Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Audience, Apollo Theatre, review: Kristin Scott Thomas' slicing comic subtlety is a treat

We’re on the brink of discovering who our next prime minister will be, a royal princess has just been born… it seems the perfect time to revive Peter Morgan’s hit play, staging the pri…

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Breakin’ Convention, Sadler’s Wells, review: A platform for big personalities and amazing moves

One of the joys of Breakin’ Convention is its sheer range. The international festival of hip hop dance goes from sharp political theatre to child-friendly workshops and the rock star glamo…

Linked From The Independent at 07:27AM

Beyond Caring, National Theatre, review: a stark look at the lives behind the political posturing on zero-hours contracts

Three casual workers arrive for the night shift at a meat factory. There’s hard-faced Becky (Victoria Moseley), timid, dowdy Susan (Kristin Hutchinson) and Grace (Janet Etuk), forced into …

Linked From The Independent at 06:18AM
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Maya Plisetskaya dead: Russian ballet legend dies aged 89

Maya Plisetskaya, regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and whose career at Russia's Bolshoi Theatre spanned more than 35 years, has died aged 89.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Alexander McQueen play: James Phillips on bringing the fashion designer's life to the West End

Can a subject be too interesting for drama? That was playwright James Phillips’s fear when he began to think about the life of the late great, fashion iconoclast Alexander McQueen. For tho…

Linked From The Independent at 07:25AM
Friday, May 1, 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe appoints Kneehigh’s Emma Rice as new artistic director

Artistic director of the innovative Cornwall-based Kneehigh theatre company has landed the top job at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

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Merchant of Venice, Globe Theatre, review: Jonathan Pryce’s beleaguered Shylock impresses in an otherwise middling production

Jonathan Munby’s clear-headed production of The Merchant of Venice treads a fine line between solid and sparkling: there’s no flashy concept, but there are flashes of directorial insight.

Linked From The Independent at 06:21AM
Thursday, April 30, 2015

7–75, The Place, review: Too much skipping, not enough dancing

7–75, the first dance work by theatre director Amy Hodge, starts with a very cheery image. Her cast of five female performers, aged from seven to 75, hula-hoop joyfully to Chuck Berry. Hoo…

Linked From The Independent at 07:10AM
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

American Buffalo, Wyndham's Theatre, London: Damian Lewis impresses as moustacheod Teach in star-studded production

It's a role that has attracted the likes of Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and William H Macy. Now, the part of Teach – the most driven of the three small-time hustlers in David Mamet's 1975 pla…

Linked From The Independent at 08:22AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tony Awards 2015: Helen Mirren and Carey Mulligan among British hopefuls

Helen Mirren has been nominated for a Tony award for her performance as the Queen in The Audience.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

The Spalding Suite, where poetry meets basketball: From hip-hop to hoop dreams

When Inua Ellams was 15, his family moved from England to Dublin. "Back then Dublin was, how shall I put it, at a youthful stage in its race relations," Ellams says elegantly. "They had thes…

Linked From The Independent at 12:37PM
Sunday, April 26, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird play saved after Harper Lee sets up non-profit company

Harper Lee has rescued a production of her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird after a dispute threatened to end performances of the play in the author’s hometown.

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Ferguson play: Actors leave production based on Grand Jury evidence in Michael Brown shooting – but show will go on

A controversial play about the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown will still be going ahead tonight despite the departure of half of the cast, according to the show’s director.

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Actor Tom Sturridge: Best friend of Robert Pattinson on starring in Far from the Madding Crowd and grabbing people's crotches

Tom Sturridge is an actor who’s so far been better known for his relationships with his fiancée, Sienna Miller, and his best friend, Robert Pattinson, than for his own acting CV, but that…

Linked From The Independent at 08:48AM
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

The arts aren't an add-on We have a real problem with the double squeeze of Arts Council cuts and local authority cuts. Ultimately the problems in today's society – truancy, crime, ill hea…

Linked From The Independent at 07:28PM
Friday, April 24, 2015

La Fille mal gardée, Royal Opera House, review: Natalia Osipova leads a springtime delight

Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, one of The Royal Ballet’s signature works, is a springtime delight. This performance was gorgeously led by star ballerina Natalia Osipova and Ste…

Linked From The Independent at 07:18AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

English National Opera head vows to protect full-time musicians

The head of the beleaguered English National Opera (ENO) has vowed to protect the company’s full-time musicians after Arts Council England suggested they could be dropped to save money.

