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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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Promises, Promises, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: The trouble is that the material does not exactly brim with musical possibilities by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The revival of musical, 'Promises, Promises', is based on the Oscar-winning 1960 Billy Wilder movie, 'The Apartment', but it doesn't lend itself well to the now all-…

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Fifty Shades of Grey might become a musical by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

E.L. James is reportedly in talks to bring her S&M bestseller to Broadway and West End stages

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Written on Skin, Royal Opera House, London, review: George Benjamin creates a modern fluorescent-lit world by Cara Chanteau, Cara Chanteau

Benjamin revives his opera with much of the original cast – just three years after its premiere

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Hamilton London tickets appear on resale sites for upwards of £2,000 by Jack Shepherd, Jack Shepherd

Touts are already selling tickets despite paperless system

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Boy Blue Entertainment, Blak Whyte Gray, Barbican Theatre, London, review: It's strict, bold and brilliant by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The Oliver award winning East London hip hop dance group, Boy Blue Entertainment, perform an abstract triple bill with new work 'Blak Whyte Gray' and ditch any narrative

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

'Written on Skin', Royal Opera House, London, review: George Benjamin creates a dazzling clash of the medieval and modern by Cara Chanteau, Cara Chanteau

Just three years after it opened in the capital, George Benjamin's much-applauded opera returns with members of the original cast

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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Kite Runner, Wyndham's Theatre, London, review: A performance that lacked children still comes up winning by Emma Henderson, Emma Henderson

A simple stage allows the small cast to carry the weight of Khaled Housseini's debut novel that sold multi-millions worldwide and follows the film adaptation

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Wish List, Jerwood Upstairs, Royal Court, Londo, review: A talented, heartening debut by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Katherine Soper's debut play about two siblings coping with benefit cuts, zero-hour contracts and OCD, was winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

BU21, Trafalgar Studios, London, review: You can gasp with uneasy laughter at the play's refusal to be politically correct by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

An invented terrorist atrocity is the topical subject of this tragicomedy by Stuart Slade that imagines a plane from New York downed in the Fulham area with half a dozen survivors

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Giselle, London Coliseum, review: Alina Cojocaru has always been a natural Giselle by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Mary Skeaping's traditional production of 'Giselle' is revived by the English National Ballet with Alina Cojocaru in the lead role

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Kite Runner, Wyndham's Theatre, London, review:It feels top-heavy with relentless first person narration by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Matthew Spangler's stage production of 'The Kite Runner', based on Khaled Hosseini's best-selling 2003 novel, makes its West End debut

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Amadeus, Royal National Theatre, London, review: Adam Gillen pulls off Mozart with haunting conviction by Michael Church, Michael Church

A revival of Peter Shaffer's play is directed by Michael Longhurst with live orchestral accompaniment by the Southbank Sinfonia

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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, Finborough Theatre, London, review: by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The rediscovery of Tony Harrison's, 'The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus', in its first London production since 1990, is directed by Jimmy Walters

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Roundhouse, London, review: The show's sweetness and energy are irresistible by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Zoonation's hip hop 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party' with characters inspired by 'Alice in Wonderland' is complete with Ben Stones' set designs of oversized te…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dance Movements, Courtauld Gallery, London, review: The choreography embodied the connection between Rodin's sculpture and drawing by Erin Whitcroft, Erin Whitcroft

Shobana Jeyasingh was commissioned to create a dance piece inspired by Rodin's sculptures at the Courtauld Institute's exhibition, which was danced by Noora Kela

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes, Sadler's Wells, review: 'Bourne is a superb producer' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Matthew Bourne brings the 1948 Powell and Pressburger film to the stage

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The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Opera House, review: 'Still reaching for the ballet's full resonance' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The Royal Ballet revives the same production of The Sleeping Beauty that reopened the Royal Opera House 70 years ago after the war

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Black Beauty, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, review: 'Deserves every overjoyed round of applause' by David Pollock, David Pollock

This adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic novel boasts a panto horse in the title role

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Art, Old Vic, London, theatre review: 'Very funny and exquisitely calibrated' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Matthew Warchus's programming coups at the Old Vic this year have included the Glenda Jackson King Lear and Tim Minchin's musical version of Groundhog Day. Now he turns to this twe…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016

Mary Stuart, Almeida, London, review: 'A remarkably satisfying achievement' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams are exceptional in Schiller's play

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dreamgirls, Savoy Theatre, London, review: And, boy, does it hit the stage as if it means business by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The West End premiere of 'Dreamgirls', starring 'Glee's' Amber Riley, takes you on a supercharged journey with the fictional band The Dreams, loosely based on The Su…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In the Making, Rambert, London, review: The dancer's technical polish demonstrated their dedication by Erin Whitcroft, Erin Whitcroft

Rambert's 'In the Making' allows audiences to see sketches, experiments, short works and works in progress performed in their South Bank studios

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Wild Honey, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Jonathan Kent directs with consummate tragicomic timing the final scene by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Michael Frayn's comedy of errors, based on Chekhov's posthumously discovered early play, stars Geoffrey Streatfeild as an unfortunate Russian Don Juan

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Live theatre on the big screen: The fear that streaming plays in cinemas would cannibalise theatre sales has largely been disproven by Matilda Battersby, Matilda Battersby

Critics argued that you could never capture the essence of a live production in cinema but as the hotly anticipated Harold Pinter's 'No Man's Land' is broadcast in cinema…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

She Loves Me, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, review: Scarlett Strallen can break your heart at Amalia's idealistic ardour by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Matthew White's revival of the musical, written by the authors of 'Fiddler on the Roof' is a heartening treat this Christmas

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