Friday, June 1, 2018

‘Poignant, humorous & intriguing’: THE NIGHT ALIVE – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

The Night Alive is a poignant, humorous and intriguing portrayal of five unhappy people whose lives are changed in one fateful moment.

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… These Rooms’ Emma O’Kane by Emma Clarendon

Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon spoke to Emma O’Kane about appearing in These Rooms at the Shoreditch Town Hall from the 4 June 2018.

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‘So on the nose in terms of topicality & relevance’: SHIRLEYMANDER – Playground Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Beginning as a BBC radio play in 2009, Anthony Biggs’ production of Gregory Evans’ Shirleymander is a timely revival, and so on the nose in terms of topicality and relevance.

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INTERVIEW: Anna Crichlow on Confidence at the Southwark Playhouse by Olivia Mitchell

Confidence continues at the Southwark Playhouse until 16 June 2018. It features a small cast including Anna Crichlow playing Ruby. Anna has previously appeared in Pride and Prejudice for Reg…

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‘People wanted to go in & watch it all again’: The Band – Touring ★★★★ by Helen McWilliams

In essence you don’t have to be a massive Take That fan (but knowing their popular songs is an obvious bonus) and you don’t have to have been a teenage girl during the 90s to enjoy The B…

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‘As much entertainment as food for thought’: THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A welcome performance of a lesser-known play, providing as much entertainment as food for thought – the music and dance are real highlights.

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‘The vibrant exploration of the beauty & challenges of language make it a play to catch’: TRANSLATIONS – National Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

It is rare to find a show so good-natured and yet ominous and academic, all at the same time. Come for the raucous humour, stay for the dramatic, dirty colonialism and the lesson in the pros…

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‘For its sexy design, its novelty & its ambition, it is oddly enjoyable’: TARTUFFE – West End by Not Exactly Billington

Gérald Garutti’s production of Molière’s Tartuffe hasn’t convinced me that it’s the finest play in the French canon. Yet, for its sexy design, its novelty, and its ambition, it is …

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PHOTOS: Sneak a peek into rehearsals for Lonely Planet’s West End transfer by Featured Content

Preparations are well underway for the West End transfer of Steven Dietz's AIDS-era two-hander Lonely Planet, which runs at Trafalgar Studios during this year's month-long Pride in London fe…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Braving open-air theatre: working with the weather… & alpacas by Susan Elkin

Attending the first show of 2018 made me wonder, not for the first time, why we mad Brits persist in doing outdoor theatre. This is not Verona, Seville or Avignon, after all.

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Text of the Day: Absolute Hell by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on

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’A dynamic, personal & captivating insight into loss, grief & the human condition’: ONE MINUTE – Cirencester by Shane Morgan

Iwan Lewis’ direction is assured and he is truly at home creating an increasingly wide ripple effect in the intimate surroundings of The Barn Theatre, which after The Secret Garden and now…

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FEATURED SHOW: Thrill Me returns to London… & continues to be ‘thrilling indeed’ by Featured Content

After success at the Edinburgh Fringe and in Korea (!), Guy Retallack's acclaimed production of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, Stephen Dolginoff's macabre musical recounting one o…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Sandra Dickinson chats about The Unbuilt City at the King’s Head Theatre by Emma Clarendon

Sandra Dickinson spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about her upcoming role in The Unbuilt City, playing at the King’s Head Theatre from the 6 to the 30 June 2018.

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Album Reviews: Working / Bat Out of Hell / 42nd Street by Ian Foster

A trio of West End cast recordings (well, one’s off-West-End…) show that it is sometimes hard to recapture the stage magic.

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‘You will want to return to the Coloured Lights again and again’: THE RINK – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

For a technically brilliant show with performances that will leave you wanting to return to the ‘Coloured Lights’ again and again, go see The Rink. This is musical theatre at it’s best…

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NEWS: New booking period goes on sale for West End production of Hamilton by Press Releases

A new booking period for the London production of Hamilton will go on sale on Monday 4 June 2018 at 12 noon GMT.

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‘Potential to get lost in translation’: TARTUFFE – West End ★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I think some of the elements in Tartuffe might have been lost in translation, they were certainly lost on me, but for anyone who is fluent in French and English, it could be just the thing f…

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WATCH: ‘Lonely Planet really conveys what it was like living with AIDS in the 1980s’ by Featured Content

Prior to its forthcoming West End season during London Pride, Steven Dietz's AIDS-era two-hander Lonely Planet had its UK premiere last summer. Check out this fab video interview star and pr…

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‘A much-needed success for the National’: TRANSLATIONS – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

As Ireland moves into a new era, Brian Friel’s play remains at the heart of debate – how can a country maintain its essence while embracing the modern world?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Oklahoma! in Melbourne is ‘simply as good as it gets’ by Simon Parris

Oklahoma! has an energy that is set to catapult The Production Company onwards for their next 20 years. Lovers of traditional musical theatre must not miss the show at the State Theatre, Art…

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NEWS: Ellen McDougall announces second season of international plays at the Gate Theatre by Press Releases

The Gate Theatre’s artistic director Ellen McDougall has announced her second season at the Notting Hill venue with highlights including a new translation of Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voi…

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‘Another successful takeover from the pop-up festival’: HIDDEN DOOR – Edinburgh ★★★★ by Thom Dibdin

Hidden Door has returned to Leith for a second year, expanding in several directions – to put on more shows and more different kinds of shows in more spaces for longer hours.

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‘I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed’: F*CKING MEN – King’s Head Theatre ★★ by Olivia Mitchell

King’s Head Theatre is currently home for the show F*cking Men, written by Tony Award-winning writer Joe DiPietro. The show follows a multitude of characters that are interwoven into multi…

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INTERVIEW: The Gronholm Method’s Laura Pitt-Pulford by Emma Clarendon

Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon spoke to Laura Pitt-Pulford about her current role in The Gronholm Method at the Menier Chocolate Factory, playing until 7 July 2018.

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‘The notion of updating the show is an intriguing one’: INTO THE WOODS – Cockpit Theatre by Ian Foster

The notion of updating Into the Woods to a specifically 21st-century context is an intriguing one, as director Tim McArthur draws in influences such as The Only Way is Essex, Made in Chelsea…

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INTERVIEW: No One Is Coming to Save You writer Nathan Ellis by Liz Dyer

Kicking off on 11 June 2018, Breaking Out is a festival of world premiere shows by emerging theatre companies. One of those shows is Nathan Ellis’ No One Is Coming to Save You from This No…

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‘Addressing the elephant in the room’: IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Felicity Huxley-Miners’ In The Shadow Of The Mountain, we see how mental health affects one young couple and the difficulty of acknowledging ‘ the elephant in the room’.

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The Show People Podcast: Artistic director Paul Taylor Mills & a lack of Pride by Andrew Keates

In this episode of The Show People Podcast, host Andrew Keates spends the afternoon with director, producer and artistic director of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace, Paul Taylor Mil…

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‘An interesting area to be exploring’: ADAM & EVE – Hope Theatre ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Slightly frustrating at times, but Adam & Eve provides a good starting point for discussions – some pertinent themes begin to be uncovered.

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‘This is a revival to treasure’: THE RINK – Southwark Playhouse by Ian Foster

The Rink is one of those musicals that history hasn’t treated too kindly, despite a premiere that starred Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli but with Adam Lenson’s expert hand at the tiller,…

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