One of the most exciting and invigorating productions of recent time, Oklahoma! at the Wyndham’s Theatre is truly a spectacle of theatre which uses a number of engaging elements to transform this old school show, into something which feels fresh and bracing.
‘Full of fun but also astringently bracing & darkly sexy’: OKLAHOMA! – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★
Traditionally, audiences don’t go to Oklahoma! to be unsettled. On the other hand you don’t go to the Young Vic to have your expectations cosily met by a singalong, with the dark bits tastefully brushed over.
‘Likely to infuriate as many people as it enchants’: OKLAHOMA! – Young Vic Theatre ★★★
Daniel Fish’s sexed-up, pared-down version of Oklahoma! at the Young Vic Theatre (co-directed for London by Jordan Fein) is less a revival and more a full blown deconstruction of the original material.
‘Something that disconcerts more than entertains’: OKLAHOMA! – Young Vic Theatre
The Young Vic presents a rather sexy version of Oklahoma! that replaces twee interpretations of cowboy country with a throbbing desire that inflicts the inhabitants of this rural town, and becomes a fascinating technical exercise in deconstructing a musical.
‘The controversy has generated more heat than the play itself’: RARE EARTH METTLE – Royal Court Theatre
Al Smith’s new play was jinxed before it started – and, bogged down in cartoonish detail, it never really recovers.
‘Arthur Darvill is stand-out as a filthy rich businessman’: RARE EARTH METTLE – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★
Al Smith’s new play Rare Earth Mettle at the Royal Court is a meaty piece that covers a lot of ground.
ALBUM REVIEW: #ZoologicalSociety
New musical #ZoologicalSociety, written by Vikki Stone and Kate Mulgrew, gets a well-timed concept album release.
‘The best thing is its pitch perfect cast’: THE ANTIPODES – National Theatre
The Antipodes is certainly not the play for you if you want an easy, purely entertaining night at the theatre. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort and have something to chew over then it very much is for you.
‘This is a writer with lots to say’: THE ANTIPODES – National Theatre
While the descent into a kind of collective insanity may seem strange in lieu of a plot in Annie Baker’s Antipodes at the National Theatre, as with all her work you find your thoughts returning to it again and again once the curtain comes down.
How the Mates Rate: Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse
Sweet Charity, Josie Rourke’s farewell production at the Donmar Warehouse which stars Anne-Marie Duff as Charity and Arthur Darvill as Oscar, appears to have charmed the majority of our Mates, with a few reservations here and there. The musical continues until 8 June 2019.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Josie Rourke’s final production at the Donmar Warehouse, Sweet Charity.
‘Every number is irresistible’: SWEET CHARITY – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★
The minute you walk in the joint (Hey, big spender!), the trumpets and sax blare an impertinent welcome and you’re in the right dive for Sweet Charity.
‘Full of heart & exuberance’: SWEET CHARITY – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★
Director Josie Rourke ends her tenure at the Donmar Warehouse with a hip revival of Sweet Charity that pushes Anne-Marie Duff out of her comfort zone and shows a new side to Adrian Lester.
‘Nowhere near enough charm for my liking’: SWEET CHARITY – Donmar Warehouse
Nowhere near enough charm in this Sweet Charity for my liking. Josie Rourke’s farewell to the Donmar Warehouse is grey rather than silver.
NEWS: Adrian Lester & Beverley Knight are among the guest actors cast as Daddy Brubeck in Donmar Warehouse’s Sweet Charity
Multiple guest actors will play the role of Daddy Brubeck in Josie Rourke’s production of Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse including Shaq Taylor, Adrian Lester, Le Gateau Chocolat, Beverley Knight and Clive Rowe with further casting to be announced.
NEWS: Performers & presenters are announced for the Olivier Awards 2019
Full details of presenters, performances and special appearances have been announced for the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard, which takes place on Sunday 7 April at the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Jason Manford.
NEWS: Further casting is announced for Josie Rourke’s production of Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse
The Donmar Warehouse has announced further casting for artistic director Josie Rourke’s farewell production Sweet Charity. Joining previously announced cast members Anne-Marie Duff as Charity and Arthur Darvill as Oscar will be Lizzy Connolly, Lauren Drew, Jo Eaton-Kent, Will Haswell, Charlotte Jaconelli, Stephen Kennedy, Debbie Kurup, Martin Marquez, Ryan Reid, Amy Ellen Richardson, Danielle Steers and Shaq Taylor. The musical will run from 6 April to 8 June 2019 (press night is 17 April).
NEWS: Josie Rourke’s farewell production at the Donmar Warehouse will be Sweet Charity starring Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff will lead the cast in Donmar Warehouse’s artistic director Josie Rourke’s farewell production, Sweet Charity, opposite Arthur Darvill making his Donmar Warehouse debut as Oscar. The musical will run from 6 April to 8 June 2019 (press night is 17 April).
NEWS: Harry Enfield & Arthur Darvill will star in the premiere of Jemma Kennedy’s Genesis Inc at Hampstead Theatre
Harry Enfield and Arthur Darvill will lead the cast of Hampstead’s world premiere of Jemma Kennedy’s breakthrough play Genesis Inc from 22 June to 28 July 2018 (press night is 28 June).
HIR – Bush
Taylor Mac’s Hir comes loaded with worlds of contemporary resonances, particularly in its exploration of the disaffection of the American working class and its probing into multiple layers of gender politics.
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