All’s Well is the definition of a tricky play, with its combination of the fantastical and the emotionally brutal, its historically specific yet confusingly vague setting and its hard-nosed, difficult to love characters. Embracing the oddness is probably the only way to make it work on stage but, despite some promising ideas and strong individual performances, Blanche McIntyre’s production does not feel coherent.
‘This adaptation is almost flawless’: ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL – Stratford-upon-Avon
The play All’s Well That Ends Well at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon provides a lot of food for thought, but under McIntyre’s eye it remains a humorous piece. This excellent adaptation is mesmerising from start to finish and is one of the best RSC productions I’ve seen.
‘Always compelling to watch’: MEASURE FOR MEASURE – Shakespeare’s Globe
For her last production at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Blanche McIntyre expertly conjured the life of a city onto a tiny stage. Her Measure for Measure is another city play, but of a very different kind.
‘Introduces an interesting new voice to the industry’: PLAYFIGHT – Finborough Theatre (Online review)
Julia Grogan’s Playfight, the winner of the 2020 ETPEP Award, is given a rehearsed reading online directed by Blanche McIntyre.
NEWS: The Almeida Theatre’s production of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Hymn will be available on demand in March
The sold-out live-streamed world premiere production of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Hymn, originally due to play to socially distanced audiences at the Almeida Theatre, will be available to rent on demand from 3-9 March 2021.
Review Round Up: Hymn at the Almeida Theatre
We round up the reviews for Lolita Chakrabarti’s new play Hymn, starring Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani.
NEWS: Almeida Theatre announces live-streamed performances of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Hymn
The world premiere production of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Hymn, originally due to play to socially distanced audiences at London’s Almeida Theatre, will now be streamed live from the theatre for five performances from 17-20 February 2021 (press performance is 18 February). Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the play features Adrian Lester in the role of Gil and Danny Sapani as Benny.
NEWS: New Almeida Theatre season offers 3 world premieres including a new play by Lolita Chakrabarti
Almeida Theatre artistic director Rupert Goold has announced a socially distanced season of three world premieres for Christmas 2020 and into 2021.
‘These short pieces will provide valuable testimony for what people got up to in the great pandemic’: UNPRECEDENTED – Headlong Theatre (Online review)
Life as it is currently lived in 14 playlets: Most of the plays are about ten minutes in duration and punch well above their weight featuring writing by the likes of James Graham and April de Angelis.
NEWS: Anne-Marie Duff stars in The House of Shades; Full Daddy cast announced at Almeida
Anne-Marie Duff returns to the Almeida Theatre to star in the world premiere of Beth Steel’s new play The House of Shades. Full casting for the theatre’s UK premiere of Daddy is also announced.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Botticelli in the Fire at Hampstead Theatre
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Blanche McIntyre’s production of Botticelli in the Fire now playing at the Hampstead Theatre.
‘Tannahill has a fresh, gloriously abrasive voice’: BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE – Hampstead Theatre
Jordan Tannahill’s queering of Renaissance art in Botticelli In The Fire is riotously vulgar and completely unapologetic mash up.
‘Gets the atmosphere right’: BARTHOLOMEW FAIR – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Bartholomew Fair is full of energy and highly entertaining throughout, while making no attempt to glamorise the city’s underbelly.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Bartholomew Fair at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Blanche McIntyre’s production of Bartholomew Fair, now playing at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
NEWS: Roxana Silbert stages six premieres in her inaugural Hampstead Theatre season
Ahead of Hamstead Theatre’s 60th birthday next year, new artistic director Roxana Silbert recently announced her inaugural season at the north London venue, including six premiere plays written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Jordan Tannahill, Tom Morton-Smith, Al Blyth, Ruby Thomas and Chinonyerem Odimba.
NEWS: Shakespeare’s Globe announces details of summer season
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced its summer season 2019. The celebration and interrogation of ‘our sceptred isle’ through Shakespeare’s history plays continues with Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, while elsewhere there is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair, and the return of 2018’s As You Like It.
NEWS: Denis O’Hare is joined by Kevin Doyle & Olivia Williams in National Theatre’s Tartuffe
Denis O’Hare, making his National Theatre debut as Tartuffe, will be joined by Kevin Doyle as Orgon and Olivia Williams as Elmire in a new version of Molière’s comic masterpiece by John Donnelly. Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the production will run in rep from 9 February to 30 April 2019 in the Lyttelton Theatre.
NEWS: Denis O’Hare will make his National Theatre debut playing Tartuffe at the National Theatre
A ‘ferocious new version’ of Molière’s comic masterpiece Tartuffe by John Donnelly will open in February 2019 at the National Theatre with Denis O’Hare making his NT debut in the title role. Previews for Tartuffe begin on 9 February, with a press night on 21 February, and the show is currently on sale until 30 April. Orgon is the man who …
NEWS: National Theatre’s new season features Andrea Levy’s Small Island, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls & Lenny Henry as Richard Pryor
Rufus Norris has unveiled the National Theatre’s plans for 2019 and beyond. Highlights include the world premiere of Small Island adapted by Helen Edmundson from Andrea Levy’s novel, directed by Rufus Norris.
REVIEW ROUND UP: The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Blanche McIntyre’s production of The Winter’s Tale, playing at the Shakespeare’s Globe until 14 October.
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