Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Convert starring Letitia Wright and Paapa Essiedu review at Young Vic – ‘superb performances’ by Rosemary Waugh

Ola Ince’s staging of Danai Gurira’s The Convert is one of those rare productions in which every element – performances, direction, design, everything

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The Grand Old Dame of York review at York Theatre Royal – ‘Berwick Kaler’s anarchic swansong’ by Catherine Love

This year’s panto is one long bow for writer, director and long-running dame Berwick Kaler. Marking 40 years of what he calls

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Production news round-up: Hamilton’s Giles Terera cast in The American Clock and the Yard in London to stage a female-led version of The Crucible by Giverny Masso

Musicals Full casting has been announced for the return of Follies to the National Theatre. The musical will run from February 12

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ROH’s Hansel and Gretel director and designer Antony McDonald: ‘Creative tension can be good’ by George Hall

When we meet, Antony McDonald has been working all day on his new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, which opened this

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Beauty and the Beast review at the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – ‘superbly-executed’ by Thom Dibdin

Imagine Theatre has finally found its feet in Fife after two under-firing years, with a family-orientated Beauty and the Beast that works

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Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon review at Ovalhouse, London – ‘Catchy original songs and a witty script’ by Jo Caird

The Wrong Crowd has a lot of fun with this loose adaptation of the classic fairytale. Relocated to a 1950s beauty salon

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The Elves and the Shoemaker review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘endearing tale of kindness for young kids’ by Pat Ashworth

Christmas shows are often a child’s first experience of theatre, so their value on that score can’t be underestimated. Alongside its family

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Film review: Love on BBC2 – ‘Alexander Zeldin’s raw and unsparing play on screen’ by Natasha Tripney

On December 8, Alexander Zeldin’s play Love, first performed in 2016 at the National Theatre, was broadcast as part of the BBC’s

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Nuffield Southampton Theatres executive director Caroline Routh to step down by Matthew Hemley

Nuffield Southampton Theatres executive director Caroline Routh is stepping down after three years. When she joined in 2015, she was part of

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Sadiq Khan announces London’s £11m creative enterprise zones by Giverny Masso

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced the capital’s first six creative enterprise zones, which will be awarded £11 million in

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Snow White starring Dawn French and Julian Clary at the London Palladium – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

The Palladium Pantomime is back for the third year in a row. Reinstated after a 30-year absence in 2016, panto production giant

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The Worst Witch review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘practically perfect’ by Jn Benjamin

Before there was Hogwarts, there was Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. It didn’t have an evil house – that would be silly.

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Giles Terera joins cast of Old Vic’s The American Clock by Georgia Snow

Hamilton star Giles Terera will join the cast of The American Clock at the Old Vic next year. Terera, who won an

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Festival of new musical theatre to be staged at London’s Other Palace by Matthew Hemley

A two-week festival dedicated to showcasing new musical theatre will run next year at the Other Palace in London, including a new

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Double-decker to bring free music lessons to deprived children by Giverny Masso

A charity is fundraising to buy a double-decker bus to bring free music lessons to children in deprived areas. The Music on

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The Wizard of Oz review at Storyhouse, Chester – ‘invigorating score, inconsistent staging’ by Francesca Peschier

The Wizard of Oz is a joyously ridiculous story enshrined in kitsch pop culture – a family favourite that’s essentially about learning

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English National Ballet’s Nutcracker review at London Coliseum – ‘fresh and lively’ by Rachel Elderkin

The Nutcracker, with its sense of childhood wonderment, magic at midnight and corps of shimmering snowflakes, is the Christmas staple of the

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That Night Follows Day review at Southbank Centre – ‘Forced Entertainment’s funny, spiky show’ by Ben Kulvichit

Don’t kids just say the funniest things? Well, maybe not in Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment’s show That Night Follows Day –

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Timon of Athens review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – by Natasha Tripney

While David Edgar’s take on A Christmas Carol plays on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s main stage, the Swan is home to Shakespeare’s

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Chasing Bono review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘a tale of ambition, fame and failure’ by Dave Fargnoli

Adapting their 2011 movie Killing Bono – itself an adaptation of music critic Neil McCormick’s only-slightly-bitter memoirs – writers Dick Clement and

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Mark Shenton: My new discoveries and neglected old haunts for 2018 by Mark Shenton

Around this time of year, when critics start compiling their best of the year lists and then thinking about their resolutions for

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Howard Sherman: Trump’s travel ban not only bars entry to refugees but to those telling their stories by Howard Sherman

The note inserted into the programme for the US premiere of Nassim could not be more understated. It begins: “Nassim Soleimanpour was

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hansel and Gretel review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘a magical staging’ by George Hall

Part of Antony McDonald’s brief from director of the Royal Opera Oliver Mears in creating his new, self-designed staging has been to

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The Cane review at Royal Court, London – ‘Mark Ravenhill’s tense and slippery new play’ by Tim Bano

Alun Armstrong’s Edward is retiring after 45 years at the same comprehensive school – a career which included doling out strokes to

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The Forest of Forgotten Discos! review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘energetic and inclusive’ by Catherine Love

On stage and screen, Christmas tends to look a certain way: twinkling tree, glistening turkey, picture-perfect nuclear family. The new seasonal show

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Macron Stadium, Bolton – ‘engaging and cohesive’ by Chris Bartlett

The popularity of L Frank Baum’s fantasy world shows no sign of waning, with at least three Oz adaptations being staged in

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Dick Whittington review at the Gatehouse, Stafford – ‘sensational songs, limp script’ by Neil Bonner

The rock and roll panto format as become a seasonal fixture at the Stafford Gatehouse. This year’s offering is as pop-tastic as

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Dialektikon, Park Theatre, London – ‘moments of beauty’ by Frey Kwa Hawking

Miranda’s world is dark. Beyond early hints at an abusive dad, and a nan who endured hardship as an immigrant and is

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Aladdin review at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford – ‘panto perfection’ by Nick Ahad

Christopher Biggins arrives on stage as Widow Twankey in a cake emblazoned with a great 20™ and the curtain call ends with

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Aladdin review at Broadway Theatre, Catford – ‘marvellous fun’ by Jn Benjamin

Wayne Rollins’ Abanazar is a deliciously evil panto villain. In his quest for world domination, he learns of a wish-granting genie that

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London fringe theatre the Bread and Roses to open sister venue in King’s Cross by Georgia Snow

A second fringe venue from the team behind the Bread and Roses pub theatre in Clapham is to launch in north London.

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