Monday, May 25, 2015

Lloyd Webber attacks 'Independent' campaign for cheaper theatre seats by David Lister

Andrew Lloyd Webber defends himself and his fellow West End theatre owners and impresarios today over the cost of London theatre tickets. And he warns that ticket prices may have to increase further.
Thanks to Tim Gowen on RATM for the link!

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Critics: hunks or halfwits? By Michael Coveney

Why are critics portrayed as handsome hunks in Hollywood films but seedy creeps on the stage?

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La Bête, Comedy, London; You Me Bum Bum Train, LEB Building, London; Not By Bread Alone, Arts Depot, London
Reviewed by Kate Bassett

Mark Rylance is absurdly funny in David Hirson's rhyming-couplet costume comedy, but typically he lets you see the insecurity beneath the swagger

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Mark Rylance: Acting is just play. You have to look for the joyful thing By Brian Logan

Acclaimed by some as the best since Olivier, but derided by others for being 'as nutty as a fruitcake', the iconoclastic actor says pleasure is the secret behind his success

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Tom Stoppard takes on Europe's last tyrant By Roland Oliphant

Writer's support for Belarusian theatre has put him up at loggerheads with an autocratic regime

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As You Like It/The Tempest, Old Vic, London
Reviewed by Paul Taylor

Handsomely designed and engagingly acted, they don't emerge as a joint revelation and fail to add up to more than the sum of their parts.

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Screen plays: The growth of the live-action spin-offs By Andrew Johnson

If it's a hit on the telly, the chances are it will soon be coming to a theatre near you

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All My Sons, Apollo, London; Paradise Found, Menier Chocolate Factory, London; Sus, Broadway, Barking
Reviewed by Kate Bassett

Howard Davies gets the best from a superb cast in his faultless revival of Arthur Miller's classic 1947 tragedy

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Julie Andrews: She's climbed every mountain By Tim Walker

Nearly half a century after the films that turned her into a screen legend, the star with the purest of voices has a new stage show. And if cruel fortune has stopped her singing quite like s…

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David Essex: More, so much more, than a pretty face

The afterlife of a sex god can be tricky. But the man who decorated a zillion bedroom walls has not been idle, and is about to open in his own West End show. Andrew Johnson meets David Essex

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Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death - Reviewed by Michael Coveney (****)

Embattled Bard's on to a real winner

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Sondheim - In Good Company

The Independent presents a three-part series of podcasts looking at the life of Stephen Sondheim to celebrate the composer and lyricist's 80th birthday.

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Mark Haddon: The curious incident of the novelist turned playwright By Claire Allfree

Seven years after his debut novel announced the arrival of a distinct literary voice, Mark Haddon is preparing to take on the theatre

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Shakespeare's star-cross'd lovers start to act their age By Andrew Johnson

Bold version of 'Romeo and Juliet' transposes roles of parents and children

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First Night: Love Never Dies, Adelphi Theatre, London (*****)

'Phans' of the original are outraged that Andrew Lloyd Webber has written a sequel to the most successful musical of all time. But Love Never Dies - which opens in London tonight - is phabul…

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First Eric Cantona, now Audrey Tautou takes to the stage By John Lichfield in Paris

French actors are migrating from the cinema as Parisian theatres recover from crisis-deflated 2009

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