Linked From The Independent at 05:27PM

Ah, Wilderness!, Young Vic, theatre review: A haunting, witty production

The setting is the same Connecticut seashore home as in the angst-ridden Long Day's Journey Into Night. But the mood of Eugene O'Neill's earlier semi-autobiographical play is surprisingly hu…

Linked From The Independent at 12:51PM
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bugsy Malone is back: Plenty of splurge guns but no twerking teens

Backstage, the splurge guns are all lined up and the pedal car is parked in the wings. When the pedalling and splurging begin in earnest, the first major stage production of Bugsy Malone …

Linked From The Independent at 01:38PM
Monday, April 20, 2015

Kevin Spacey's successor at The Old Vic promises a more low-key approach

Kevin Spacey’s 11 successful years at The Old Vic brought a touch of Hollywood glamour to Waterloo – but his successor will launch his first season in charge with a pledge to be a little…

Linked From The Independent at 05:26PM

George MacKay on Ah, Wilderness!, Peter Pan, and the sands of time

Rising star George MacKay, 23, is rehearsing in a giant sandpit for his latest role, playing troubled teenager Richard Miller in Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. "Practical…

Linked From The Independent at 12:11PM
Sunday, April 19, 2015

The School for Scandal, theatre review: Richard Sheridan's satire still presses buttons

In an age where reputations are won and lost at the click of an iPhone, Richard Sheridan’s The School for Scandal is a canny choice for a revival at the Tobacco Factory.

Linked From The Independent at 10:08AM
Friday, April 17, 2015

Measure for Measure, Barbican, review: Excellent production draws thought-provoking parallels with Putin era

The abuse of power is an ever-topical theme, though one that is itself open to mistreatment by axe-grinding, opportunistic directors.  But in this stunning account of Measure for Measure …

Linked From The Independent at 10:42AM
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh has gone from treading the boards of the West End to being an internationally acclaimed director, in demand in Hollywood after blockbuster hits like Cinderella and Thor.

Linked From The Independent at 07:34PM

Tessa Ross shocks art world by stepping down as head of National Theatre

The chief executive of the National Theatre has shocked the British arts world by stepping down just six months into the job.

Linked From The Independent at 06:44PM
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Days Beckett Festival 2015: Samuel Beckett play All That Fall to be performed in the dark

Samuel Beckett plays afford ample opportunity for wild experimentation but a possible first will occur at this year’s Happy Days Beckett Festival in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland when a …

Linked From The Independent at 03:24PM

Alice's Adventures Underground, The Vaults, review: Bringing you closest to the experience of falling down that rabbit hole

“EAT ME”, “DRINK ME”: the words are scrawled in white paint on a dark purple wall in front of me. Beneath my feet is a chequered floor and in front are two black doors, one is huge, …

Linked From The Independent at 06:44AM

The Twits, Royal Court, review: Roald Dahl's spiteful couple fail to charm in this padded-out production

With the lucrative successes of Matilda the Musical and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory still going strong in the West End, you might have thought that jumping on the Roald Dahl bandwagon …

Linked From The Independent at 06:44AM
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Alice Underground, The Vaults, review: Bringing you closest to the experience of falling down that rabbit hole

“EAT ME”, “DRINK ME”: the words are scrawled in white paint on a dark purple wall in front of me. Beneath my feet is a chequered floor and in front are two black doors, one is huge, …

Linked From The Independent at 01:17PM

David Bowie stage show Lazarus boasts new songs that 'sound like classics'

David Bowie fans can look forward to some new songs that “sound like classics” in his upcoming stage show Lazarus.

Linked From The Independent at 08:51AM
Monday, April 13, 2015

Donmar theatre launches My Mark project to chart changing political views of British schoolchildren

Voters of tomorrow are to be tracked for a decade in a ground-breaking theatre project set up to chart the changing world views of British school children, ahead of their first chance to cas…

Linked From The Independent at 03:40PM

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