New play about Africa’s deadliest conflict is more of a heroic failure than a successful drama.
Sadly, there are some great shows that are closing in the capital, so here is your final opportunity to catch them while they are in the city (except for the first three which finished this past weekend!) How many have you seen already?…
Associate Director Robert Icke will adapt and direct Schiller classic MARY STUART at the Almeida Theatre in December, with Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams trading the play’s central roles of the two queens, the title character and Queen Elizabeth I, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss Ralph Fiennes in Richard III at the Almeida, Mike Bartlett’s test play Wild at Hampstead and the stage version of Sideways at St James Theatre.
Ralph Fiennes is a menace. An utter menace. Other actors beware. He will cheat, stab and simply out-act you right off the end of the stage. His command of the audience, the material and everyone else around him is terrifying.
Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave star in Rupert Goold’s production of Shakespeare’s play about the notorious villain king. It runs until 6 August 2016. But how have critics reacted to the production?
Following the return of 1984 to the Playhouse Theatre last night, the booking period for the West End run has been extended by eight weeks until 29 October 2016. Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, this year sees an entirely new cast, including Angus Wright and Andrew Glover, take to the stage in George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece.
An entirely new cast has started rehearsals for Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of 1984. Following a sell-out international tour, the critically and publicly acclaimed production of 1984 return to London’s Playhouse Theatre for a third West End run this summer. George Orwell’s canonical work, adapted by Olivier Award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan, runs from 14 June to 3 September 2016, with the press night on 28 June 2016.101 seats for every performance will be available for £19.84.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
New play about a lost teenage youth has an impressive production, but is thin on plot and character.
Leo Butler’s Boy casts a sharp look at contemporary London and reunites director-designer team Sacha Wares and Miriam Buether at the Almeida Theatre, where it runs until 28 May 2016. But what have critics made of the production?
The boy of the title is Liam: gormless and runty, lost and unnoticed , scion of a demographic much discussed right now. For he’s a white, working-class, 17-year-old “NEET” (not in education, employment or training).
Following a sell-out international tour, this critically and publicly acclaimed production of 1984 will return to the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End this summer. George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, adapted by Olivier Award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan, will preview from 14 June 2016, with the press night on 28 June 2016.
The Almeida Theatre has announced its star-studded 2016-2017 season, including two heavyweight Shakespeare productions, two world premiere plays, a screen adaptation and another West End season. Production highlights include: Ralph Fiennes (pictured) takes the title role in Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold. Vanessa Redgrave makes her Almeida debut as Queen Margaret THEY DRINK IT IN THE …
Given the success of the novel and film on which it is based, American Psycho the Musical should be a tense and amusing satire thriller, so the limp, unaffecting result is a disappointment.
Have you booked up for these six, much-anticipated shows opening in April? They include major musicals Show Boat, Funny Girl and Sunset Boulevard, plus Doctor Faustus starring Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington and…
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss The War of the Worlds in the West End, a modern-dress Uncle Vanya at the Almeida production, Complicite’s The Encounter and the recent UK premiere of Rabbit Hole.
The Almeida Theatre has announced the cast for the world premiere of Boy, the new play by Leo Butler, directed by Sacha Wares. Boy runs at the Almeida Theatre from the 5th April to the 28th May 2016.
Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya is best summarised as an update – and an Anglicisation. Played in contemporary clothes, with sprinkled swearwords (so often touted as modern shorthand for “relevance”), Uncle Vanya is now ‘Uncle Johnny’, Professor Serebryakov is simply ‘Alexander’, Dr Astrov is ‘Michael’.
A Broadway comedy and two British created musicals arrive in the West End this week – one from last summer’s season at Bath’s Theatre Royal, the other after a long stage life of touring regionally and internationally for the last eight years. Will any of them make it to next week’s Top 10 list? This week’s main openings In London: …