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Articles, Behind the Scenes, Featured, Interviews, On Theatre, Theatre

Incoming Festival preview: Awkward City

“If you could hold on to one memory for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?” This is the question at the heart of Dissolve. Awkward City’s latest production journeys into the splintered consciousness of Olivia – a young girl suffering from memory loss – to explore the relationship between memory and […]

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Articles, Featured, Interviews, On Theatre

Incoming Festival preview: Remote Control Theatre

Remote Control is not afraid to suffer for its art. It is a company that uses theatre as a means of probing into the darker recesses of human nature. This was evident at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe with La Donna e Mobile, an intense yet mesmerising exploration of madness, sexuality and identity. Remote Control has a […]

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Articles, Featured, Interviews, On Theatre

Incoming preview: Tin Shed Theatre

Tin Shed Theatre Company is busy, busy, busy. I speak to Company Director Georgina Harris on a chance free day between school tours of An Inspector Calls and Of Mice and Men, educational work that is not so much the company’s “money-making thing” as its “bread and butter, to help us fund the more experimental, […]

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Articles, Featured, Interviews, On Theatre, Spotlight On, Theatre

Feature: How to Describe a Plague: Dan Phillips on directing Safe Sex and On Tidy Endings

The weekend of our first same-sex weddings, Dan Phillips started rehearsals for the UK premier of Safe Sex and On Tidy Endings. Harvey Fierstein’s 1987 plays depict a darker chapter in the lives and loves of gay men – the AIDS epidemic. Part of a blackly comic trilogy, their original Broadway run closed after just […]

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Behind the Scenes, Featured

Feature: Stage One – Funding the future producers

Last month, Stage One, a charity funding body that supports the work of emerging theatre producers, announced the latest recipients of its £50,000 and £25,000 Start-Up Investment Fund. Stephen McGill and David Hutchinson were the winners (respectively), and these sums will be used for the upcoming productions of The Pyjama Game (West End transfer, co-produced […]

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Articles, Interviews, Theatre

Feature: Skitterbang Island – a cross between The Tempest and Wall-E…

Posted on 22 April 2014

“Really emotional and quite magical,” says Director Peter Glanville about Skitterbang Island, an opera for very young children, collaboratively put together by Polka Theatre and the Little Angel Theatre. “I know ‘magical’ is a world that’s overused – but in a sense you really are taken into this other world, this other island.” When one […] Continue Reading

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Off West End, Reviews

Review: Digital Ghosts/Children of the Revolution, Southwark Playhouse

Posted on 21 April 2014

A double bill of new works from Southwark Playhouse Young Company shows a group of young artists with their fingers firmly on the pulse of their generation, whose potential can certainly be developed with some refinement and focus. Both one-act pieces focus on issues of ‘the youth today’, a phrase dismissed so angrily by one […] Continue Reading

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Dance, Off West End, Reviews

Review: Anna Karenina, London Coliseum

Posted on 21 April 2014

Boris Eifman is famous for being controversial. His ballets are highly-charged, highly sexual and hugely psychological. Anna Karenina, based on Tolstoy’s classic novel, delivers Eifman’s bold style with unremitting and unsubtle bolshiness. A dramatic introspection into the turbulent minds of Anna (Natalia Povoroznyuk), her husband Karenin (Oleg Markov) and lover Vronsky (Oleg Gabyshev), the performance […] Continue Reading

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Review: Tonight’s The Night, Churchill Theatre

Posted on 21 April 2014

Tonight’s the Night, the second touring revival of the Rod Stewart musical, is currently resident at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.   This story follows Stuart, a rather shy and geeky mechanic pining for the love of his life, Mary. Unable to express his feelings and embrace his inner rock-god, he literally sells his soul to the devil, […] Continue Reading

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Dance, Off West End, Reviews

