Hogarth’s Progress consists of two plays by Nick Dear: The Art of Success, 30 years old, and a new companion piece, The Taste of the Town, set 30 years later. Both tell the story of William Hogarth, artist and satirist, his wife Jane and a fluctuating cast of friends and enemies.
The oft-misquoted George Santayana once said “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” and taking a glance at Nick Dear’s Hogarth’s Progress, you can’t help but feel it is most apposite for the folks at the Rose Theatre Kingston.
Keith Allen and Bryan Dick will star as William Hogarth, older and younger, in the double bill of Nick Dear’s Hogarth’s Progress at Rose Theatre, Kingston. Full casting is now announced.
Rose Theatre Kingston has announced the full cast for Nick Dear’s double-bill Hogarth’s Progress. Anthony Banks directs Bryan Dick as the younger William Hogarth in the first major UK revival of Dear’s The Art of Success, and Keith Allen as the older William Hogarth in the world première of The Taste of the Town.
A historic hit! Jermyn Street Theatre’s historic staging of Noel Coward’s full Tonight at 8.30 cycle has wowed the critics who attended this past weekend’s trilogy days. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes below, including from our own Cowardologist Libby Purves. Get your tickets before they’re all gone!
Got your tickets yet for Jermyn Street’s historic staging of Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30? It’s the first time that all nine plays in the cycle have been staged together in London since their 1936 premiere. Check out our gallery of production shots from the first three Bedroom Farces below – and then get booking!
We continue our series building up to the opening of Jermyn Street’s complete staging of Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 with these new, rehearsal room videos from the cast introducing the nine plays in the cycle, not seen all together in London since their 1936 premiere. Watch onscreen below – and then get booking to watch onstage!
Before Brief Encounter, there was Still Life. Audiences now have a chance to see Noel Coward’s one-act play, which spawned David Lean’s classic film, as part of Jermyn Street Theatre’s complete cycle of nine short plays, which have not been seen all together in London since their 1936 premiere. Watch our video with Still Life’s new Laura – and then get booking!
Jermyn Street Theatre is reviving Noël Coward’s complete cycle of one-act plays, Tonight at 8.30, for the first time in London since Coward himself starred in the 1936 West End premiere. How well do you know the plays (beyond just Still Life, which later became immortalised onscreen as Brief Encounter)? Gen up below – and then get booking!
Final casting has been announced for the first complete London revival of Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 since 1936, being staged by Jermyn Street Theatre as part of its The Reaction Season.
Initially, Foul Pages has a surfeit of innuendo, as the actors revel in saucy banter. However, once things settle down, Foul Pages reveals itself to be about the love of acting and what it was like for the boys who played all the female roles.
The narrative arc of Foul Pages at the Hope Theatre is woolly and lacks clear authorial intent, making for a frustrating experience of unfulfilled potential.
I’ve been raving about Julius Caesar to everyone over the past few weeks, and particularly the experience of seeing it in the pit of the staggeringly versatile Bridge Theatre.
Foul Pages, not as funny, original or inspired as it likes to think it is, runs at the Hope Theatre, Islington.
In its exploration of artistic compromise and the perils of pursuing both sexual and political freedom, Foul Pages makes for strange eventful history.
If the conflicting obsessions of the characters and the murkiness of the plot in Foul Pages at the Hope Theatre were more brightly illuminated, this could be a sustained and hilarious evening, but the author has given it pretentions also to be a serious drama.
On the one hand, that the VAULT Festival has expanded to over 300 shows running over eight weeks is fantastic news for the emerging theatremakers that it supports.
As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a brief moment to remind ourselves of the biggest news stories from the month just closed. What were the headlines that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 10 News stories from November 2016 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.
THE BOYS IN THE BAND transfers to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for two weeks only in February, with its full original cast, including Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss the West End revival of The Libertine starring Dominic Cooper, The Boys in the Band starring Mark Gatiss and Imogen at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
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