Monday, February 27, 2017

The 'Neath, The Vaults, Waterloo, London, review: At one point, he asks me to pee on him by Emily Jupp, Emily Jupp

The immersive fantasy created for Vault Festival 2017 has a devilish pop-up bar with an interactive performance and a loose plotline

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Twelfth Night, Olivier, National Theatre, London, review: There's a touch of Mrs Danvers about Greig's devoted steward by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Tamsin Grieg plays Malvolia, a traditionally male role, in Simon Godwin's new modern-dress production of Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity, joining the ranks of gre…

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic, London, review: There's a deviant, mind-altering drollery running through this that I found delicious by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Played on a muddy stage, Joe Hill-Gibbins bleak production of Shakespeare's comedy, is going to divide audiences

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Wild Party, The Other Palace, London, review: Gorgeous jazz score – played to perfection by Theo Jamieson's smoking-hot eight piece band by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This darkly comic musical set in Manhattan in the 1920s is about a vaudeville showgirl and vaudeville clown who decide to throw a debauched party like no other

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Call The Midwife's Victoria Yeates on nuns and her new role in The Crucible by Emily Jupp, Emily Jupp

Victoria Yeates, who plays Sister Winifred in 'Call The Midwife', is starring in a new touring production of 'The Crucible', based on the Salem witch trials

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Review: The School Play, Southwark Playhouse: Education becomes an exercise in simply ticking the boxes by Emma Henderson, Emma Henderson

Alex MacKeith's debut play, based on his own experience of tutoring in schools is powerful and poignant

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Monday, February 20, 2017

See Me Now, Young Vic, London, review: The piece is open to the charge that it ends up as a therapy session for the performers by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Real-life sex workers take to the stage, in a production about prostitution, directed by Mimi Poskitt, with song and dance

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sweeps the WhatsOnStage awards with eight wins by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

The two-part play scooped up the likes of Best New Play, Best Actor in a Play, Best Supporting Actor in a Play, and Best Supporting Actor in a Play

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ventoux, Vault Festival, The Vaults, Waterloo, London, review: The actors pedal furiously on their stationary racing bikes by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The show about the rivalry between cycling superstars, Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, dramatises a clash of personalities and their fall from grace

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures, Richmond Theatre, review: This triple bill is crisp, lively and brightly danced by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Bourne's triple bill of early works, which marks 30 years since he launched his own dance company, show that many of his strengths were already in place

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Beware of Pity, Barbican, London, review: 120 minutes of nerve-racking tension by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Simon McBurney's compelling co-production between his own Complicite company and Schaubühne Berlin, is based on Stefan Zweig's 1939 novel, about a man's downfall after he tri…

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The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester,review: A real mix of a production by Paul Vallely, Paul Vallely

Kathryn Hunter plays the matriarch who is grieving her husband's death and bans her five daughters from leaving the house, but the performance with the disabled acting company Graeae, d…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester review: Graeae bring production into a whole new dimension by Ian Herbert, Ian Herbert

This re-worked piece on the suppression of women by a disabled-led company offers a different perspective without preaching

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Silver Lining, Rose Theatre, Kingston, review: The play feels mechanical and lacking in real warmth - but I did laugh out loud once or twice by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Sandi Toksvig's comedy, set in an old people's care home, is about the plight of the elderly, but it is also a message against the treatment of senior actresses, who don't get…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

We spoke to the new generation of British playwrights who will dominate 2017 by Sarah Bradbury, Sarah Bradbury

Writing plays for a living is not the easiest of professions - but whether you have a hit or wait patiently - it's all about not giving up

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kiss & Cry, Barbican Theatre, London, review: Hands jump together to have sex by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

As part of the London International Mime Festival, 'Kiss & Cry', stars a duo of dancing hands, small-scale sets and cinematography, to evoke memories of past loves

