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Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Play That Goes Wrong proves right for West End by Mark Brown

Hit show that began in a room above a pub has had its run at the Duchess Theatre extended until at least September 2015From Mr Saigon to Dave Poppins: West End disasters and how to avoid the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:25PM
Thursday, October 6, 2016

UK theatres call for urgent help for child refugees in Calais by Mark Brown

Theatres offer free tickets to shows for refugee children from ‘Jungle’ camp and the families they are legally entitled to joinTwenty-one UK theatre companies are urging the government t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:58PM
Thursday, September 8, 2016

David Lan named as artistic director of World Trade Centre arts hub by Mark Brown

Acclaimed Young Vic director to work part time on Frank Gehry-designed complex until its opening in 2018One of the most respected figures in British theatre is to take on the challenge of ru…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:22PM
Monday, August 22, 2016

Edinburgh fringe's 10 funniest jokes revealed by Mark Brown

One-liner specialists Stewart Francis and Tim Vine each make two appearances in Dave award's top ten listTake a seat and brace yourself – here is the funniest joke from this year's Edinbur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:36PM
Monday, July 25, 2016

Campaign aims to reopen Alexandra Palace theatre shut for 80 years by Mark Brown

The historic space opened in 1875 and although built to hold 3,000 will reopen as a multi-functional space for up to 1,300An abandoned Victorian theatre hidden inside Alexandra Palace that h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint up for WhatsOn Stage awards by Mark Brown

Harry Potter alumni shortlisted for respective theatrical roles in The Cripple of Inishmaan and MojoHarry Potter graduates Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are among the nominees shortliste…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:34PM
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Archaos returns as exhibition celebrates revolutionary chainsaw-wielding circus by Mark Brown

Not a red nose in sight as show held as part of mayor's Thames Festival recalls group that pioneered new circus genreThey were the circus mavericks who brought chainsaw juggling, razorblade …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:52AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Guardian profile: Tim Curry by Mark Brown

From Frank N Furter to king of Spamalot, via voiceovers - and some turkeysIt was 1968, and a young Tim Curry was in the gods at London's Palace Theatre looking down at Judi Dench as Sally Bo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:08PM
Monday, May 16, 2016

Royal Ballet announces new director by Mark Brown

Former dancer Kevin O'Hare plans to bring together the 'most talented artists of the 21st century'After a worldwide search to fill one of the most coveted jobs in dance – replacing the Roy…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:40AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tony awards: Hamilton musical makes history with 16 nominations by Mark Brown

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show dominates the nominees for the 70th Tonys, while Arthur Miller productions compete for best revivalHamilton, the genre-blending musical phenomenon which tells the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:26AM
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ballet star Sergei Polunin to take lead in Moscow production of Coppélia by Mark Brown

Top performer who walked from Midnight Express will dance principal role with Stanislavsky Ballet in London"He is a good boy," Vladimir Urin said reassuringly to the dancer normally portraye…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:50PM
Monday, April 25, 2016

Pablo Bronstein at Tate Britain: dancers mix Madonna and baroque by Mark Brown

New commission for the Duveen galleries space features 1980s power dressing and movements from 17th-century Italy Dancers wearing Princess Diana-esque jumpers and fake pearls are to feature …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:34AM
Monday, April 18, 2016

Shakespeare better understood in China, Mexico and Turkey than he is in the UK by Mark Brown

Survey of 18,000 people in 15 countries suggests Shakespeare more popular in Mexico, more relevant in Brazil and better understood in India than he is at homeShakespeare is more popular and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:45PM
Sunday, April 3, 2016

Judi Dench wins record eighth Olivier award by Mark Brown

81-year-old cements position as an all-time stage great with best supporting actress award, as Denise Gough wins best actressShe is one of Britain’s most loved and decorated actors, with a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:46PM
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Mark Rylance? Who is the greatest stage actor ever? by Mark Brown

Trade newspaper asks its readers to choose from 10 names but list is notable for omissions and for overwhelmingly English selectionThe Ancient Greek performer Thespis failed to make the cut …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:09AM
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Charlotte Church in contemporary reboot of The Little Mermaid by Mark Brown

