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Monday, November 20, 2017

The spray's the thing: how actors use perfumes to get into character by David Jays

Playing Thatcher? Dab on Bluebell. Got a part in Hairspray? Reach for the Madame Rochas. We lift the lid on how actors use smells – from the finest fragrances to cheap tinned mackerel – …

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Friday, October 6, 2017

(The Fall of) The Master Builder review – fresh sleaze in modern Ibsen by David Jays

West Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsReece Dinsdale is increasingly nasty as the predatory architect heading for catastrophe in Zinnie Harris’s sharp rebootSomeone texts the master builder: “I…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

'The body is a living archive': Wayne McGregor on turning his DNA into dance by David Jays

The brainbox of British dance is creating choreography from his own genetic code in an adventurous new show. It’s the latest experiment at his hi-tech dance HQ, where the lift changes colo…

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Dangerous dreams: the mind-blowing world of designer Bunny Christie – in pictures by David Jays

From mapping the journey of The Curious Incident’s teen hero to putting Shakespeare in prison and erecting a towering newsroom for Ink, Bunny Christie talks through five of her creationsBu…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Don Quixote review – synchronised bull-fighters take over as the Mariinsky banishes Don by David Jays

Royal Opera House, LondonThis cape-swirling, fan-clacking production is full of enthusiasm and excellent dancing – but where has our heroic knight gone?Traditional Russian ballets can be b…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

'How does the internet feel?' Chloe Lamford's astounding stage designs - in pictures by David Jays

Hacktivists in ball pools, teenagers riding unicorns and a world powered by actors on bikes … Chloe Lamford’s playful sets take audiences by surprise. She explains how she creates them…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to build a theatre season: something old, new – and a bolt from the blue by David Jays

Assembling a distinctive programme of work is a balancing act for directors. The team at Richmond’s Orange Tree theatre explain how they pair revivals of quirky classics with bravura exper…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kafka, catwalks and vanishing sets: Miriam Buether's stunning designs – in pictures by David Jays

From a play about Edward Snowden to an opera about Anna Nicole Smith, Miriam Buether’s stage designs always astonish audiences. She talks through six of her greatest creationsEnter the the…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Josette Simon: 'Powerful women are reduced to being dishonourable' by David Jays

As she becomes the first black woman to play Cleopatra at Stratford, Josette Simon explains why there is so much more to the queen than a strumpetAs Josette Simon neared the end of her drama…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Peter Farmer obituary by David Jays

Designer whose stagings of classic ballet created an atmosphere of delicate enchantmentBy the time he came to design an elegantly Edwardian Nutcracker for English National Ballet in 2010, Pe…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Giselle review – Alina Cojocaru is sublime in signature role by David Jays

Coliseum, LondonCojocaru brings exquisite precision to her performance in English National Ballet’s atmospheric and richly picturesque productionThis is an inspired piece of curation. Engl…

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Older actors weigh up their careers: 'If you're not obsessed, you'll never survive' by David Jays

Don’t expect to be in control, never stop looking for the next role: Siân Phillips, Timothy West and Janet Henfrey on how they turned acting into a life’s workActors don’t retire, the…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Red Shoes review – Matthew Bourne's enthralling dance of obsession by David Jays

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAn aspiring ballerina falls under the spell of a charismatic impresario in a vivid stage version of the classic tale of artistic ambitionsWhen Powell and Pressburger…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Crouching tigers, dancing ghosts: Tim Yip's stunning designs by Mee-Lai Stone, Tristram Kenton and David Jays

‘I’m surprised when people recognise my work,’ says Tim Yip. ‘I change my style all the time.’ His notion of ‘new orientalism’ in films, dance, theatre and opera is about commu…

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Australian Ballet: Cinderella review – big jumps, bigger smiles by David Jays

Coliseum, LondonLeanne Stojmenov’s tomboyish vigour transforms Cinders into a resilient and exuberant heroine in this deliciously designed productionCinderella is a story about building a …

