All stories by Kate Wyver on BroadwayStars

Friday, March 1, 2024

Check tickets, play a dragon, feed the cat: the volunteers who go all out to keep theatres going by Kate Wyver

Offering up their time and energy, unpaid staff have become a crucial support for an embattled industry. They explain what’s in it for them Wander into Leicester’s Curve theatre and you …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Hir review – Felicity Huffman wreaks havoc in Taylor Mac’s black comedy by Kate Wyver

Park theatre, LondonA rich and messy revival explores ideas of belonging, with the Desperate Housewives star playing a determinedly indifferent matriarch Chaos reigns. Every inch of Paige’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Friday, February 16, 2024

The playwrights fighting for the NHS: ‘We only engage in a moment of crisis’ by Kate Wyver

From Michael Sheen’s portrayal of the organisation’s founder to a frank tale of the modern challenges faced by its staff, theatres are exploring the history, and fragile future, of our h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Thursday, February 15, 2024

Dear Octopus review – Lindsay Duncan leads a warm drama about a bickering family by Kate Wyver

Lyttelton theatre, LondonDodie Smith’s play presents a beautifully drawn, four-generation celebration of a golden wedding anniversary on the eve of the second world war Sneaking downstairs…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Monday, January 29, 2024

‘That’s impossible!’ Why theatre’s gone mad for magic and wild special effects by Kate Wyver

Need to make an elephant vanish, an aeroplane take off or a wizard fly? As magic grips the stage, illusionist supremos reveal how they turn the likes of Stranger Things into eye-popping spec…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Friday, January 19, 2024

‘I was almost viewing them as a different species’: The Archers star Katie Redford on her new play for and about young people by Kate Wyver

The actor and playwright had to ‘posh it up’ for the role of Lily Pargetter in the radio soap. For her latest drama, she enlisted hundreds of young collaborators to ensure she got their …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Friday, January 12, 2024

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch review – a chaotic camp delight by Kate Wyver

Southwark Playhouse Elephant, LondonThe Divine-inspired villain of The Little Mermaid and her rag-tag band of gay sea creatures reclaim their narrative in a boundlessly energetic, beautifull…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, December 4, 2023

‘What do we clean the costumes with? Vodka!’ Inside Britain’s panto powerhouse by Kate Wyver

With 10 shows on and 1m tickets sold, Evolution are panto gods. But how do you work a giant? What will 50kg of glitter cover? And why did a bench almost cause a riot? The giant takes a lumb…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Sunday, December 3, 2023

£1 Thursdays review – nightclubbing, sex talk and big decisions by Kate Wyver

Finborough theatre, LondonA mix of sweet observations about female friendship and cheeky brazenness about sex, Kat Rose-Martin’s play finds two young women at a crossroads in their lives I…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42PM

Dreaming and Drowning review – a visceral but lyrical look at anxiety and acceptance by Kate Wyver

Bush theatre, LondonKwame Owusu’s language dances on the tongue of athletic performer Tienne Simon in this monologue about a young, sci-fi-loving gay man’s struggles to fit in and find l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Friday, November 10, 2023

Mates in Chelsea review – filthy-rich farce lets the upper classes off lightly by Kate Wyver

Royal Court theatre, LondonA trust-fund kid losing his family castle to an oligarch provides enough satire for some strong performances, but the concept is overstretched Rory Mullarkey’s e…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Monster Show review – trans take on Frankenstein is a stomping experiment by Kate Wyver

Camden People’s theatre, LondonDressed as the creature, Hester Stefan Chillingworth live-dubs the 1931 movie and reframes the narrative The 1931 movie Frankenstein plays silently on the ba…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Portia Coughlan review – drama rich with secrets and mourning by Kate Wyver

Almeida theatre, LondonMarina Carr’s play is beautifully bleak and Alison Oliver’s central performance as a woman lost in grief is matched by a mighty cast The preoccupation with death i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Dredging, destruction and date rape drugs: Take Me Somewhere’s daring performance art by Kate Wyver

Electrifying shows at Glasgow’s international festival include Brazilian artist Carolina Bianchi putting her body on the line to highlight violence against women A teenager in a balaclava …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Sunday, October 8, 2023

Shooting Hedda Gabler – Ibsen update is a brilliantly unnerving study of coercive control by Kate Wyver

Rose theatre, KingstonA demanding director drives his cast into discomforting areas in this clever play critiquing the patriarchal power structures of the movie business The clench of a gun…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Thursday, September 21, 2023

