Saturday, March 28, 2015

Food for thought: Tom Morton-Smith

The playwright’s RSC production, Oppenheimer, about “father of the atom bomb” J Robert Oppenheimer, transferred last week to the Vaudeville Theatre after a sell-out run in Stratford-up…

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Phantom of the Opera and a £22m trust fund feud with Norway

The president of Norway’s parliament has spoken out against secrecy and alleged fraud in British offshore finance, as he lifts the lid on his 10-year battle to secure control over a £22m …

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Yuri Klavdiev on 'A Play, a Pie and a Pint': A Russian-Ukrainian season of plays

The man accused by Russia's conservative cultural establishment of being one of the country's most degenerate playwrights is eyeing a tall, blond beer. His name is Yuri Klavdiev and in the a…

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – the Musical, Curve Theatre, review: Bright, likeable but flawed

Let's face it, there 's never exactly been a surfeit of musicals that focus on misunderstood intellectuals – especially not the kind of  undervalued thinker that hails from Leicester and …

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Sweeney Todd, Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop, review: 'A close shave of alarming distinction'

Where better to serve up an unnervingly intimate site-specific version of Sondheim's gory masterpiece than a working old-fashioned pie shop? 

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Ann Maguire Gala, Sadler's Wells, review: Rarely do gala occasions have such warmth

Gala occasions don’t often have such warmth. Across a programme of new works, highlights and fine musical choices, the first gala for the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund was fluently stage…

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to get film version from Sony Pictures

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will be adapted from the West End to the silver screen, Sony Pictures has confirmed.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mel Brooks live in London, Prince of Wales Theatre, review: A blazing show from Brooks as comedy great gets back in the saddle

Mel Brooks did not have to say a word to get the crowd on its feet. The applause as he walked on went on for minutes; there was an ovation in the stalls before the visiting American comedian…

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

How Richard III became the blueprint for villainous performances around the world

Shakespeare depicted him as a king, a hunchback and a Machiavellian-style baddie who ordered the death of his own brother.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Coliseum, review: Explosively good between patches of plodding choreography

Birmingham Royal Ballet visit London in force, with thundering chorus for David Bintley’s pop staging of Carmina Burana and dancers sweeping across the stage in George Balanchine’s Seren…

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Robert Altman's wife Kathryn Reed on why she can't forgive 'impossible' Kevin Spacey

There is an awkward moment when Kathryn Reed Altman enters a room in the Mayfair Hotel. I’d just been telling Ron Mann, who has made Altman, a documentary on her husband of 47 years, that …

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The Vote: Judi Dench to star with daughter in polling station play aired live on election night

Dame Judi Dench is set to star with her daughter in a ground-breaking polling station play that will be aired live on TV on election night.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tina Fey's Mean Girls musical '60 per cent' done

In what must surely be the most “fetch” news of the day, it has been revealed that Tina Fey’s upcoming Mean Girls musical is “60 per cent” complete.

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The Broken Heart, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, review: Ghoulish tragedy but with a sardonic touch

Poor John Ford. As if Shakespeare wasn't a hard enough act to follow, the Jacobean playwright now has to follow a performance by the all-conquering Mark Rylance who starred in the previous p…

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Hugh Jackman cancels one man shows in Turkey after suffering a vocal haemorrhage

Hugh Jackman has been forced to cancel his one-man stage show in Turkey after falling ill.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Stevie, Hampstead Theatre, review: Zoe Wanamaker gives a penetrating performance

How many times have you seen a production of a bio-play about an author where the leading actor has managed to persuade you of virtually everything but the crucial fact that he or she could …

Linked From The Independent at 10:57AM
Monday, March 16, 2015

Battersea Arts Centre: Spirit burns bright as staff breathe new life into groundbreaking theatre

Freshly chalked in block capitals on the blackboard outside, a small but proud symbol of defiance, were the words “WE ARE OPEN”.

Linked From The Independent at 04:19PM

Misogyny is rife in film and theatre, but brilliant, dynamic women are coming through

As the final strands of the Captain’s sanity unravel towards the close of August Strindberg’s The Father, the titular patriarch takes us on a grand tour of literary female infidelity. …

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Kill Me Now, Park Theatre London, review: An unflinching portrait of disability

Canadian dramatist Brad Fraser has never been a respecter of the pieties. His story of the relationship between Joey, a severely physically disabled 17-year-old, and his widower father Jake,…

Linked From The Independent at 02:14PM
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Battersea Arts Centre fire: Investigators sifting through the ashes for clues as recovery begins

Investigators are sifting through the ashes at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) today looking for clues to what started the huge fire that ripped through the grade II listed building.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Battersea Arts Centre fire breaks out: 12 fire engines fight enormous blaze

An enormous fire has broken out at Battersea Arts Centre in South London.

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Maxine Peake 'traumatised' by watching herself play Hamlet ahead of cinema release

Maxine Peake has described watching herself playing Hamlet as “completely traumatic” and said it took her a couple of days to get over it.

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Maxine Peake 'traumatised' by watching herself as Hamlet ahead of cinema release

Maxine Peake has described watching herself playing Hamlet as “completely traumatic” and said it took her a couple of days to get over it.

Linked From The Independent at 11:52AM
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

House prices and the property market: Rents and deposits are at the centre of new theatre and TV dramas

If Shakespeare were alive today, what would he be writing about? Would it be fairy queens, Scottish kings and star-crossed lovers, or would it be mortgages, stamp duty and the house price bu…

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Olivier Awards 2015: Young Vic upstages the National in British theatre award nominations

The Young Vic, which was established by the National Theatre to promote experimental plays for young audiences, has eclipsed its mother organisation at this year’s Olivier Awards.

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Olivier Awards 2015: Nominations in full from Wolf Hall to Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Lesley Manville and James McAvoy have announced the nominations for this year's Olivier Awards, celebrating the best in theatre.

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peddling, Arcola, review: Harry Melling's solo show has a feverish intensity

Into a black gauze cube, Harry Melling drops from the ceiling to a burst of loud dance music. It may only be a couple of metres squared, but Melling will rattle around in this cage effective…

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Bad Jews poster 'censored' on London Tube

London Underground has banned a poster for the play Bad Jews after it ruled it may cause "widespread or serious offence".

Linked From The Independent at 09:36AM

Antigone, Barbican, theatre review: Juliette Binoche stars in a strangely unmoving Greek tragedy

On paper, this is a de luxe proposition. Sophocles' play is one of the greatest and most inextricably unresolvable of Greek tragedies.

Linked From The Independent at 08:42AM
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fish in the Dark, theatre review: Cliché-ridden play will curb the enthusiasm of Larry David fans

Larry David co-created Seinfeld and starred in and wrote Curb Your Enthusiasm. Between those two landmark TV comedies he wrote and directed Sour Grapes, a dire, almost unwatchable film, abou…

Linked From The Independent at 08:20PM

Bruce Willis to make Broadway debut in adaptation of Stephen King novel Misery

Bruce Willis is finally set to make his Broadway debut later this year in the stage adaptation of Misery by horror writer Stephen King.

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