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Thursday, February 2, 2023

The Trial of Josie K review – kidding around with Kafka by Chris Wiegand

Unicorn theatre, LondonInspired by the classic novel, this play for children leads its young heroine through surreal encounters with bureaucracy – and a giant rabbit Kafka never let Josef …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Bill’s 44th review – tender and boozy puppet party by Chris Wiegand

Barbican, LondonA Beckettian sense of dread pervades Dorothy James and Andy Manjuck’s show about a wistful middle-aged man’s attempts to keep the darkness at bay It’s Bill’s birthday…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM

The best theatre to stream this month: The Boy With Two Hearts, Punchdrunk and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Billy Crystal’s musical about a fading comedian, a female Faustus and a revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate Hamed and Hessam Amiri’s s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

A Streetcar Named Desire with Paul Mescal transfers to West End by Chris Wiegand

Critically acclaimed and now boasting an Oscar nominee, the Almeida’s Tennessee Williams production will move to the Phoenix theatre in spring The Almeida theatre’s sold out production o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Friday, January 20, 2023

And Then the Rodeo Burned Down review – high noon for cowboy clowns by Chris Wiegand

King’s Head theatre, LondonChloe Rice and Natasha Roland deliver a playful two-hander about the wild west, power structures and the costs of theatre Like Dolly Parton sang in 9 to 5: it’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM
Tuesday, January 3, 2023

It’s showtime! Stage sensations to watch out for in 2023 by Chris Wiegand

Ross Willis unveils his new play Grim Brenda, Nancy Medina takes over at Bristol Old Vic and Sung Im Her has all the right moves. Here are 10 of theatre’s brightest talents today Somewhere…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Sunday, January 1, 2023

The best theatre to stream this month: Richard II, All of Us and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, a festival of mime and a rock’n’roll panto Before she embarked on Bridgerton, Adjoa Andoh starred as Richard …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Brian Cox to return to the West End in Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Chris Wiegand

The Succession star will play James Tyrone, another patriarch of a dysfunctional family, in Eugene O’Neill’s drama Succession star Brian Cox, who plays mogul Logan Roy in the HBO family …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM

Paradise Now! review – sharp satire of girlboss extremes by Chris Wiegand

Bush theatre, LondonSmartly directed and superbly acted, Margaret Perry’s funny and moving play follows a group of women working for an essential oils franchise Let’s start with the scen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Alice in Wonderland review – Carroll’s classic goes down the Victoria line by Chris Wiegand

Brixton House, LondonPoltergeist theatre company send Alice into the underground in this offbeat adaptation with tube-inspired nonsense language Alice adventures not in the traditional wonde…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM

Don’t look into the wardrobe: are Peeping Tom the world’s freakiest theatre troupe? by Chris Wiegand

The Belgian dance-theatre company love to create unnerving environments – and are set to put the apocalypse on stage. They talk about their taboo-trouncing shows Knock, knock. Who’s ther…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM
Friday, December 9, 2022

Sheridan Smith to star as Shirley Valentine in the West End by Chris Wiegand

Smith will take on the role of ‘theatre’s best-loved mum’ in Willy Russell’s play in London in February Sheridan Smith is to return to the West End stage next year in Willy Russell…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:12AM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Newsies review – ‘tis the season for Disney musical about industrial relations by Chris Wiegand

Troubadour Wembley Park theatre, LondonThis show about young New York paper-sellers has stirring anthems and screwball energy, even if it lacks emotional and political depth Newspaper hawker…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03PM

Almeida theatre cancels performances of A Streetcar Named Desire as actor withdraws by Chris Wiegand

Patsy Ferran will take over from Lydia Wilson when the London production opens a week late, alongside co-stars Paul Mescal and Anjana Vasan London’s Almeida theatre has cancelled the first…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Cheryl to make West End theatre debut in 2:22 – A Ghost Story by Chris Wiegand

The star formerly known as Cheryl Tweedy will play Jenny, who believes her new home is haunted, in the hit play by Danny Robins The former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl is to follow in the foots…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The best theatre to stream this month: Age of Rage, A Scary Little Tempest and more by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Ivo van Hove’s epic, boisterous family fun and a dance fable for Christmas “I never think about the audience until the last days before we …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Crackers review – have yourself a merry ratty Christmas by Chris Wiegand

