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Quote Unquote #1: 15 of my favourite lines from 6 recent plays

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I’m not making notes for reviews: it’s the quotes I want. I can’t help it, I’m a quote fiend. As it happens, I also find the plays that have me scribbling fastest are the ones that I feel compelled to recommend most enthusiastically. Quotes in this instalment are from: Rotterdam, Lovesong of the Electric Bear, The Hairy Ape, Dinner With Friends, Harlequinade and Mr Foote’s Other Leg.

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: The Winter’s Tale, The Hairy Ape, A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes

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This week the London theatre bloggers discuss The Winter’s Tale, starring Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench and opening the year-long Branagh Theatre West End season, The Hairy Ape starring Bertie Carvel at the Old Vic, A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes at the Tricycle and, now finished at Soho Theatre, Joanne.

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My theatre diary: ‘New’ plays The First Man, Ticking, Teddy Ferrara, Eventide

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

The new play’s the thing, even when it’s very old…. Here are four I’ve seen over the past few weeks, three of which I haven’t managed to squeeze yet into separate blogs, but that I’d nevertheless recommend: The First Man, Ticking, Teddy Ferrara and, now touring, Eventide.

THE FIRST MAN – Jermyn Street Theatre

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Well, God bless the little Jermyn. Director and AD Antony Biggs, an unwearying ferret of lost drama, has dug up another barnstorming early 20c number: a UK premiere, no less, from lEugene O’Neill. The author, it seems, didn’t much rate it in 1922, and went on to success with more famous The Hairy Ape (about to run at the Old Vic). But on this smaller stage, with an impressive cast of 12 , the forgotten work flares into savage, passionate life.

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THE EMPEROR JONES – Lost Theatre

In Dance, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Whilst visiting a Caribbean island about 100 years ago, Brutus Jones, an African American train driver, some how ends up emperor of the island’s native tribe. His reign is brutal, so Jones knows it will eventually end. Eugene O’Neill’s 1920 The Emperor Jones begins with Jones’ initially relaxed attempt at escape from the uprising citizens, and inevitable guilty descent into the madness of a Shakespearian villain. The script is entirely spoken by Jones, barring the first and last scenes, with his madness peppered with ghosts that won’t let him rest in the darkness of the island’s woods.

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NEWS: Michael Grandage directs Forest Whitaker in Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie on Broadway in 2016

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Academy Award® winner, Golden Globe Award® winner and BAFTA winner Forest Whitaker will make his highly anticipated Broadway debut in HUGHIE, by fourtime Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel Prize Laureate Eugene O’Neill. Directed by Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award® winner [and former Donmar Warehouse artistic director] Michael Grandage, HUGHIE will play a strictly limited engagement in the spring of …

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NEWS: Bertie Carvel stars in Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape at Old Vic

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Bertie Carvel is to lead the cast in Richard Jones’ new production of The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic. The second production in Matthew Warchus’ tenure as Artistic Director, The Hairy Ape opens on 29 October 2015, with previews from 17 October and will see The Old Vic theatre transform back to its original proscenium arch layout.

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Dear RSC: I’d like to return this Death of a Salesman. It just doesn’t fit. Apart from its unravelling from not being a Shakespeare play in your theatres over the 23 April ‘birthday weekend’ for the first time, the ‘perfect match’ between Willy Loman and tragic heroes like Coriolanus or Lear wasn’t knit together any […]

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Diary of a theatre addict: Scott Alan, Alison Jiear, Carrie and more

In Cabaret, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

I feel like I’ve been at the St James Theatre and Studio all week — I went to three consecutive nights of Scott Alan performing his own work from last Sunday to Tuesday (joined by a host of guests in his first night in the main house, then just Cynthia Erivo and one more guest a night on each of the other more intimate gigs in the downstairs Studio), then also saw Paul Baker on Friday and tonight I’m seeing Jamie Parker. All that, and Alison Jiear on Britain’s Got Talent, last night too — what a week it has been for cabaret.

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AH, WILDERNESS! Young Vic, SE1

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THE SANDS OF TIME YIELD UP THEIR DREAMS This is Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy: the moment when from his vortex of family addiction, illness, loneliness, romantic seaward longings and deep human empathy came a spurt of hope. It is set … Continue reading →