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New post-show Q&A: Join Terri Paddock for Anton Chekhov’s Vaudevilles
17th October 2021As part of her resumed post-show talk series, Mates founder Terri Paddock will chair a discussion following the performance of Mercurius Theatre's revival of Anton Chekhov's Vaudevilles, adapted by Michael Frayn, at London's White Bear Thatre on Wednesday 27 October… .. Read more
‘There is a real understanding of that teenage desire to be someone else’: LATELY – London & Coventry ★★★★
14th October 2021Transfers to Albany Theatre, Coventry - 29 October 2021 Reviewed at Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London Guest reviewer: Emma Burnell God, teenagers. Don’t you just want to shake them sometimes? Scream at them that their lives are a marathon, not… .. Read more
‘Conniving, twisted, lost, confused; I feel sorry for him’: Maximus Polling on Dorian Gray
14th October 2021After OffFest Award-winning success in Brighton and Hastings, Blue Devil Theatre's The Tragedy of Dorian Gray transfers this month to London's Drayton Arms Theatre, where Maximus Polling reprises his titular performance as the ever-youthful Dorian. In this tense and compelling, yet darkly humorous… .. Read more
INTERVIEW: What is best for us versus what is best for those we love most? Roger Ajogbe on starring in the premiere of Proud
13th October 2021Roger Ajogbe stars as Roland in Proud, Bren Gosling's powerful drama, tackling racism and homophobia, which runs for a week at London's New Wimbledon Studio from 29 October 2021 as part of the ATG Premieres Season of new writing. He took… .. Read more
Other recent articles
‘A ridiculous – & ridiculously enjoyable – show that boasts the finest score in musicals’: ANYTHING GOES
17th October 2021Barbican Theatre, London - until 6 November 2021 Cole Porter’s Anything Goes is a ridiculous – and ridiculously enjoyable – show which boasts the finest score in musicals. As soon as the title number’s patter chorus kicks in, there’s a smile on… .. Read more
‘Saoirse Ronan is a Lady Macbeth to remember for years’: THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH – Almeida Theatre ★★★★★
16th October 2021Almeida Theatre, London - until 27 November 2021 Say what you like about star-casting and auteur-ish directors messing with Shakespeare, but sometimes a multiple Academy Award nominee has a trumpeted on a British stage - opposite one of our own nominees… .. Read more
‘Matthew Bourne has lost none of his choreographic innovation, verve & heart’: THE MIDNIGHT BELL
16th October 2021Touring until 27 November 2021 - reviewed at Curve, Leicester A new piece from Matthew Bourne is always a talking point and a treat to get dance fans excited. I’ve been a fan for around a decade now, having seen… .. Read more
‘A dark premise that feels disturbingly possible’: SNOWFLAKES – Old Red Lion Theatre
16th October 2021Old Red Lion Theatre, London - until 16 October 2021 I was really surprised when I discovered this is Robert Boulton’s debut play as a playwright, as there is a confidence and natural dark humour to the piece that I’d… .. Read more
‘Even if you came to it cold, this play would grip you by the throat’: THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT – West End ★★★★★
15th October 2021Gielgud Theatre, London - until 23 January 2022 It was rising eight years ago that the first two parts of Hilary Mantel’s majestic Wolf Hall trilogy came to the stage, adapted by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin. I… .. Read more
‘Patsy Ferran & Luke Thallon perform with superb control’: CAMP SIEGFRIED – Old Vic Theatre
15th October 2021Old Vic Theatre, London - until 30 October 2021 Are we too obsessed with Nazism? Apart from countless television programmes which revisit that grim era, as fact or as fiction, in monochrome or in colour, briefly or at length, there… .. Read more
‘This is a fun, almost frothy, show’: LUCK BE A LADY – Upstairs at the Gatehouse ★★★★
15th October 2021Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London - until 17 October 2021 Guest reviewer: Emma Burnell Originally reviewed at the White Bear Theatre, July 2021 Luck Be a Lady is a one-woman show (supported by two musicians) about three very familiar men,… .. Read more
Is ‘Zoom in the flesh’ the way to wake up producers’ creativity post-pandemic?
14th October 2021New York-based producer Megan Schadler and I recently tried a technical experiment with Zoom, and we believe we may have found a way to harness the power of distance connection, with the desire for getting back in a room for… .. Read more
New post-show Q&A: Join Terri Paddock for The Tragedy of Dorian Gray
14th October 2021Mates founder Terri Paddock will chair a post-show discussion for the London premiere of The Tragedy of Dorian Gray, Blue Devil Theatre's updating of Oscar Wilde's classic, at the Drayton Arms Theatre on 23 October 2021. Time to get booking!… .. Read more
‘This is a tale of extraordinary injustice’: TOKYO ROSE – Southwark Playhouse & touring
14th October 2021Southwark Playhouse, London - until 16 October 2021 Based on the true story of one of America’s most controversial trials, Tokyo Rose is a new musical written by Maryhee Yoon and Cara Baldwin, directed by Hannah Benson, and performed by… .. Read more