Review: Rapunzel, Sadler’s Wells

Posted on 21 April 2014

The Easter holiday is well under way and in theatre world there’s a bunch of really cool things going on. I’ve been to a couple of shows now that are marketed as ‘for the kids’ but this Newcastle-based balletLorent production of Rapunzel slams them all out of the playing field. balletLorent offers high quality dance experiences to […] Continue Reading

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Off West End, Reviews

Review: A Spoonful of Sherman, St James Theatre

Posted on 21 April 2014

The Sherman Brothers are the most successful songwriting partnership in the history of Hollywood. They have written some of the most best-loved songs of all time including the Mary Poppins soundtrack, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and ‘It’s a Small World’, which is the most translated and performed song on earth. Robert and Richard Sherman took after […] Continue Reading

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Review: Alice in Wonderland, The Cockpit Theatre

Posted on 19 April 2014

Last summer Iris Theatre conquered Covent Garden as their smash hit production of Alice in Wonderland enchanted and entertained audiences in the hidden grounds of St. Paul’s Church. Going through the rabbit hole and entering a world of wonder and madness, the audience was led through the grounds in a hilarious and imaginative promenade production […] Continue Reading

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Dance, Reviews, Theatre

Review: Rodin, The Coliseum

Posted on 19 April 2014

There’s something so antithetical about dance and sculpture. One is an exercise in the static, an artform that strives to communicate as much as possible through a singular snapshot; the other, intrinsically less restricted in time and space, aims to deliver meaning through motion. In Rodin, Eifman Ballet Saint Petersburg tries, brutishly, to unite the […] Continue Reading

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Reviews, West End

Review: Cool Rider, Duchess Theatre

Posted on 19 April 2014

Sequels in the musical theatre industry are rare, unlike of course in film: after Grease there was indeed Grease 2, a less famous, less successful and less memorable production than its predecessor. Cool Rider bases itself on the lesser of the two, resulting in an exuberant celebration of the 1961 high school class. In this version at the Duchess […] Continue Reading

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Reviews, West End

Review: Relative Values, Harold Pinter Theatre

Posted on 18 April 2014

With family, it’s all relative. In Noel Coward’s comedy Relative Values, we see a family dynamic entrenched in historic values disturbed by a shift in society. Sam Hoare as Nigel, the Earl of Marshwood, brings home Miranda Frayle, a young Hollywood actress whom he intends to marry, much to his mother’s chagrin. Leigh Zimmerman is suitably fabulous and flighty […] Continue Reading

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Competitions, Resources, Theatre

Competition: Win Tickets to The Beloved at The Drayton Arms Theatre

Posted on 17 April 2014

We’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway to the opening night of Chantelle Dusette’s The Beloved at Drayton Arms Theatre on 22 April. Skip the blurb for details on how to enter the competition. The Beloved by Chantelle Dusette directed by Niall Phillips The Drayton Arms Theatre 22 – 26 April Jeremy Montague is […] Continue Reading

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Off West End, Reviews

Review: The Malcontent, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Posted on 17 April 2014

In September 2013 the Globe held auditions for their Globe Young Players, a new initiative aimed at giving new young talent a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with the theatre’s professionals, nurturing the next generation of actors in the UK and working towards a performance of early modern drama, in this case The […] Continue Reading

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Reviews, West End

Review: Good People, Noel Coward Theatre

Posted on 16 April 2014

It would be possible for an audience to leave content enough with having experienced the fizzling layer of warmth and humour that pins together Good People. Yet dig a little deeper, and you find where the true power of the piece lies. This is a stinging critique of the concept of social mobility, a burningly […] Continue Reading

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Articles, Interviews, On Theatre

Feature: Paines Plough – “I don’t know how anyone can run a company on their own”

Posted on 16 April 2014

James Grieve and George Perrin have been working together since the were at university – they started their own company, Nabokov, and co-ran it together for 10 years. So when the job of Artistic Director (or directors) came up at leading new-writing company Paines Plough, they jumped at the opportunity. That was back in 2010, […] Continue Reading

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