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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Irina Brook’s stage obsession: ‘It’s been 50 years – theatre, theatre, theatre!’ by Andrew Dickson

She grew up in an artistic dynasty and was once rejected for a part by her dad. Now the director is turning her life into an epic new project. She reflects on Chekhov, Shakespeare and Iggy P…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

‘Life is never what you expect!’ Deborah Warner on theatre, nature and new parenthood by Andrew Dickson

The groundbreaking director’s new project, Arcadia, fills tents with poetry and music in Manchester. She talks about Covid and Brexit, becoming a mother and taking over Bath’s Ustinov A …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24AM
Sunday, April 18, 2021

Third time lucky? Inside the RSC’s much-delayed Winter’s Tale by Andrew Dickson

Bedevilled by lockdowns and brain-bending Covid protocols, the Shakespeare play about isolation, grief and fresh starts is finally being staged and emotions are running high. We join the dre…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48AM
Sunday, December 13, 2020

‘I crave flesh-and-blood actors, an audience that laughs and gasps as one’: the magic of Christmas theatre by Arifa Akbar Interviews By Lyndsey Winship and Andrew Dickson

After a tough year for theatre, our chief critic celebrates the joy of the Christmas show, while five festive performers reveal how it feels to be waiting in the wings Remember your first ev…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:32AM
Monday, December 7, 2020

'Holding their nerve': Almeida reopens with play devised during lockdown by Andrew Dickson

With auditions on Zoom, social distancing on stage and scenes that can be cut if an actor tests positive, Nine Lessons and Carols is a play for Covid times In the near-empty Almeida theatre …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Shakespeare in lockdown: did he write King Lear in plague quarantine? by Andrew Dickson

Pestilence was rife in the Bard’s time, closing theatres and ravaging life. Did he write his bleak, desperate drama while self-isolating? We sift the evidence While those of us stuck in s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:32AM
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Toby Jones: 'Actors talking about acting? It makes you scream!' by Andrew Dickson

He’s played everything from an elf in Harry Potter to Truman Capote and a harassed coach driver. Now, Jones is taking on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Just don’t call it the role of a lifetim…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Friday, November 1, 2019

Bans, defiance and death blows: how theatre tore down the Berlin Wall by Andrew Dickson

They defied the Stasi and sparked a revolution. Our writer reveals the pivotal role East Germany’s dynamic theatre culture played in the fall of the GDR – and the collapse of European co…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

To BP or not BP … Would Shakespeare have taken oil company money? by Andrew Dickson

The RSC has finally turned its back on BP funding after actor Mark Rylance said it is what the Bard would have wanted. But as Simon Callow points out – the playwright was hardly a model of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Bard stuff: actors reveal their favourite Shakespeare character by Andrew Dickson

To mark the Stratford playwright’s birthday, Ophelia Lovibond, Paapa Essiedu, Jade Anouka, Roger Allam and John Kani discuss the roles they love best The great thing about Shakespeare is t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00AM
Friday, February 8, 2019

The best Shakespeare films – ranked! by Andrew Dickson

Kenneth Branagh graduates from player to playwright this week for All is True, in which he plays an ailing Bard. But which big-screen Shakey is the greatest?Despite its hey-nonny-nonny reput…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Cate Blanchett on her S&M-themed play: 'I see theatre as a provocation' by Andrew Dickson

Cate Blanchett has played queens, vagabonds and Bob Dylan. Now the double Oscar-winner is hitting the London stage in an avant garde work about sexual domination – and hinting at a farewel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Friday, December 14, 2018

'Don't spit on the deck!' Arts bosses on how to hand over power by Andrew Dickson

When Indhu Rubasingham turned the Tricycle theatre into the Kiln earlier this year, there were protests and passionate defences. Vicky Featherstone, Richard Eyre and Charles Saumarez Smith d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:04AM
Monday, August 27, 2018

Rediscovering Queen Margaret: 'I tried to think of Shakespeare as my co-writer' by Andrew Dickson

A new work by Jeanie O’Hare distils four Shakespeare plays to retell the story of the Wars of the Roses, focusing on Margaret of Anjou, the formidable wife of Henry VIThe unmissable theatr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Monday, July 23, 2018

South Western review – pasties at dawn in a riotous wild west homage by Andrew Dickson

