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NEWS: Union Theatre revives Madness musical Our House, 19 Aug-12 Sep

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The 2003 Olivier Award-winning Madness musical Our House, with a book by Tim Firth, is revived Off West End at London’s Union Theatre, for a limited season from 21 August to 12 September 2015 (previews from 19 August). It’s directed by Michael Burgen, with choreography by William Whelton and musical direction by Richard Baker. Sasha Regan produces.

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NEWS: Robert Powell stars in autumn tour of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III

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Following critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the Almeida Theatre and in the West End, King Charles III embarks on a UK tour this autumn. Robert Powell will take on the role of King Charles. The production opens on 4 September 2015 at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and then visits Richmond Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Milton Keynes Theatre, Cambridge …

MACK AND MABEL – Chichester Festival Theatre

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

This is a tale of romance and of the lure of cinema: tricky on the stage. Mack Sennet, a clownish film director, is losing his beloved star, Mabel Normand, to the dreaded, meatier features. He leaves the emotion and the drama to the other directors, he says: DW Griffiths and the like. The issue is that, as Sennet would have wanted, Mack and Mabel is all performance and little gut. Extremely talented people are behind this production, but the material they chose does them little favours.

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THE MERCURY COMPLEX – Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

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

When you were young and somebody asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, how did you answer? The Mercury Complex takes just that as a starting point – the basis of Lindsay Bennett’s one-woman show is that, when she was five years of age, she was so amazed by Queen’s performance at Live Aid on her 21” Hitachi television, she declared ‘When I grow up, I want to be Freddie Mercury’.

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: As You Like It, The Red Lion, The Importance of Being Earnest

In Audio, Features, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by As Yet Unnamed London Theatre PodcastLeave a Comment

On this week’s podcast, leading London theatre bloggers discuss views on three plays: As You Like It at Shakespeare’s Globe, The Importance of Being Earnest, starring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell, and Patrick Marber’s new play The Red Lion, starring Daniel Mays at the National, as well as the most recent London revival of Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

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Want a review? Give me the basic information

In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Reviews by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

This blog is a bleat. And I hope the producers and promoters of theatre for children are paying attention. Sadly, theatre for children – other than at Christmas when it briefly moves centre stage – remains at best a fringe venture and at worst a Cinderella genre. So it needs all the publicity and attention it can get. Right?

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NEWS: New casting announced for West End’s Matilda from 15 Sep

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Evie Hone and Lizzie Wells will join Anna-Louise Knight and Lara McDonnell in the title role of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical from Tuesday 15 September 2015. Joining the four actresses will be Michael Begley (Mr Wormwood), Miria Parvin (Miss Honey) and Rebecca Thornhill (pictured – Mrs Wormwood). Craige Els will continue in the role of Miss Trunchbull.

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND – Holland Park

In Children's theatre, London theatre, Musicals, Opera, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Returning for a third (and now almost sold out) season Opera Holland Park’s take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a 70-minute jaunt through a classic tale that has been re-worked into an enchanting opera. Will Todd and Maggie Gottlieb have taken the best of Lewis Carroll’s story and distilled it into words and music that include some delicious nods to blues and soul, as well as the most ingenious of stagings.

I’ve just been accepted into a club I’ve been looking for all my life

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

I had a life-changing moment on Thursday night. I showed up to an event where I didn’t know anyone and discovered it was exactly where I belonged.

Relationships aside, I’ve had this powerful an epiphany of self-realisation only twice before in my life. The first was when I came to the UK as a student and it quickly dawned on me that I felt more at home here than I felt in the country where I was born and raised for the first 21 years of my life. The second was when I started working in theatre – running WhatsOnStage.com – and I came to understand the difference between a job and a calling.

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Diary of a theatre addict: New York weddings, interviews, shows and (very) cloudy views from the WTC

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

I’m just back from a(nother) crazed addictive week in New York, built around the wedding on Thursday of my friend Vivien Goodwin — former managing director of Samuel French Ltd, and now MD at R&H Theatricals, managing the licensing of their musical theatre catalogue in London and Europe. It coincided with the third anniversary last Tuesday of my own wedding in New York three years earlier. And continuing the wedding theme, I also visited City Hall on Wednesday morning.