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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Faith Healer review – Friel's spellbinder captures theatre's magic by Chris Wiegand

Old Vic, LondonMichael Sheen, Indira Varma and David Threlfall are a superb trinity for Brian Friel’s powerful monologues The Old Vic’s livestream of Faith Healer – with the divine cas…

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Beverley Knight urges government to reopen theatres for sake of livelihoods by Chris Wiegand

Performer stages protest to ‘go to bat’ for imperilled workforce overlooked by post-Covid reopening of schools, offices and pubs The best theatre and dance to watch online Beverley Knig…

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Pippin review – medieval musical lets the sunshine in by Chris Wiegand

The Garden theatre at the Eagle, LondonA cast of six including Strictly’s Joanne Clifton perform Stephen Schwartz’s breezy songs in a new outdoor venue What a way to woo an audience! Pi…

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

National Theatre reopens to stage panto for second time in its history by Chris Wiegand

Dick Whittington presented in new in-the-round season that includes sequel to hit football play Death of England The National Theatre in London is to reopen next month with a season that inc…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Actor Barbara Jefford dies aged 90 by Chris Wiegand

Tributes paid to ‘brilliant actor’ who excelled in Shakespearean roles and worked with Federico Fellini, Stephen Frears and Roman Polanski The acclaimed British classical actor Barbara J…

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Royal Court theatre reopens to present 'living newspaper' by Chris Wiegand

London venue will host ‘dynamic, political and disruptive’ performances around its building The Royal Court theatre in London is to reopen to audiences in November, not with a play on ei…

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It's before you! York Theatre Royal announces travelling panto troupe by Chris Wiegand

Actors will visit all of the city’s wards offering a choose-your-own pantomime programme as a response to Covid York Theatre Royal puts on one of the most famous pantos in the land. Even h…

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Tudor girl-band concert Six set to be first musical to reopen in West End by Chris Wiegand

Hit show about the six wives of Henry VIII aims to boost confidence in live theatre and will also be staged in Salford It is, perhaps, the perfect musical for a nation under a “rule of six…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

All-star lineup celebrate Noël Coward's West End centenary by Chris Wiegand

Judi Dench joins cast of A Marvellous Party to mark Coward’s 1920 playwriting debut and raise money for performers’ charities, while Emma Thompson features in Zoom reading of Private Liv…

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'Whoa, this is heavy!' Back to the Future musical to open in London next year by Chris Wiegand

Production featuring spectacular effects will transfer to Adelphi theatre in May London’s West End theatres remain mostly shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic but, if the calculations ar…

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Michael Sheen returns to stage in live-streamed Faith Healer by Chris Wiegand

Brian Friel drama promises ‘emotional thwack’, with star joining David Threlfall and Indira Varma at the Old Vic Michael Sheen is to return to the stage in a revival of Brian Friel’s F…

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Parks, pubs and pitches: where to watch UK theatre in September by Chris Wiegand

Shakespeare at a cricket ground, a festival in a bombed-out church and park-bench drama – plus more socially distanced shows to enjoy this month August is over but there’s still time to …

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Lesbian love story wins Popcorn Writing award for new play Edinburgh never got to see by Chris Wiegand

Jennifer Lunn wins £2,500 prize for drama Es and Flo, whose fringe premiere was sabotaged by the Covid pandemic A drama about an ageing lesbian couple’s love, and their experience of disc…

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Glued to Roald Dahl: the Guardian will stream The Twits by Chris Wiegand

A theatrical reading of the children’s classic, directed by Ned Bennett, will be free online One has mouldy cereal in his beard and revoltingly hairy ears; the other has a glass eye and a …

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Jesus Christ Superstar review – a triumphant return for live theatre by Chris Wiegand

Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonThis concert version of Timothy Sheader’s revelatory 2016 production made a virtue of distancing on stage – were there a roof it would have blown …

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

'Canary in the coalmine': Scarborough's Stephen Joseph theatre reopens for autumn by Chris Wiegand

