After One Who Wants to Cross at the Finborough in February, I’m thrilled to chair the post-show talk for another new play care of Clarisse Makundul Productions, Makundul’s own Under the Kundè Tree at Southwark Playhouse Borough.
‘During my show, the audience and I will be emotionally involved’: Anita Luna The Diva invites you on the uplifting adventure that is her latest show Full of Shit
Post-pandemic, Anita Luna THE DIVA is no longer the tomboy daring to be a diva, she has fully embraced her diva status, and audiences can see how and why in her latest show Full of Shit, running at London’s Pen Theatre on 10 and 11 February 2023.
NEWS: The UK premiere of One Who Wants To Cross at the Finborough Theatre brings a contemporary human tragedy into focus
Award-winning French playwright Marc Emmanuel Soriano’s One Who Wants To Cross (Un Qui Veut Traverser), a dramatic meditation on migrants, wherever their place of origin, receives its UK premiere at London’s Finborough Theatre from 31 January to 25 February 2023 (press nights are 2 and 3 February). Translated by Amanda Gann and directed by Alice Hamilton, One Who Wants To Cross is …
NEWS: Want theatre without a filter? Get ready for Anita Luna’s show Full of Shit at The Pen Theatre
If a unique, provocative solo performance featuring theatre, comedy, clowning and cabaret is what you are looking for, then Anita Luna THE DIVA’s show Full of Shit, running at London’s Pen Theatre on 10 and 11 February 2023, may be the perfect solution.
NEWS: A seminal cult classic doc about the Black Queer experience in NY becomes verbatim theatre in The Goat Exchange’s Jason
American ensemble The Goat Exchange will makes its UK debut with the world premiere of Jason at London’s Crescent Theatre from 24-29 January 2023 as part of the VAULT Festival 2023. Director Mitchell Polonsky’s production is a verbatim, recorded delivery staging of Shirley Clarke’s cult classic Portrait of Jason, a seminal documentary on the Black and Queer experience in 1960s New York and one of the most influential films in cinema.
NEWS: A reality television spoof with toe-tapping songs: Lisa Gaye Wright’s The Real Housewives of Codswallop arrives on the London Fringe
Lisa Gaye Wright’s new and original comedy spoof musical The Real Housewives of Codswallop – funny, quirky and full of parody with toe-tapping songs throughout – will be staged at The Theatre at the Tabard in Chiswick from 30 January to 2 February 2023 and the Bread & Roses Theatre, Clapham from 6 to 8 February.
NEWS: Rip-roaring spy story Man of 100 Faces returns to the King’s Head Theatre
The Death of Stalin meets Bond in Unleash The Llama’s Man of 100 Faces returns, a tragicomic one-man homage to the greatest spy MI6 ever produced. Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the show returns to London’s King’s Head Theatre, running from 8-12 November 2022.
NEWS: Award-winning play Apples in Winter receives its European premiere at London’s Playground Theatre
Surrey-based LynchPin Productions will be staging the European premiere of the award-winning play Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett, directed by Claire Parker, at London’s Playground Theatre from 5-15 October 2022 (press night is 6 October).
‘I want to bring Nelly – and music hall – to a new audience’: Charlotte Walker explains why the celebrity culture tackled in Marie Lloyd Stole My Life is as relatable as it ever was
A story of adultery, betrayal, age discrimination, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, press intrusion, scandal, robbery… and a rescue at sea. Hardly the kind of subjects you would necessarily associate with Victorian music hall, and yet all that and more can be found in Marie Lloyd Stole My Life, a true tale of scandal, stardom and song in 19th century Islington, playing at London’s Rosemary Branch Theatre on 6 October 2022.
NEWS: Follow the fascinating journey to parenthood in the UK premiere of comedy Maybe, Probably at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Billed as an hilarious and heartfelt comedy for those who are thinking of starting a family, have already done so, or just love babies, betting, and Brooklyn, Over Here Theatre Company’s UK premiere of Eric Henry Sanders’ award-winning play Maybe, Probably continues at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre until 15 October 2022, directed by Lydia Parker.
NEWS: Follow the trail of Kemp’s Jig, an Elizabethan tale of bruised egos & sore feet, from Norwich to London
In 1600 English Will Kemp triumphantly arrived in Norwich after Morris dancing the entire 125-mile journey from London. Now audiences can relive his one-man romp through the country lanes of Elizabethan England in Blue Fire Theatre Company’s production of Kemp’s Jig which is heading to those very locations: the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich on 28 September 2022 and Hampton Hill Theatre in Richmond on 1 October.
NEWS: The unglamorous side of showbusiness is revealed in Marie Lloyd Stole My Life – now on a regional tour
In the centenary year of Marie Lloyd’s death, J.J. Leppink’s Marie Lloyd Stole My Life, beginning a regional tour on 18 September at Colchester’s Headgate Theatre, tells the story of how the ‘Queen of the Music Hall’ came to fame at another’s expense.
NEWS: Go on a voyage of emotions with dark thriller The Drought at the King’s Head Theatre
Pither Productions is presenting the London premiere of Nina Atesh’s atmospheric dark thriller The Drought –a drama of desperation, dread and deception set to take the audience on a voyage of emotions – at the King’s Head Theatre from 20-24 September 2022.
NEWS: Joe Penhall’s play Landscape With Weapon remains as relevant as ever in OnBook’s new production at the Cockpit
A brand-new production of Joe Penhall’s brilliant 2007 play Landscape With Weapon – about the moral dilemma faced by a scientist involved in creating weapons of mass destruction – will run at London’s Cockpit Theatre from 13-18 September 2022, directed by Jason Moore and presented by OnBook Theatre.
NEWS: A musical about panto? Oh Yes I Am! at the King’s Head Theatre is proof there is nothing like a Dame
Is it a musical? Is it panto? Is it a musical about panto? Find out when you see OH YES I AM!, arriving at London’s King’s Head from 11-12 September 2022.
New post-show Q&A: Terri Paddock invites you on an explosive & gut-punching rollercoaster ride with Proforca’s Flashbang
After fascinating discussions around Feel, At Last and Lately, I’m back with Proforca Theatre to discuss Flashbang, the company’s fifth new play by James Lewis, as well as exciting new work by associate artists also programmed during the autumn season at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre.
NEWS: Gear up for the world premiere of new British musical RIDE at the Charing Cross Theatre
Award-winning new musical RIDE, charting one woman’s radical act and exploring the lies we tell to escape ourselves, gears up for its first full production at London’s Charing Cross Theatre from 25 August to 17 September 2022 (press night is 31 August).
‘Being at the Fringe for us means arriving on the world stage’: Director Mona Zaidi introduces Edinburgh audiences to new play My Own Private Shakespeare
Award-winning Canadian director Mona Zaidi is ready for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022, having staged Justin Hay’s critically acclaimed play My Own Private Shakespeare which continues its run at the Willow Studio, Greenside at Riddle’s Court until 27 August 2022.
NEWS: Five-star one-man play My Own Private Shakespeare transfers from Toronto to the Edinburgh Fringe
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is back and standing out from the crowd will be the critically acclaimed play My Own Private Shakespeare, fresh from a sold-out, three-week run in Toronto, Canada and now heading for Willow Theatre, Greenside at Riddle’s Court for the show’s debut UK engagement from 5-27 August 2022.
‘We have discovered more & more layers to the characters & scenes’: Peter Hamilton discusses his new play Blue, opening on the London Fringe
Writer Peter Hamilton, who has had several plays produced on the London Fringe, is premiering his dark comedy Blue – about the quest for spiritual meaning in a modern secular and cynical age – at London’s White Bear Theatre from 12-23 July 2022.