Garsington Opera's new staging, a collaboration with…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Trial of Jane Fonda, Park Theatre, review: Worthy and informative but rather pedestrian by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

It is excessively difficult to relate Anne Archer's Fonda to the figure from the fascinating footage

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Into the Woods, Menier Chocolate Factory, theatre review: 'Joyously ingenious and teasingly incongruous' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a rather delightful surprise. Fiasco, a US-based ensemble theatre company, specialise in playfully pared-down productions that put the e…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Critic sparks theatre etiquette debate after claiming 'Game of Thrones fans' are ruining Kit Harington's Doctor Faustus by Jess Denham, Jess Denham

Richard Jordan's remarks for The Stage have been branded elitist by those wanting to encourage younger audiences into the theatre, but many theatregoers agree with him

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Kreutzer Sonata, Arcola Theatre, review: Greg Hicks is riveting by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The motion of a train loosens the tongue opines Pozdnyshev, the local government bureaucrat who is our garrulous travelling companion for the hundred minutes of this horribly compelling mono…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Unreachable, Royal Court, theatre review: 'Matt Smith brings a low-key, brooding intensity' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

If you're drawn to the dark and taboo-breaking side of Anthony Neilson's imagination, as exemplified by plays such as The Censor and Relocated, then the chances are that you'l…

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Emma Watson went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and absolutely loved it by Jess Denham, Jess Denham

Watson met and hugged new Hermione actor Noma Dumezweni backstage

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Queens of Syria, Young Vic, review: 'a compelling and humbling show' made by refugees by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

An all-female cast of thirteen Syrian refugees takes to the stage for this remarkable venture. They weave their own personal stories into an eloquent modern re-working of an ancient text -- …

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The opening of two Shakespeare productions signal a considerable leap forward for gender-blind casting by David Lister, David Lister

Directors are rapidly accelerating a fascinating movement in theatre, says David Lister

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Faith Healer, Donmar Warehouse, theatre review: 'This production isn't short on style' by Alice Saville, Alice Saville

A thick curtain of sparking rain hides the stage, like a red velvet drape around a magician's vanishing act. Between scenes, Es Devlin's gorgeous design drenches the stage in drizz…

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Monday, June 27, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016

Macbeth, Shakespeare's Globe, review: Thrilling with riveting performances, this is the Globe at its best by David Lister, David Lister

For David Lister, the performance of the night comes from 'underrated' actress Tara Fitzgerald

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Henry V, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, review: 'Delivers less than it promised' by David Lister, David Lister

With Michelle Terry playing Henry V, this production makes a point that there can be no limits to cross-gender casting

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rape on stage: Hard to stomach, but the brutality of its depiction might help us as a society to wake up to rape culture by Matilda Battersby, Matilda Battersby

"He lifted me off the floor, pulled up my knickers. He spent some time rearranging me I remember. He smoothed my hair back off my face. Be our little secret, baby Leah yeah?"

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Monopoly The Musical is passing Go direct to Broadway by Jacob Stolworthy, Jacob Stolworthy

Hasbro is bringing the board game to a whole array of platforms including the theatre stage

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Idina Menzel, and more to record song for Orlando victims by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

Proceeds will go to benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida, which has been providing support to the families of victims

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Singapore cuts same-sex kiss from Les Misérables production by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

The city state still outlaws sex between two men, with the act being punishable by up to two years in prison

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Phaedra(s), Barbican Theatre, review: 'Huppert's achievement at keeping you compelled feels all the more prodigious' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

It's twenty years since Isabelle Huppert last appeared in a London theatre. She certainly makes up for lost time now, delivering a tour de force of extraordinary physical abandon and me…

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Tony Awards 2016: Winners list in full as Hamilton leads the pack by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

The Broadway smash won 11 of its historic 16 nominations, though it failed to beat The Producers' record in 2001

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