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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Somersaults in six-inch heels: the punishing world of Peking Opera by Andrew Dickson

They start as young as nine and wear costumes so lavish, heavy and painful some of them faint. As Chinese opera heads for Britain, our writer goes behind the scenes at its Beijing HQAn elabo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:46AM
Monday, November 2, 2015

As You Like It: was it the world's first sketch show? by Andrew Dickson

Is As You Like It the first ever sketch show? The duo behind the National’s new staging reveal how they gave it ‘the wow factor’Who’s the greatest Shakespearean heroine of them all? …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:50AM
Friday, October 30, 2015

War, migration and revenge: Shakespeare is the bard of today’s world | Andrew Dickson by Andrew Dickson

From Hamlet in Syrian refugee camps to Macbeth in Kolkata, the plays have a resonance far beyond middle EnglandIt is impossible to look at Sarah Lee’s photographs of actors from the Globe …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:28AM
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Inside the world's most haunted theatre by Andrew Dickson

Shadowy presences in the wings, glimpses of long-dead performers … ghosts have long plagued the theatre. We descend into the bowels of the West End’s spookiest playhouse – home to the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:07AM
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Best Shakespeare films: a Russian Lear, an Indian Othello … and a Danish Hamlet by Andrew Dickson

Film-makers around the world have re-imagined the Bard’s plays with staggering results. Here are five of the bestThe release of Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and M…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:21AM
Monday, September 28, 2015

Iliad review – Homer's epic is the theatrical event of the year by Andrew Dickson

The Ffwrnes, LlanelliThe audience becomes the raw material of this vital National Theatre Wales version of one of our oldest narratives An army straggles along the beach in improvised encamp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:38AM
Friday, September 25, 2015

From Globe to global: a Shakespeare voyage around the world by Andrew Dickson

Anti-apartheid hero, Nazi favourite, Bollywood inspiration – no other writer’s work is embedded in such a variety of cultures, and today takes such different formsIt was a Monday morning…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

John Lahr: 'I got death threats for not liking a Sondheim musical' by Andrew Dickson

Basketball with Woody Allen, a hunting knife from David Mamet, hanging out with Groucho Marx … the legendary critic remembers half a century in showbizJohn Lahr has something to show me. U…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:34PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Thomas Ostermeier: 'Hamlet? The play's a mess' by Andrew Dickson

Michael Sheen's take on the Dane is getting all the attention – but could director Thomas Ostermeier's radical version blow it away?Thomas Ostermeier's production of Hamlet is a shambles …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:30PM

To be, or not to be: does it matter? by Andrew Dickson

The production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch has been criticised for moving around the play’s most famous soliloquy. The furore ignores the fact that people have been messing wit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18PM
Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Heresy of Love review – a glimmering, timely revival by Andrew Dickson

Shakespeare’s Globe, London Helen Edmundson’s powerful play about the life and works of proto-feminist Juana Inés de la Cruz boasts powerful performances and a quiet witIt’s scandalou…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:38AM
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

946 review – Kneehigh's D-day drama brings cats and razzmatazz by Andrew Dickson

The Asylum, CornwallThis all-singing, all-dancing adaptation of a Michael Morpurgo novella has plenty of fizz, but only in its dying moments does it strike an emotional chordGiven the globe-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Friday, July 24, 2015

Patrick Marber: ‘Your heart skips when someone is saying your lines’ by Andrew Dickson

After early success writing for the National Theatre and for Alan Partridge, Patrick Marber’s career stalled. As he returns with two plays, he explains how Lewes FC, Turgenev and an escape…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

{150} review – fragments of an epic slog from Wales to Patagonia by Andrew Dickson

Royal Opera House Stores, AberdareArtist Marc Rees thinks big with this multimedia account of Welsh settlers in South America, told in a vast storage facility with the help of an Eisteddfod …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:22AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Othello: the role that entices and enrages actors of all skin colours by Andrew Dickson

The RSC’s new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy has a black Iago in Lucian Msamati while Hugh Quarshie is battling with the lead role of the wise yet murderous Moor. But is the play ev…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:15AM
Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Marxist take on Magna Carta by Andrew Dickson

Written in the 1960s to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the sealing of the charter, John Arden’s radical play Left-Handed Liberty still has lessons to teach us Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Monday, May 25, 2015

Learn direct: can theatre directing be taught? by Andrew Dickson

My piece on training courses for young directors raises the question of what makes a good one - skill, instinct or funding?

