There are no bolts in sight; the monster in the new touring version of Frankenstein is made with pen and paper. Get a glimpse of its creation, and the action coming together, in these rehearsal images, then book your tickets.
Mary Shelley, who thought up Frankenstein when she was just 18 years old, will appear on stage alongside her famous creation in a new adaptation of her novel coming to the Belgrade Theatre this autumn as part of a UK tour. Time to book your tickets for what’s sure to be a monster hit.
Not Exactly Billington has set themselves a challenge to read a new (to them) playtext every week. In August, their #ReadaPlayaWeek titles included John Osborne’s Luther, Christopher Shinn’s Dying City, Abi Zakarian’s This is Not an Exit, E.V. Crowe’s I Can Hear You, and Alice Birch’s Revolt. She said. Revolt again.
Rufus Hound, Irvine Iqbal, Natasha Lewis and Forbes Masson have been cast in The Boy in the Dress, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new musical which runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 8 November 2019 to 8 March 2020 (press night is 27 November).
Brighton Fringe hit The Geminus has sailed the high seas from the south coast to London for the Camden Fringe, and they have the wind in their sales with some fantastic reviews. Take a look at what’s been said, and at the new production images from its London run, then book your tickets!
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Following an award-nominated run at the Brighton Fringe earlier this year, Blue Devil Productions’ dark romance The Geminus comes to London’s Tristan Bates Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe 2019. Book you tickets now!
I am gradually amassing quite a pile of books about writing plays. Collecting and reading them is probably a displacement/procrastination activity. One of these days I really am (or so I keep telling myself) going to write a play. Just don’t ask me when.
Kenneth Lonergan’s 2009 play The Starry Messenger has opened at the Wyndham’s starring Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern. Longergan’s work has enjoyed a series of Tony-nominated revivals in New York over recent years.
Not Exactly Billington has set themselves a challenge to read a new (to them) playtext every week. In May, their #ReadaPlayaWeek titles included Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, Roy Williams’ interpretation of Antigone, Olwen Wymark’s Find Me, Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum Dreams, and Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth.
As a theatre critic/interested person, I really like it when the theatre programme I’m issued with is also the text of the new play I’m seeing.
Not Exactly Billington has set themselves a challenge to read a new (to them) playtext every week. In April, the #ReadaPlayaWeek titles included Valerie Windsor’s Effie’s Burning, Rose Leiman Goldemberg’s Letters Home, Maureen Duffy’s Rites, and Claire Luckham’s Trafford Tanzi.
Not Exactly Billington have set themselves a challenge to read a new (to them) playtext every week. In March, their #ReadaPlayaWeek titles included Lisa Evans’ Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home, Marie Laberge’s Night, Owen Sheers’ Unicorns, Almost and Adam Barnard’s buckets.
If you work with under-18s developing performance skills (along with confidence and all those other useful transferables) then Samantha Marsden’s new book is likely to be very helpful.
It’s a #ReadaPlayaWeek: featuring Laura Wade’s Breathing Corpses; Adult Child/Dead Child (1987) by Claire Dowie; Thatcher’s Women by Kay Adshead; and Superhoe by Nicôle Lecky.
For three years, #ReadaPlayaWeek was a, well, weekly feature of our blog. Starting out as a way to familiarise myself more with the canon, long-established and establishment writers were a regular feature.
To Kill a Mockingbird. Oh dear. The production which originated at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park in 2015 before touring nationwide including to the Barbican, is now dead. It was due to tour again (now produced by Jonathan Church Productions, The Curve, Leicester and Open Air Theatre) this spring. Now it has been cancelled.
I have to admit, the main motivation I had for trying to see this play from Sam Holcroft when it ran at the National’s Dorfman Theatre back in 2015 was some of the casting (Stephen Mangan and Miles Jupp are two brilliant comic actors), as well as hearing that they would have a full-on Christmas dinner onstage.
West End transfer marketing for Stig of the Dump sorted – the poster strapline will be “I dig Stig!” We definitely dig it. Meanwhile, the return of Clive King’s much-loved children’s literary classic continues at the Tabard Theatre until 6 January only. We’ve rounded up other five-star review highlights below. Time to get booking!
Former law professor, author and academic Norman S Poser is spending his retirement writing about his two passions, the Georgian era and English theatre, and, in particular, the life and times of David Garrick.