Singer conceives The Last Mermaid, commissioned by Festival of Voice in Cardiff, to tackle challenging world issuesCharlotte Church has created a new musical version of Hans Christian Anders…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:45AM
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ambassador Theatre Group founders break Stage 100 record by Mark Brown

Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire are named the most influential people in theatre for a seventh timeA husband and wife team who have built the largest commercial theatre company in the worl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:19AM
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Laurie Anderson to direct 2016 Brighton festival by Mark Brown

Multidisciplinary American artist will showcase new works at 50th anniversary edition of eventLaurie Anderson is to be guest director in what will be the 50th year of Brighton festival.The p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:15PM
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Daniel Evans chosen to succeed Jonathan Church as artistic director at Chichester by Mark Brown

‘Delighted’ actor-director Evans to start work at Chichester Festival theatre in July after an award-winning seven years at Sheffield TheatresThe actor and director Daniel Evans has been…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New play by Nick Payne heads Donmar Warehouse's spring 2016 season by Mark Brown

A world premiere of Payne’s Elegy, a revival of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, and Welcome Home, Captain Fox! by Anthony Weigh are on the Donmar’s lineup A new play by Nick Payne, the wri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Billy Elliot boys return to the stage for an emotional reunion by Mark Brown

Stars gather in London to celebrate fifth birthday of show taking the world by stormOnce it might have been thought that a musical tale about an aspiring 11-year-old dancer set during the mi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:28AM
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet: media accused of contempt and hysteria by Mark Brown

Theatre figures decry coverage and the breaking of convention by sending critics in early to previews when the production is still a work in progressThe play’s the thing, and never has the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:25PM
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Richard O'Brien returns to Rocky Horror Show for West End run by Mark Brown

Stage show coming back to London for 11 performances in September with its creator appearing as narratorRichard O’Brien, the creator of The Rocky Horror Show, is returning to the show as i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:10PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Peter Brook to return to the Mahabharata for new play, Battlefield by Mark Brown

Director who adapted Sanskrit epic into famed nine-hour production in 1980s will draw on section about family torn apart by war for Young Vic showPeter Brook is to return to one of his most …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:20PM
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ireland to celebrate playwright Brian Friel with annual festival of his works by Mark Brown

First Lughnasa International Friel festival in August will be directed by Séan Doran and take place in Donegal and BelfastIreland is to celebrate its greatest living playwright with an annu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37PM
Monday, June 29, 2015

The Guardian profile: Tim Curry by Mark Brown

From Frank N Furter to king of Spamalot, via voiceovers - and some turkeysIt was 1968, and a young Tim Curry was in the gods at London's Palace Theatre looking down at Judi Dench as Sally Bo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06PM
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Love's Labours Lost, Bard in the Botanics Festival Glasgow, review: 'wonderfully over-the-top' by Mark Brown

Scotland's festival of Shakespeare got off to a great start and sent Mark Brown home smiling

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 09:46AM
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bandelero the Bandit: JM Barrie's lost play by Mark Brown

The Peter Pan creator's first drama is a rapid-fire tale of lovable rogues, dastardly villains and romance, says Mark Brown

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 06:15AM
Friday, June 19, 2015

The Driver's Seat, National Theatre of Scotland, review: 'unnerving' by Mark Brown

Laurie Sansom's adaptation of the Muriel Spark novella The Driver's Seat is psychologically intense, says Mark Brown

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 06:47AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The RSC's Wars of the Roses to be staged for the first time in 52 years by Mark Brown

Trevor Nunn will direct three-play adaptation of Shakespeare histories at the Rose theatre in Kingston, fulfilling a long-held ambitionAn epic adaptation of four Shakespeare history plays is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:13PM
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Actor Corin Redgrave dies by Mark Brown

Member of British film and theatre dynasty and revolutionary socialist dies aged 70Corin Redgrave, an actor as well known for his passionate political beliefs as for his stage, film and TV c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:10PM

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May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards