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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

False Start review – sprinter’s nightmare makes for pacy theatre by Chris Wiegand

Summerhall, EdinburghThe pressures faced by elite athletes are explored in a dynamic show presented as part of the fringe’s Belgian Selection A gun is fired and the agonised figure before …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM

Everything Has Changed review – a children’s guide to navigating our new normal by Chris Wiegand

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghCovid and the climate crisis are the subjects of a smart and fun two-hander that processes disaster through drama Edinburgh is bustling again this summer, with …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Coming Out of My Cage (and I’ve Been Doing Just Fine) review – killer karaoke by Chris Wiegand

Underbelly, EdinburghIrresistibly gleeful celebration of the enduring popularity of Mr Brightside, the Killers’ 2004 debut anthem still in the charts today Vegas rockers the Killers have j…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07PM
Monday, August 8, 2022

Midsummer Mechanicals review – the Dream’s rude players deliver more merriment by Chris Wiegand

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonBottom, Quince, Flute and Patience make the young audience feel right at home in this affably silly show that puts Shakespeare in a spin Last summer, Shakespea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42AM
Sunday, July 31, 2022

The best theatre to stream this month: Edinburgh fringe, Jane Eyre and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes highlights from the world’s biggest arts jamboree and startling fresh takes on Charlotte Brontë and Henrik Ibsen “I was struck by her spir…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12PM
Friday, July 29, 2022

Venice Dance Biennale review – Wayne McGregor delivers sinners and shapeshifters by Chris Wiegand

The British choreographer’s programme includes beguiling digital dance created by Tobias Gremmler, a reckoning with desire from Rocío Molina and seven visions of vice Leonora Carrington i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:07AM
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Horrible Histories: Terrible Thames review – behold the poop deck! by Chris Wiegand

Tower Bridge Quay, LondonA teacher and his unruly student host a family tour of the capital’s river with scatological gags and gory stories aplenty They’ve conquered cinema, telly and st…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Monday, July 4, 2022

Helen Hunt to star in satire at the Old Vic about ‘a highly contagious virus’ by Chris Wiegand

Jonathan Spector’s 2018 play Eureka Day, about the social disarray after an outbreak of mumps, will receive its European premiere in September Helen Hunt is to star in a “wince-inducing…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33AM
Thursday, June 30, 2022

The best theatre to stream this month: Dancing at Dusk, Maryland and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes international festivals, Gemma Arterton in The Duchess of Malfi and Christopher Plummer in The Tempest When Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Muppet power! RSC uses puppet legends for My Neighbour Totoro staging by Chris Wiegand

The RSC’s version of the Japanese classic has smashed box office records – before the curtain’s even gone up. We meet the Jim Henson puppeteers bringing Studio Ghibli’s beloved fluff…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

King James review – basketball fans bond over LeBron fever by Chris Wiegand

Mark Taper Forum, Los AngelesRajiv Joseph’s play conveys the elation and heartbreak of sporting obsession, seen through the eyes of two friends The king in this new American play is basket…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:29AM
Monday, June 20, 2022

Man of God review – fright and fury in a Bangkok hotel room by Chris Wiegand

Geffen Playhouse, Los AngelesPrivacy, religion, abuse of power and the spotlight of Instagram are all explored in Anna Ouyang Moench’s darkly comic tale A group of women wield retribution …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48PM

New London theatre to open with ‘frighteningly vivid’ unfinished Schiller play by Chris Wiegand

Dmitry by Peter Oswald at the Marylebone theatre completes a drama by the German writer that offers a complex historical perspective on Russia A new London theatre, based in the Grade II-lis…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Sunday, June 19, 2022

LA Dance Project: Be Here Now review – at close quarters with Millepied’s magnetic movers by Chris Wiegand

LA Dance Project, Los AngelesBenjamin Millepied’s charismatic company shine in a performance shrewdly set to Caroline Shaw and Andy Akiho’s rich compositions Dancing to music is one thin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:18AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Miles Jupp to star in stage version of The Lavender Hill Mob by Chris Wiegand

Jupp will play opposite Justin Edwards in adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy set to tour the UK this autumn Graham Linehan revived The Ladykillers in 2011, Stephen Mangan became The Man…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Monday, June 13, 2022

