Thursday, August 17, 2017

King Lear, Shakespeare's Globe, London, review: A naked emotional spontaneity in Kevin McNally's fine performance by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Nancy Meckler's 'King Lear' may not be a great production but it is an honourable one that gathers in a gutting climax

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Edinburgh Festival, review, Adam / Eve: Honest first-person testimony from transgender people by David Pollock, David Pollock

The National Theatre of Scotland present a pair of plays which explore the experience of transgender people in the 21st century, performed by the people whose stories are being told

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Edinburgh Festival, review, Dave Johns - I, Fillum Star: No fleeting celebrity encounter is allowed to pass by David Pollock, David Pollock

The star of Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' is back doing stand-up and tells the story of his shock rise to fame in film

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The Majority, National Theatre, London, review: A thought-provoking play but not as revealing as one had hoped by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This new play by Rob Drummond doesn't address enough of the specific problems posed for democracy by the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Edinburgh Festival review, Butt Kapinski, Pleasance Dome: A tour de force of character comedy and clowning by David Pollock, David Pollock

When the actor and comedian Deanna Fleysher's show first appeared at Edinburgh in 2015 it became a low-level word of mouth hit - now it's gone mainstream

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I went to the maddest interactive shows on the Fringe so you don't have to by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

From speed-dating to gambling, rifling through suitcases to find terrorist activity and having a cucumber between her thighs, Holly Williams braves some of Edinburgh Fringe's interactiv…

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Muhammad Ali: New musical based on life of boxing superstar and civil rights hero coming to West End by Alex Britton, Alex Britton

Biography of three-time world heavyweight champion being developed for stage by 'Bat Out of Hell' producer David Sonenberg

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wayne McGregor's +/- Human, Roundhouse, dance review: 'Eye-catching' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

With the Roundhouse's huge, pillared space working as an art gallery or a stage during the run, +/- Human is both installation and dance work

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Edinburgh Festival, Rhinoceros, Royal Lyceum Theatre, review: 'Far smarter than a one-note topical satire' by David Pollock, David Pollock

This co-production between the Lyceum and Istanbul's DOT Theatre of Eugene Ionesco's 1959 absurdist comedic play Rhinoceros is hard to laugh along with

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Measuring women's progress in over a century of plays by Ben Brantley, Ben Brantley

Two plays currently on in London show how little things have really changed for women in 100 years. And it's a theme echoed by other performances, says Ben Brantley

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Transsexual theatre: two brave new Edinburgh plays tell of harrowing journeys by Sylvia Morgan, Sylvia Morgan

Sylvia Morgan explores how the struggle for transgender people is a leading theme at this year's Edinburgh Fringe

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The Mariinsky Ballet: Contrasts, Royal Opera House, London, dance review: 'Should be better' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The Mariinsky Ballet brings together Carmen, Wayne McGregor's Infra and Marius Petipa's Paquita

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Bill Murray saw the Groundhog Day musical for the first time and loved it so much he cried by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

'The idea that... the idea that we just have to try again. We just have to try again. It's such a beautiful, powerful idea'

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Barbara Cook dead: Broadway actress best known for Music Man dies aged 89 by Clark Mindock, Clark Mindock

Legendary Broadway actress Barbara Cook has died at the age of 89.

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Anna Karenina, Royal Opera House, London, dance review: 'A lightweight, underpowered production' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Diana Vishneva is one of the Mariinsky Ballet's biggest stars, but her role in Alexei Ratmansky's production feels rushed and thin

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Apologia, Trafalgar Studios, London, review: Stockard Channing's performance is magnificent by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The star of 'The West Wing' and 'Grease' takes the lead in Jamie Lloyd's revival of Alexi Kaye Campbell's play about a family and its secrets

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Irvine Welsh says his new Edinburgh Fringe show is about the domination of the arts by the rich by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

'I think now you get a lot of rich kids going into the arts who wouldn't have bothered before because they had different career paths. But all these professions are drying up now&a…

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Letters to Morrissey, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, review by David Pollock, David Pollock

This solo piece about hero worship and The Smiths' frontman by Gary McNair follows on from his Fringe hits 'Gary Robertson is Not a Standup Comedian' and 'A Gambler'…

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

First black Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge honoured with blue plaque in Coventry by Chantal Da Silva, Chantal Da Silva

'He's been admired and respected for a long time ... but many people are less aware of the fact that he had also been the first black theatre manager,' said Professor Tony How…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Evita, Phoenix Theatre, London, review: sharply underlines the ambivalence of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical by ,

Emma Hatton is a wonderfully compelling Evita in this robust staging of Tim Rice's classic

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Coming Clean, King's Head Theatre, London, review: an entertaining revival of Kevin Elyot's debut play by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This bitter-sweet 1980s comedy offers a frank, moving portrait of gay relationships just before the AIDS crisis

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Romeo and Juliet, Royal Festival Hall, London, review: an uphill struggle by Zoe Anderson, Zoe Anderson

English National Ballet's revival of Rudolf Nureyev's production feels squeezed on this stage, and sidelines its heroine by focusing on the male relationships

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sam Shepard's plays eulogized the American West's pioneering spirit by Peter Marks, Peter Marks

The influential playwright was also a movie star - but that never quite fit with his search for authenticity onstage.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Road, Royal Court, London, review: Not as confrontational as the original by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The Royal Court's revival of Jim Cartwright's protest play about the working class is as relevant as ever 30 years later

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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4 the Musical, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, review: Formidably funny adaptation of an 80s classic by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Sue Townsend's 80s hit about the inner struggles of Leicestershire every-teen Adrian Mole is brought to life in brilliant musical numbers, sung by a stellar cast.

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Swan Lake, Royal Opera House, London, review: Xander Parish reaches stardom by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The first British dancer to join the Mariinsky Ballet was promoted to principal after his performance on the opening night of the St Petersburg company's 'Swan Lake'

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Girl from the North Country, Old Vic, London, review: The idea is inspired and the treatment piercingly beautiful by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Conor McPherson was approached by Bob Dylan's team to concoct a project round the songbook - the resulting play set in Depression-era Minnesota, conjures up the world from which Dylan&a…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mosquitoes, National Theatre, London, review: Amazing chemistry between Olivia Coleman and Olivia Williams by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

'Chimerica' writer Lucy Kirkwood's new play about sibling rivalry which is directed by Rufus Norris stars Olivia Coleman and Olivia Williams as the two sisters

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Eric Underwood, the American star of the Royal Ballet: 'I never wanted to be the 'black' dancer - I wanted to be a great dancer' by Guy Trebay, Guy Trebay

The ballet star prepared for his life's work by dancing with his mother at home to Al Green and Marvin Gaye but dreams of being a host on a dance show much like 'Strictly Come Danc…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer in London is the trans play actually being told by transgender actors by Yas Necati, Yas Necati

The first play in the UK to feature an entirely trans cast tells the comical story of four homeless men trying to impress their "ideal woman", and teaches some important lessons ab…

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