This production of Lady Windermere’s Fan is mostly a strong account of a play that will always be overshadowed by Earnest and a very pleasant way to spend a locked down afternoon.
Frantic Assembly’s new show I Think We Are Alone is thematically coherent, but the writing is too explicit and the staging too static.
The Turbine Theatre has announced its spring 2020 season which includes the programming of a variety of new work and emerging talent from visiting companies, as well as the transfer of one of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s 2019 hit shows, #HonestAmy.
Artistic director Rachel Edwards has announced the Boulevard Theatre’s 2020 season. The new venue opens on 24 October 2019 with Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, directed by Bill Buckhurst with a late night and Sunday programme running alongside.
The 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Programme has been launched, featuring a diverse selection of work from the worlds of theatre, dance, circus, physical theatre, comedy, music, musicals and opera, cabaret and variety, children’s shows, spoken word, free shows, exhibitions and events.
The real delight in Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville is in the detail. As the Oscar Wilde season rolls elegantly on, it is Kathy Burke’s mischievous, witty direction (and wise pruning of some overlong Wilde persiflage) which brings this tale back to life.
It would be more interesting if we were allowed to see some proper emotional underpinning: clearly Tony needs his big brother, and not only for somewhere to live.
With Kathy Burke’s imprimatur attached as director, my expectations were high for Sam Bain’s The Retreat although everything else about the writer was unknown to me.
Set entirely in a one-roomed hut in the Scottish Highlands, The Retreat tells the story of thirtysomething Luke, who has quit his high-powered City job to become a Buddhist. But just as he is settling down to a bit of chanting and meditation, his karma is ruffled by the unexpected appearance of Tony, his older brother.
Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain’s first play, The Retreat, opened at London’s Park Theatre this week and carried huge promise from the outset.
What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 25 Mates Blogs from October 2017 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.
Kathy Burke is not a woman you’ll often see on the red carpet of a West End press night. She doesn’t enjoy the photographs and expectations that come with it, and she’d much rather see her comps go to those who are struggling to afford West End prices.
Classic Spring, a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole, today announces first casting and creatives for a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre, starting in October with Eve Best in A Woman of No Importance.
Ian McKellen and Ian McDiarmid headline Park Theatre’s new winter 2017 season, which also features a never-before-seen play by Kevin Elyot and revivals of Daisy Pulls It Off and Joe Orton’s Loot.
Written by Mary J O’Malley in 1979, set in 1957, Once A Catholic is an uproarious comedy poking fun at the Catholic church and the nuns in its schools who cowed and confused successive generations of girls with the combined threat of everlasting hellfire and a secretarial career. Director Kathy Burke is an outstanding actress, feminist and […]
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