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WILD – Hampstead Theatre

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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: Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie returns to stage in Contractions

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As he opens Flowers for Mrs Harris – his final production as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Daniel Evans today announces the cast for the forthcoming regional première of Mike Bartlett’s Contractions. Lisa Blair directs Rose Leslie (Emma) and Sara Stewart (Manager). The production opens on 27 June, with previews from 23 June, and runs until 16 July. ‘Care?  Yes. We …

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TICKETS: Mark’s Top Ten recommendations + this week’s openings (14 Dec)

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Another week of big openings ahead means I won’t be getting to everything even if I wanted to (and right now I am still trying to take it easier than I used to), let alone playing catch-up on what I missed when I was incapacitated after my recent double rounds of surgery! 

Here are the main openings of the week to look out for, followed by my current Top 10.

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

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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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Terri Paddock vs Whatsonstage.com

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You can see Kevin Spacey reprising his performance as legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow at the Old Vic Theatre at the moment. We also recently had the chilling, thrilling musical The Scottsboro Boys at the Garrick (itself now unjustly replaced by Let It Be), which told the true story of nine young black men falsely accused of murder in 1930s Alabama.
Those theatrical versions of real-life stories cast long shadows about injustice, and the Scottsboro Boys only recently got a long overdue pardon  more than 80 years later in 2013.

GAME Almeida, N1

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GAMES WE NEARLY PLAY It’s the Almeida, Jim, but not as we know it. Hunched on benches in four uneasily intimate soundproofed zones padded with camouflage-print, summoned by a robotic voice and issued with headphones, we watch screens . Then … Continue reading →

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Review: Bull (Young Vic)

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The first thing I thought seeing Sam Troughton come on stage, was ‘that’s not a very good suit, why can’t theatre companies ever do good suits?’ and if you’ve seen Bull you’ll know that makes me complicit in the bullying and demeaning of Troughton’s character which is the pivot and thrust of the whole exciting […]

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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 […]

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Review: King Charles III (Wyndhams Theatre)

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This is not so much a review, more a collection of Facebook updates. 15.25 Saturday: “I haven’t paid for a theatre ticket in quite a while, so why am I thinking “bugger me, £59.50 for KING CHARLES III” It sparked a lot of lively conversation about the rising price of West End theatre and some […]

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Review: King Charles III (Wyndhams Theatre)

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This is not so much a review, more a collection of Facebook updates. 15.25 Saturday: “I haven’t paid for a theatre ticket in quite a while, so why am I thinking “bugger me, £59.50 for KING CHARLES III” It sparked a lot of lively conversation about the rising price of West End theatre and some […]

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My theatre diary: King Charles III, True West, Toast, Eye of a Needle and Breeders

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Knowing that my theatregoing – and overall mental and emotional bandwidth – would be going into tailspin this week, I packed in as many shows as I could over the past fortnight. Amongst them, the five notable plays below. As usual, I’ve listed them in closing date order. Don’t delay with the first two in […]