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Run The Beast Down, Finborough, London, review: Ben Aldridge keeps you compelled by the character's monomania by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Lines blur between reality and fantasy in Titus Halder's debut play, starring Ben Aldridge as a man losing his sanity, which is directed by Hannah Price, with a live electronic score

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Super Bowl 51: Hamilton cast sing stunning rendition of 'America the Beautiful' with adapted lyrics by Roisin O'Connor, Roisin O'Connor

The lyric change to include 'and sisterhood' drew roars of approval from the Super Bowl audience

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Sex With Strangers, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Emila Fox and Theo James have witty, sparring sexual chemistry by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The two-hander, starring Emilia Fox and Theo James, which is written by Laura Eason, a scriptwriter on 'House of Cards', is a comedy about love and literary ambition in the digital…

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1984 comes to America: New George Orwell stage adaptation to open on Broadway by Mark Kennedy, Mark Kennedy

Renewed interest in seminal novel comes as Donald Trump lashes out at 'fake news' and adviser Kellyanne Conway coins distinctly Orwellian phrase 'alternative facts'

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The White Devil, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: It ain't Shakespeare – maybe it's more Tarantino by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Director Ann Ryan's candlelit production of John webster's 'The White Devil' at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, is the perfect setting for the play about deceit, treachery a…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Alexander Zeldin: 'Homelessness, mental health, austerity – they're all interlinked' by Adam Lusher, Ed Cumming, Adam Lusher, Ed Cumming

The critically acclaimed playwright reveals what inspired him to write 'Love'

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Les Enfants Terribles, Barbican Theatre, London, review: Sexual tanglings often feel quite detached from the singers' relationship by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The Royal Ballet's dance-opera by composer Philip Glass is based on the writings of Jean Cocteau and directed and choreographed by Javier De Frutos

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Set and Reset, Tate Modern, London, review: An entrancing meeting of Trisha Brown, Rauschenberg and composer Laurie Anderson. by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

To coincide with the Robert Rauschenberg retrospective, Trisha Brown's dance piece 'Set and Reset' (1983) is being performed at Tate Modern, with set and costumes by the Ameri…

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Fantastic Mr Fox, Lyric, Hammersmith, London, review: It's not in the same league as Matilda and Charlie by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The new production of 'Fantastic Mr Fox', about a clever fox who outwits three farmers, is the latest Roald Dahl story to be turned into a musical

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Siobhan Davies Dance, Barbican Curve Gallery, London, review: It attempts to step beyond the cliché of body language to reveal something deeper by Erin Whitcroft, Erin Whitcroft

Siobhan Davies' latest collaborative dance project explores body language in a four-hour loop at the Barbican's Curve gallery

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dublin Old School, National Theatre, London, Review: Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson play off each other with a brilliant rhythmic rapport by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Emmet Kirwn's two-hander, starring himself as Jason, a wannabe DJ and Ian Lloyd Anderson, as his long-lost drug addict brother, is highly charged theatre

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Death Takes A Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre, London, review: It's sometimes hard to keep a straight face, as when Death complains about his work by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The UK premiere of Thom Southerland's musical, 'Death Takes A Holiday', is based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name, which went on to inspire the film, 'Meet Joe B…

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Woolf Works, Royal Opera House, London, review: Alessandra Ferri is luminous as the Virginia Woolf figure by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The revival of Wayne McGregor's ballet triptych is inspired by Virginia Woolf's novels, 'Mrs Dalloway', 'Orlando' and 'The Waves' – mixed with parts…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review, Us/Them, Dorfman, National Theatre, London: the story of the Beslan massacre makes for a remarkable, harrowing piece of theatre by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

On 1 September 2004, the children were celebrating the start of the new academic year at School No 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia (part of the Russian federation). They had brought in balloons a…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Solstice, Orange Tree, Richmond, London, review: A sharply provocative twist on the traditional fraught-family-festivities drama by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The UK premiere of German dramatist Roland Schimmelpfennig's play, which was written in response to the resurgence of the far right across Europe, couldn't be more timely with the …

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