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NEWS: Matt Smith, Daisy Lewis, Hugh Bonneville & more celebs announced for NYT’s 60th birthday gala

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Taking to the stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre in celebration of National Youth Theatre’s 60th birthday will be former members including: Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Twenty Twelve, W1A), Timothy Dalton (James Bond), Jessica Hynes (Twenty Twelve, W1A) and Gina McKee (Our Friends in the North). More names are still to be announced.

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Plays for my Brexit & Chilcot mood: The Truth, Faith Healer, The Spoils

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Has anyone else had difficulty getting back into their theatregoing after the results of the EU Referendum? The two – excellent – plays I have managed to see since the UK voted to leave on 23 June, have both, in a strange way, deepened my Brexit despair too. Neither Florian Zeller‘s The Truth nor Faith Healer by […]

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FAITH HEALER – Donmar Warehouse

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A veil of rain surrounds the stage where three narrators will appear, each with their own version of a shared life “shabby, bleak, derelict”. Yet, in Brian Friel’s eloquent profound vision, it is a life as heartshaking and important. Frank Hardy is an itinerant faith healer, huckster and mountebank working the Celtic fringes; the others his robust old-school vaudeville manager Teddy, and his mistress Grace, who ran away with him despite her father’s fulmination about “chicanery”.

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NEWS: Ron Cook joins Stephen Dillane & Gina McKee in Faith Healer at Donmar

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The Donmar Warehouse announces that Ron Cook will complete full casting in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, joining previously announced cast Stephen Dillane and Gina McKee. Faith Healer is directed by Lyndsey Turner, who returns to the Donmar following her acclaimed productions of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Fathers and Sons. Award-winning Designer Es Devlin joins the creative team, her first time designing at the Donmar.

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TICKETS: Mark’s Top Ten recommendations + this week’s openings (15 Feb)

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A Broadway comedy and two British created musicals arrive in the West End this week – one from last summer’s season at Bath’s Theatre Royal, the other after a long stage life of touring regionally and internationally for the last eight years. Will any of them make it to next week’s Top 10 list? This week’s main openings In London: …

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A Florian Zeller hat trick: The Father, The Mother and The Truth

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

Is Florian Zeller the new Yasmina Reza? Certainly, he’s the most successful French playwright to hit English shores since Reza, whose 1990s hits – Life x 3, The Unexpected Man and, of course, the long-running (eight years in the West End), starry cast-rotating Art – were followed more recently by 2006’s God of Carnage in […]