Proud Haddock commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War with two major rediscoveries of wartime dramas this autumn: Square Rounds and Billy Bishop Goes to War, both helmed by artistic director Jimmy Walters.
I felt nervous of seeing Elizabeth Mansfield’s solo performance, not least because Annie Castledine and Steve Trafford have translated the songs.
Hymn to Love plays homage to the life and work of Edith Piaf, drawing on Piaf’s extensive and well-loved repertoire, much of which was autobiographical and written by or for her.
It takes quite a play to bring tears to my eyes but, then, The Play About My Dad – set around the true stories of those who experienced Hurricane Katrina – is quite a piece of writing.
The Play About My Dad is a force of nature itself, blowing conventional storytelling out of the window. Poignant and heartbreaking, the hurricane is used as a framing device to tell the story of fathers and their children who are torn apart by words and deeds.
American playwright’s autobiographical The Play About My Dad, based on her experience in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, has just received its European premiere at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre, where its limited season continues until the 21 July 2018. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review highlights from this “extraordinarily moving” production – as well as the show’s trailer (also moving). Have a look – and then get booking!
As much a memoir as a chronicle of the people of Mississippi, Boo Killebrew’s meta-narrative The Play About My Dad is a nod in the direction of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Twenty years ago Lady Anne Tree founded Fine Cell Work. It teaches prisoners fine needlepoint and quilting and sells it in the top shops. So the men (and some women, but most prisoners are men) can build up a modest fund for when they are freed.
This may not be Shakespeare or Ibsen but Tonight At 8.30 it is a hell of an entertainment. Whether it is effective in reappraising Coward is a moot point but it is unquestionably a worthwhile effort.
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!
One of the pleasures for an amateur Cowardologist is spotting echoes and pre-echoes of other plays; and, not least, marvelling at the Master’s particular gift for sending up situations in one play which he takes with painful seriousness in another.
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!
The Dog Beneath the Skin is a bit of a dog’s dinner and a disappointing end to a patchy Scandal Season.
Auden and Isherwood may have had no stomach for a real fight, but no one can say they didn’t weaponise their words in a piece like The Dog Beneath the Skin – a bid to blunt the attack on a free society’s cherished first principles, the most important of which is enlightenment.
Who knew that fascists could rhyme? WH Auden and Christopher Isherwood tackle inter-war Europe in The Dog Beneath The Skin at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
The Dog Beneath the Skin is like nothing else you’ll see in London at the moment, and as a piece of vintage theatre, as well as vintage poetry, may well be worth a look.
Dog Beneath the Skin is a bizarre, but ultimately very enjoyable play, marked with memorable performances from the entire cast – an excellent production of an undiscovered classic.