“What will happen in England after we have won this war? Bunting! Bunting everywhere!” Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’ new play Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre takes R.B. Sheridan’s 1775 farce The Rivals and updates the setting to a Sussex country house in The Battle of Britain. The romantic pursuits, mistaken identities and malapropisms from The Rivals are combined with Bean’s typically bawdy sense of humour, some impressive aerial dogfights and a dose of WWII patriotism. The result is an entertaining, albeit safe and slightly too long, comedy with pathos.
‘Fagon’s astoundingly contemporary drama feels significant’: DEATH OF A BLACK MAN – Hampstead Theatre
Alfred Fagon’s fascinating two act drama opened at the venue in 1975 and while some of its gender attitudes may have dated, so much of Death of a Black Man feels as fresh and challenging now as it did 46 years ago.
An exceptionally insightful period of shows means Chekhov’s secrets are finally emerging
Three Sisters at the National Theatre, Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter and The Seagull at the Playhouse Theatre have all taken very different approaches to reworking Chekhov, bringing fresh insight and relevance to a writer whose plays have often felt rather dry.
‘Challenging but exhilarating reworking’: THREE SISTERS – National Theatre
Inua Ellams’ relocation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters to the Biafran Civil War proves devastatingly effective at the National Theatre.
‘Haydn Gwynne in full snarling Hedda mode is something to see’: HEDDA TESMAN – Chichester ★★★
But more and more, there’s a sense in Hedda Tesman at the Minerva that what you are seeing is some damn fine acting in a rather ho-hum play.
‘Delivers plenty in terms of emotion’: HONOUR – Park Theatre
Paul Robinson’s production of Honour at the Park Theatre really captures the perceptiveness of the writing by bringing together a strong cast to bring the characters effectively to life.
FIRST LOOK: Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Brayben & Natalie Simpson in Honour at Park Theatre
Take a look at Alex Brenner’s fantastic production shots to get a hint of what to expect from Tiny Fires’ production of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Honour at Park Theatre. The marital drama, which stars Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Brayben and Natalie Simpson, opens at the north London venue tonight.
WATCH: The cast of Honour tell us about Joanna Murray-Smith’s ‘deep & complex’ drama
As Tiny Fires’ revival of Joanna Murray-Smith’s acclaimed drama Honour begins its run at Park Theatre, the cast speak about why this hit play excites them. Watch the footage (below) then get booking!
‘It feels like a boxing ring, where insights are thrown like punches’: Katie Brayben on reviving Honour at Park Theatre
Olivier Award winner Katie Brayben returns to the London stage this month in Joanna Murray-Smith’s tale of a marriage in crisis, Honour. The former star of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells us why she’s so excited about this new production and performing at the intimate Park Theatre.
PHOTOS: Take a peek at Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Brayben & Natalie Simpson in rehearsals for Honour
Joanna Murray-Smith’s acclaimed drama about a marriage in slipping into crisis, Honour, begins performances at London’s Park Theatre on 25 October. So right now, its impressive cast – Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Brayben and Natalie Simpson – are deep in rehearsals. Have a peek at what they’ve been up to, then get booking!
NEWS: Imogen Stubbs, Henry Goodman & Katie Brayben star in Joanna Murray-Smith’s Honour at Park Theatre
Acclaimed performers Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Brayben and Natalie Simpson will star in Joanna Murray-Smith’s compelling drama Honour. The hit play about a marriage in crisis is revived at London’s Park Theatre from 25 October to 24 November 2018 (press night is 30 October). With a cast like that, it’s time to get booking!
NEWS: Gina McKee wages war as Boudica in Shakespeare’s Globe premiere
Gina McKee will play the title role in Eleanor Rhode’s forthcoming production of Tristan Bernays’ new play Boudica at Shakespeare’s Globe, the final season in outgoing artistic director Emma Rice’s Summer of Love season.
Q&A podcast: Rediscovering James Shirley’s 1641 classic The Cardinal
Why has THE CARDINAL gone so long unproduced? How did director Justin Audibert discover it? Why stage an epic, 19-character tragedy in Southwark’s 120-seat Off-West End theatre?
PHOTOS: The Cardinal opens at Southwark Playhouse, Last chance for Q&A
Ahead of tomorrow night’s Q&A chaired by My Theatre Mates’ co-founder Terri Paddock, production and opening night photos have been released for the Troupe’s production of rarely seen 17th-century classic The Cardinal.
THE CARDINAL – Southwark Playhouse
The Cardinal emerges as a revenge tragedy and Audibert’s clear-sighted direction ensures that the intricacies of the plotting is lucid and consistently compelling.
PHOTOS & VIDEO: Sneak peek into rehearsals for The Cardinal at Southwark Playhouse
Rehearsal photos and show trailer have now been released for the Troupe’s forthcoming new production of rarely seen 17th-century classic The Cardinal.
New post-show Q&A: Join Terri to talk to the director & cast of The Cardinal
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the director and company of rarely seen 17th-century tragic masterpiece THE CARDINAL on Thursday 23 February 2017. Got any questions? Book tickets to join her for this post-show Q&A.
Year in Review: Matt Merritt’s performances of 2016
2016 is nearly over and, despite not getting to see nearly as much theatre as we’d like at Sitting in the Cheap Seats, we’ve seen lots of performances that we will long remember. We couldn’t list all the people who have really impressed us over the past year but the folks below brought their characters to life with performances that made us laugh, cry and kept us thinking long after we left the theatre!
KING LEAR – RSC, Barbican
Transferring in to London from Stratford, Antony Sher’s King Lear is a Shakespearean masterclass. With no headline-grabbing casting to this, one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, the production is a company-driven gem, led by the RSC’s seasoned bill-topper who’s more than earned the right to make the role his own.
KING LEAR – RSC, Barbican Centre
For many actors Lear is the ultimate role, hence the proliferation of productions that appear every year. In 2016 alone we’ve had Timothy West, Don Warrington and Michael Pennington all pop up in the role and Glenda Jackson is currently giving us a female perspective over at the Old Vic. RSC stalwart Antony Sher’s take on the role has been something we’ve been waiting a few years for… so how does he do?
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