I’ve had double cause to reconsider what I’ve been missing at the National Theatre recently. First, a gushing round-up in the Evening Standard looking back; second, a reminder of five shows to look forward to 2017: Twelfth Night, Ugly Lies the Bone, My Country, Mosquitoes and Angels in America.
I have had three reminders this week of the need for everyone on their journey in this business to remember the oft quoted phrase “be careful on the way up…” Just in case anyone needs to be reminded, I decided that a quick extra blog was needed for me to vent my concern. The theatre […]
In this special compilation podcast, AYULTP rounds up reviews from the past year for productions that triumphed at this year’s Olivier Awards.
From watching the highlights on ITV last night, it would be easy to feel jealous of those sitting in the audience for this special occasion for there were some top-notch performances from the likes of Guys & Dolls, In The Heights and Gypsy (to name a few) as well as the awards themselves.
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 …
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.
How many of this year’s Olivier Award nominated shows have you seen? Catch up with these great tickets and ticket offers.
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 …
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.
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.
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.