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JAM – Finborough Theatre

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Before Jam begins, the audience sees history teacher Bella Soroush (Jasmine Hyde) still in her classroom in the early evening, trying to settle down to mark essays but distracted by her uncomfortable shoes and stuff in her bag, and unable to fully relax and concentrate. We get the sense that she’s been in this state for a long time, always slightly on edge.

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Five things you may not know about Glenda Jackson… now King Lear

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I suppose what I’m driving at is that having swerved from the stage into a political career, my concern was how easily could she take up acting again? The astonishing thing about King Lear is that the answer is seamlessly: with power, and clarity, and complete command of the stage. Given how much acting has changed since 1980, this is astonishing and she deserves to be seen.

Five things you may not know about Glenda Jackson… now King Lear

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

I suppose what I’m driving at is that having swerved from the stage into a political career, my concern was how easily could she take up acting again? The astonishing thing about King Lear is that the answer is seamlessly: with power, and clarity, and complete command of the stage. Given how much acting has changed since 1980, this is astonishing and she deserves to be seen.

Five things you may not know about Glenda Jackson… now King Lear

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

I suppose what I’m driving at is that having swerved from the stage into a political career, my concern was how easily could she take up acting again? The astonishing thing about King Lear is that the answer is seamlessly: with power, and clarity, and complete command of the stage. Given how much acting has changed since 1980, this is astonishing and she deserves to be seen.

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REVIEW ROUND-UP: Glenda Jackson as King Lear at the Old Vic

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Glenda makes a stage return playing Shakespeare’s King Lear – but what have critics been making of Deborah Warner’s  production?  The Guardian: **** “Jackson’s performance catches perfectly the zigzag patterns of Lear’s mix of insight and insanity.” The Telegraph: **** […]

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NEWS: Celia Imrie joins Glenda Jackson-led King Lear at Old Vic

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A quarter of a century after she gave up acting for politics, double Academy Award-winning legend Glenda Jackson returns to play King Lear in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. She will be joined by Celia Imrie in the role of Goneril, Morfydd Clark playing Cordelia and William Chubb playing Albany alongside the previously announced Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling.

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NEWS: Glenda Jackson, Star Wars’ John Boyega, Yasmina Reza’s Art headline new Old Vic season

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The Old Vic today announces Artistic Director Matthew Warchus‘ second season, continuing a wide-ranging programme that includes world premieres, new writing, musicals, classic revivals and The Old Vic Variety Nights. There will also be a new strand of children’s programming to engage the next generation of theatregoers, demonstrating Matthew’s ‘something for everyone’ approach. Season 2 marks Glenda Jackson’s return to …

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: The Master Builder, Hand to God, Mrs Henderson Presents

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This week the London theatre bloggers – including syndicate Mates Johnny Fox and Laura Kressly – discuss The Master Builder starring Ralph Fiennes, the musical adaptation of Mrs Henderson Presents, Broadway puppet transfer Hand to God, and Off-West End, Weald, just finished at the Finborough Theatre.

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NEWS: Janie Dee & Neil Pearson star in Hand to God, Full cast

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After its phenomenal run on and off Broadway, the critically acclaimed five times Tony award nominated play Hand to God (including Best New Play and Best Director) is making its way to London’s West End and will open at the Vaudeville Theatre in early 2016. Previews start on 5 February, press night is 15 February. Hand to God will feature …