Several shows in the running for this year’s Olivier Awards, announced next Sunday 9 April, are also recognised this week in the third-annual Also Recognised Awards – in some notably different categories.
I rounded up my personal choices in a recent blog and have enjoyed reading and publishing the scores of Year in Review blogs (nearly 30!) from My Theatre Mates colleagues in recent weeks. As an addendum, I’ve now rounded up critics’ round-ups in other publications.
I’ve had double cause to reconsider what I’ve been missing at the National Theatre recently. First, a gushing round-up in the Evening Standard looking back; second, a reminder of five shows to look forward to 2017: Twelfth Night, Ugly Lies the Bone, My Country, Mosquitoes and Angels in America.
It can’t be too good dodging the dog-shit streets of Splott. It can’t be too easy dodging Effie, the loud-mouth, aggressive inhabitant who has saved us all. Every single one of us. We owe her. And she’s about to tell us why.
I’ve seen twenty shows in the last three weeks, including a welcome return visit to The Book of Mormon – and also discovered that Maggie Smith and I share a hip replacement surgeon!
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss new plays: Pink Mist at the Bush, Yen at the Royal Court Upstairs, Iphigenia in Splott at the National and One of Those at Tristan Bates Theatre.
New Welsh monologue focuses on the sacrifices demanded from its young female heroine, but what are its politics?
UK Theatre has announced the winners of the UK Theatre Awards 2015 – the only awards to honour outstanding achievement in performing, producing and management in theatres throughout the United Kingdom. Gypsy takes home prizes for Best Musical and Best Performance in a Musical for Imelda Staunton, while special awards are given to actress Imelda Staunton and director-choreographer Matthew Bourne.
The National Theatre has announced new production dates and casting updates for its next booking period, running from January to April 2016. Highlights include: Sharon D Clarke in the title role of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by Dominic Cooke; Katie Mitchell’s revival of Sarah Kane’s 1998 play Cleansed; Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs, directed by Yael Farber; a modern take on Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide by Suhayla El-Bushra, directed by Nadia Fall; and the New York transfer of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick.