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‘Simply & sensitively told’: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

It’s always a pleasure to hear an untold story. In Billy Bishop Goes to War we learn about a baby-faced Canadian teenager who by a string of lucky chances became the world’s most decorated fighter pilot in the early days of single-seater flying over France in 1914-18, and a hero and a mascot for the Royal Canadian Air Force through the second war, too.

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Do you know why Square Rounds were invented? WATCH post-show Q&A + show trailer

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Special Events, Sticky, Ticket recommendations, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

The pub beneath the Finborough Theatre, where Proud Haddock’s revival of Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds, is currently closed for refurbishment. So what does Proud Haddock artistic director Jimmy Walters do on the night of our post-show Q&A? Bring in drinks from the off-licence for everyone, both onstage and in the audience. I’ll drink to that!

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‘We open with six munitionettes in a factory’: Director Jimmy Walters on WWI drama Square Rounds

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Rev StanLeave a Comment

Getting its first staging for three decades, Tony Harrison’s World War I-set play Square Rounds is based on true events and explores the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction. Director Jimmy Walters talked to Rev Stan about its relevance today.

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FEATURED SHOW: Mrs Orwell transfers, catch up on the ★★★★★ reviews

In Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Photos, Plays, Quotes, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

With its starry casting and avalanche of starry reviews, is it any wonder that Mrs Orwell has secured an immediate transfer to Southwark Playhouse after its just-finished sell-out world premiere season at the Old Red Lion? We think not!

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Terri’s non-#EdFringe theatre diary: Salad Days, Mrs Orwell, Boom & Cowboy Rufus

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

It’s not just umbrella festival programmes that keep myself and other London theatregoers busy in August. Here are some thoughts (and connections) on the other plays and musicals I’ve seen over the past week that are worth a look: Mrs Orwell, King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe, Boom and Salad Days.

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PHOTOS: Peter Hamilton Dyer & Cressida Bonas prepare to tell Mrs Orwell’s story

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Peter Hamilton Dyer and Cressida Bonas star as George Orwell and his second, much younger wife in the world premiere of Tony Cox’s MRS ORWELL, exploring the private side of one of the most public icons of the 20th century. This latest Proud Haddock production has a strictly limited season at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre from 1 to 26 August 2017. Check out the rehearsal photography here.