DI John Rebus has retired, but his mind is never far from the job – even when he’s been invited as a plus one to a swanky dinner party. Rebus: A Game Called Malice takes the detective off the streets of Edinburgh and into the realms of Agatha Christie’s famous sleuths; this new play (currently in a short run at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch) has been written by Ian Rankin and Simon Reade, and sees John Michie follow in the footsteps of John Hannah and Ken Stott as the titular character.
My first time back in Stratford-upon-Avon since February 2019, and roughly three years since I’d last stepped foot in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre – and after seeing some rehearsal footage of this new show, I was excited to see what this had turned into.
The RSC’s brand-new musical, an adaptation of The Magician’s Elephant, started performances this week at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Earlier this month, the company opened its rehearsal room doors for a sneak peek. Why should you add this show to your list of autumn treats?
Bartholomew Fair is full of energy and highly entertaining throughout, while making no attempt to glamorise the city’s underbelly.
Rufus Hound, Irvine Iqbal, Natasha Lewis and Forbes Masson have been cast in The Boy in the Dress, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new musical which runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 8 November 2019 to 8 March 2020 (press night is 27 November).
Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Summer & Smoke has lost none of its charge, mainly through retaining the electric chemistry between its leads – an exceptional Patsy Ferran as Alma and Matthew Needham as John.
Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Tennessee Williams’ rarely staged classic Summer and Smoke will have a limited West End run from 10 November 2018 to 19 January 2019 at the Duke Of York’s Theatre, with press night on 20 November.
I was glad to see the RSC’s recent Twelfth Night (starring Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon) has become part of its CD collection, saving several musical performances and songs for eternity
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have today announced casting for Little Shop of Horrors. Directed by Maria Aberg, the production plays 3 August to 15 September 2018, with a press night on 10 August.
Summer & Smoke sizzles with repression. Lyrical, scintillating and stormy, it’s a show not to miss.
Tennessee Williams’ Summer & Smoke is undergoing a revival at the Almeida Theatre and makes for an interesting comparison with the playwright’s other mature work.
The business of Summer & Smoke at the Almeida Theatre is handled with such subtly that it allows the deep emotional connection at the heart of the story to flourish. With a magnetic central pairing, Rebecca Frecknall’s production is unmissably beautiful, and the Almeida at its finest.
Frasier star Kelsey Grammer will make his London stage debut this November, taking on the lead role of ‘Edward Bloom’ in a new production of John August and Andrew Lippa’s Broadway hit BIG FISH THE MUSICAL.
Gina McKee will play the title role in Eleanor Rhode’s forthcoming production of Tristan Bernays’ new play Boudica at Shakespeare’s Globe, the final season in outgoing artistic director Emma Rice’s Summer of Love season.
Can the theatre be a courtroom? A good public place to debate morality and to arrive at profound decisions? You could answer this with a history lesson that ranges from the ancient Greeks to more recent tribunal plays in the 1960s and 1990s.
If there’s a theme to the events of the past year – particularly the incidents in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, Grenfell Tower and Finsbury Park Mosque, but also the potential results of the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s ascendancy – “terror” may well be it.
Booking an interactive show in which we the audience get to play the role of the jury?
Using a gimmick to cover the business of reviewing the play….?
The Lyric Hammersmith today is pleased to announce the full casting for the UK premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s thrilling courtroom drama Terror, directed by Artistic Director Sean Holmes and designed by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle.
Patrick Marber’s critically acclaimed production of Tom Stoppard’s TRAVESTIES transfers to the West End in 2017 for a limited run at the Apollo Theatre, with over 100 tickets at each performance at just £20. The production opens on 14 February 2017, with previews from 3 February, and runs until 29 April.
Tom Hollander stars in fiendishly clever Stoppard classic which argues for the immortality of genius.
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