What’s the message of World Theatre Day? And why don’t the English celebrate it?

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Regional theatre by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

The inaugural #LoveTheatre day back in November caused quite a stir. Theatre – and more specifically #lovetheatre – was trending up and down the country. Now, here we are today, the 54th annual World Theatre Day (or, like with like, #WorldTheatreDay) and you’d hardly know it. More than five decades in, you’d think that World […]

RSC returning home to the London theatre that was built to its own specifications

In London theatre, News, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

When the Barbican Centre first opened in 1982, one of its first resident companies was the Royal Shakespeare Company, who gave up their beloved West End addresses at the Aldwych and Donmar Warehouse to move there. The Barbican’s two theatre spaces that replaced them — the mainhouse Barbican Theatre and Pit respectively — were built specifically to and for the RSC’s specifications.
So it was hugely surprising, not to say foolhardy, when then artistic director Adrian Noble suddenly decided to withdraw the company from the building entirely in 2002, and become a company that peripatetically roamed all over the capital, hiring theatres as it needed them from the Noel Coward and Novello to the Roundhouse. It did particularly impressive work in reconfiguring the Roundhouse as a bespoke space for itself, but the company’s lack of a permanent presence in London damaged it greatly.

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CIRQUE BERSERK – Birmingham Rep

In Circus, Regional theatre, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Birmingham REP; 19th March 2015 With the shrill note of a traditional circus whistle, the piped nostalgia of calliope refrains that accompanies us while we take our seats is swiftly replaced by pounding beats of tribal dance music, and we’re launched into the thrilling fantasy of Cirque Berserk.  This is not circus-theatre, or dance-circus, but […]

Interview: Giving a big voice to Little Voice and the Manchester fringe

In Features, Interviews, Regional theatre by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Reporting from Manchester, my guest contributor Glenn Meads recently met up with director-producer James Baker, who is making waves at The Kings Arms in Salford. Londoners, take note. Great theatre happens elsewhere too…   James Baker’s CV Artistic director James Baker has been fundamental in developing The Kings Arms Theatre into a thriving fringe venue […]

CIRCUS FANTASIA – Victoria Gardens, Tipton

In Circus, Regional theatre, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Victoria Gardens, Tipton; 14th March 2015 The red and white tent of Circus Funtasia sits in a grassy hollow like a magic toadstool, and I pass under a string of electric light bulbs to see what waits inside.  Smart navy and gold military uniforms and courteous Eastern European accents usher visitors to our red bucket seats, while […]


In Circus, Dance, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton; 11th March 2015 The brightly ornate greens and golds of the Mayflower Theatre seem at odds with the ominous sounds playing behind its red velvet curtains.  Organic drips and thunder turn to rolling objects, clicking machinery, engines and clanging metal, and finally a rhythmic pulsing and electronic buzz. The house lights begin to […]

Interview with Willy Russell: As Educating Rita returns home to Liverpool for its 35th birthday

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My former Northwest Editor at WhatsOnStage.com, Glenn Meads, recently met up with Willy Russell, whose iconic play Educating Rita has “come home” to Liverpool Playhouse this month to celebrate its 35th birthday. The anniversary production of Russell’s two-hander is directed by Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz and stars native Liverpudlians Leanne Best […]