Artificial intelligence and robotics have long been a boon to us ethical-scifi buffs, films like AI and I, Robot mercifully saving us from rocket ships and aliens called Xzxvyvrgg. In Jordan Harrison’s play Marjorie Prime at the Menier Chocolate Factory it is inner space – and a recognisable world – which gets invaded by parasitic cyberthink.
Moira Buffini’s ambitious state-of-the-nation, climate-change play runs straight into the doldrums.
Despite the presence of Nancy Carroll and Shaun Evans, Moira Buffini’s Manor proves a disappointment at the National Theatre.
As the stage was plunged into darkness at the end of Manor on the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage, I was thinking: What was the point?
The National Theatre, returning to performances with full capacity audiences from later this month, has announced further casting details for forthcoming productions of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, original musical Hex, Moira Buffini’s new play Manor, and more.
An hour plus of a straight white man justifying his affair or a modern classic? I go in for more Betrayal at the Theatre Royal Bath.
Casting has been announced for the first two plays in the Theatre Royal Bath’s WELCOME BACK Season this autumn, running from 14 October to 12 December 2020. Two of the country’s leading actresses, Nancy Carroll and Haydn Gwynne, are joined by a distinguished cast of experienced stage and screen performers.
Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2019 has been announced by artistic director Daniel Evans. It includes John Simm & Dervla Kirwan in Macbeth, Hugh Bonneville in Shadowlands & Tim Firth’s first solo musical starring James Nesbitt.
As much a chronicle of the origins of the Glyndebourne Festival as a metaphor for the pursuit of any artistic enterprise, David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano (which is directed by Jeremy Hennin) works on many different levels.
Jeremy Herrin’s production transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre, having played at the Hampstead Theatre (running until 30 June 2018). But what have critics been making of David Hare’s play?
The frenzy of John Christie, founder-owner of Glyndebourne’s opera house – a tubby, determined man with a yearning for sublimity –receives, in this lovely play The Moderate Soprano, the respect that it should.
David Hare’s critically acclaimed play The Moderate Soprano will make its West End premiere next spring at the Duke of York’s Theatre, with Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll reprising their roles.
The Bridge Theatre’s programming policy is not yet clear, but we can surely look forward to evenings here with more to offer than harmless entertainment.
While not Political Plays per se, over the past fortnight, I’ve seen several productions that have reminded me that theatre can play an important part in telling stories of resistance.
Brand-new London theatre from the two Nicks is wonderful, but its first show is disappointing.
The play sometimes felt a bit disconnected, between historic politics and the broad larking. But its revolutionary paupers got their applause from the not-at-all broke first night crowd. And I have a hunch that it will find its feet better, the laughs sharper, with a younger, wider audience.
First things first, the foyer is extremely spacious and rather beautifully lit. So whilst there were hefty queues at the box office and the bar, there was still plenty of room to mill about, some seats available and a wide enough staircase that, when we finally started going down to the stalls, it wasn’t too much of a crush.
Previews begin tonight (18 October) for the world premiere of new Richard Bean comedy Young Marx, the first flagship offering at the new Bridge Theatre, founded by former National Theatre supremos Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr. Have a peek inside…
Nancy Carroll will join the previously announced Rory Kinnear and Oliver Chris in the world premiere of Richard Bean and Clive Colman’s new comedy Young Marx, which launches the new Bridge Theatre.
It’s a radical rewrite. Gone is a lot of the mystery and the poetry of the original. In their place is a contemporary, accessible version which emphasises realistic psychology (a lot of backstory detail) and social realism (a lot of childcare detail).
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