It’s third time lucky for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and 101 Dalmatians which is billed as a new musical. Given that it should have premiered two years ago – and then one year ago (thanks, Covid) – that claim is slightly dubious but as it hasn’t actually graced the stage before I guess the assertion still holds.
Visual & audio treats from the Traverse Festival
There is some very promising writing talent on show in the Traverse Festival, and it is done justice both by the standard of performance and production from the venue.
‘Does not fully live up to its clever concept’: WIFE – Kiln Theatre
Samuel Adamson’s take on A Doll’s House is an ambitious play, sometimes overly so, which delivers fascinating moments but has a tendency to fall short.
‘Thrillingly written & often joyful play’: WIFE – Kiln Theatre
Wife at the Kiln Theatre is a decade-hopping epic about marriage and sexual identity which joyfully celebrates the art of theatre.
‘Revel in the eccentric ridiculousness of it all’: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – Barbican Theatre ★★★★
Returning to the RSC and the Barbican for The Merry Wives of Windsor after his triumph in Titus Andronicus last year is David Troughton as the drunken and self-proclaimed womaniser, Falstaff, his caricaturesque performance mirroring the cartoony nature of the plot, characters, script and direction.
‘Chillingly relevant’: ROMEO & JULIET – Barbican Theatre ★★★★
Romeo & Juliet, with Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill as the leads, arrives at the Barbican as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s London residency. Although written over four centuries ago, this production feels chillingly relevant.
‘Modern & moving’: ROMEO & JULIET – Barbican Theatre
It’s sometimes a little difficult to take seriously how old everyone is meant to be in Romeo & Juliet but Erica Whyman’s modern-day production for the RSC, playing in rep now at the Barbican, never lets you forget.
‘As topical as it ever was’: ROMEO & JULIET – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon ★★★★
Romeo & Juliet is not a tiresomely gimmicky ‘now’ production, but one marked all through by that close-worked RSC concentration on the text which always prompts interesting new thoughts about a play we know well.
NEWS: RSC reveals details of winter residency at the Barbican with three productions transferring
Later this year, the three Shakespeare productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current Stratford-upon-Avon season this spring will transfer into the Barbican Theatre from October.
In Conversation With… Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’s Karen Fishwick
You, of course, always hope a piece will be received well, but if you go in thinking, “this could be the next big hit” you’re kinda focussing on the wrong thing.
OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOR – West End
Our Ladies is exactly what the West End needs right now, it’s a fresh, exciting, fun and unique theatrical experience for all ages (…well most ages!) The show manages to be angelic, vivacious, electric and foul-mouthed at the same time
OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR – National Theatre
Sheer joy and excitement as Lee (‘Billy Elliot’) Hall adapts book about six convent girls, with miraculous results.
OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR – Edinburgh Fringe
✭✭✭✭✭ Riotous assembly:
Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour is a massive beast of a thing, beautifully crafted in its ragged humanity and utterly irresistible.