Ought To Be Clowns barely saw 250 shows this year, quiet by his standards. And as is the way of these things, here’s a rundown of some of the productions that moved me most…
Looking ahead to some of 2020’s exciting shows, most with an emphasis away from the West End and instead focusing at the London Fringe and across the UK.
As part of her ongoing post-show talk series, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock catches the premiere of a brand-new play about legend of the silver screen, the Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin. Got any questions?
Arrows & Traps’ queer noir take on The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde is a contemporary adaptation that speaks to the ages at the Brockley Jack Theatre.
Arrows & Traps’ 18th production in its five-year history is also its tenth at London’s Brockley Jack Theatre, where it is now an associate company, and its third in a Gothic trilogy. And it’s a corker.
Arrows & Traps’ track record adapting classics is second to none, and with this new production of The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde Ross McGregor has created something startlingly modern and original that still embraces its Victorian origins.
Arrows & Traps’ The Strange Case Of Jekyll & Hyde is one for a new generation: an endlessly thought-provoking, unsettling, enthralling production that’s not to be missed.
One Giant Leap is a very silly story with no other mission in mind but providing two hours of pure entertainment.
After their current summer hit with One Giant Leap, Arrows & Traps will return to Brockley Jack Theatre in September when, as part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will join them on Friday 6 September 2019 for Jekyll & Hyde. Got any questions?
Over the last five years, 13-time Offie-nominated Arrows & Traps have become a regular fixture both on the London Fringe scene and on this blog. And the good news is they’re not going anywhere;
If Taro is to be Arrows & Traps’ final production, then it’s a hell of a high note to go out on. Bringing together so much of what has made them an enjoyable and enlightening company to follow.
Taro focuses on an incredible life honoured by a gorgeous, goosebump-inducing production – you really don’t want to miss this one.
it is pleasing to see that Ross McGregor’s new play Gentleman Jack respects its subject enough to give a full picture of their life.
Gentleman Jack shines a light not only on Anne Lister’s life and legacy as both a woman and a lesbian, but also on the rigid 19th century attitudes that she set out to challenge.
So many of the recommendations for shows to see next year focus on the West End. And for sure, I’m excited to catch big ticket numbers like All About Eve, Come From Away and Waitress, but I wanted to cast my eye a little further afield.
Arrows and Traps make a triumphant return following their adaptation of The White Rose in this atmospheric adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Adaptor/director Ross McGregor turning to Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula makes sense, not least as it offers ample opportunity for Arrows & Traps to refresh its rather dustily antiquated take on gender.
Best known for their adaptations of literary classics, Arrows & Traps has taken a different approach in their latest production, The White Rose.
For all the weight of the subject, The White Rose is engagingly and captivatingly staged, losing none of the visual inventiveness that has characterised so much of Arrows & Traps’ previous work.
Ross McGregor’s latest adaptation is faithful to the source material, though there is the inclusion of music at various junctures to accentuate the ‘scenes of merriment’.
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