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:58PM
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jonathan Pryce takes on Shylock: ‘I’d love it if they booed me’ by Andrew Dickson

He’s played everyone from Mahler to Cardinal Wolsey and once did King Lear and Winnie the Pooh in the same day. So why is Jonathan Pryce so worried about playing Shylock in The Merchant of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:00AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Judi Dench and the anarchists: why British theatre has gone election mad by Andrew Dickson

From a doom-metal George Osborne to Judi Dench placing her cross live on polling day, British theatre has caught election fever. Can playwrights swing the vote? Andrew Dickson talks to David…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:30PM
Saturday, April 11, 2015

The director’s cut: David Lan of the Young Vic by Andrew Dickson

With 11 nominations, the Young Vic is set to dominate this weekend’s Olivier awards. Its artistic director, David Lan, explains how a theatre once housed in a converted butcher’s shop be…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:57AM
Sunday, April 5, 2015

Who Cares: the play that puts the NHS under the knife by Andrew Dickson

How do you make a play about something as vast as the NHS and its 1.6 million workers? As playwright Michael Wynne explains, you need to speak to nurses, executives and whistleblowers – an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:00AM
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Richard III has inspired a foul plot to dig up Shakespeare by Andrew Dickson

What could we possibly want to discover from the Bard’s bones? The thing that made him extraordinary was his brain – no one is going to unearth that Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:01PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Harvest review – Beckettian menace and wit in Belarussian drama by Andrew Dickson

Ustinov Studio, BathThere is doleful humour and quiet despair in this piece by Pavel Pryazhko, directed by Michael Boyd and designed by Tom Piper Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Monday, March 9, 2015

Romeo and Juliet review – tweeny Shakespeare with a touch of steampunk by Andrew Dickson

Tobacco Factory, BristolThe Montagues and Capulets face off like Anthony Burgess’s droogs in a Verona on the edge of meltdownThe kids are taking over the theatre company Shakespeare at the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:53AM
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Crouch Touch Pause Engage review – Gareth Thomas’s coming-out tale lacks spirit of its subject by Andrew Dickson

There’s no denying the power of the story but this verbatim play has the feeling of a well-intentioned research projectIn 2009, rugby star Gareth “Alfie” Thomas had the world at his fe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:28AM
Monday, February 23, 2015

Blasted review –Sarah Kane’s explosive charge remains intact by Andrew Dickson

Porter’s, CardiffWith brutal depictions of sexual violence and suicide in a venue this intimate, it’s sometimes as much as you can do to look at the stage Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:34AM
Friday, February 13, 2015

Sarah Kane: a Blast from the past by Andrew Dickson

Sarah Kane‘s plays shocked audiences and critics with scenes of rape, cannibalism and suicide. As they are revived, we talk to the cast about a body of work that laughs in the face of dark…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Friday, February 6, 2015

Mountaineering review – a journey of life guided by headphones and crisps by Andrew Dickson

Roundhouse, LondonSomewhere between solo reverie and group therapy, Non Zero One’s immersive piece explores what makes us who we are Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:19AM
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Walking the Tightrope review – playlets that probe politics and art by Andrew Dickson

Theatre Delicatessen, LondonToo many of this series of short works look inwards, failing to tackle broader questions of culture, morality and freedom of expression Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:41AM
Saturday, January 24, 2015

How playwright David Greig discovered Birnam Wood in Basra by Andrew Dickson

Scotland’s most successful playwright explains why his Macbeth sequel is rooted in the war on Iraq‘You know,” says David Greig, staring moodily into his chicken broth, “I’m jealous…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:00AM

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