John Godber’s B&B drama – performed by the playwright, with his family – launches programme that includes one-woman Christmas show A play written by John Godber during lockdown is …

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

London artists dig deep for one last show as demolition day looms by Chris Wiegand

At Soho studios soon to be replaced by a hotel, ThisEgg theatre company turn a time of destruction into celebration Amid traffic cones and breeze blocks, the diggers are out in Soho. Nothing…

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Immersive Doctor Who show to open in London next year by Chris Wiegand

Doctor Who: Time Fracture has been adapted by the team behind long-running immersive F Scott Fitzgerald show The Great Gatsby It has been a screen sensation for almost 60 years, with a huge …

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Edward Watson to retire as Royal Ballet principal dancer by Chris Wiegand

Watson, whose final performance in a new Wayne McGregor production has been postponed by Covid, will join the company’s team of coaches He has stunned Covent Garden audiences as the doomed…

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Russell Howard walks out of standup gig after audience member films him by Chris Wiegand

The comic, who was testing out new material, said ‘You’ve ruined it’ before leaving The comedian Russell Howard cut short a standup set in Bristol on Wednesday night after discovering …

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Ian McKellen: UK government 'underestimated' public on Covid lockdown by Chris Wiegand

At livestreamed event actor says it was thought before March people would not observe rules The actor Sir Ian McKellen has said that the British government “underestimated” the public by…

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Charlotte Holmes: Adventure Box review – whodunnit for kids is a treat by Chris Wiegand

This ingeniously designed mystery game is a summer escape made with wonder and wellbeing at its heart The best theatre and dance to watch online If you grew up reading The Famous Five and Th…

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

'It's a Herculean effort': UK theatre festivals adapt for summer of Covid by Chris Wiegand

From Brighton to Belfast, socially distanced performances are popping up in unexpected spaces, including the beach, a shopping centre and a church ‘Dive in!” commanded the cover of Brigh…

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Derry theatre remembers lives lost to the Troubles and Covid-19 by Chris Wiegand

A socially distanced audience will sit among objects recalling Northern Ireland’s prolonged conflict and the pandemic in a piece about mourning In a verse dedicated to his aunt, the Irish …

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Mark Gatiss’s stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol postponed to 2021 by Chris Wiegand

Writer says production of Dickens classic will debut at Nottingham Playhouse in October 2021 due to uncertainty over reopening of UK theatres Mark Gatiss’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol …

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Andrew Scott delays Old Vic theatre show again as he recovers from surgery by Chris Wiegand

Live-streamed production of Three Kings rescheduled for second time as actor is ‘still not well enough to perform’ A live-streamed theatre production starring Andrew Scott has been delay…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Fleabag producer unveils Shedinburgh fringe festival streamed from sheds by Chris Wiegand

With this year’s Edinburgh festival cancelled, performers including Sara Pascoe, Deborah Frances-White and Gary McNair will be broadcasting live from the tiniest of venues It started as a …

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Friday, July 31, 2020

'Scary situation': delay to lockdown easing forces costly theatre cancellations by Chris Wiegand

The union Equity said that the PM’s last-minute announcement was ‘distressing news’ as venues in England face financial hit The government’s last-minute delay to lockdown easing has …

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Women's prize for playwriting longlist is 'politically charged', say producers by Chris Wiegand

The £12,000 prize is a galvanising moment for industry that must ‘rejuvenate rather than regress’ after the Covid-19 pandemic The longlisted writers for a new prize for female playwrigh…

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Olivier award-winning theatre producer André Ptaszynski dies aged 67 by Chris Wiegand

Ptaszynski whose hits included the musical Matilda was one of the West End’s ‘greatest experts’ Tributes have been paid to the distinguished theatre producer André Ptaszynski, who has…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

'Theatres save lives – this is where you give blood, vote and cry' by Chris Wiegand

Mold’s Theatr Clwyd has not put on a show in months but remains vital for its community during the pandemic, delivering food and enabling young people’s creativity During lockdown, artis…

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