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‘This proves that staying in really does have its compensation’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – National Theatre (Online review)

In Comedy, London theatre, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

These shows, originally filmed as part of the flagship’s NT Live project, are now available on its YouTube channel. The first is Richard Bean’s gloriously silly farce, One Man, Two, Guvnors, starring the irrepressible and Tony-award winning James Corden.

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‘I would be fascinated to see how this piece develops’: Orangutan – Cup of Brew (Online review)

In Features, Musicals, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Louise PennLeave a Comment

Orangutan is presented by Cup of Brew, written by Toby King, directed by Fiona Kingwill, and performed by Louise Waller. We first meet Alice sitting on her messy bed, overflowing with cushions and clothes. Her mind shoots off in all directions. She’s surrounded on all sides by the audience.

Orangutan is presented by Cup of Brew, written by Toby King, directed by Fiona Kingwill, and performed by Louis…

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‘Trying to capture just a spark of that charge that comes with live theatre’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – National Theatre (Online review)

In London theatre, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

National Theatre at Home is a huge success. The type of scheme that only large institutions can hope to really pull off but even so, managing the kind of appointment-to-view occasion that was its debut with One Man, Two Guvnors was still a remarkable achievement.

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’An entertaining performance from a magnetic performer’: I, MALVOLIO – TOURING (Online Review)

In Children's theatre, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring, Video by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

I, Malvolio is Tim Crouch’s retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night through the eyes of the blighted and picked-upon puritan, Malvolio. It’s the fourth time Crouch has written such an adaptation, which he hopes will “unlock Shakespeare for young audiences”.

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NEWS: Hairspray reschedules its London Coliseum season for this autumn

In London theatre, Musicals, Native, News, Press Releases, Quotes, Ticket recommendations by Press Releases

Producers have announced new dates for the return of Hairspray the Musical which, prior to the coronavirus crisis, had been due to run from 23 April to 30 August 2020 at the London Coliseum. The production will now run for a ten-week season from 1 September to 8 November 2020, with a press night on 8 September.

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‘Re-living the past so intensely is eerie’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – National Theatre (Online review)

In London theatre, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Tom BoltonLeave a Comment

After the theatres closed, the National Theatre was quick to announce a free mini-season of online shows from their NT Live broadcasts, which immediately became the only evening bookings in thousands of newly empty diaries. The first Youtube show – Nicholas Hytner’s mid-2000s mega-hit, One Man, Two Guvnors – had a real sense of anticipation.