With its peeling walls and echoes of proscenium grandeur, Alice Childress’s 1955 American classic in praise of theatre carries a wonderful sense of authenticity, even to some of its echoing acoustics.
Industry body UK Theatre has announced the nominations for the annual UK Theatre Awards, which celebrate creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Notably, for the first time in the Awards history, all nominations for Best New Play are written by female playwrights.
As the lights come up on Simon Godwin’s Hamlet with Marcellus and Barnardo keeping watch on Elsinore’s perimeter, there are crickets chirping. For whilst Denmark has always been fixed in a traditionally chilly Scandinavia, this show shifts it to Africa, a continent infamous for corrupt and despotic regimes.
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