Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Adding Machine: The themes of Elmer Rice's 1922 play seem never more relevant than now by Joshua Schmidt, Joshua Schmidt

Joshua Schmidt, composer for Adding Machine: The Musical, tells how this show asks us to look closer at ourselves, and to feel compassion and empathy as we fall into a most uncertain abyss

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The Libertine, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, review: Dominic Cooper is curiously colourless and uncompelling as Rochester by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Dominic Cooper plays hedonistic 17th Century rake the Earl of Rochester in this sexually charged play by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Home Turf, Sadler's Wells, London, review: When football and dance come together by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The 93-strong cast ranges from alumni of the National Youth Dance company to first-time dancers, from children to the theatre's Company of Elders

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Good Canary, Rose Theatre, Kingston, review: Patchy in its detail but ultimately packs a visceral punch by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

John Malkovich's play never feels like a Hollywood-star-does-serious-theatre vanity project

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Trainspotting, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, review: 'Breathes fresh life into this old story' by David Pollock, David Pollock

The film adaptation, directed by Danny Boyle, was a hit success at the box office in 1996

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Dinner at the Twits, The Vaults, London, theatre review: 'For all its culinary novelty, this show leaves a rather bland taste in the mouth' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

To mark the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, theatre company Les Enfants Terribles joined forces with Bompas and Parr to serve up his 1979 children's book as an immersive theatrica…

Linked From The Independent at 11:21AM

Things I Know To Be True, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, review: 'Genuinely haunting and fervently recommended' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

A beautiful and painfully perceptive portrait of a family and the frictions that arise when grown-up children try to push beyond the confines of their loving parents' expectations

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The Emperor, Young Vic, London, review: 'Witty and haunting production' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

It's no wonder that Ryszard Kapucsinski's 1978 book appeals to theatre-makers, says Paul Taylor

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Why is this Tennessee Williams play so rarely performed? by Michael Oakley, Michael Oakley

As the London premiere of A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur takes place, director Michael Oakley talks about the lesser known works of Tennessee Williams and the similarities between this and …

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Monday, September 12, 2016

punkplay, Southwark Playhouse, review: 'The troubled dynamic is beautifully handled' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Gregory S Moss's 2009 play is now receiving its UK premiere

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sadler's Wells, review: 'A wonderful richness to the way they move' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Founded by Ailey in 1958, the company became the most high-profile and influential African-American modern dance ensemble, mixing modern and contemporary styles with roots in black culture

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Labyrinth, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Dynamic and deeply researched by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Some may feel it is a bit too school-of-Enron for comfort

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Maxine Peake interview: 'Sometimes the darker the work, the more fun you can have' by Veronica Lee, Veronica Lee

Maxine Peake has starred as Martha Costello QC in Silk on BBC1, followed by two series of Grace Middleton in period drama The Village. Now she is playing Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams…

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Britten in Brooklyn, Wilton's Music Hall, London, review: 'Resoundingly hollow and off-key' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Zoe Lewis's new play, starring Sadie Frost, is based on true events

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King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, review: 'An evening that moves and impresses' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Antony Sher played a memorable Fool to Michael Gambon's Lear at the RSC in 1982. Now he returns to the tragedy as the lead

Linked From The Independent at 10:57AM

Unfaithful, Found 111, theatre review: 'Recommended' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Owen McCafferty takes what could have been a hackneyed scenario – middle-aged marriage rocked by the imputation of infidelity – and gives it a raw contemporary twist

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Moulin Rouge! is finally getting the stage musical it has always deserved by Jess Denham, Jess Denham

John Logan and Alex Timbers are on board as playwright and director respectively

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

In his centenary year, Roald Dahl is everywhere - but should kids just go back to the books? by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

His stories might seem like a golden ticket, but endless stage and screen versions risk over-exposure

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How theatre can confront Britain's post-Brexit racism by Atiha Sen Gupta, Atiha Sen Gupta

Playwright Atiha Sen Gupta explains how her new play Counting Stars, set in a nightclub toilet, makes an audience face up to our current climate of fear

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The Entertainer, Garrick Theatre, review: 'Kenneth Branagh rises to the occasion' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Music hall meets domestic drama in this revival of John Osborne's classic play

Linked From The Independent at 07:16AM
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Scottish Ballet, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, review: 'Sometimes unwieldy, always whole-hearted' by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Scottish Ballet's new double bill for the Edinburgh Festival is ambitious, tough and danced with fierce conviction

Linked From The Independent at 07:39AM
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

They Drink It In The Congo, Almeida Theatre, review: 'A rich mess and a bold sprawl' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The Almeida addressed the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo a few years back when it staged the European premiere of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined. Adam Brace…

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Shakespeare's Globe, review: 'A winningly rumbustious family show' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Theatre's love-affair with the writings of War Horse author Michael Morpurgo continues with this stage version of his 2006 novella

Linked From The Independent at 11:49AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Edinburgh Festival: Daniel Kitson's Mouse - The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought, Traverse Theatre, review: 'Magnetic' by David Pollock, David Pollock

A piece of theatre which could be performed by anyone else, and yet only Kitson can truly fill it with purpose

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Edinburgh Festival: Two Man Show, Summerhall, review: 'A terrifically generous piece of writing' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

A look at masculinity and patriarchy, Two Man Show is played by two women

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Groundhog Day, Old Vic, theatre review: 'Such a tonic that it's a pity you can't get a repeat prescription for it' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The stage-musical adaptation of the 1993 movie reunites the team behind the smash-hit Matilda

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Animal (Are you a proper person?), Gilded Balloon, review: 'A shot of uncomplicated joy' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Using spirit animals as a way into talking about accepting who you really are is the charming conceit at the centre of Animal (Are you a proper person?)

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Edinburgh Fringe: Electric Eden, Electric Circus/Pleasance Pop-up, review: 'Never quite electrifying' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Last year, Not Too Tame had a hit with a show in a pub; now the young ensemble are doing a site-specific 'party-theatre' in a disused house

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The Burnt Part Boys, Park Theatre, review: 'Entertaining enough' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The European premiere of an off-Broadway show and the first musical ever to be staged in Park90 is a bold choice, says Paul Taylor

Linked From The Independent at 03:43PM

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