Monday, May 20, 2024

The Artist review – peppy stage show adds volume to silent cinema hit by Chris Wiegand

Theatre Royal PlymouthDrew McOnie’s version of the Oscar-winner is a visual treat, with expressive physical movement, lustrous dance routines – and an irrepressibly waggy puppet dog Ligh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:02PM

Dog Poop Attack: the play that dishes dirt on theatre-world animosities by Arifa Akbar

The case of a German ballet director who attacked a critic with faeces has loosely inspired a satire about the relationships between creators and critics Among the spikier offerings at this …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM

Need proof who wrote Shakespeare’s plays? See The Merry Wives of Windsor by Michael Billington

Set for revival at the RSC, this perfectly structured revenge comedy has an earthy vitality that no aristo or scholar could have created I have a question for those theatrical luminaries (an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:02AM

Robin/Red/Breast review – frights and folklore with a mesmerising Maxine Peake by Mark Fisher

Aviva Studios, ManchesterDaisy Johnson adapts a 1970 TV play into a poetic and disturbing exploration of childbirth’s physical and emotional impact John Bowen’s Robin Redbreast is one of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:02AM

Ian Gelder obituary by Michael Coveney

Compelling actor who played Kevan Lannister in Game of Thrones, following a notable stage career with the RSC and in the West End The actor Ian Gelder, who has died of cancer aged 74, was a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32AM

Casting a spell: meeting three witches in 1968 by Emma Beddington

Despite what we might have assumed, it wasn’t all about the sex In 1968, the Observer met three witches, but thankfully it didn’t end in murder, haunting and tragedy. Seventeen years sin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32AM

‘All anyone will care about is the dog!’ Oscar sensation The Artist hits the stage – but can Uggie boogie? by Ryan Gilbey

It was the film about end of the silent era that scooped five Oscars, made $133m and beguiled the world. But can the movie work on stage? And how will its real star, a frisky parson russell …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32AM

Stevie Martin: I auditioned for Ed Gamble and Nish Kumar in a haze of fear by Interview By Liam Pape

The comedian on strange encounters with fans, performing to a room full of silence and the state of sketch comedy How did you get into comedy?I auditioned for Durham University’s sketch gr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24AM
Sunday, May 19, 2024

English review – acclaimed Iran-set classroom drama is a bit too well-behaved by Clare Brennan

The Other Place, Stratford-upon-AvonThe RSC’s European premiere of Sanaz Toossi’s Pulitzer prize-winning play tailors its intriguing characters a little too neatly Daniel Evans and Tamar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM

The Nose Dive Assembly review – a gen Z take on the trad touring circus by Lyndsey Winship

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, LondonThe Revel Puck Circus big top rolls into town, featuring fantastic acrobatics, whimsical clowning and admirable ethics There’s a festival feel at a Rev…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM

The week in theatre: Withnail and I; Spirited Away; Mary Said What She Said; Boys on the Verge of Tears – review by Susannah Clapp

Birmingham Rep; Coliseum; Barbican; Soho theatre, LondonBruce Robinson’s new adaptation of his cult film is too theatrical by half; the latest staged Studio Ghibli fantasy is more effects …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM

Rambert: Analogue review – close encounters on the dancefloor by Sarah Crompton

Stone Nest, LondonJill Johnson’s intricate new piece puts the audience in the midst of an exploration of interaction and connection There’s something magical about watching dance at a di…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Friday, May 17, 2024

Bangers and ballet: London’s Ministry of Sound embraces contemporary dance by Lyndsey Winship

Big-name ballet dancers and rising choreographers have found a new home in the superclub where the after-party goes on until 5am “It’s the easiest rider we’ve ever done,” says the Mi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM

Now, I See review – Black brotherly joy amid gut-wrenching grief by Arifa Akbar

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonThe second, strikingly physical part of Lanre Malaolu’s trilogy that began with Samskara explores bereavement with lightness as well as anguish It is ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM

Grief, guilt and white working-class ‘fury’: Death of England heads to London’s West End by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Trio of plays co-created by Roy Williams explores British identity in the era of Brexit, Covid and Black Lives Matter The co-creator of the Death of England series of plays has said the deca…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36AM
Thursday, May 16, 2024

Australian Ballet blasts newspaper review for describing dancers as ‘unusually thin’ by Sian Cain

