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ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Chester

27th July 2017
I’ve seen Alice In Wonderland in almost every incarnation, now and watching this version, adapted by Glyn Maxwell, in the glorious open air setting of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre was a real treat.Read more...
from Helen McWilliams

I LOVED LUCY – Arts Theatre

26th July 2017
Lee Tannen’s play about his friendship with Lucille Ball is filled with many wonderful stories about her career and life – but also reveals a comedienne and actress who became increasingly vulnerable as she grew older, brought to wonderful life through the direction of.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Odd Man Out

26th July 2017
Odd Man Out is composed of two plays, Rabbitskin written by Dominic Grace and performed by Luke Adamson, and Diary of a Welshcake written by Lesley Ross, performed by Gregory Ashton. Break A Leg caught up with both of the actors to find out.Read more...
from Helen McWilliams

FUNNY GIRL – Touring

26th July 2017
The toast of the West End has been celebrated in Wolverhampton this evening as Natasha J Barnes (Understudy for Sheridan Smith in the show last year) gave a performance to remember as Fanny Brice. It’s easy to see why audiences took Barnes to their.Read more...
from Helen McWilliams

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN IN BRITAIN – Jermyn Street Theatre

26th July 2017
Taking the form of a series of briefings to the US troops – that’s us, the audience – and including cross dressing, slapstick and audience interaction, Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain is less a conventional play, more a pantomime for adults.Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

FEATURED SHOW: Peter Hamilton Dyer & Cressida Bonas prepare to tell Mrs Orwell’s story

26th July 2017
Peter Hamilton Dyer and Cressida Bonas star as George Orwell and his second, much younger wife in the world premiere of Tony Cox's MRS ORWELL, exploring the private side of one of the most public icons of the 20th century. This latest Proud Haddock.Read more...
from Press Releases

THE BLUES BROTHERS SUMMER SPECIAL – Hippodrome Casino

26th July 2017
Directed by Joshua Mumby and choreographed by Lily Howkins this two-hour fun-filled show has the audience on its feet and yelling for more – we just couldn’t get enough of Joshua Mumby and David Kristopher-Brown as Elwood and Jake Blues!Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

TWILIGHT SONG – Park Theatre

26th July 2017
Kevin Elyot could quite possibly be a national treasure now, had he not died three years ago. His plays are instantly accessible, entertainingly written and have lots of lovely wordplay. ‎His biggest hit, My Night With Reg, enjoyed several runs and was just about.Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

I LOVED LUCY – Arts Theatre

26th July 2017
Just transferred from the Jermyn Street theatre to the Arts Theatre, I Loved Lucy is an autobiographical play, adapted from Lee Tannen's memoirs about his relationship with cultural icon, Lucille Ball. A massive fan of the comedy star, Tannen uses obscure family ties to.Read more...
from Olivia Mitchell

THE HIRED MAN – Union Theatre

26th July 2017
The Hired Man is a love story set at the turn of the last century, amongst the rural fields, industrial towns and dangerous coal mines of northern England. In this moving musical, sensitively and imaginatively directed by Brendan Matthew, we follow the fortunes of.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I LOVED LUCY – Arts Theatre

26th July 2017
As wonderful as Matthew is, the evening really belongs to Sandra Dickinson. She really is Lucy. The voice, the mannerisms and the highly infectious laugh are all there.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Camden Fringe’s Don’t Blame The Bankers… $t00pid

26th July 2017
Don’t Blame The Bankers… $t00pid runs at Camden Fringe 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 August 2017. Here’s Break A Leg’s vlog with actor, Anne Musisi from the show talking about her role and telling you why you must come and see it!Read more...
from Helen McWilliams

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Blues Brothers’ Joshua Mumby

26th July 2017
Joshua is spending his summer at the Hippodrome Casino in the Blues Brothers Summer Special. So I caught up with him before they open to discuss The Blues Brothers, the era and who would be at his special dinner party table.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

REVIEW ROUND-UP: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre

25th July 2017
Benedict Andrews directs this new Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams’ classic Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell at the West End's Apollo Theatre until 7 October 2017. What have critics been saying? Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

INTERVIEW: Edinburgh Spotlight On… Ad Infinitum’s Odyssey

25th July 2017
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Odyssey, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 2 – 28 August 2017. I caught up with Theatre Ad Infinitum.Read more...
from Daniel Perks

TORN APART (DISSOLUTION) – Hope Theatre

25th July 2017
Tighter dialogue in the latter half and the addition of some physical theatre sequences give this update more sophistication, but a few of the original issues are still there. McNeill, who also directs, shows an inclination towards European theatre aesthetics, but he doesn’t quite.Read more...
from Laura Kressly

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Chichester

25th July 2017
Though my life has long been filled with musicals, Fiddler on the Roof has never been the one. I've only ever seen it the once (2013's touring version) and though I quite enjoyed it then, I can't say I was hankering after seeing another.Read more...
from Ian Foster

THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN – Chichester

25th July 2017
The House They Grew Up In is a difficult play to watch though, a drama focused on reclusive siblings Daniel and Peppy whose hermit-like existence in their South-East London home sees them surrounded by the accumulated detritus of everything they've ever owned.Read more...
from Ian Foster

Skin Deep: David Hare might hate our ‘infection’ of theatremakers

25th July 2017
Attila Theatre's devised piece SKIN DEEP comes to Camden Fringe next week. Christopher Montague, co-artistic director of Attila and co-director of the production, flies the flag for collaborative, European-style theatremaking, in response to playwright David Hare's charge earlier this year.Read more...
from Guest Bloggers

INTERVIEW: Edinburgh Spotlight On… Quarter Life Crisis

25th July 2017
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Quarter Life Crisis, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Yolanda Mercy.Read more...
from Daniel Perks