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Friday, December 7, 2018

Vicky Featherstone and Mark Ravenhill on 20 years of bold British theatre by David Jays

As the director and playwright reunite to stage The Cane at the Royal Court, they talk about their friendship and the passion and pain behind their playsAn artistic director has no secrets f…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Has the English National Ballet become too predictable? by David Jays

Leading dancer Laurretta Summerscales has said the endless repeats of crowd-pleasing classics is one reason she left the ENB. So why is it so keen on Swan Lake and The Nutcracker?How many sw…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Carmen La Cubana review – a spirited ensemble by David Jays

Sadler’s Wells, LondonBizet and Hammerstein get a Cuban makeover, played out here with charm and flairCarmen, the heroine of Bizet’s opera, is restless. She won’t be stilled or silence…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Smack That (a Conversation) review – party games to change the world by David Jays

Barbican, LondonRhiannon Faith’s urgent show uses dance and participatory theatre to raise awareness about domestic violenceThis isn’t your usual game of pass-the-parcel. The silver-pape…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Machinal: how an execution gripped America and sparked a Broadway sensation by David Jays

When Rebecca Hall read it she couldn’t breathe. After Fiona Shaw played the role she got letters full of loneliness. This is the true story behind Sophie Treadwell’s trailblazing playIn …

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Lear review – Shakespeare epic becomes howling hour of whimsy by David Jays

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonValda Setterfield, doyenne of the New York dance scene, plays the ageing monarch in a collage of movement and textAnyone who has done time watching a theatrical k…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Scott Ambler obituary by David Jays

Superbly expressive dancer who went on to be a choreographer and movement directorA lost man and a feral swan: it’s an unlikely romance. Yet the dancer and choreographer Scott Ambler creat…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Circle Mirror Transformation review – sign up for Annie Baker's drama class by David Jays

Home, ManchesterDirected by Bijan Sheibani, Baker’s play follows five acting students whose role play reveals more than they expect‘I would like to say that I write for everyone,” the …

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Monday, January 8, 2018

You want a flamingo? No problem! A rare glimpse inside the RSC's mind-boggling props HQ by David Jays

From gleaming crowns to bubbling cauldrons, from pink flamingos to forklift trucks, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s gigantic prop store is a place of jaw-dropping theatrical alchemy. Our w…

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Friday, December 29, 2017

The Wizard of Oz review – heartwarming romp brims with brains and courage by David Jays

Crucible, SheffieldThis delightful production boasts a wonderful, wide-eyed Dorothy, a riotous bunch of munchkins – and a scene-stealing turn from Toto the dogPublished in 1900, Frank Baum…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Total recall: performers on learning their parts – and the perils of 'brain farts' by David Jays

Tanya Moodie attacks the script with her highlighters, Pétur Jónasson starts at the end of a score and Sarah Lamb gets a good sleep. They explain how to avoid the moment all performers dre…

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Project Polunin: Satori review – ballet's bad boy makes howling bid for inner peace by David Jays

Coliseum, London Aided by partner Natalia Osipova and designer David LaChapelle, Polunin throws himself into a trio of precise, deeply felt dances about himselfSergei Polunin is a dance star…

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Tarred and feathered: the blackest visions of Swan Lake by David Jays

Tchaikovsky’s ballet of betrayal has inspired Darren Aronofsky’s psycho-horror, Matthew Bourne’s feral males and a shocking tale of Irish clerical abuse. Beneath the sparkle, why does …

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Monday, November 20, 2017

The spray's the thing: how actors use perfumes to get into character by David Jays

Playing Thatcher? Dab on Bluebell. Got a part in Hairspray? Reach for the Madame Rochas. We lift the lid on how actors use smells – from the finest fragrances to cheap tinned mackerel – …

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Friday, October 6, 2017

(The Fall of) The Master Builder review – fresh sleaze in modern Ibsen by David Jays

West Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsReece Dinsdale is increasingly nasty as the predatory architect heading for catastrophe in Zinnie Harris’s sharp rebootSomeone texts the master builder: “I…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

'The body is a living archive': Wayne McGregor on turning his DNA into dance by David Jays