Company’s artistic director David Hallberg says he was ‘shocked’ by critic’s review and that critique of dancers’ bodies is ‘not acceptable’ Sign up for our rundown of must-rea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM

English review – Pulitzer-winning classroom play doesn’t quite make the grade by Arifa Akbar

The Other Place, Stratford-upon-AvonFour students in Iran are under pressure to pass their foreign language exams in Sanaz Toossi’s gentle comedy that puts discussion above drama and ideas…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Fawlty Towers review – comedy history repeats itself as stage farce by Brian Logan

Apollo theatre, London John Cleese’s transposition of his TV sitcom to the theatre has pitch perfect performances, but it never quite becomes a play What should we hope for when TV hits of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54PM

Revealed: Magician David Copperfield accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women by Lucy Osborne and Stephanie Kirchgaessner

A total of 16 women have accused Copperfield of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior spanning decades. More than half said they were teenagers at the time. Copperfield’s lawyers sa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:32PM

People, Places and Things review – Denise Gough reprises a shattering story of addiction by Arifa Akbar

Trafalgar theatre, LondonThe Olivier award-winner returns to her role as an actor in rehab in Duncan Macmillan’s brutally powerful play Duncan Macmillan’s 2015 play about addiction is a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM

Brighton festival: Lived Fiction/Fault Lines review – revolutionary dance by Lyndsey Winship

Corn Exchange/Dance House, BrightonStopgap and Lîla Dance deliver poetic and political work at this year’s festival, displaying bold innovation and evocative visions ‘It’s impossible …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM

Artists shouldn’t be political? Here’s a show that challenges Britain’s creeping censorship | Brian Logan by Brian Logan

Cutting the Tightrope: The Divorce of Politics from Art, at the Arcola in London, tackles freedom of expression – with particular focus on Gaza Arts Council England unleashed fury in Febru…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM

Withnail and I review – downtrodden duo return to demand some more booze by Mark Fisher

Birmingham RepA strong cast and a magical set make this more or less word-for-word stage transfer of the cult hit an entertaining tribute piece In 1988, I worked on a listings magazine’s c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Margaret Williams obituary by Lyndsey Winship

Director who brought contemporary dance to mainstream British TV audiences with films such as Outside In and Veterans A“magician of the camera” with an extraordinary visual sense, Margar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM

Succession’s J Smith-Cameron to star opposite Mark Rylance in Juno and the Paycock by Chris Wiegand

Actors to play the lead roles in Matthew Warchus’s centenary West End revival of Seán O’Casey’s Irish civil war classic Sarah Snook has just finished her London theatre run in The Pic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM

Between Riverside and Crazy review – Danny Sapani’s ex-cop faces down the past by Arifa Akbar

Hampstead theatre, LondonStrong performances and jibing humour propel this exuberant but flawed revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 2014 play about racism in the New York police force This r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM

The House Party review – teenage debauchery brings Strindberg to Saltburn by Chris Wiegand

Minerva theatre, ChichesterWrithing and retching while sandwiched between spectators, revellers navigate class, sex and power at Miss Julie’s 18th birthday celebration The Minerva’s last…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM

The Deep Blue Sea review – Tamsin Greig adds bite to Terence Rattigan by David Jays

Ustinov, BathAs a woman who has left her husband for a dissolute younger man in postwar London, Greig’s quiet despair compels The torch song Stormy Weather sobs between scenes in this revi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Monday, May 13, 2024

George Clooney to make Broadway debut in Good Night, and Good Luck by Benjamin Lee

The actor will play the lead in a stage adaptation of his Oscar-nominated journalism drama from 2005 George Clooney is set to make his Broadway debut in a stage adaptation of his 2005 journa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:01PM

Prunella Scales returns to role of Queen Victoria for Edinburgh fringe show by Mark Fisher

The Fawlty Towers actor has often played the monarch in the past and has now recorded audio for a new production at the festival At the age of 91, Prunella Scales has reprised one of her fav…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM

Rhod Gilbert and the Giant Grapefruit review – hilarity and horror on standup’s cancer journey by Brian Logan

Cliffs Pavilion, SouthendNow free of cancer, Gilbert looks back on his illness with a characteristic mixture of emotional candour and uproarious humour A standup show about cancer? It’s a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM

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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