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Weekly Theatre Podcast: Doctor Faustus, Elegy, Iphigenia Quartet

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This week, the London theatre bloggers discuss Jamie Lloyd’s West End production of Doctor Faustus starring Game of Thrones’ hunk Kit Harington, Nick Payne’s new play Elegy starring Zoe Wanamaker at the Donmar Warehouse, and Iphigenia Quartet at the Gate Theatre.

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ELEGY – Donmar Warehouse

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

Suppose neuroscience could cure creeping brain deterioration by taking out whole networks of decaying neurons and replacing them with silicon, guaranteeing functionality, but wiping years of memory. Would you say yes – for yourself or a loved one – as the price of avoiding undignified decline? How frightening is it for the patient to contemplate losing “what binds me to me”, as Zoe Wanamaker’s Lorna puts it in this brief, brilliant, alarming piece? And how wrenching for a long-term spouse to find herself looked at with a stranger’s dispassionate, judging distaste?

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NEWS: Zoe Wanamaker, Barbara Flynn and Nina Sosanya star in Nick Payne premiere

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The Donmar announces full casting for the world premiere of Elegy by playwright Nick Payne. Directed by Artistic Director Josie Rourke, the full cast is Barbara Flynn as Carrie, Nina Sosanya as Miriam and Zoë Wanamaker as Lorna, all making a return to the Donmar stage. Elegy – which runs 27 April to 18 June 2016 (previews from 21 April) – imagines a very-near …

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NEWS: Donmar premieres Nick Payne Elegy, revives Brian Friel and Jean Anouilh

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Artistic Director Josie Rourke today announces a new Spring Season of three plays which includes: Welcome Home, Captain Fox!, a new version of Jean Anouilh’s Le Voyageur Sans Bagage by Anthony Weigh, directed by Blanche McIntyre; a world premiere of a new play by Nick Payne, Elegy, directed by Josie Rourke; and a revival of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, directed by Lyndsey Turner and starring Stephen Dillane and Gina McKee.

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: Constellations, As Is, Bugsy Malone

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Every week, a group of regular, dedicated, independent theatre bloggers gather together for intelligent discussion “from the audience’s perspective” about plays and musicals they’ve recently seen in London. Lively, informed and entertaining. My Theatre Mates is delighted to syndicate the (still) As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast (AYULTP). Shows discussed (with timings) in this week’s podcast: Orson’s Shadow – The …

Diary of a theatre addict: Re-visiting shows and theatre trolls

In Features, London theatre, Opinion by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

I’ve had a ‘slow’ week — or at least a slower one! By tonight, I’ll have seen just seven shows — but also three readings, too, so perhaps that makes ten. I’ve also done two big interviews — with singer Jane McDonald, ahead of her season in Cats in Blackpool, and with actor David Suchet, as he returns to the West End in The Importance of Being Earnest this coming week, both of which will run in The Stage on July 9.

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NEWS: Nick Payne’s Constellations returns to West End, opening at Trafalgar Studios 14 July

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Following critically acclaimed sold-out runs in the West End, on Broadway, and its first national tour to eight UK cities, the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Nick Payne’s award-winning Constellations will transfer to Trafalgar Studios for three weeks only. Michael Longhurst (Carmen Disruption, A Number) directs Joe Armstrong (Happy Valley) and Louise Brealey (Sherlock) as Roland and Marianne in this hugely popular play from one of the leading voices in UK Theatre.

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CONSTELLATIONS – Touring

In Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Kristy StottLeave a Comment

Constellations, written by Nick Payne, follows the relationship between a man and a woman from the first time that they meet each other at a barbeque. The play is built on the quantum multiverse theory and goes on to visit Marianne and Roland at six different points in their relationship – exploring how certain situations, conversations and decisions can change the course of their lives together.