How central are Gertrude, Claudius and Polonius to the story of Hamlet? If you remove those adult characters – the prince’s mother, uncle/stepfather and the father of his one-time girlfriend, respectively – and the scenes that revolve around them, what are you left with?
For the post-show talk for new play Wickies: The Vanishing Men of Eilean Mor at the Park Theatre I was joined by writer Paul Morrissey and his all-Scottish, three-strong cast: Jamie Quinn, Ewan Stewart and Graeme Dalling.
One of the few things I enjoy even more than theatre is talking politics. So chairing a post-show discussion about a brilliant new political play, written and directed by a Westminster insider and lifelong activist, really is my idea of bliss. At the White Bear Theatre, I got to do just that for Triggered, Emma Burnell’s new play about a fictional deselection of a Labour MP ahead of the 2019 General Election.
Guinea Pigs, a new play that shines a light on Britain’s decades-long nuclear testing cover-up, written by the daughter of a test veteran, premieres next month at London’s The Space, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Operation Hurricane, Britain’s first nuclear detonation.
The Quality of Mercy, a new one-man play about notorious British serial killer Harold Shipman, premieres at London’s Courtyard Theatre this month. Taking a break from rehearsals, writer and performer Edwin Flay told us more about his very personal family connection to Shipman’s crimes.
A new one-man play about notorious British serial killer Harold Shipman, written by a former patient and relative of one of his victims, receives its world premiere this month in London. Time to get booking!
What might entice you to sell your soul to the devil? Fame? Riches? Immortality? World peace? A rent-free London flat? Four pints of Guinness? At my post-show Q&A for a production of Doctor Faustus, that was an irresistible question to pose to the company. But before that, we covered much else to do concerning adaptation and the creative process, with a lot of fun and laughter.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced just before my arrival at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre. Like the rest of the country, the theatre staff had been braced for the sad news. So the world premiere of Proforca’s Flashbang was preceded by a public address and collective silence.
Flashbang, Proforca Theatre’s latest new play at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre, has attracted a slew of five- and four-star reviews for its premiere production, which must end this Saturday 17 September 2022. We’ve rounded up review highlights.
Who are your mates forever? What would blow your world apart? Flashbang, Proforca Theatre’s latest explosive new play, premieres this week at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre. Check out the first-look production photos – and then get booking!
It’s just four weeks to go until the world premiere of Proforca Theatre’s latest explosive new play Flashbang, which has a strictly limited run launching the new autumn season at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre. Sneak a peek inside the rehearsal room – and then get booking!
After acclaim last year in Lately, Fred Wardale returns to London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Proforca Theatre’s new explosive premiere Flashbang, written by James Lewis and helmed by artistic director. We chatted to him about camaraderie, creativity and small-town underdogs.
Four up-and-coming actors will star in the world premiere of Proforca Theatre’s latest explosive new play Flashbang, which has a strictly limited run at the start of the new autumn season at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre. Meet the cast below – and then get booking!
Have you read the reviews for Frankie Meredith’s May Queen yet? Originally premiered last year as part of Paines Plough’s Roundabout season, this ‘spell-binding’ piece set in Coventry is now back for one week only at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre.
Originally premiered last year as part of Paines Plough’s acclaimed Roundabout Season, May Queen returns to Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre for a strictly limited season. Midlands writer Frankie Meredith tells us more about the modern folk tale and how growing up in Coventry influenced it.
What is theatre’s role in exploring political and historical subjects? What echoes are there with contemporary events in Europe? Could The End of the Night be staged in Germany today – or in Russia? For this post-show discussion, Terri Paddock explores these issues with playwright Ben Brown and the award-winning journalist, author and academic Professor Kurt Barling.
Remember the 1980s? Charles and Diana’s wedding? Sally Rogers does. The actor-turned-playwright draws on her own personal memories and experiences in her debut play, the 1980s-set, coming-of-age black comedy The Still Room, which premieres at London’s Park Theatre in June.
After its successful premiere last year as part of Paines Plough’s Roundabout Season, Midlands writer Frankie Meredith’s May Queen returns to Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre for a strictly limited season this summer.
Lauren Morley’s new play The Collab, inspired by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and YouTube sex abuse scandals, premieres this week at London’s The Space care of Aequitas Theatre. Lauren took a break from rehearsals to tell us more about the piece, political theatre, feminism and online consent.
We’re counting down to the long-awaited world premiere of Cold Feet actor-turned-playwright Sally Rogers’ debut play The Still Room, which opens at London’s Park Theatre next month. Sneak a peek behind the scenes in the rehearsal room. Time to get booking!