Thursday, July 20, 2017

Andrew Garfield clarifies Angels in America comments after backlash by Matilda Martin, Matilda Martin

Actor said comments he made in an interview about the play were 'twisted' by the media

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Dessert, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: It vents its eloquent anger on economic inequality by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Trevor Nunn directs Oliver Cotton's new play which explores wealth and greed with plenty of twists and turns

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017: Top picks and tips by Sarah Bradbury, Sarah Bradbury

With its 3,398 shows across 300 venues, we guide you through the world's largest arts festival

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Twilight Song, Park Theatre, London, review: I got the sad impression of an author forced to race against the clock by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

'My Night With Reg' playwright Kevin Elyot's final play before he died in 2014, feels unpolished with parts of it more like undeveloped notes

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The Bolshoi: Under the exacting eye of Makhar Vaziev by Neil Macfarquhar, Neil Macfarquhar

The ballet director of the Bolshoi Ballet took over the job in 2016 at a particularly tense time for the company when his predecessor was partially blinded in an acid attack organised by one…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Touch, Soho Theatre, London, review: It is like a hard-core variant of Bridget Jones by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

From the creators of the international cult hit 'Fleabag', this comedy is filthily funny and stingingly perceptive

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dorrance Dance – ETM: Double Down, Sadler's Wells, London, review: electronic tap boards amplify the sounds of dancers' feet by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

New Yorker Michelle Dorrance brings ETM – electronic tap music – to Sadler's Wells for the first time

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bodies, Royal Court, London, review: Vivienne Franzmann's play about surrogacy is immensely powerful by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Although fiercely perceptive, the play is too sensitive to settle into a root-and-branch indictment of fertility tourism

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Is it right for artists to demand their work is destroyed after their death? by Michael Paulson, Michael Paulson

Playwright Edward Albee instructed his friends to destroy any unfinished manuscripts - but could the law step in to save them for posterity?

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Queen Anne, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, review: Romola Garai gives a vivid turn in a stilted production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Helen Edmundson's play isn't sharp enough in telling the story of the Stuart monarch

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Displacement, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells, London, review: evokes the experience of war and migration by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair's work is part of the Shubbak festival of Arab culture

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Taha, Young Vic, London, review: the evolution of a Palestinian poet by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The life and work of the Palestinian writer Taha Muhammad Ali is staged by Amer Hlehel

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice criticise schools' 'political' change to Joseph musical by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

The lyrics 'Children of Israel' were altered to read 'Children of Kindness' for a New Zealand production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Flight attendants offer three-act drama performance in bid to fight plane boredom by Christopher Hooton, Christopher Hooton

When it comes to transatlantic trips, in-flight movies are pretty much a human right by this point, with even those who are ambivalent to cinema found plugged in for a triple feature of bloc…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Voices of the Amazon, Sadler's Wells, London, review: It's painfully well meant by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

This new dance musical in a rainforest setting draws on environmental concerns and is supported by the WWF and the Eden Project

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The Mentor, Vaudeville Theatre, London, review: The sizeable snag is that the play does not really rise to the occasion by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The 'Homeland' actor F Murray Abraham has returned to the British stage for the first time since he starred as Shylock for the RSC a decade ago

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Committee, Donmar Warehouse, London, review: Sandra Marvin is superb as Camila Batmanghelidjh by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This theatrical show gathers together the evidence given to The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee by Batmanghelidjh and Alan Yentob, as part of the inquiry into the …

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Alain Platel/les ballets C de la B, Sadler's Wells, London, review: It feels punishingly long, particularly in its scenes of turmoil by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Dancers from Platel's contemporary ensemble les ballets C de la B perform the dark 'nicht schlafen' with music inspired by Gustav Mahler

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ink, Almeida, London, review: An impressively unpreachy look at the red tops' circulation wars by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

James Graham's new play about the rise of 'The Sun' newspaper which stars Bertie Carvell as Rupert Murdoch is directed by Rupert Goold

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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Wyndham's Theatre, London, review: Audra McDonald is absolutely astonishing by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald makes her West End debut as the jazz icon, Billie Holiday

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Arcadia, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome, review: Atena Ameri's designs are strikingly beautiful by Erin Whitcroft, Erin Whitcroft

The Birmingham Royal Ballet perform three short short ballets including the world premiere of Ruth Brill's 'Arcadia', along with 'Le Baiser de la fée' and 'Pin…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Terror, Lyric Hammersmith, London, review: Often feels more akin to a moral philosophy seminar by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The audience plays the jury in this courtroom drama by the lawyer and writer, Ferdinand von Schirach in which a fighter pilot is on trial for shooting down a hijacked aircraft

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Gloria, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Michael Longhurst's production communicates with scathing relish the ferociously competitive bitching by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This gritty workplace drama about three ambitious editorial assistants in a national magazine office in Manhattan is another hit for American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Last Ones, Jermyn Street Theatre, London, review: Daragh O'Malley as Ivan is excellent by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The UK premiere of Maxim Gorky's play, which was banned in Russia due to its treatment of police corruption, is directed by Anthony Biggs

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How the play Rotterdam has led the way for transgender stories on stage by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

After its triumphant win at the 2017 Olivier Awards, and a sell-out run in New York, Jon Brittain's critically acclaimed 'Rotterdam' returns to the West End with more trans dr…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Richard Alston Dance Company, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Wonderful dancing, a sensitive response to music and performers by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Alston's triple bill includes his newest work 'Chacony' along with the popular 'Gypsy Mixture' and Martin Lawrance's 'Tangent'

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Tristan & Yseult, Shakespeare's Globe, London, review: Kneehigh's brilliantly offbeat retelling of the ancient Cornish legend by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This revival of Emma Rice's critically-acclaimed production for Kneehigh presents romantic love as a chemically enhanced state

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The Enchanted, the Bunker, London: A frustrating plot that presents a naive and blinkered perspective on murderers by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kiss Me, Trafalgar Studios, London, review: Claire Lams is enchanting as Stephanie by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Richard Bean's two-hander 'Kiss Me' about a woman in 1929 desperate for a baby who has a brief encounter with a sperm donor is strikingly different from his mega-hit 'One…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Richmond Theatre, review: A clumsily literal staging of the novel by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Daniel de Andrade's new staging of John Boyne's novel is part of Northern Ballet's generally successful push to widen its repertoire

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