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MCQUEEN – West End

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

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.

AND THEN COME THE NIGHTJARS – Theatre 503

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

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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FUTURE CONDITIONAL – Old Vic

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

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.

SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE – Jermyn Street Theatre

In London theatre, Musicals, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

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.

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NEWS: Brokeback Mountain adapted as stage play for 2016 premiere

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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 …

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NEWS: Goodnight Mister Tom returns to West End, shares theatre with Peppa Pig

In Children's theatre, London theatre, News, Plays, Press Releases by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

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.

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NEWS: Kenneth Branagh screens The Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet and The Entertainer to cinemas

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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.

HOT STUFF – Oldham Coliseum

In Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Kristy StottLeave a Comment

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.

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NEWS: Jon Robyns leads Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, full cast announced

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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 …

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NEWS: Broadway’s Hand to God gets West End premiere at Vaudeville, 5 Feb

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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 …

BRAVE NEW WORLD – Northampton and touring

In Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

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.