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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Nanni Moretti’s I Am Self Sufficient: a joke-filled fringe lampoon by Chris Wiegand

The Italian auteur’s debut feature spoofs experimental theatre with its tale of a group of friends launching a heavy-handed Beckettian show The stage on screen: more films about theatre …

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Leeds Playhouse marks 50 years with dramas rolling back the decades by Chris Wiegand

Alice Nutter, Simon Armitage and Maxine Peake will contribute to season offering a ‘northern perspective’ on how life has changed since the 1970s A series of new plays about Yorkshire li…

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Band Wagon: Minnelli’s musical is perfect curtain-raiser to theatre’s return by Chris Wiegand

Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, standout song and dance numbers, a clever fusion of stage and cinema … that’s entertainment! The stage on screen: more films about theatre Vincente Minnell…

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Peter Capaldi and Sheila Atim among rotating cast in Constellations revival by Chris Wiegand

Star-studded new run of acclaimed two-hander will use four pairs of actors, with Zoë Wanamaker and Chris O’Dowd also signed up Nick Payne’s two-hander play Constellations is to be given…

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Regent’s Park Open Air theatre to launch summer season with Romeo and Juliet by Chris Wiegand

Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel will also be staged along with two children’s plays as industry begins to reopen Regent’s Park Open Air theatre in London has confirmed the lineu…

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Manchester to open a new outdoor theatre for summer by Chris Wiegand

The socially distanced 400-seat venue will stage Alice in Wonderland with contemporary Manchester songs A new outdoor theatre in Manchester is to present productions of A Midsummer Night’s…

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Beware the actoplasm! Spoof thespian Nicholas Craig returns by Chris Wiegand

The mock classical actor created by Nigel Planer and Christopher Douglas scaled the heights at the RSC and the ‘Nash’. Now, he’s ready for a comeback If you’ve ever marvelled at an a…

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Love on the Ground: the intimate illusions of Jacques Rivette’s chateau mystery by Chris Wiegand

Jane Birkin and Geraldine Chaplin star in the French director’s enthralling and perplexing drama about rehearsals for a one-off performance The stage on screen: more films about theatre A…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Shakespeare Wallah: Merchant Ivory's bittersweet tale of Bollywood and the Bard by Chris Wiegand

The Kendal family of actors star in a story inspired by their travels around India, whose booming film industry upstages their theatrical troupe The stage on screen: more films about theatre…

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Rafe Spall to star in West End premiere of To Kill a Mockingbird by Chris Wiegand

Spall will replace Rhys Ifans as Atticus Finch in production opening at the Gielgud theatre in March 2022 Rafe Spall is to play Atticus Finch in the West End premiere of To Kill a Mockingbir…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Michael Sheen to star in Under Milk Wood at the National Theatre by Chris Wiegand

Reconfigured Olivier theatre will show Dylan Thomas classic in June reopening with Jack Thorne play set for Dorfman stage The National Theatre in London is set to reopen in June with a new v…

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

'My father thought actors were one step above cat burglars!': Alfred Molina meets David Oyelowo by Chris Wiegand

The actors talk about applause, auditions, how they fell in love with the theatre – and the extraordinary high of delivering the perfect line David Oyelowo and Alfred Molina have been frie…

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An Actor's Revenge: Kon Ichikawa's phenomenal kabuki thriller by Chris Wiegand

In this stylish Japanese classic, a performer uses theatrical techniques to engineer the deaths of his enemies The stage on screen: more films about theatre We sometimes talk of scene-steale…

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Friday, March 19, 2021

From Gnomeo & Juliet to Baz Luhrmann: 10 of the best Romeo and Juliets by Chris Wiegand

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers have provided inspiration across stage and screen, via slang-singing gangs and warring garden ornaments Modern Toss on Shakespeare’s classic romance S…

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Ian McKellen's long-awaited return as Hamlet set for June by Chris Wiegand

Shakespeare tragedy will be followed by The Cherry Orchard with a cast including Steven Berkoff and Jenny Seagrove Sir Ian McKellen’s return to the role of Hamlet, 50 years after he first …

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Ralph Fiennes to direct and star in TS Eliot's Four Quartets by Chris Wiegand

