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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

A razzle-dazzle rector, theatrical cats and Christmas cards from Judi Dench: inside the Actors’ church by David Jays

The Rev Simon Grigg, a former stage director, welcomes our writer to St Paul’s in Covent Garden, where the stars worship “She’s a very good Christian soul, but not the dynamic person t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

‘She’s writing in a state of emergency’: Lillian Hellman’s thrilling Watch on the Rhine by David Jays

As Hellman’s 1941 play is revived at the Donmar Warehouse in London, director Ellen McDougall and dramaturg Emma Jude explain how it remains a call to arms “We’re shaken out of the mag…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Orlando review – Emma Corrin is glorious in a giddy, heartfelt show by David Jays

Garrick theatre, LondonIn Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s wild-goose chase through time, Corrin shines as the hero who falls asleep as a man and wakes as a woman Emma Corr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24PM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Wind in the Wilton’s review – Mr Toad and pals take on weaselly property developers by David Jays

Wilton’s Music Hall, London Piers Torday’s update of the children’s classic brings Kenneth Grahame’s animals to modern-day London Kenneth Grahame had terrifying nightmares about lyin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32PM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

¡Showmanism! review – astonishing lip-sync solo raises spirits by David Jays

Ustinov Studio, BathDickie Beau offers a merry miscellany, featuring stories from Ian McKellen and Fiona Shaw, in a meditation on theatre that is closer to possession than parody Dickie Beau…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Dinner With Groucho review – table for two mismatched geniuses by David Jays

Arcola, LondonFrank McGuinness conjures the bizarre but real encounter between TS Eliot and the Marx brother in a leaden piece a talented cast can’t save Unlikely as it seems, TS Eliot and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48AM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Something in the Air review – Peter Gill proves how brightly remembered lives can shine by David Jays

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonGill weaves an intricate, poignant picture of London’s queer history as two elderly men ruminate on the long-gone loves of their youth Two elderly men sit side…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

RSC Mischief festival review – a double bill of village rage by David Jays

The Other Place, Stratford-upon-AvonIvy Tiller: Vicar’s Daughter, Squirrel Killer by Bea Roberts and Nina Segal’s O, Island! offer cartoonish satire that lacks sting The RSC has been sit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Sex, drugs and pas de deux: how Mayerling’s flame keeps burning by David Jays

As Kenneth MacMillan’s classic returns, his widow Deborah and Edward Watson – celebrated for dancing the lead role – reflect on preserving the spirit of this seamy beast of a ballet It…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:55AM
Friday, October 7, 2022

The Band’s Visit review – entrancing musical about nothing and nowhere by David Jays

Donmar Warehouse, LondonWhen an Egyptian orchestra accidentally tips up in a sleepy Israeli backwater, lives are changed in the quietest of ways ‘Nothing is as beautiful as something you d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Dmitry review – historical Russian thriller resonates by David Jays

Marylebone theatre, LondonPeter Oswald’s take on Friedrich Schiller’s unfinished tragedy shows Russia’s recurrent turn towards tyranny When Friedrich Schiller died aged 45 in 1805, he …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:37PM
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

To be or not to be cancelled: how directors deal with Shakespeare’s problematic side by David Jays

Misogynist gags? Ancient puns? Unethical bed tricks? Theatre-makers discuss how they tackle the Bard’s trickier works Earlier this year, I spoke to the actor Natasha Magigi, a regular at S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:43AM
Friday, September 30, 2022

Woman in Mind review – when the vicar’s wife’s worst nightmare is her own life by David Jays

Chichester Festival theatreJenna Russell stars in Alan Ayckbourn’s exploration of mental illness with an accomplished cast of supporting characters ably adding to the anguish It’s clear …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Friday, September 16, 2022

Rose review – Maureen Lipman is magnetic in journey through Jewish 20th century by David Jays

Park theatre, LondonA mourning woman looks back on her life in Martin Sherman’s ethereal yet uneven drama about history, heritage and memory Rose doesn’t believe in the future. It’s ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

United Ukrainian Ballet: Giselle review – a classic revitalised by David Jays

Coliseum, LondonChoreographer Alexei Ratmansky and a company featuring exiled dancers deliver a moving production with an urgent tone This production is little short of a miracle. The United…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Clorinda Agonistes review – a dance of love and death on the battlefield by David Jays

