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WILD – Hampstead Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

God bless a playwright you can’t predict. Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III was founded on a pretty simple idea, and a frankly rather jejune imagining about the Royal family; it transferred up West and to America amid huge plaudits. This one by contrast is rich in important, complex ideas and riskily surreal conversations, and is most unlikely to transfer: not least because of a certain extraordinary, unexpected technical coup de theatre in the last ten of its hundred minutes.

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NEWS: Ralph Fiennes as Richard III, Andrew Scott as Hamlet in new Almeida season

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The Almeida Theatre has announced its star-studded 2016-2017 season, including two heavyweight Shakespeare productions, two world premiere plays, a screen adaptation and another West End season. Production highlights include: Ralph Fiennes (pictured) takes the title role in Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold. Vanessa Redgrave makes her Almeida debut as Queen Margaret THEY DRINK IT IN THE …


In Musicals, News, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

There is an uneven grandeur to King Charles III at the Festival Theatre, which is certainly one of the most peculiar big-budget, ex-West End touring productions to hit Edinburgh recently.

Mike Bartlett’s attempt at a Shakespearean tragedy is set in unspecified time in the near future when Charles has become king. His first act as monarch is to refuse Royal Assent to a bill restricting press freedom, leading to a constitutional impasse, unrest and much backstabbing.

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NEWS: Robert Powell stars in autumn tour of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III

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Following critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the Almeida Theatre and in the West End, King Charles III embarks on a UK tour this autumn. Robert Powell will take on the role of King Charles. The production opens on 4 September 2015 at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and then visits Richmond Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Milton Keynes Theatre, Cambridge …

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Popular vs personal: How did my own choices fare against the #AlsoRecognised winners?

In Awards, Inspiring people, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

On Monday, we announced on the winners of our inaugural #AlsoRecognised Awards. The first year of these Awards has caught the imagination of the industry, the audience voters and the nominees and winners more than I had hoped to imagine. Your winners are lovely, truly lovely and appreciative. Just look how they’ve embraced – […]

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Oliviers: 23 priceless quotes and 8 more-than-words moments from the Royal Opera House

In Awards, Features, London theatre, Opinion, Quotes by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

This afternoon I caught up with the ITV highlights programme of last night’s Olivier Awards. While quite entertaining, it’s no surprise that the telecast missed out a lot of good stuff – sometimes right in the middle of a quote. (Ahem, see Kevin Spacey, oh what’s his name… Matthew Warchus.) The TV version was just […]

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Ultimate press pass: All the angles on 2015 #Oliviers shortlists

In Awards, Broadway, Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I offered my own take on yesterday’s 2015 Laurence Olivier nominations yesterday. But my view is only one, of course. The shortlists announcement was live-streamed across myriad platforms and attracted international headlines. So how did other commentators interpret the shortlists? Well, angles are varied, but they largely break down into the following five main thrusts: […]

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2015 #Oliviers nominations: What’s in, what’s out? Full lists here

In Awards, Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Photos, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

The biggest surprise for me at today’s Olivier nominations event at the ritzy Rosewood London hotel was just how much this event has grown in a few short years. Celebrating nominees: you’re all beautiful I remember so well when I held the first WhatsOnStage Awards Launch Party back in 2002. I believed then, as I […]

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Critics’ Circle winners contradict Standard: any bets on Oliviers?

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If you read my Best of the Best of #theatre2014 round-ups a few weeks ago, you may have been able to predict most of the winners of the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, announced today at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre. That’s with the possible exception of Best Actress, which based on the frequency […]