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Shakespeare triple bill review – Birmingham Royal Ballet dance with elegance and intelligence by David Jays

Birmingham HippodromeJessica Lang’s rippling Wink, inspired by the sonnets, leads a set of pieces paying tribute to the great playwrightBirmingham Royal Ballet will unveil a full-length Te…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How choreographer Ann Yee got Andrew Scott and Ralph Fiennes into the groove by David Jays

She helped Scott shake his hips like a rock god in Birdland and set Fiennes boogying in A Bigger Splash. For actors, Ann Yee has all the right movesRalph Fiennes struts like a chicken, shimm…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mariinsky Ballet review – 20 minutes of ninja-kicking genius leads to a zombie apocalypse by David Jays

Millennium Centre, CardiffValery Gergiev hares through Alexei Ratmansky’s brain-fizzing dance of dejection before plunging into Sasha Waltz’s ash-filled end of daysRussia’s great balle…

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

'She's willing to go to the frontier': the fearless Tanya Moodie by David Jays

Rarely cast for frivolity, the star of Intimate Apparel is now seizing the role of Gertrude opposite Paapa Essiedu in the RSC’s Hamlet. She talks about going ‘cross-eyed with concentrati…

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

William Gaskill obituary by David Jays

Theatre director who brought Brechtian principles and puritanical rigour to his productionsProductions by the theatre director William Gaskill, who has died aged 85, were praised for their r…

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Guarding Arthur Miller: when writers' estates say no by David Jays

Theatre directors and writers’ estates do not always see eye to eye. As a new generation seeks to reinterpret Arthur Miller’s work, we lift the lid on the scandals, bans and breakthrough…

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Our Country’s Good review – revival of a humanist classic by David Jays

National TheatreAn expansive production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s penal colony play bristles with hope and indignationWelcome to Australia, so far from home. In the late 18th century, Br…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Swan Lake review –  graceful star turns can't elevate this flat staging by David Jays

Coliseum, LondonThe evil sorcerer looks as if he has escaped from a Cher tribute act and Tchaikovsky’s stirring score loses its pulse in the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s desperately or…

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Birmingham Royal Ballet: The King Dances and Carmina Burana review – a regal performance with heart and dazzle by David Jays

Birmingham HippodromeDavid Bintley’s sleek and gleaming new piece captures the moment, at the court of young Louis XIV, when classical ballet came of ageIn 1653, the teenaged Louis XIV pla…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Smoke, mirrors and fake plastic trees: the designs of Es Devlin by David Jays

Welcome to the worlds of Es Devlin, who has dreamed up domed catwalks for Louis Vuitton and arena spectaculars for U2, and won an Olivier award for bringing The Nether’s digital landscape …

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Why theatre must never lose the plot by David Jays

Critics and creatives may snort at our obsession with stories, but the need to know is what keeps us alive ... and in the theatre

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What really goes on in the rehearsal room? by David Jays

Why are theatre rehearsal rooms such mysterious spaces? And why are dance rehearsals so different?

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Stage to page: do books about theatre ever live up to the real thing? by David Jays

Writing convincingly about theatre is the trickiest of arts. Does Simon Callow's prizewinning autobiography make the grade?

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Stage to page: do books about theatre ever live up to the real thing? by David Jays

Writing convincingly about theatre is the trickiest of arts. Does Simon Callow's prizewinning autobiography make the grade?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Behind closed doors: what really happens in the rehearsal room by David Jays

Line by line, step by step, how do performers prepare for a show? And how does it differ in the dance and theatre worlds? David Jays watches the warm-ups for King John, A Damsel in Distress …

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo: Romeo and Juliet review – Prokofiev, puppets and a killer plinth by David Jays

London ColiseumJean-Christophe Maillot’s production is fresh and uncluttered but the lovers are sidelined in this flawed interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Continue reading...

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