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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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Monday, April 13, 2015

Maze review – a charming and mysterious labyrinth of dance by David Jays

Margate Winter GardensFramed by looming white industrial foam walls, Jasmin Vardimon’s performance is enthralling – but falls short of its Cocteauesque inspiration Continue reading...

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

National Youth Dance Company review – a rewarding tour of Planet Cherkaoui by David Jays

Sadler’s Wells, LondonThe curiosity of choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a smart fit with NYDC’s 38 young performers in a challenging large-scale project Continue reading...

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Rona Munro: Manchester on a knife edge by David Jays

Scuttlers, the playwright’s latest drama, is about the gangs of street-fighting kids who terrorised 19th-century Ancoats with belts and blades“After the 2011 riots,” says Rona Munro, …

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

No pity party: how ‘victim art’ dances with truth by David Jays

Twenty years ago, a critic caused a storm by declaring a dance piece ‘victim art’. Disabled dancers and choreographers who work with drug addicts and ex-prisoners reveal what has changed…

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Candoco Dance Company review – smart show skips through the unsayable by David Jays

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonMining conversations with the disabled and non-disabled dancers, Hetain Patel’s Let’s Talk About Dis tackles physical difference with wit, guile and confidenc…

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Phoenix Dance Theatre mixed programme review – jolts of intrigue in modest bill by David Jays

A juicy piece by Israeli-Dutch duo Ivgi and Greben, and Darshan Singh Bhuller’s tender work about his father, are highlights in programme that plays it safe Continue reading...

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Carnage by candlelight: Michael Longhurst on Tis Pity Shes a Whore by David Jays

With its incest and gore, John Fords 17th-century tragedy was not an obvious choice for the director of Constellations. He explains the allure of the play and of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse…

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blanche McIntyre: the stage director who works hard to make it all look easy by David Jays

From helming £4,000 plays straight out of Oxford, the prolific young director with a brain the size of a planet has grown bolder with each production. But what will she choose next? Continu…

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fiddler on the Roof at 50 mazel tov! by David Jays

This classic musical is schmaltzy and shadowy and the role of Tevye the milkman continues to reward a star turn Continue reading...

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Coppélia review psycho-thriller meets mischievous romcom by David Jays

English National Ballet, LondonStriking rising talents bring added vim to this sugared-up tale of an inventor and his sexbot Almost human: why is art so obsessed with lifesize dolls? Contin…

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Elaine Cassidy at the Donmar: take control and cut the chit-chat by David Jays

Acting? It's weird. Lyndsey Turner? She's a 'grafter'. Brian Friel's Fathers and Sons? It casts her as the Hotel Inspector. Sort of. The star of TV's The Paradise on her return to the stage&…

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

All My Sons review reproachful truths under a rustle of leaves by David Jays

Regent's Park theatre, LondonThis revival of Arthur Miller's 1947 war-imbued drama doesn't quite hit home, but intensifies as night fallsA plane growled over Regent's Park during the opening…

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