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Friday, December 13, 2019

Danny Aiello obituary by Chris Wiegand

Actor who specialised in playing New York mobsters and other tough-guy rolesA former bouncer, baggage handler and trade unionist, the American actor Danny Aiello had years of playing pugnaci…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Squirrel review – this small wonder is full of surprises by Chris Wiegand

The Egg, BathTim Bell and Kate Cross’s remarkable production mixes Bauhaus-style designs and jazz in an irresistible treat for under-fives Glitter, sequins and fake snow are the stock ingr…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Tailor of Gloucester review – tabby triumphs in custom-made show by Chris Wiegand

Salisbury PlayhouseBrightly designed, this jaunty version of Beatrix Potter’s seasonal tale boasts a scene-stealing Simpkin the cat Beatrix Potter’s book about an ailing tailor tasked wi…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Pull the other one! Top 10 modern Christmas cracker jokes revealed by Chris Wiegand

TV channel Gold announces the winners in a national competition for topical festive gags – can you do any better? What do Donald Trump, Santa and Olivia Colman have in common? No, it’s n…

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Oi Frog and Friends! review – a wild time for fans of rhyme by Chris Wiegand

Lyric theatre, LondonJumpy new student Frog overcomes his starting-school nerves in this exuberant musical adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s picture books Cats sit on mats, mules sit…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps review – fiendish verses and curses by Chris Wiegand

The Egg, BathMurray Lachlan Young and Joe Allen deliver a sinister epic about a seven-year-old who inherits his ancestral home Murray Lachlan Young is a born storyteller – even his name ha…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Leeds united: Northern Ballet plot knees-up for 50th anniversary by Chris Wiegand

Drew McOnie’s Merlin and Kenneth Tindall’s Geisha will mark the company’s remarkable half century, alongside digital archive ‘Years ago, when I danced, you did what you were told,”…

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Stella review – a moonlight marvel for children by Chris Wiegand

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, LondonFilskit’s theatre show for young audiences features clowning, aerial tricks and an engaging tale of friendship Here’s a set that little hands would lo…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Phoebe Eclair-Powell's Shed: Exploded View wins Bruntwood playwriting prize by Chris Wiegand

Judges praise her experimental, starkly violent play based on a Cornelia Parker installation as ‘astonishingly emotional’ Phoebe Eclair-Powell has won the 2019 Bruntwood prize for playwr…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Little Red Riding Hood review – sweet-toothed dances with Wolf by Chris Wiegand

Stanley and Audrey Burton theatre, Leeds Northern Ballet’s retelling for young children gives the baddy a craving for sugar rather than flesh Never mind the red shoes – it’s a red cap…

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Aaron Sorkin's To Kill a Mockingbird to open in West End next year by Chris Wiegand

The West Wing writer’s play will coincide with the 60th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s novel The hit Broadway play of To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by The West Wing writ…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The best family theatre for Christmas 2019 by Chris Wiegand

An exciting new adventure for Tiny Tim, a penguin chick with two daddies and a furry green grouch’s plot to steal Christmas are among the jolliest shows to unwrap this festive season Scrun…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Not The Nutcracker! Spellbinding dance straight from the playground by Chris Wiegand

Caroline Cornélis draws on everyday life to make elegant shows for young audiences. In 10:10, three dancers and a drummer recreate break time Shows for young audiences are frequently set in…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

'We're asking the art!' The one-to-one tarot show inspired by Bauhaus by Chris Wiegand

Choreographer Jennifer Lacey explains why there is more modern art than movement in her new life-coaching piece In the basement of Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, Jennifer Lacey fans ou…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Anansi the Spider review – children's theatre with beauty and bite by Chris Wiegand

Unicorn theatre, LondonA mischievous arachnid from folklore is given fresh life in a silky show that leaves its audience charmed In one of many stories spun about Anansi, the trickster spide…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Boulevard theatre, London's new Soho venue, announces first shows by Chris Wiegand

