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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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Monday, April 28, 2014

Birmingham Royal Ballet review small is beautiful in a foxy triple bill by David Jays

Crescent theatre, BirminghamChoreographers Kit Holder and Alexander Whitley made their mark in this intimate space at the International Dance festival, BirminghamSmall spaces have proved the…

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Tempest Replica review inventive but constrained dance version of Shakespeare by David Jays

Sadler's Wells, LondonCrystal Pite and Kidd Pivot's take on The Tempest has an intriguing repeating structure, and probes keenly into Prospero's character, but feels somewhat held backShakes…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

'Modern exile': Paul McGann and Anya Reiss on relocating Chekhov to Yemen by David Jays

The dark and panoramic Three Sisters has been relocated to the Middle East and set among British diplomats and military. The play's adapter and star explain why"The play has turned out …

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sex, solitude and soul: Rattigan's Variation on a Theme returns by David Jays

Rattigan's spin on La Dame aux Camélias was slated when it was first staged in 1958 and then vanished from view. Actor Rachael Stirling and director Michael Oakley explain why they've broug…

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Monday, January 6, 2014

How to name a character – raid your inbox! by David Jays

How do writers come up with character names? Some raid their emails, some plunder their school days – and some take inspiration from Psycho. Stephen Poliakoff, Abi Morgan and more talk to …

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rosemary Vercoe obituary by David Jays

Costume designer who began her career in acting but won acclaim with her designs for the theatre and operaA baggy cardigan; a battered fedora; a starchy dress fastened high at the neck. The …

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Michael Clark Company: The Barrowlands Project – review by David Jays

Barrowland Ballroom, GlasgowA decade ago, who would have predicted that the uniquely wayward Michael Clark would become one of Britain's most reliably pleasurable choreographers? Fierce cont…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Roger Butlin obituary by David Jays

Innovative stage designer with a love of baroque opera and a painterly sensibilityIn 1972 Thomas Allen was a young baritone preparing to sing Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd for…

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rachel Cameron obituary by David Jays

Gifted Australian ballerina and inspirational educator for ballet teachersIn Britain, few did more to keep the fragile art of classical ballet alive than the gifted dancer and supreme educat…

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

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?Simon Callow is currently playing a nasty Toby Belch in Twelfth Nig…

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Are the RSC ensemble's glory days over? by David Jays

After the triumph of its Shakespeare history cycle, it seems that the RSC's once-great ensemble has lost its wayThe cycle of Shakespeare's history plays performed by the RSC (2007-8) was one…

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Friday, January 14, 2011

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

Why are theatre rehearsal rooms such mysterious spaces? And why are dance rehearsals so different?To most theatregoers, the rehearsal room is a mysterious space: a crucible, sealed off to th…

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