Friday, September 22, 2017

The Revlon Girl, Park Theatre, London, review: A rich drama about grief, greed, and make-up by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Four mothers grieve the loss of their children in the Aberfan disaster in a remarkably warm, sorrowful, and times even funny drama about survivors, small-town bickering, and make-up.

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Wings, Young Vic, London, review: A remarkable performance by Juliet Stevenson by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The actress is aerially suspended in a void playing a stroke victim in this revival of Arthur Kopit's play

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Oslo, National Theatre, London, review: There is a Byzantime complexity that gives the show the grip of an intellectual thriller by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Bartlett Sher's fast-paced and quick-witted staging of J T Rogers's new play is so much more than a slog through three hours of argument about the Middle East

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Amalia Hernandez: The woman whose spectacular folk ballet brought Mexican culture to the world stage by Joe Sommerlad, Joe Sommerlad

Latest Google Doodle celebrates a choreographer instrumental in popularising the proud musical traditions of her homeland with international audiences

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Royal Ballet, Hull New Theatre reopening, review: Virtuoso dazzle with homecoming warmth by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Stars of The Royal Ballet reopened Hull New Theatre with performances by Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares as well as local dancers including the Mariinsky Ballet's Xander Parish

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Boudica, Shakespeare's Globe, London, review: Gina McKee commands the stage by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Tristan Bernays's new historical play starring Mckee as Boudica closes the Globe's summer season

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Prism, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Robert Lindsay gives a superb performance by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Terry Johnson's play about the Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff with dementia is sensitively directed by the author

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch has become an opera by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

The stage version features 16 original songs, integrating popular football chants into the chorus

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Man to Man, Wilton's Music Hall, London, review: A compelling story about storytelling by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

This translation of Manfred Karge's one woman play has a sparkling central performance about grief, identity, and fiction, but somewhat disappoints with meandering closing scenes

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hofesh Shechter Company, Grand Finale, Sadler's Wells, London, review: A highly polished show by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

From the creator of the modern classic 'Political Mother', ten zombified dancers perform to Shechter's own electronic music

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The Blinding Light, Jermyn Street Theatre, London, review: A cracking new play by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Howard Brenton's play tells the story of playwright August Strindberg who went through an infamous psychological crisis when he abandoned the stage and took up alchemy instead

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Knowledge, Charing Cross Theatre, London, review: Well-acted, rather delightful production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Maureen Lipman directs her late husband Jack Rosenthal's play about would be cabbies

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Peter Hall dead: Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company dies aged 86 by Jack Shepherd, Jack Shepherd

The former National Theatre director died at the University College hospital in London

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Doubt, A Parable, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: A breathlessly tense production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

John Patrick Shanley's play about a priest's ambiguous relationship with a young student gets its first London revival in ten years

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Hyem (yem, hjem, home), Theatre 503, London, review: This debut play yammers with natural ability by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Actor Philip Correia's first play is a character study of broken lives

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Friday, September 8, 2017

The Mean Girls musical is coming to Broadway in April 2018 by ,

An adaptation of the 2004 teen classic, starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, is hitting the stage

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5 Soldiers, Yeomanry House, London, review: Rosie Kay makes the experience of injury feel viscerally real by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

This exploration of modern war as a physical experience is presented in association with the British Army and performed in drill halls and barracks across the country for the UK tour

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Follies, National Theatre, London, review: It's jaw-droppingly great by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Imelda Staunton is stunning in Dominic Cooke's revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Outlaws to In-Laws, King's Head Theatre, London, review: These disparate dramas connect like a moving, understated motif by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

As part of the King's Head Theatre's 2017 Queer Season, this compilation of seven, specially commissioned short plays, chart how the lives of gay men have changed since the 1950s

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Tom Hiddleston's Hamlet: lucky few win ballot to see 'exceptional' stage performance by Staff, Staff

The Night Manager actor is doing a three week run at Rada's 160-seat Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lions and Tigers, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: A superb central performance from Shubham Saraf by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Playwright Tanika Gupta's new play, based on the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta, marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence from an unexepcted ang…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Windows, Finborough Theatre, London, review: Splendid performance by Charlotte Brimble by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This intimately staged production by Geoffrey Beevers marks the hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the author's birth

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Edinburgh Festival, Fleabag, review: An angry and focused play by David Pollock, David Pollock

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's 'Fleabag' makes a return to Edinburgh for a short revival run with Maddie Rice playing the lead role

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Prom 56, BBCSO / Hrůša, Royal Albert Hall, London, review: Suffused with heady Czech sentiment by Richard Whitehouse, Richard Whitehouse

The all-Czech programme conducted by Jakub Hrůša included Martinů's elegiac 'Field Mass', composed as a prayer for his homeland after the German invasion in 1939

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Edinburgh Festival, review, Stand By: Authentic and compelling by David Pollock, David Pollock

The piece about whe work of the police is written by Adam McNamara, a former serving police officer turned actor, whose credits include 'Black Watch' and 'Harry Potter and the…

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Prom 55: Classical Music of India and Pakistan, Royal Albert Hall, London, review: The only problem was the absence of any musical contexting from the by Michael Church, Michael Church

The 70th anniversary of partition and independence on the Indian subcontinent is marked by celebrating the Hindustani music of North India, South India's Carnatic music and Sufi music o…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Loot, Park Theatre, London, review: Michael Fentiman's stylish and entertaining revival by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This revival of Joe Orton's black farce reinstates some of the lines that had been censored by the Lord Chamberlain by the time it achieved a West End transfer and the Evening Standard …

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Knives in Hens, Donmar Warehouse, London, review: Judith Roddy gives a splendid, emotionally daring performance by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Yaël Farber is back to form directing this haunting modern classic by David Harrower after her version of the Salome story at the National was scuppered by a terrible text

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Edinburgh Festival, review, Locker Room Talk, Traverse Theatre: Fearsome, amusing, insightful and oddly human by David Pollock, David Pollock

Anonymous words of various males interviewed by Gary McNair reveal their behind-closed-doors views on women, read by four women, delivering the words as they hear them in their earpieces

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Looking for Mummy: Nazanin's Story review: 'Entertaining and inspiring' by Peyvand Khorsandi, Peyvand Khorsandi

In her book Revolutionary Ride, Lois Pryce, who motorcycled her way around Iran, stops in her tracks to give thought to the inmates of Evin, Tehran's notorious prison.

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