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MAD MAN SAD WOMAN – Space Arts Centre

29th June 2017
In an abandoned building in a grim area of town, Eva and Huinca seem to be suffering the hangover from hell. She's a lame prostitute and he's dying of cirrhosis of the liver and with just a few days left to live, circumstances have.Read more...
from Ian Foster

NEWS: Network of Independent Critics 2017 Edinburgh participants announced

29th June 2017
Each critic will see a minimum of 15 performances within their specialist area, and their responses may include traditional written reviews, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, tweets and visual responses. Last year, over 400 reviews were produced by 19 participating critics, as well as additional social.Read more...
from Daniel Perks

New post-show Q&A: Join Terri to talk to new Superhero musical’s creators

28th June 2017
As part of her post-show Q&A series, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the creators and star of new "one-dad" musical Superhero, premiering at London's Southwark Playhouse, after the evening performance on Tuesday 11 July 2017. Got any questions? Book tickets to join.Read more...
from Terri Paddock

A JUDGEMENT IN STONE – Touring

28th June 2017
A Judgement in Stone is a classic thriller adapted from the novel by celebrated crime write, Ruth Rendell. The play is set in the 1970s and focuses on the barriers and social structures of the English class system. The social obsessions and tensions.Read more...
from Olivia Mitchell

FOOD – Finborough Theatre

28th June 2017
Is Food a southern Gothic? There’s sufficient bitterness, sex, abuse, plotting and stifled secrets to see it as such. Its themes are plenty dark enough, and warrant warnings for disordered eating and abuse of a minor. Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

THE HARD MAN – Edinburgh

28th June 2017
Opening up the scope of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s retrospective on noted Scottish polymath Tom McGrath, the staged script reading of his 1977 play The Hard Man sits perfectly with McGrath’s “explorer” image.Read more...
from Thom Dibdin

Hedy Weiss & theatre’s ongoing diversity problem

28th June 2017
Weiss is an experienced theatre and dance critic for the Chicago Sun Times. As a female theatre professional in an ethnically diverse city such as Chicago, her comments seem even more shocking than if it had come from a male equivalent.Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

Top 5 reasons to see The Kite Runner

28th June 2017
3. Andrei Costin as Hassan: all of the cast are extremely good and deliver memorable performances, but for me Costin as Hassan is a quiet and understated performance but enhances the sense of Amir’s betrayal well in his reactions and clear devotion that is.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

Text of the Day: Gloria

28th June 2017
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

NEWS: Full cast announced for Jesus Christ Superstar’s Open Air return

28th June 2017
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced completed casting for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which returns to the theatre from 11 August in an extended run through to 23 September 2017. Read more...
from Press Releases

SONGS AND SOLIDARITY – Trafalgar Studios

28th June 2017
"We could see this was a bad one immediately. The sky was glowing."Touted as an evening of song, dance and poetry, Songs anA fundraising gala evening pulled together in the space of a week by the superhuman efforts of actor Giles Terera and producer.Read more...
from Ian Foster

NEWS: Comparing Notes brings musical theatre stars to Holborn Pizza Express this autumn

28th June 2017
Comparing Notes brings stars of the West End and Broadway to Pizza Express Live Holborn. In a lively and informal mix of performance and conversation host Edward Seckerson will be getting up close and personal with these musical theatre luminaries, exploring the stories behind.Read more...
from Edward Seckerson

BLONDEL – Union Theatre

27th June 2017
I’ve been trying to remember why I didn’t go to either the 1983 original or the 2006 London revival of Blondel. Especially as its central character is King Richard I of England whose heir presumptive Prince John was my 32-times great grandfather or somesuch.Read more...
from Johnny Fox

TERROR – Lyric Hammersmith

27th June 2017
Can the theatre be a courtroom? A good public place to debate morality and to arrive at profound decisions? You could answer this with a history lesson that ranges from the ancient Greeks to more recent tribunal plays in the 1960s and 1990s.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

ROTTERDAM – Arts Theatre

27th June 2017
Alice is in Rotterdam. Still. After seven years, she still hasn’t quite managed to tell her parents that she’s gay. Her life is in limbo. Living with her outgoing partner Fiona and seeking advice from her friend Josh, Alice seems unable to take a.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

BAT OUT OF HELL – West End

27th June 2017
Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell has just landed in the West End and with no intention of being a quiet neighbour in theatreland either. From the onset the audience are confronted with an immense overture of the loud rock delights that feature in.Read more...
from Jonathan Baz

TERROR – Lyric Hammersmith

27th June 2017
If there’s a theme to the events of the past year – particularly the incidents in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, Grenfell Tower and Finsbury Park Mosque, but also the potential results of the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s ascendancy – “terror” may well be.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Not just shows: Learning opportunities at this year’s #EdFringe

27th June 2017
It happens every year so I really shouldn’t be surprised. The Edinburgh Fringe programme drops (like an old fashioned telephone directory) on the mat and I’m bowled over by the eclecticism of that three plus weeks: 4-28 August this time and it’s a septuagenarian.Read more...
from Susan Elkin

NEWS & PHOTOS: Cast announced for 35th anniversary revival of Kevin Elyot’s Coming Clean

27th June 2017
The King’s Head Theatre has announced casting for the 35th anniversary production ofComing Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play, directed by King’s Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher. Check out for first-look photos.Read more...
from Press Releases

REVIEW ROUND-UP: Otello at the Royal Opera House

27th June 2017
Jonas Kaufmann makes his debut in the title role in Keith Warner’s new production of Verdi’s opera. But does the production impress the critics? Read more...
from Emma Clarendon