Are you missing live theatre as much as we are? In the face of the coronavirus crisis, most London and UK theatres remain closed until further notice. Our theatre-loving Mates are still blogging, and we’re doing our best to help keep theatre alive in unprecedented times. If we can help promote your project, give us a shout!
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‘Leanne Best is on exceptionally good form’: HARM – BBC Lights Up Festival (Online review)
18th April 2021The BBC’s Lights Up festival has made a feature of promoting new(ish) work planned for performances in theatres but clobbered by the pandemic. To facilitate production there is a heavy emphasis on monologue work and the latest release is no exception to… .. Read more
‘Economical & punchy’: SMILE – Dundee Rep (Online review)
18th April 2021Guest reviewer: Hugh Simpson Smile, Dundee Rep’s football-themed online offering, transfers to the screen to provide a satisfactory record of 2020’s successful play about the legendary Jim McLean. McLean’s remarkable achievements as manager of Dundee United are well known to those… .. Read more
‘Well worth a watch’: OUTSIDE – Orange Tree Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
18th April 2021Last month the Orange Tree Theatre launched its first online production, Inside, a collection of three new short plays with the theme of isolation and loneliness. Now, as the UK starts to emerge from lockdown the second in the two-part… .. Read more
NEWS: The Last Five Years transfers to the West End
18th April 2021After a critically-acclaimed run at Southwark Playhouse and a successful worldwide stream via stream.theatre, Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical The Last Five Years will play a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre, running from 17 September to 13 October 2021. Molly Lynch… .. Read more
FROM DOWN UNDER: La Traviata in Sydney
17th April 2021In celebration of the ongoing return to live theatre, Sydney turned on perfect conditions for the opening night of La Traviata on Sydney Harbour. Cancelled exactly a year ago, the excitement of the rescheduled season is significantly magnified by the… .. Read more
NEWS: Details are announced for the RE:EMERGE season at the Harold Pinter Theatre
17th April 2021Opening Sonia Friedman Productions’ RE:EMERGE season at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre will be Amy Berryman’s Walden (22 May-12 June 2021), followed by Yasmin Joseph’s J’Ouvert (16 Jun-3 Jul) and Joseph Charlton’s Anna X (10 July-4 Aug). The RE:EMERGE season will create a space for new voices and fresh talent in… .. Read more
‘Engrossing from the first moment’: A SPLINTER OF ICE – Original Theatre Company (Online review)
17th April 2021Two professional truth-stretchers: one, a writer and former M16 operative; one, a British spy for the KGB exiled in Moscow. Ben Brown’s new play brings old friends Graham Greene (1904-1991) and Kim Philby (1912-1988) together at the point of seismic… .. Read more
‘The writing rejoices in the sound of the words’: CRUISE – Stream.Theatre (Online review)
17th April 2021With venues heading rapidly to a point where they can reopen soon, the theatre world is caught in a kind of limbo as online productions start scaling back and live performances begin to seem more than a far distant glint… .. Read more
Putting profits before people? Where is the original Phantom of the Opera we were promised?
16th April 2021When The Phantom of the Opera was unloaded from the Her Majesty’s Theatre last year, it produced the forlorn sight of the original Phantom chandelier resting on the pavement outside the theatre instead of poised over the proscenium from which… .. Read more
‘This adaptation is a joy to portray’: Melanie Marshall stars in a new digital production of The Importance of Being Earnest
16th April 2021The actress chatted to us about the upcoming digital production of The Importance of Being Earnest – co-produced by the Lawrence Batley Theatre and The Dukes. How would you say this production of The Importance of Being Earnest is different… .. Read more