Sunday, March 1, 2015

Larry David's new play: How a funeral inspired a Broadway hit for the Seinfeld creator

Larry David has got himself into a jam. He went to a  funeral and saw something funny in it, so he spun the experience into a play. He didn’t know how it would turn out and he certainly d…

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Move over Miley Cyrus… but can twerking be a serious artform?

Our understanding of dance is strangely segregated.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Juliet Stevenson interview: The actor on Wolf Hall, King Lear, and class in British theatre

You've played a number of monumental female roles – Winnie in Happy Days, Hedda Gabler, Cressida, Isabella in Measure for Measure. Which have you felt you got to know the best?

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Kill Me Now, Park Theatre, review: A pitch perfect European premiere

Canadian dramatist Brad Fraser has never been a respecter of the pieties.  His story of the relationship between Joey, a severely physically disabled 17 year old, and his widower father Jak…

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Man and Superman, National Theatre, review: Ralph Fiennes gives one of the best performances of his career

You don't necessarily expect to be treated to the distinctive tones of Kirsty Young at the start of a marathon Shaw revival.  Simon Godwin's remarkably assured and effervescent modern-dress…

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Mikvah Project, The Yard Theatre - review: A debut worth catching

Steam spirals into the air from a swimming pool, squatting in the centre of The Yard’s hip warehouse-like space. The water's reflections play hypnotically against the whitewashed walls.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre - review: A likeable, zestful show

Katie Brayben's last stage role was as the ghost of Princess Diana in King Charles III. She's now elevated to the more substantial ranks of pop royalty as Carole King in this Tony Award-winn…

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Closer, Donmar Warehouse, review: Patrick Marber’s play about love and sex still wounds

It may be seventeen years since Closer premiered in London, but Patrick Marber’s four-hander about love, sex and relationships still has the power to wound. We meet, with almost coldly mat…

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Farinelli and the King, theatre review: Wolf Hall's Mark Rylance brings brilliant, wrong-footing mischief as Philippe V

Mark Rylance's many triumphs at Shakespeare's Globe are legendary. Now, just as a wider television audience is waking up to his genius through Wolf Hall, he makes his acting debut at the the…

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Friday, February 20, 2015

A Wee Ken to Remember, Little Theatre, Leicester review: After a good thirty years the silly songs still work

I cannot easily explain why a line about the long-defunct group Modern Romance always being “impeccably turned out” convulsed me and the rest of the audience at the Little Theatre, Leice…

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A Wee Ken to Remember, Little Theatre, review: After a good thirty years the silly songs still work

I cannot easily explain why a line about the long-defunct group Modern Romance always being “impeccably turned out” convulsed me and the rest of the audience at the Little Theatre, Leice…

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Alan Howard dead: RSC 'icon' dies from pneumonia aged 77

Renowned Royal Shakespeare Company actor Alan Howard has died aged 77 after suffering from pneumonia.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Indira Varma: From 'Game of Thrones' to 'Man and Superman'

George Bernard Shaw's play may be entitled Man and Superman, but I've just met its superwoman. A new production of this rarely performed play opens at the National Theatre next week, directe…

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Monday, February 16, 2015

What's On Stage Awards 2015: Miss Saigon sweeps board with nine awards

Miss Saigon's blockbuster return to the West End swept the board at this year's What's On Stage Awards.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ethnic minority performers win four prizes at the WhatOnStage awards

Ethnic minority performers took home the four main musical acting prizes at the WhatOnStage awards tonight – to the delight of diversity campaigners.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Helen Mirren on the Royal Family: 'They are, in a way, aliens'

Helen Mirren has described the Royal Family as "aliens".

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Life and Times of Fanny Hill, Bristol Old Vic, review: Caroline Quentin is a Hogarthian delight in this almost pornographic comedy

Never have I seen such explicit things done with an old sock or a little finger. Nor have I heard so many different names for the male sexual organ, though in the Bristol Old Vic’s new pro…

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The Mist and the Mirror, Oldham Coliseum Theatre: Woman in Black sequel doesn't take itself too seriously

Horror on the stage can be a risky business. Liz Lochhead’s feminist Dracula at Keswick was excellent but just didn’t draw the audiences last year. The Mist in the Mirror, Susan Hill’s…

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Elephant Man, review: No, not the one with Bradley Cooper, the low-budget version

While it will be hard to ignore the headlines when three-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper’s The Elephant Man hits the London stage in May, this low-budget version by Fourth Monkey Ensembl…

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Watch Sergei Polunin perform stunning ballet dance to Hozier hit 'Take Me To Church'

Ukranian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin has performed his stunning visual interpretation of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” and it’s so good, you have to see it to believe it.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Art organisations to bring in data scientists to lure new audiences

Some companies bring in “artists in residence” to boost creativity in the workplace. But in a reversal of that trend, three of the UK’s biggest artistic organisations are now recruitin…

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The Associates, Sadler’s Wells, review: A crisp, unsettling duet

Crystal Pite to the rescue! The Canadian choreographer’s A Picture of You Falling is the gem of this programme of works by associate artists of Sadler’s Wells. A crisp, unsettling duet, …

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Boa, Trafalgar Studios 2 - review: An uncluttered, nimble production

The casting of real-life couples can be relied on to impart a frisson – whether for good or ill.  Take the art-mirroring life volatility of the Burton/Taylor relationship.  Great for Who…

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Harry Potter actor Sir Michael Gambon retires from the stage because he can no longer remember his lines

Sir Michael Gambon has announced his retirement from the stage because he can no longer recall his lines.

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Joan of Arc, New Diorama, review: Pathos and politics in a gripping tale

The enterprising Faction company are committed to staging the complete Schiller canon. They now turn their attention to his take on Joan of Arc in this compelling, starkly stripped-back, mod…

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Royal Shakespeare Company looks to discover a new musical star with competition to reinterpret songs by the Bard

It has a worldwide reputation for showcasing the best acting talent, but the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest project seeks to uncover a musical star.

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Timberlake Wertenbaker: The playwright on making trouble, cheering for a Greek revolution and premature reports of her demise

History is always a way of looking at the present It's more detached than if you write a play about a revolution happening now [Wertenbaker's new play, Jefferson's Garden, is about the Ameri…

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Es Devlin interview: Meet Britain's most astonishingly prolific designer

She’s sent Miley Cyrus down a slide shaped like a tongue and staged the Olympic Closing Ceremony on the Union Jack. She’s won an Olivier award for setting Lucy Kirkwood’s play Chimeric…

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Police chase and arrest 'Phantom of the Opera' in historic Vienna theatre

Police in Vienna have arrested a man for persistently sneaking into expensive seats in the city’s prestigious State Opera.

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Six Characters in Search of an Author, theatre review: A mesmerising meditation on illusion and reality

Director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and his Parisian company, Theatre de la Ville, present their luminous, dream-like yet sharp-witted and swiftly-paced production (performed in French with Engli…

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Macbeth: The Filter's 75-minute re-imagining of Shakespeare is radical

“Full of sound and fury”? Well, certainly full of sound in this radical, 75 minute re-imagining of Shakespeare's darkest tragedy by Filter, a company celebrated for their irreverent, pen…

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