Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Garden review at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – ‘endearingly whimsical’ by George Hall

Opera, of course, this isn’t – though Richard Ayres has already composed two of them: The Cricket Recovers, a success at its

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Poll: Has anxiety ever prevented you from going on stage? by The Stage

This week actor Jake Quickenden told fans on social media that he was forced to miss a recent performance of the musical Hair

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How can I pursue a career in hair and make-up? by Paul Vale

Artists working on some of the UK’s biggest shows tell Paul Vale how they got into the business and offer advice for people

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Theatremaker Jamal Gerald: ‘Experiment as much as possible and really learn about yourself’ by Giverny Masso

In his latest show Idol, Jamal Gerald combines African diasporic ritual, music and storytelling to explore religion and black representation. He tells

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Obituary: Donald Campbell – Playwright, poet and historian who influenced the Scottish cultural community by Michael Quinn

A playwright and poet who employed the rich, muscular vernacular of his native Scotland to often vivid effect, Donald Campbell, who has

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Visitors review at Oldham Coliseum Theatre – ‘lovingly crafted’ by Chris Bartlett

First seen at London’s Arcola Theatre in 2014, Barney Norris’ play about a couple facing up to the fact that they can no

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Jake Quickenden forced to miss performance of Hair after panic attack by Matthew Hemley

Actor Jake Quickenden was forced to miss a recent performance of the musical Hair after suffering a panic attack. The performer revealed

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Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve Fucked review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘a nuanced performance’ by Paul Vale

Though the title of Rob Hayes’ 2014 play is unashamedly provocative and unquestionably memorable, the piece itself is a fraught, often funny

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Edinburgh’s Lyceum hires Mike Griffiths as co-chief executive director by Thom Dibdin

Mike Griffiths has been appointed co-chief executive director at the the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. The post had been vacant since

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Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels to star in Henry V at Cirencester’s Barn Theatre by Giverny Masso

Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels are to star in Henry V at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester. Sidwell, whose credits include EastEnders,

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Movement and circus artist Natalie James: ‘I was scared of heights, but now I am an aerialist’ by Giverny Masso

Natalie James will be performing a solo piece as part of hip-hop cabaret evening WorX at this year’s Breakin’ Convention, which is

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Les Dennis at the RSC: ‘Coming to Stratford feels like I’ve got a blue tick on Twitter’ by Tim Bano

Comedian, gameshow host, actor – Les Dennis has done it all. As he prepares to make his RSC debut in two Restoration

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Theo Bosanquet: Watching the story of my great-grandfather – and his 600 children – was an uncomfortable night at the theatre by Theo Bosanquet

My great-grandfather, Bertold Wiesner, is thought to have fathered more than 600 children, putting him close to Genghis Khan in the record

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Costume designer Catherine Kodicek: Work conditions must improve for the sake of our mental well-being by Catherine Kodicek

Many UK theatre workers will by now be aware of the Theatre Helpline, launched by the Society of London Theatre last year

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Monday, April 22, 2019

All My Sons starring Annette Bening and Tracy Letts review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘never takes flight’ by Naveen Kumar

Annette Bening and Tracy Letts both come out swinging in this new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s 1947 indictment of the American

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NTS technical director Gemma Swallow: ‘The biggest buzz is finding unusual places for shows’ by David Pollock

Maintaining the National Theatre of Scotland’s ethos as a ‘theatre without walls’ is a complex challenge but, for its technical director, it

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Playwright Dominique Morisseau: ‘When I’m writing, I can see myself in all my characters’ by Grace Wood

US playwright Dominique Morisseau tells Howard Sherman about theatres’ responsibility to reach black audiences, discovering musical theatre workshops and writing the book

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Lyn Gardner: UK talent isn’t less inventive than European – just worse off by Lyn Gardner

When reviewing, there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down to write about a show and discovering that I think entirely

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Maggie Brown: With my final farewell, I challenge the West End to leave London by Maggie Brown

I used to think that writing a regular column was not so different from doing a one-woman show. That was when I

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (April 22-28) by Natasha Tripney

All My Sons – Old Vic, London The year of Arthur Miller continues with this new production starring Bill Pullman and Sally Field as

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus review at Booth Theatre – ‘Taylor Mac’s laborious comedy’ by Nicole Serratore

Taylor Mac, the radically subversive theatre artist, and Nathan Lane, America’s stage comedy sweetheart, make an unlikely pairing. Lane is the star

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Douglas McPherson: World Circus Day celebrates one of UK’s most enduring contributions to the arts by Douglas McPherson

Britain’s cultural exports range from Shakespeare to the Beatles, but today, the 10th World Circus Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Camden People’s Theatre: The radical launchpad that’s still ‘cheeky’ at 25 by Nick Smurthwaite

The north London home of experimental theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in good shape and with a healthy roster of challenging

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Howard Sherman: Theatre pop-ups, such as Fiona Shaw in New York, bring varied audiences by Howard Sherman

The pop-up theatre performance is not, at this point, a novelty. But in the line of surprising theatrical performances in public places,

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hillary and Clinton review at Golden Theatre, New York – ‘Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow bring political royalty to life’ by Naveen Kumar

America’s recent past is on trial in Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton, which finds the couple in a New Hampshire hotel room

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Production news round-up: Pet Shop Boys create new musical and HighTide announces programme of new writing at Edinburgh Fringe by Giverny Masso

Musicals West Side Story at the Royal Exchange in Manchester will return to the venue next year, following what the theatre is

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Night of 100 Solos review at Barbican Centre, London – ‘playful celebration of Merce Cunningham’s legacy’   by Rachel Elderkin

On the night that would have been Merce Cunningham’s 100th birthday, dancers on three stages in London, New York and Los Angeles

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The Butterfly Lion review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘magical and moving’ by Jeremy Brien

Former children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo has already lauded the Barn Theatre’s adaptation of his African morality play, The Butterfly Lion, as so

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BECTU and UK Theatre at loggerheads in dispute over pay by Giverny Masso

Entertainment union BECTU has accused UK Theatre of having a “callous disregard” for workers in a dispute over a joint pay agreement

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Actor Ria Zmitrowicz: ‘Being challenged by the artists I work with – that excites me’ by Natasha Tripney

Having made her name with standout performances in new work, Ria Zmitrowicz is tackling the classics, appearing in Chekhov’s Three Sisters at

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Funeral Flowers review at the Bunker, London – ‘engagingly performed and smartly written’ by Sally Hales

Emma Dennis-Edwards’ piercing one-woman show, a Fringe First winner in Edinburgh last year, powerfully picks apart the individualism that often lurks beneath

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