A solo theatre adaptation, co-produced by Theatre Royal Bath and the Royal & Derngate, will tour the UK this summer Ralph Fiennes is to direct and star in a solo theatre adaptation of TS…

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Seun Shote, 'superbly talented' actor, dies unexpectedly aged 47 by Chris Wiegand

Shote appeared on the West End, television and stages across the UK, and was artistic director of Orísun Productions, focusing on talent from the African diaspora Tributes have been paid to…

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When you're a Jet and a Shark: West Side Story's George Chakiris by Chris Wiegand

The Oscar-winning star portrayed rival gang leaders in the stage and screen versions of the classic musical. He remembers dancing with Marilyn Monroe, playing Dracula and his role as a tromb…

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Patti LuPone meets Jonathan Bailey: ‘You’re the biggest star in the world!’ by Chris Wiegand

The stars of Netflix’s Bridgerton and Hollywood talk about singing in the shower, the alchemy of the theatre – and why no one in Stephen Sondheim’s Company would ask LuPone to dance Pa…

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Stage Fright: Hitchcock thriller makes theatre a crime scene by Chris Wiegand

A long-lost London playhouse and Rada’s headquarters feature in this 1950 caper starring a showstopping Marlene Dietrich The stage on screen: more films about theatre Abraham Lincoln’s …

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Joanna Lumley on The Picture of Dorian Gray: 'Obsession with beauty is so relevant today' by Chris Wiegand

As the actor appears in a new production of Oscar Wilde’s story, she talks about modelling, her anxieties for young people and the ‘Pandora’s box’ of social media You’re starring …

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Sonia Friedman unveils season of West End plays for 'bold new world' by Chris Wiegand

Gemma Arterton and Emma Corrin will be among cast in set of dramas confronting urgent issues Producer Sonia Friedman and director Ian Rickson are to present a spring season of plays in the W…

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

John Simm meets Tracy-Ann Oberman: 'Without the audience, we’re just shouting in a room' by Chris Wiegand

The actors and old friends talk about how theatre beats TV, the terror of standup – and the joys of making Yoko Ono crack up John Simm’s dad encouraged him towards a career on stage; Tra…

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The Incredible Jessica James: the coolest playwright on film by Chris Wiegand

In this winning romcom, comedian Jessica Williams has a sparky energy that evokes theatre at its most immediate “I would literally rather have my period non-stop for a thousand years than …

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Dave Stewart and Joss Stone team up for Time Traveller's Wife musical by Chris Wiegand

The pair will contribute original music for adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger bestseller expected on stage by early next year With UK venues closed because of the pandemic, theatregoers woul…

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Some Old Black Man review – Wendell Pierce and Charlie Robinson are riveting by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineIntergenerational racism is explored in James Anthony Tyler’s gripping play, as a son and his father try to find a way to live together An ageing father has just moved into…

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Nick Cave joins RSC's hi-tech take on A Midsummer Night's Dream by Chris Wiegand

The musician’s voice will be heard in the new online show, which combines virtual reality and live performance A groundbreaking interactive Shakespeare production that features motion-cap…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

'There will be orgasms in the aisles!' Cush Jumbo meets Anne-Marie Duff by Chris Wiegand

The actors have been friends since they starred together at the National. They talk about their showbiz debuts, the dangers of getting wrapped up in roles – and the thrills to come when th…

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Sarah Plays a Werewolf: a biting drama about theatre and teenage terror by Chris Wiegand

Katharina Wyss’s film features a phenomenal debut from Leone Balthasar as an adolescent who uses theatre to both escape – and express – her demons Sarah Plays a Werewolf is a film abou…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

After the Rehearsal: Bergman's brilliant spotlight on making and watching theatre by Chris Wiegand

Ingmar Bergman’s movie unpacks, like no other, the intimate emotional processes of staging and seeing a play In the opening scene of Fanny and Alexander, a boy is alone in an empty house, …

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'That is our job in theatre – I'm gonna make you love me!' Noma Dumezweni meets Harriet Walter by Chris Wiegand

The stars of stage and screen chat about playing witches, seeing ghosts and stepping into another legend’s shoes They have enjoyed huge success on TV with The Undoing and Killing Eve, resp…

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