The brainbox of British dance is creating choreography from his own genetic code in an adventurous new show. It’s the latest experiment at his hi-tech dance HQ, where the lift changes colo…

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Dangerous dreams: the mind-blowing world of designer Bunny Christie – in pictures by David Jays

From mapping the journey of The Curious Incident’s teen hero to putting Shakespeare in prison and erecting a towering newsroom for Ink, Bunny Christie talks through five of her creationsBu…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Don Quixote review – synchronised bull-fighters take over as the Mariinsky banishes Don by David Jays

Royal Opera House, LondonThis cape-swirling, fan-clacking production is full of enthusiasm and excellent dancing – but where has our heroic knight gone?Traditional Russian ballets can be b…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

'How does the internet feel?' Chloe Lamford's astounding stage designs - in pictures by David Jays

Hacktivists in ball pools, teenagers riding unicorns and a world powered by actors on bikes … Chloe Lamford’s playful sets take audiences by surprise. She explains how she creates them…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to build a theatre season: something old, new – and a bolt from the blue by David Jays

Assembling a distinctive programme of work is a balancing act for directors. The team at Richmond’s Orange Tree theatre explain how they pair revivals of quirky classics with bravura exper…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kafka, catwalks and vanishing sets: Miriam Buether's stunning designs – in pictures by David Jays

From a play about Edward Snowden to an opera about Anna Nicole Smith, Miriam Buether’s stage designs always astonish audiences. She talks through six of her greatest creationsEnter the the…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Josette Simon: 'Powerful women are reduced to being dishonourable' by David Jays

As she becomes the first black woman to play Cleopatra at Stratford, Josette Simon explains why there is so much more to the queen than a strumpetAs Josette Simon neared the end of her drama…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Peter Farmer obituary by David Jays

Designer whose stagings of classic ballet created an atmosphere of delicate enchantmentBy the time he came to design an elegantly Edwardian Nutcracker for English National Ballet in 2010, Pe…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Giselle review – Alina Cojocaru is sublime in signature role by David Jays

Coliseum, LondonCojocaru brings exquisite precision to her performance in English National Ballet’s atmospheric and richly picturesque productionThis is an inspired piece of curation. Engl…

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Older actors weigh up their careers: 'If you're not obsessed, you'll never survive' by David Jays

Don’t expect to be in control, never stop looking for the next role: Siân Phillips, Timothy West and Janet Henfrey on how they turned acting into a life’s workActors don’t retire, the…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Red Shoes review – Matthew Bourne's enthralling dance of obsession by David Jays

Sadler’s Wells, LondonAn aspiring ballerina falls under the spell of a charismatic impresario in a vivid stage version of the classic tale of artistic ambitionsWhen Powell and Pressburger…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Crouching tigers, dancing ghosts: Tim Yip's stunning designs by Mee-Lai Stone, Tristram Kenton and David Jays

‘I’m surprised when people recognise my work,’ says Tim Yip. ‘I change my style all the time.’ His notion of ‘new orientalism’ in films, dance, theatre and opera is about commu…

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Australian Ballet: Cinderella review – big jumps, bigger smiles by David Jays

Coliseum, LondonLeanne Stojmenov’s tomboyish vigour transforms Cinders into a resilient and exuberant heroine in this deliciously designed productionCinderella is a story about building a …

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Shakespeare triple bill review – Birmingham Royal Ballet dance with elegance and intelligence by David Jays

Birmingham HippodromeJessica Lang’s rippling Wink, inspired by the sonnets, leads a set of pieces paying tribute to the great playwrightBirmingham Royal Ballet will unveil a full-length Te…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How choreographer Ann Yee got Andrew Scott and Ralph Fiennes into the groove by David Jays

She helped Scott shake his hips like a rock god in Birdland and set Fiennes boogying in A Bigger Splash. For actors, Ann Yee has all the right movesRalph Fiennes struts like a chicken, shimm…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mariinsky Ballet review – 20 minutes of ninja-kicking genius leads to a zombie apocalypse by David Jays

Millennium Centre, CardiffValery Gergiev hares through Alexei Ratmansky’s brain-fizzing dance of dejection before plunging into Sasha Waltz’s ash-filled end of daysRussia’s great balle…

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