The full cast has been announced for the forthcoming world premiere production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, featuring music by Lloyd Webber, book by Academy Award-winning Emerald Fennell and lyrics from David Zippel.
Chiaroscuro is a relevant, moving production, addressing issues of sexuality and identity & focusing on characters that are often left out of theatrical narratives. It is a vital and vibrant contribution to contemporary theatre.
Chiaroscuro succeeds as a celebration of how the lives of different black women are thriving, whatever their sexuality.
Lively gig theatre revival of Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuroa, a 1980s account of the black lesbian experience doesn’t quite work.
Lynette Linton brings together this story in a beautiful and explosive manner through her direction of Chiaroscuro.
I try out the new smart caption glasses while watching Hadestown at the National Theatre and am blown away both by the show and the frankly amazing technology.
Folky, emotive, excellently performed and ever relevant, the National Theatre’s production of Hadestown is a grand triumph.
Now the National Theatre has a vibrant production of the musical Hadestown which premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2016.
The National Theatre has announced that Amber Gray and Patrick Page will reprise their original New York Theatre Workshop roles of Persephone and Hades in Hadestown, running in rep at the Olivier Theatre from 2 November 2018 to 26 January 2019 (press night is 13 November).
The Lowry’s Week 53 festival continues with this new adaptation of Brighton Rock. The festival theme of ‘coming of age’ seems to have been stretched pretty far in the search for content, but that doesn’t necessarily stand in the way of a good night of theatre.
For a fast-paced and thought-provoking evening at the theatre which simultaneously offers very real, believable insight into gangster life, Brighton Rock has it all.
This production of Brighton Rock has a striking physicality to it, utterly eyecatching but careful not to overly glamourise this noirish world.
The beautifully fast, fluid staging moves of Brighton Rock combine with a loving creation of that dark 1950s seaside underworld complete. And the two young principals are more than worth seeing.
The main reason for traveling to Birmingham Rep for The Hundred and One Dalmatians was to see Cruella De Vil played by Gloria Onitiri, an actress who I’ve enjoyed following since the Avenue Q days more than a decade ago.
101 Dalmatians – no easy feat for a stage production, one might imagine, getting all those dalmatians up on stage in one go with no unruly canine behaviour, etc. What’s the answer? Use puppets of course, reminiscent of War Horse – and it works fantastically well.
Well Daniel Evans looks set to be continuing one of Chichester Festival Theatre’s longstanding traditions, of producing musical theatre that tempts the cognoscenti over to West Sussex in droves and which leads calls for West End transfers as soon as the curtain falls (if they had curtains in Chichester that is…).
Further casting has been announced for the opening productions of Chichester Festival Theatre’s 2017 season, FORTY YEARS ON and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE.
In addition to lists of top productions, Mates contributor Ian Foster reviews his reviews from the past year to award his personal prizes for the best performances for Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in both plays and musicals…
Written by Carl Grose and directed by BOV AD Tom Morris, The Grinning Man is a deliciously dark fairytale of a show, sharing DNA with the likes of Kneehigh and The Light Princess in its theatrical playfulness and musical complexity.
Hannah Grover, Gloria Onitiri, Marc Pickering, Michael Steedon and Sebastien Torkia star in Richard Hartley and Richard O’Brien’s musical whodunnit The Stripper, playing at the St James Studio from 7 July to 13 August 2016, with press night on 11 July at 8pm. Full cast biographies can be found below.
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