Polka theatre, LondonCharles Way’s farce has squabbling siblings, festive karaoke and a cranky rodent as a family tries to keep their pet shop afloat In children’s theatre, little ideas …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12AM
Monday, November 28, 2022

Christmas in the Sunshine review – a jolly holiday of a show by Chris Wiegand

Unicorn theatre, LondonPlaywright Yasmin Joseph and director Ola Ince team up for a drama that captures the warmth of a family reconnecting in Jamaica Here’s a new play with so many fun id…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03AM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Elf the Musical review – Buddy’s back with some syrupy showtunes by Chris Wiegand

Dominion theatre, LondonChoreographed candy cane twirling and funny moments from the Will Ferrell film don’t save this show from being a bland corporate Christmas experience Son of a nutcr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

James Norton to star in West End version of bestselling novel A Little Life by Chris Wiegand

Author Hanya Yanagihara and director Ivo van Hove adapt ‘mesmerising’ story about effects of child abuse for London stage An adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s bestselling novel A Little…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

‘We put Disney in the bin’: Victoria Hamilton-Barritt on being theatre’s top Christmas villain by Chris Wiegand

She starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights while eight months pregnant and played Cinderella’s stepmother in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s abruptly closed musical. Now Hamilton-Barritt…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM

Johnny Flynn and Mark Gatiss to play Richard Burton and John Gielgud in new play by Chris Wiegand

Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Sam Mendes, The Motive and the Cue is about the famous 1964 production of Hamlet and will open at the National Theatre Johnny Flynn is to play Richard …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Monday, November 21, 2022

Ryan Reynolds to appear at Just for Laughs comedy festival at O2 London by Chris Wiegand

The festival will celebrate 40th anniversary in 2023 with London shows featuring the actor talking to Rob Delaney, plus host of standup acts Just for Laughs, the comedy festival that began i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Friday, November 18, 2022

Cinderella review – a rapturous Rodgers and Hammerstein fairytale by Chris Wiegand

Hope Mill theatre, ManchesterEuphoric songs are delivered with splendour as the duo’s musical finally gets its European premiere, with a fantastic lead performance by Grace Mouat A foot in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

‘An acutely difficult time’: companies respond to Arts Council funding decisions by Harriet Sherwood, Chris Wiegand and Lucy Knight

In our third set of case studies exploring the impact of Arts Council England’s new funding round, we hear from Eclipse in Leeds, Oldham Coliseum and Hexham’s Bloodaxe Books Organisation…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Monday, November 14, 2022

Thrilled, relieved, perplexed: three Arts Council funding verdicts by Chris Wiegand, Imogen Tilden and Harriet Sherwood

In our second set of case studies exploring the impact of Arts Council England’s new funding decisions, we hear from Balbir Singh Dance Company, Britten Sinfonia and Little Bulb Organisati…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM

Jellicle clown: Frankie Thompson on her unmissable feline fever dream Catts by Chris Wiegand

Her cat-tastic stage show is a riff on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical that swerves into emotionally raw territory. The Edinburgh fringe sensation talks about trauma, taboos and the importan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Arts Council funding: organisations head into the unknown amid cuts by Arifa Akbar, Imogen Tilden and Chris Wiegand

In the first of a series of case studies exploring the impact of Arts Council England’s new funding decisions, we consider the view from the Watermill theatre, Welsh National Opera and Pai…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Aidan Turner and Jenna Coleman to star in drama about a word-rationed world by Chris Wiegand

The actors will bring a revival of Sam Steiner’s 2015 play Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons to London, Manchester and Brighton, directed by Josie Rourke Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner ar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06AM
Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The best theatre to stream this month: The Book of Dust, Four Quartets and the start of panto season by Chris Wiegand

Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Alan Ayckbourn’s 87th play, live performance from Ukraine and lost showtunes The Bridge theatre’s big Christmas show from 2021, based on Ph…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Sophie Okonedo to play Medea at new West End theatre by Chris Wiegand

The production, beginning next February, will be directed by Dominic Cooke for @sohoplace in London Sophie Okonedo is to star as Medea at the new West End theatre @sohoplace in a production…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:55AM

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