This week the London theatre bloggers – including Mates co-founder Terri Paddock – discuss Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, Caryl Churchill’s Here We Go and Linda, starring Noma Dumezweni (taking over at short notice from Kim Cattrall) at the Royal Court.
Extracts from interview features with the Royal Opera House’s (soon departing) Director of Opera Kasper Holten, Sheffield Crucible’s (soon departing) artistic director Daniel Evans, Broadway’s Jackie Hoffman & more.
Reviews digest of openings in London, Leicester and Leeds from national critics for new productions of Linda, Funny Girl, The Girls, Oliver!, Barbarians and Macbeth.
New play about a self-made career woman is well acted, but rather predictable and banal in its writing.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Revolving sleek as a spaceship is Es Devlin’s multi-layered set: the office and neon slogans of Swan cosmetics: bottles and jars, seductive smartness and ethical boasts of “changing the world one girl at a time”. Making a sly point, the white futuristic plasticity also contains the heroine’s home, where her husband Neil grunts unresponsively at the kitchen table to her teenage daughter. At fifty-five, Linda has risen to “have it all”, and it’s all-of-a-shiny-piece. Much good will it do her. Penelope Skinner’s artful new play, alternately hilarious and alarming, makes sharp feminist points but dryly suggests that while 2015’s women and girls do have a lot to contend with, some of the shitstorm is (if not totally our fault) encouraged by the ways we tackle it.