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NEWS: Gypsy, Kinky Boots & Dench among big #OlivierAwards winners

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Dame Judi Dench wins record eighth award – receiving more Olivier Awards for acting than any other performer Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Gypsy wins the most awards this year for a single production, including Best Actress in a Musical for Imelda Staunton and Best Musical Revival Kenneth Cranham and Denise Gough win Best Actor and Best Actress National Theatre …

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Tackling mental health issues and addiction in Blue on Blue

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The plays I like to direct tend to feature people being forced by their natures and circumstances into a conflict they can’t avoid. Since, one way or another, life seems sooner or later to plonk most of us into that boat, it feels natural to conclude that one reason we go to the theatre is to bear witness to the tough stuff of being human.

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NEWS: Hangmen, Bend It Like Beckham, The Father & other Critics’ Circle Award winners, tickets on sale

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Kenneth Cranham awarded Best Actor for “the role of a lifetime” Denise Gough awarded Best Actress only three years after winning Most Promising Newcomer Bend It Like Beckham wins Best Musical Robert Icke awarded Best Director for Oresteia  The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2015 were hosted today, Tuesday 26th January 2016, by the Critics’ Circle Drama Section Chairman (and My Theatre …

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Critics’ Circle Award winners include Judi Dench: Are they the only ones that make sense anymore?

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Hangmen, Judi Dench, Bend It Like Beckham, Oresteia are among the winners… The annual best of lists are always a good indication of who’s likely to triumph at the Critics’ Circle Awards, which were presented this afternoon at the Delfont Room in the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Understandably so as it’s critics who, by and large, draw up those lists and critics only – voting by secret, first-past-the-post ballot – who determine the Critics’ Circle Awards.

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FUNNY GIRL – Menier Chocolate Factory

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People, people who need people are, allegedly, the luckiest people in the world. I’d argue that those who are emotionally and financially self-sufficient have a hell of a bigger reason to feel lucky than those who depend needily on others for their wellbeing. But I’m not a character in a musical – and neither, really are the people who need people who appear in Funny Girl a narrative so far removed from the actual history of kooky kosher comedienne Fanny Brice and her deeply dodgy gangster hubby Julius ‘Nicky’ Arnstein as to be a complete fiction.

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Year in Review: The best of the best of #theatre2015 round-ups

In Features, Festivals, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

After my two-week Christmas roadtrip in the US, I’m finally back at my desk and able to catch up on all the 2015 UK theatrical year round. Have you been keeping up in my absence? Fear not either way, because once again, I’ve rounded up the round-ups to give you an essential overview.