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA crusader and a Saracen have a fateful encounter in this richly layered work by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, set to Monteverdi and a plangent score by Syrian-American co…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:07AM
Sunday, August 21, 2022

We Are Monchichi review – culture-clash dance duet by David Jays

The Studio, EdinburghShihya Peng and Marco di Nardo bicker ceaselessly through movement in a child-friendly exploration of cultural misunderstanding Will these two dancers find any common gr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48PM
Saturday, August 20, 2022

Night Dances review – ecstasy on the dancefloor by David Jays

Zoo Southside, EdinburghThe sweat and the groove are all that matters in Emma Martin’s mesmerising dance sequences, which capture the power of getting lost in your own rhythms Sweat pools,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:33AM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Circa: Humans 2.0 review – next-gen acrobatics by David Jays

Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, EdinburghUsing their own bodies as gymnastic apparatus, the Australian troupe perform an immensely skilful and physical show about trust and control…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03PM

How to Build a Wax Figure review – prepare for your heart to melt by David Jays

Assembly George Square Studios, EdinburghFeeling flows and solidifies between the characters in Isabella Waldron’s mature and tender love story Isabella Waldron’s delicate play stages an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Lots and Not Lots review – explorers of the intimate unknown by David Jays

Summerhall, EdinburghComposer Greg Sinclair’s ingenious musical palette provides variety and charm in this performance by a young local cast The most striking visual image in this show is …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:37PM
Friday, August 5, 2022

All of Us review – Francesca Martinez’s urgent call for radical empathy by David Jays

Dorfman theatre, LondonPersonal, political and polemical, this intensely moving play about disability and austerity challenges preconceptions As Francesca Martinez’s urgent, funny and inte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:18AM
Monday, August 1, 2022

Whistle Down the Wind review – fiery revival of Lloyd Webber’s unloved show by David Jays

Watermill theatre, NewburyNew production reshapes the 1996 original set in rural Louisiana as a taut fable of faith and fear Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most recent musical, Cinderella, morphed …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Friday, July 8, 2022

The Tempest review – Deborah Warner’s grimy island engrosses and disgusts by David Jays

Ustinov, BathThe veteran director’s arrestingly visceral production honours the sheer strangeness of Shakespeare’s late play One of Britain’s most visionary directors, Deborah Warner, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Pina Bausch: The Rite of Spring review – gut-wrenching brilliance by David Jays

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA company of dancers from African countries deliver Bausch’s shattering vision of Stravinsky with devastating force ‘How would you dance if you knew you were goin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Monday, December 13, 2021

‘There is no book of rules’: how theatres aim to safeguard child actors by David Jays

Children on stage can intensify the jeopardy in difficult dramas, but how it will affect them is a matter of growing concern for the industry Two young children cower before an avalanche –…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Indecent proposal: the queer Yiddish play that led to an obscenity trial and a Broadway hit by David Jays

At university, director Rebecca Taichman and playwright Paula Vogel were both drawn to Sholem Asch’s 1907 sensation God of Vengeance. Their show about its controversy now hits London Books…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

‘I can’t speak a word of French!’ – Jenna Russell on playing Edith Piaf by David Jays

The musicals sensation is starring as the troubled French chanteuse in the bawdy biodrama Piaf. How will she hit the high notes when she can’t speak the language? Don’t ever ask Jenna Ru…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM
Monday, April 19, 2021

Liam Scarlett obituary by David Jays

Dynamic choreographer whose meteoric rise at the Royal Ballet was halted in the wake of sexual misconduct allegationsIn ballet, choreographic voices typically develop slowly, often followin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM
Monday, March 29, 2021

How to become an outstanding actor: tips from Kenneth Rea, teacher to the stars by David Jays

The mentor to some of Britain’s top performers believes the best acting comes from a childhood sense of playfulness – and is fraught with danger There’s a famous yarn about Laurence Ol…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48AM
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Devastating, unviable, admin overload: UK stage companies count cost of Brexit by David Jays

New visa rules, taxes and transport restrictions are some of the hurdles British dance and theatre organisations must now overcome to tour Europe Brexit or Covid? Hardly a cheerful choice, b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM

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