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As we take to our seat we see an open stage where Stephen Wight (Lee) cuts an isolated and tortured figure, pacing the stage, lost in his thoughts almost as if obsessive compulsive tendencies are playing havoc with his mind. This historic theatre is one of immense beauty, opulence, luxury and completely fitting to host this new piece written by James Phillips.
Sometimes the thing you didn’t want to cross town to see becomes the play you absolutely must recommend. Until they open the new venue in Balham, Theatre 503 is the most tedious fringe journey for me, involving at least two trains and a circuitous bus, but And Then Come the Nightjars was more than worth […]
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I feel a gentle sense of ending a chapter this weekend as I prepare to move to turn a page with the start of the MA in Creative Producing at Mountview.
With the news we’ve been having this week, a play about education policy may seem a little lightweight. For most of the first half it was. But the play pulls that neat Love Actually trick. Tedious for the most part, yet satisfying in the end. Little sense, little structure, little point, but plenty of character and warming comedy. Its arguments are highly worn, but it has wheeled out engaging and intriguing characters to tell them to us again.
It’s not often that Æ ventures to review outside Edinburgh, but being in Dundee for the opening night of the show it would be utterly churlish not to recommend a trip up to see it.
This was my first visit to the Jermyn Street Theatre and what a lovely, unusual and intimate space to perform an exciting new show in.
A set of three pieces written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and all created to challenge and thought provoke fundamental issues. Michael John LaChiusa has used these stories, writing words and music for this production. The show has been produced in the UK by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment.
Noel Jordon joins Imaginate as Festival Director
Imaginate, the creative development organisation for children’s theatre, has announced that Noel Jordon will join the company in the newly created role of Festival Director.
Producer Tom O’Connell today announced that he has acquired the stage rights for Annie Proulx’s award-winning short story BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. The announcement of the world premiere stage adaptation, currently in development, comes as the Oscar-winning film marks its tenth anniversary. The movie Brokeback Mountain became a cultural phenomenon in 2005, winning multiple awards including Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars for …
““Only Forever” is a play that doesn’t end when the curtain comes. A true piece of great theatre.”
Following a hugely successful West End season in 2012/13, the critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s classic novel, Goodnight Mister Tom, returns to London for a limited-10 week season. The story is brought beautifully to life in David Wood’s Olivier Award winning stage version. The production will play this Christmas at the Duke of York’s Theatre, previewing from December 11th, with a press performance on December 17th at 2.30pm.
It is announced today that the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, will broadcast three productions of its year-long Plays at the Garrick season live to cinemas worldwide. The first Branagh Theatre Live production will be The Winter’s Tale at 19:00 on Thursday 26 November 2015. Tickets are now on sale.
The King’s Head Theatre present their October season – NOBODY’S BUSINESS and the ★★★★★ acclaimed 5 Guys Chillin’ “Interesting and complex; it’s certainly not preachy and shows the thrills and the rush of modern sex parties” G-Scene
Hot Stuff premiered at the Oldham Coliseum back in November 1990 and was devised by Maggie Norris and the Coliseum’s artistic director of the time, Paul Kerryson. Following its debut, Hot Stuff played to packed audiences, received rave reviews and rocked the West End. Now, under Kevin Shaw’s direction, this cult classic returns to the Coliseum stage on its 25th anniversary in a bid to thrill, delight and rock the Oldham audience once more.
Casting has been announced for the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Music & Lyrics Limited production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, opening at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on 2 December, with a national press night on Thursday 10 December, for a nine-week season finishing on 30 January 2016. Jon Robyns (Memphis, Spamalot, Avenue Q) will play Caractacus …
New York, NY (September 9, 2015) – Producer Kevin McCollum has announced that his Tony® Award-nominated comedy Hand to God must close on Broadway on January 3, 2016 and will immediately transfer to London’s West End, with performances beginning on 5 February 2016 at the famed Vaudeville Theatre. Robert Askins’ riotous comedy opened to rave reviews on April 7, 2015 …
CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE ANNOUNCES WINTER 2015 SEASON A compelling mix of drama, family shows, comedy and music will feature in Chichester Festival Theatre’s Winter 2015 season. Penelope Keith returns […]
“Good News” as Lyceum appoints new AD:
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company has announced David Greig as its artistic director designate.
Famed as the musical for people who don’t like musicals, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to revisit this quirky and surprising show. Not since 2007 have I been exposed to the Bad Idea Bears (possibly my favourite artistic invention) and the disgusting yet loveable porn-obsessed Trekkie Monster.
Hot on the heels of Headlong’s obliquely brilliant treatment of 1984 comes a rival dystopia: Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1931, eighteen years before Orwell and before the second war: the comparison is fascinating. Orwell saw ordinary people, recognizable but crushed by brutality and surveillance, thoughtcrime punished and history denied by violence. Its science is basic – telescreens, shredded newsprint and photos.