State-of-the-art West End theatre opens its doors with a season including plays by Cormac McCarthy and Lucy Prebble A “novel in dramatic form” by Cormac McCarthy, a revival of Lucy Prebb…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

David Mitchell and Ben Elton's Upstart Crow sitcom to become stage show by Chris Wiegand

Comedian will make his West End stage debut as Shakespeare in comedy adaptation promising troubles, twins and a dancing bear Ben Elton’s sitcom Upstart Crow, which imagines the beleaguered…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century by Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000 Jez Butterworth: the sage behind our No1 Continue rea…

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Angelin Preljocaj: 'Dance is showing the soul with your body – it's sacred' by Chris Wiegand

The essence of dance is a ritual, says the choreographer whose seductively mysterious works embrace everything from the annunciation to the apocalypse Angelin Preljocaj is celebrated for hi…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Lit review – a blistering look at teenage trauma by Chris Wiegand

Jubilee Hall, AldeburghEve Austin is vividly volatile as a schoolgirl adrift over summer holidays in Sophie Ellerby’s slow-burning drama for HighTide Year 9 is said to be the toughest for …

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

15 of the best Edinburgh festival shows now touring by Kate Wyver, Catherine Love, Anna Winter, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

The festival is over for another year but plenty of its theatre, comedy and dance hits have announced dates around the UK CollapsibleBreffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in M…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Puns and punches: the boxing standup donning his grandad's gloves by Chris Wiegand

James McNicholas is used to performing comedy sketches. Now he’s letting his guard down for the story of middleweight champ turned movie star Terry Downes They called him the Paddington Ex…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Game of Thrones' Daniel Portman: 'People expect Podrick – that's not what they get' by Chris Wiegand

Renowned as the squire and surprise Casanova in Thrones, the star is now wrestling with audiences in Edinburgh. He talks about his meteoric rise to fame and why he won’t be going back to s…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Olaf Falafel wraps up victory in Edinburgh funniest joke award by Chris Wiegand

Swedish comedian feasts on the acclaim after his food-themed quip tops list of 10 best gags from this year’s fringe The surrealist Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel has won the Dave funniest j…

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Sexy Lamp review – actor shines stark light on the misogyny of her industry by Chris Wiegand

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghKatie Arnstein uses Dorothy’s yellow-brick road to map her own struggles and issue a raw reminder of the urgency of #MeToo ‘We saw your boobs! We saw your b…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Did you hear the one about the comedians sharing a flat at Edinburgh festival? by Chris Wiegand

Performing at the fringe can cost a fortune – little wonder so many comics bunk in together. We drop in on Jon Richardson, Rose Matafeo and Josie Long, among others, to see how they live I…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Edinburgh festival 2019: the shows we recommend by Brian Logan, Alex Needham, Catherine Love, Michael Billington, Chris Wiegand, Mark Fisher, Anna Winter and Kate Wyver

Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival BoutSummerhall, 10.20am, until 25 AugustAn exploration of bro…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Bout review – a ringside seat for the delicate battles of brotherhood by Chris Wiegand

Summerhall, EdinburghA trio of siblings make their childhood sparring literal in a mesmerising dance show with heavyweight potential Edinburgh’s Summerhall has a rowdy late-night festival …

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Parakeet review – fizzy punk eco-musical promotes local DIY activism by Chris Wiegand

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghBrigitte Aphrodite and Quiet Boy’s colourful show follows a trio of teens in Margate who form a punk band and campaign to save a tree Planting saplings ha…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass review – timber-shivering fun by Chris Wiegand

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThis musical for over-threes adapted from the eponymous picturebooks comes with delightful puppets and lashings of puns Kids love pirates. Kids also love dinosa…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Manchester's Royal Exchange theatre names joint artistic directors by Chris Wiegand

Roy Alexander Weise and Bryony Shanahan unite to ‘make work with and for’ the city’s people Two acclaimed young directors are to jointly run Manchester’s Royal Exchange, one of the U…

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