Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya featuring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage at the Harold Pinter Theatre is so good you can forgive the “wanging on”.
This Uncle Vanya is more roundedly entertaining than other recent productions and while that detracts a little from the emotional undercurrents of the original, the fluidity and richness of Rickson’s production, performed by an excellent cast, ensure a satisfying Chekhovian conclusion.
Brian Friel’s Translations is a rich and complex play and, in Ian Rickson’s production which returns for a second run in the Olivier, its layers are drawn out through the performances of a high class ensemble ensemble.
Highlights of the next new season at London’s National Theatre, running from May to October 2019, include several new productions and new broadcasts and outdoor activity announced to celebrate NT Live’s 10th birthday.
So there’s a real feeling of anticipation about this revival of his 1980 drama, Translations, a major play which has enjoyed an enormously good international reputation since its first staging at the Guildhall in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Translations, Brian Friel’s account of nationhood as seen through the eyes of those living in a small village is now playing at the National Theatre, starring Colin Morgan and Ciarán Hinds. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…
It is rare to find a show so good-natured and yet ominous and academic, all at the same time. Come for the raucous humour, stay for the dramatic, dirty colonialism and the lesson in the pros and cons of multilingualism. Translations is beautiful and daring, go see it.
It was time the Oliviers had an inspiring success again, and Translations is it. It ought to run longer. It ought to be in cinemas and touring.
As Ireland moves into a new era, Brian Friel’s play remains at the heart of debate – how can a country maintain its essence while embracing the modern world?
Casting has been announced for the new National Theatre season, with highlights include Colin Morgan and Ciarán Hinds in Brian Friel’s Translations.
The hit Old Vic Theatre production transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre. But what have critics thought about it? Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse. The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter… Read More
Casting has been confirmed for the West End transfer of the acclaimed Bob Dylan musical Girl from the North Country, which opens at the Noel Coward Theatre from 29 December 2017 to 24 March 2018.
The Faction celebrate the work of 18th-century German powerhouse Friedrich Schiller with a two-week SchillerFest, at the Bunker Theatre from 31 October to 11 November 2017, showcasing his greatest plays and a line-up including Dame Eileen Atkins, Ciaran Hinds, Celia Imrie and Guardian critic Michael Billington.
I have managed a few memorable evenings over the past fortnight that I can recommend: Bob Dylan-inspired Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic, page-to-stage adaptation The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Sherman Brothers-infused cabaret A Spoonful of Sherman.
It’s a busy play, packed full of sorrow and soul, rueful realism and tentative hope, and is blessed by a crack cast filled with the likes of Ciarán Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Ron Cook, Debbie Kurup, Stanley Townsend and many more.
I have to admit that I wasn’t much enamoured by the prospect of a Bob Dylan musical but when I stopped to think about it, I don’t know why I was worried because I’ve long been of the opinion that Dylan’s songs are best sung by other people.
Casting is today announced for the premiere of Bob Dylan-Conor McPherson musical Girl from the North Country, which runs from 10 July to 7 October 2017, with a press night on 26 July 2017.
Broadway breaks all previous records for a single week, and I choose the half dozen shows I am most looking forward to this spring in New York.
Rehearsals begin today (15 June 2015) for Lyndsey Turner’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Joining Cumberbatch are Barry Aird (Soldier), Eddie Arnold (Danish Captain, Servant), Leo Bill (Horatio), Siân Brooke (Ophelia), Nigel Carrington (Servant, Cornelius), Ruairi Conaghan (Player King), Rudi Dharmalingam (Guildenstern), Colin Haigh (Priest, Messenger), Paul Ham (Official), Diveen Henry (Player Queen, …
Sonia Friedman Productions,in partnership with Sky Arts, has allocated 100 £10 tickets, spread throughout the auditorium for every performance of Lyndsey Turner’s production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role at the Barbican Theatre from 5 August 2015. 60 of the Sky Arts £10 tickets will be sold in advance via the Barbican website in an on-line ticket …
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