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In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

Roland Schimmelpfennig’s 2013 play Winter Solstice receives its British premiere at the Orange Tree in this Actors Touring Company production directed by Ramin Gray. And it is well worth the effort as though it may flirt with the experimental, it also cuts through to the elemental – as piercing an insight into the rise of the far right as we’ve seen on any stage.

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NEWS: How the Other Half Loves extends in West End, moves to Duke of York’s

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Bill Kenwright’s West End production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps How The Other Half Loves is moving house. The comedy, which has enjoyed huge public and critical acclaim since it opened in March, will extend its West End run, transferring from the Theatre Royal Haymarket to the Duke of York’s from 7 July – 1 October 2016.

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

We’re back in the 1960’s, and how! Beyond the jolly geometric curtain a bygone world revives. Shiny pink plastic boots, a ridiculous frilled sub-Laura-Ashley print dinner frock. Nicholas le Prevost doing breathless “Swedish jerks” before setting out for work with bowler and brolly, and coming home to prod suspiciously at an avocado pear, while entertaining a shy colleague for the sake of old-fashioned departmental teamwork.

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Photos and podcast: On Ayckbourn and comedy with How The Other Half Loves‘ cast and director

In Audio, Comedy, Features, Interviews, London theatre, Photos, Plays, Quotes, Ticket recommendations by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Post-show Q&A: What’s the essence of good comedy? And what marks out an Alan Ayckbourn comedy in particular? What does the UK’s most prolific, produced playwright (80 plays and counting) demand of actors and directors? And, despite the (often onerous, occasionally near-impossible) demands, why do actors and directors relish coming back for more?

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LOVE FOR LOVE – RSC, Stratford

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

There’s a bustle of backstage larking before the curtain, cast dashing around in shirtsleeves, manoeuvring a hamper , getting stuck in ropes and tripping over a life-size model crocodile. So get in your seat early. Especially if you want a random hug from Mr Scandal (Robert Cavanah) or to be picked on to represent Queen Anne with a polystyrene crown from the gift shop plonked on your head (the Queen, it seems, saw Congreve’s play on her 32nd birthday, in 1697).

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NEWS: Full casts announced for RSC’s Queen Anne and Love for Love in Stratford

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Full casting is announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Congreve’s Love for Love and Helen Edmundson’s new play Queen Anne, both playing in repertory in the Swan Theatre this Winter. Love for Love is a glorious Restoration comedy, where love for love is stronger than love for money. This will be the first production of this play by …