Tobacco Factory, BristolWardrobe Ensemble’s western pastiche is a diverting gallop through fake blood, feminist twists and Bristolian in-jokesIn 2015, boutique, Bristol-based collective th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A is for 'ah well', F is for fish and chips: show delivers A-Z of Englishness by Andrew Dickson

English, created by National Theatre Wales and Quarantine, is a brainstorm about language and identity On either side of the stage, screens flash up words and phrases. “Accident of birth…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Monday, May 28, 2018

King Lear – review by Andrew Dickson

Shakespeare's Globe, LondonA gaunt and arthritic king totters on stage, his head a thatch of matted white hair – then, grinning, he springs up like a jack-in-the-box and whisks off the wig…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Shakespeare timeline: follow the plot of the playwright's life by Andrew Dickson

From his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon to family tragedy, friendship with the monarch and success at the Globe, explore the twists and turns in Shakespeare’s own storyOn 26 April, Stratford…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

After ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear,’ Where Else Can Paapa Essiedu Go? by Andrew Dickson

One director said “the canon is wide open” for this young British actor, who is onstage at BAM this month and at the Kennedy Center in May.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 02:31PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

'Don't screw it up!' Artistic directors on the perils of regime change by Andrew Dickson

Rupert Goold was left an out-of-date bottle of cassis. Josie Rourke received wisdom – and a warning. Jackie Wylie banned talk of Black Watch. Three ADs on taking over the top jobThe Britis…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:10AM
Friday, March 23, 2018

Turning a Ghoulish Children’s Book Into a Grand Opera by Andrew Dickson

Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” has been transformed into an opera in London, with music by Mark-Anthony Turnage. It goes to some genuinely disturbing places.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:00AM
Monday, February 26, 2018

Is this a dagger dangling before me? Staging the strange world of Macbeth by Andrew Dickson

With Christopher Eccleston and Rory Kinnear taking a stab at Shakespeare’s thane, we look at the trouble with one of its most famous – and weirdest – momentsMacbeth is full of things t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:21AM
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

'Tear it down and start again': playwright Elinor Cook on sexism in British theatre by Andrew Dickson

Her sharp and funny plays have feted female friendship. As Elinor Cook takes Ibsen to the Caribbean with her version of The Lady from the Sea, she talks about fighting against the industry…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Floods, locust farms and teens in charge: Blast Theory's vision of Hull in 2097 by Andrew Dickson

The experimental troupe are giving the UK city of culture a glimpse of what it might look like in 80 years’ time – and it isn’t pretty. Our writer travels to Denmark to meet the team b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42PM
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Blood and cherry blossom: Yukio Ninagawa's samurai Macbeth is back by Andrew Dickson

His bold take on Shakespeare’s tragedy features kabuki witches, Buddhist chants and a cello-playing Lady Macbeth. As it returns, Yukio Ninagawa’s collaborators remember how he enthralled…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thelma Holt: 'I'll be honest, I thought: I'm never going to be as good as Vanessa Redgrave' by Andrew Dickson

The legendary stage producer talks to Andrew Dickson about marriage, Shakespeare and bloody-minded determination"My life and times?" says Thelma Holt. "I love talking, but" – her voic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Friday, August 25, 2017

'I wrote it in a frenzy': David Harrower on the play that saved him by Andrew Dickson

He was living with his mum and working as a dish-washer. But he threw all he had into a brutal play that became a Scottish classic. The dramatist talks about the return of Knives in Hens –…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33PM
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Live webchat: Russell Kane answered your questions by Andrew Dickson

Comedian and Beyoncé impersonator Russell Kane was in at 3pm today to answer your questions. What did he have to say?There are few male comics of whom you could say that it's a close call w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36PM
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Balancing Acts by Nicholas Hytner review – secrets of the National Theatre by Andrew Dickson

The NT’s former artistic director digs up absorbing material, and argues that high-minded can also be showbiz goldImpressive though his time running the National Theatre was, in one respec…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:31AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How Punchdrunk breathed life into The Drowned Man by Andrew Dickson

Punchdrunk are staging their biggest show yet – a descent into the Hollywood dream factory – in a vast west London building. But have the interactive mavericks reached theatre's outer&nb…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spy report that criticised Marlowe for 'gay Christ' claim is revealed online by Andrew Dickson

British Library releases ‘Baines note’ in which playwright Christopher Marlowe scandalously suggests Christian communion should be smoked in a pipeA controversial document in which the p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM

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