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PHOTOS & VIDEO: Inside the rehearsal room for Woyzeck starring John Boyega

25th April 2017
Rehearsal photos and show trailer have been released for Jack Thorne's new version of Georg Buchner's 1913 classic Woyzeck, in which Star Wars' John Boyega takes the title role.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: Olivier Award winner Rotterdam returns for four weeks, TICKETS ONSALE

25th April 2017
After winning an Olivier earlier this month, Rotterdam returns for a run at the Arts Theatre for four weeks only from 21 June to 15 July 2017.Read more...
from Press Releases

Theatre diary: Guards at the Taj, Junkyard & Waiting for God

25th April 2017
In its depiction of two pawns caught up unwillingly in the machinations of the rich and powerful and its philosophical banter, Guards at the Taj reminds me a lot of Tom Stoppard‘s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.Read more...
from Terri Paddock

THE BRAILLE LEGACY – Charing Cross Theatre

25th April 2017
It was marvellous to have RNIB guests with their dogs in the audience, and there’s a cleverness in the musical that you can enjoy it without sight.Read more...
from Johnny Fox

NUCLEAR WAR – Royal Court Theatre

24th April 2017
Text can sometimes be a prison. At its best, postwar British theatre is a writer’s theatre, with the great pensmiths — from Samuel Beckett, John Osborne and Harold Pinter to Caryl Churchill, Martin Crimp and Sarah Kane — carving out visions of everyday humanity.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

SPRING OFFENSIVE – Clapham Omnibus

24th April 2017
You lose some, you win some: two former libraries now turned into arts centres-cum-community spaces-cum theatres plus Bunker’s Theatre takeover of an underground car park in Southwark Street. No one could say that south London isn’t teeming with theatrical enterprise.Read more...
from Carole Woddis

VIDEO: Hillbilly comedy Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Rd. transfers to West End with Alex Ferns

24th April 2017
Keith Stevenson’s cult hit American comedy Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd. transfers to the West End's Trafalgar Studios next month.Read more...
from Press Releases

New post-show Q&A: Join Terri for the Euro premiere of Off-Broadway musical Pete ‘n’ Keely

24th April 2017
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the director and stars of the European premiere of Off-Broadway musical comedy after the matinee on Saturday 2 May 2017. Got any questions?Read more...
from Terri Paddock

HOME TRUTHS – Bunker Theatre

24th April 2017
Cardboard Citizens are a remarkable success story, especially dealing as they do with those at the sharp end of society, the ones who have fallen through the cracks. For 25 years, Adrian Jackson, CC’s founding father has pioneered theatre that will not let us.Read more...
from Carole Woddis

NEWS: Three title stars & full cast announced to join Miranda Hart in Annie

24th April 2017
Full cast has been announced for the upcoming West End revival of ANNIE, which stars Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan and starts rehearsals today.Read more...
from Press Releases

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Incoming Festival co-founder Eleanor Turney

24th April 2017
Incoming Festival has quickly become synonymous with this safe environment and is back for a fourth year of shows by emerging theatre companies that push boundaries, ask questions and challenge pre-conceptions.Read more...
from Daniel Perks

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Sneak peek into rehearsals for The Cardinal at Southwark Playhouse

24th April 2017
Rehearsal photos and show trailer have now been released for the Troupe's forthcoming new production of rarely seen 17th-century classic The Cardinal.Read more...
from Press Releases

THE PHILANTHROPIST – West End

24th April 2017
The cast taking their bows looked awkward, even embarrassed. At the end the polite clapping in the audience with some notable no-return gaps after the interval, gave more evidence that I was not alone in my thoughts. Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Book recommendations: Nicholas Hytner, Shakespeare on Stage, The Process

24th April 2017
These are just some of the interesting performing arts books which have winged their way to my desk in recent weeks.Read more...
from Susan Elkin

REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Philanthropist at Trafalgar Studios

24th April 2017
Simon Callow directs Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie, Tom Rosenthal in this revival of Christopher Hampton’s play. But what have critics been making of the production? Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

BUBBLE SCHMEISIS – Touring

23rd April 2017
Nick Cassenbaum grew up in London’s Jewish community and experienced all the cultural mores that go with it – Spurs games, dubious summer camps, trips to Israel and discovering his willy isn’t like the other boys’ at school.Read more...
from Laura Kressly

ORLANDO – Edinburgh

23rd April 2017
This is the story of the forever young Duke Orlando who wakes from a deep, trancelike sleep to discover that he is now a she. Neither ageing naturally nor staying the same gender for long, it’s as if Dr Who had found himself taking.Read more...
from Thom Dibdin

CAROUSEL – West End

23rd April 2017
Following on from Lonny Price’s previous successes with Sweeney Todd and of course last year’s Sunset Boulevard, his production of Carousel truly celebrates the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical – but at the sacrifice of creating fully formed characters for the.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

THE PHILANTHROPIST – Trafalgar Studios

23rd April 2017
One good reason to visit the theatre is to see stars in the flesh. And some of the biggest celebs are familiar to us from television. So what should a savvy producer do? Well, put on a popular play and stuff it with television.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

GUARDS AT THE TAJ – Bush Theatre

23rd April 2017
Inspired by the legend, for which there is no factual basis, that seventeenth century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ordered that the hands of all the craftsmen who were involved in the construction of the Taj Mahal should be cut off. Read more...
from Ian Foster