My recent theatre trips have included A Lesson from Aloes, A Hundred Words for Snow and Strike Up the Band. Here’s a round-up of my on-the-night reactions to each.
Athol Fugard’s 1978 South African classic A Lesson From Aloes – so controversial during Apartheid that it was nearly banned – is revived for the first time since its UK premiere at the National Theatre. And the critics are raving about Janet Suzman’s production, now running at the Finborough Theatre until 23 March 2019. We’ve rounded up selected review highlights below. Time to get booking!
Athol Fugard’s blistering drama, A Lesson From Aloes, which proved so contentious that it was almost banned in the 1970s, has been revived to coincide with the 25th anniversary year of the first free and democratic elections in South Africa.
Once A Lesson From Aloes finds its momentum, it keeps moving towards an ending that significantly fractures what remains of the main characters’ lives. Celebrated director Janet Suzman uses the small space well, especially with the further constraints provided by the set.
Tonight’s the night! London’s first-ever revival of Athol Fugard’s 1978 Apartheid-era, South African classic A Lesson From Aloes officially opens tonight at the Finborough Theatre, where it’s running until 23 March 2019. Here’s a first look at Janet Suzman’s production. Time to get booking!
Why do we go to the theatre? Why isn’t South African master Athol Fugard seen more often here? How do you get an actor who can do a convincing Afrikaaner accent? We caught up with multi-award-winning actor turned director Janet Suzman about A Lesson From Aloes, revived for the first time in London next week at the Finborough Theatre. Time to get booking!
Janet Suzman won an Evening Standard Best Actress award in 1973 for South African master Athol Fugard’s Hello & Goodbye. Now she directs the first-ever London revival of his 1978 apartheid classic A Lesson From Aloes. Watch our rehearsal room interviews with her and the cast. Time to get booking!
Janet Suzman’s first-ever London revival of Athol Fugard’s 1978 Apartheid-era, South African classic A Lesson From Aloes comes to the Finborough Theatre next week. Sneak a peek inside rehearsals. Time to get booking!
The Finborough Theatre presents the first London production in 35 years of Athol Fugard’s Apartheid-era, South African classic A Lesson From Aloes in the new year, with Janet Suzman directing a cast including South African stage and screen star Dawid Minnaar. Time to get booking!
Sheridan Smith and Danny Mac were among the winners at the Manchester Theatre Awards – which were announced at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, while HOME led the way with five awards for its productions and performers. The annual awards – regarded as the most important theatrical prize-giving outside London – honour productions seen in Greater Manchester during 2017. Janet …
Fresh from taking the Barbican by storm (again) with Roman Tragedies, Ivo van Hove and Toneelgroep Amsterdam will be returning to London next month with a version of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film Obsession.
With over 100 cast, writers, directors and crew, and 25 plays (none of which were by Agatha Christie!) spread over 7 programmes, Sphinx Theatre’s Women Centre Stage: Power Play Festival was a full-on day indeed for those of us who stayed the course from midday to nearly 10pm… Though I was 90% caffeine by the end, the buzz I was experiencing was one of delight at the sheer breadth and quality of the theatre we’d been privileged to witness.
There was undoubtedly a lot of theatre during the Women Centre Stage: Power Play Festival but for me, the New Women session in the middle of the day was the highlight – three cracking pieces which variously looked to the past, the present and the future to thrilling effect.
Yesterday (14 November 2016) saw the launch of the Women Centre Stage: Power Play Festival at Hampstead Theatre and The Actors Centre. Produced by Sphinx Theatre Company and Joanna Hedges, Women Centre Stage exists to promote, advocate for and inspire women in the arts and has developed and commissioned a wide range of new work which uniquely brings together a diverse array of women characters far from the margins into centre stage.
What’s caught your eye this week? Here are a few pieces and issues that have caught mine and may be worth a longer look for you too. Free tickets, like free lunches, are paid for in good manners Wall Street Journal theatre commentator Joanne Kaufman admitted to “bolting” at the interval at the majority of […]
In the living room strewn with tea chests and cardboard boxes it couldbe cosy Priestley or Coward, ‘Laburnum Grove’ or ‘This Happy Breed’ as an elderly housewife packs away the last of the family belongings before the house move to a peaceful retirement by the sea. But instead of South London we are high on the windswept veldt […]
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