Jennifer Hudson joins EGOT winners after Tony victory by Chris Wiegand

The musician, actor and producer joins an elite group of US entertainers after winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and now a Tony award The performer and producer Jennifer Hudson has joined …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:07PM

‘A costly mistake’: Andrew Lloyd Webber booed as Cinderella closes in West End by Chris Wiegand

Composer penned a letter read out at the final performance, praising ‘superb’ team but prompting criticism from some audience members A letter from Andrew Lloyd Webber, read on stage at …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:07PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Stage flight: theatregoers aflutter after bat swoops into London show by Chris Wiegand

Winged intruder ‘put in a fantastic performance’ after arriving in Sadler’s Wells auditorium amid a staging of The Rite of Spring Audience members at Sadler’s Wells theatre in London…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM

Mog the Forgetful Cat review – a miaow-vellous musical treat by Chris Wiegand

Royal and Derngate, NorthamptonJudith Kerr’s warm-hearted children’s book is faithfully realised with a vivid and gently ingenious tale of family life Who could forget about Judith Kerr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The best theatre to stream this month: Death of England, Grenfell and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes political plays, an assortment from the Brighton fringe, an epic rehearsal at the RSC and a musical about a guide dog It started out as an onli…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48PM
Monday, May 30, 2022

Nancy Medina named as new artistic director of Bristol Old Vic by Chris Wiegand

Medina, who set up the Bristol School of Acting, takes over next spring as Tom Morris steps down after more than a decade Bristol Old Vic has appointed Nancy Medina as its new artistic direc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

‘Shake it and see what happens’: the confounding world of James Thierrée by Chris Wiegand

The circus star turns singer in his new show, Room, which is designed to embrace chaos. He talks about the mystery of theatre and his movie missions In James Thierrée’s beguiling stage sh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Queen’s A Night at the Opera inspires Japanese take on Romeo and Juliet by Chris Wiegand

A Night at the Kabuki, which shifts the star-crossed lovers to 12th-century Japan, will visit London on an international tour A Night at the Opera, the classic rock album by Queen, has inspi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

‘What happened to Free Willy?’ Cock ticket prices drop after shock at £400 seats by Chris Wiegand

‘Dynamic pricing’ sees ticket costs fluctuate wildly for the acclaimed production’s final performances in the West End The West End play Cock has faced criticism for operating a “dyn…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

National Theatre to stage The Crucible with Erin Doherty and Brendan Cowell by Chris Wiegand

Revival of Arthur Miller’s allegory is part of a new season featuring The Boy With Two Hearts and a 40-week tour of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane The National Theatre in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Friday, May 6, 2022

The Crown’s Peter Morgan to premiere play about Russian oligarchs by Chris Wiegand

Patriots will open at the Almeida in London and star Tom Hollander as Boris Berezovsky, with Vladimir Putin and Roman Abramovich among the characters Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Timothée Chalamet’s West End debut cancelled after two years of postponements by Chris Wiegand

The Old Vic theatre says its much-anticipated production of 4000 Miles, co-starring Eileen Atkins, will no longer go ahead It was one of London’s hottest theatre tickets for 2020: a Pulitz…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Calvino Nights review – irresistible theatre that sharpens the senses by Chris Wiegand

Minack theatre, PorthcurnoBased on Italo Calvino folk tales, Kneehigh founder Mike Shepherd’s bounteous show features burning instruments, puppetry and political outrage Once upon a time? …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella reopened the West End in style – its closure is no way to ‘build back better’ by Chris Wiegand

The composer’s glorious new musical deserves fuller audiences – and its talented workforce deserved to be given better warning about its future Buns N Roses, the cheeky opening number in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12PM

Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cinderella to close in the West End by Chris Wiegand

Announcement that the show will end at London’s Gillian Lynne theatre in June comes as a shock, with those who had been due to join the production expressing heartache The curtain is to co…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Sunday, May 1, 2022

The best theatre to stream this month: Red Pitch, Constellations and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of plays to watch at home in May includes The Tempest with Jessie Buckley, Robert Icke’s The Doctor staged in Amsterdam and Amanda Wilkin’s superb solo show Shedding a Skin T…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM

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