Mlima’s Tale review – haunted by the elephant who would not forget by Kate Wyver

Kiln theatre, LondonIra Mandela Siobhan plays a pachyderm in Lynn Nottage’s indictment of the ivory trade, leaving traces on those who murdered him and sold his tusks The gargantuan tusks …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:25PM
Saturday, September 9, 2023

‘I make the cocktails, then jump on stage and do mind reading’: the people running Britain’s tiniest theatres by Kate Wyver

From the magician who stops his show to serve at the bar to the actor who drives entire plays around in his car, for these theatre-lovers small really is beautiful When a producer rings up a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:43AM
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Cowboys, puppet witches and toilet humour: joyously queer Edinburgh fringe shows by Kate Wyver

Coming-out tales, ventriloquism, a musical set in a public loo and glamorous late-night cabaret are among the festival’s uplifting LGBTQ+ shows No one ever pays attention when you’re han…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:13PM
Sunday, August 20, 2023

Pitch: the show about queerness in the beautiful game, made with fans and players by Kate Wyver

Growing out of the Lionesses’ success, the Edinburgh fringe play Pitch uses interviews gathered from LGBTQ+ grassroots football teams across the country With muddy knees and soggy feet, we…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:13AM
Saturday, August 19, 2023

Sian Clarke: iCON review – scatty attempt to find solace in the face of doom by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghThe conceit that nothing we do can distract from our existential crisis falls flat amid an awkward set of audience participations in this solo show It doesn’t bode wel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:43AM
Thursday, August 17, 2023

Helios review – Greek myth comes sweetly to modern Yorkshire by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghGig-theatre blends beguiling music with warm storytelling to retell the story of Phaeton’s theft from the sun god In an airless basement room, Wright and Grainger weav…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:49PM

Funeral review – hushed rituals provide deep communal catharsis by Kate Wyver

Zoo Southside, EdinburghBelgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed create a sombre, dreamlike atmosphere in this piece about funeral rites and mourning We queue up to give the names of our dead…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:49AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The Last Show Before We Die review – heady, gut-wrenching final words by Kate Wyver

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghUsing verbatim interviews, Ell Potter and Mary Higgins turn their attention to how relationships end – including their own The boldest, bravest and strang…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:07AM
Monday, August 14, 2023

Edinburgh’s superstar magicians on secrets and surprises: ‘You have to be very good at lying’ by Kate Wyver

Magic and mentalism abounds at this year’s festival. But how are the tricks done? Some of the best performers remain tightlipped – while others reveal all “That feeling you have right …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:55AM
Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Effect review – Lucy Prebble’s intense and intoxicating encounter by Kate Wyver

Lyttelton theatre, LondonA love affair between participants in a drug trial is staged by Jamie Lloyd with a stellar cast including Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell Senses are sharpened in Ja…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2023

‘Like a naughty Siri’: friendly sex robot Vanessa 5000 asks audiences to test her powers by Kate Wyver

In her Edinburgh festival show, LA comic and clown Courtney Pauroso plays a latex-clad humanoid pleasure device. But are fringegoers ready to restart her? The last time I saw Courtney Pauros…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:19PM
Monday, July 3, 2023

Cabaret legend Justin Vivian Bond: ‘When I sing, you can hear the drinks and cigarettes I’ve had’ by Kate Wyver

From kicking out the teeth of a dead cow onstage to popularising the prefix Mx, the performer has blazed a trail. Now 60, Bond talks about channeling rage into comedy – and nonconformity i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:19AM
Friday, June 30, 2023

‘I need to do this’: Maxine Peake on her daring dystopia play performed in a library by Kate Wyver

Kay Dick’s novel They was almost forgotten – but its dark predictions are eerily prescient. Perfect fodder for Peake and her new company to bring to life in Manchester In the dead of nig…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:19AM
Friday, June 9, 2023

Es & Flo review – devoted couple contend with the brutality of dementia by Kate Wyver

Kiln theatre, LondonTender portrait of a woman caring for her love – joy and affection seep through performances that ache with the tragedy of seeing your partner slip away Es and Flo danc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:25AM
Friday, June 2, 2023

‘I want it to feel quite feral’: Rebecca Frecknall on staging Romeo and Juliet by Kate Wyver

From Cabaret to Streetcar, the West End’s hottest director has a reputation for finding leads who put bums on seats. ‘I just go on my gut,’ she says How do you tell a story to an audie…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, May 29, 2023

Encore! Surefire shows returning for the Edinburgh festival in 2023 by Chris Wiegand, Anya Ryan, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher, Kate Wyver, Arifa Akbar and David Jays

In the run-up to the festival, our writers will choose new productions that have caught their eye – but here’s a selection of those we’ve already reviewed Richard Marsh has clearly see…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards