The Wider Earth is billed as one of the theatre events of the year – and, on this occasion, that’s no exaggeration. What a privilege for me to play a small part in helping to launch this spectacular and historic production, by chairing the production’s first post-show Q&A.
Iris Theatre has made its first family show foray outside Covent Garden in years and, judging by initial critical reactions to its adaptation of Arabian Nights and transformation of historic Hoxton Hall, the risk has paid off. We’ve collected some of our favourite highlights from the reviews to date below – in short, people are going potty for the puppets!
It’s tonight! Iris Theatre’s stunning adaptation of Arabian Nights premieres tonight at Victorian London landmark Hoxton Hall, where its limited season continues until 13 October. Check out our gallery of stunning production photography – the costumes! the colours! the puppets! – and then get booking!
We’re counting down to the official opening (on 19 September 2018) of Iris Theatre’s brand-new adaptation of Arabian Nights at Victorian London landmark Hoxton Hall. We already feel swept away in the storytelling magic with the show’s new trailer – including stars Pravesh Rana and Sharon Singh, interviews with the director and designer and lots of puppets. Watch here – and then get booking!
War Horse has been enthralling audiences around the world and after seeing it, it’s clear why. The play follows the deeply moving story of the relationship between a young boy, Albert Narracott, played brilliantly by Thomas Dennis, and his adored horse, Joey.
Kicking off my challenge was the Old Vic’s production, which I’ve seen four times (and by some bizarre providence I managed to see each actor playing Tiny Tim).
After choosing in 2016 to focus on Shakespeare (in the 400th anniversary of his death), I went completely different this year and made it my mission to learn more about, and see more shows featuring, puppets.
Much of my ‘touring’ has been concentrated in Bristol and Chichester; there are a few other UK venues to add to the list, as well as some from my week in New York, of course.
Award-winning John Tiffany directs, bringing to life a show that has been in his thoughts for several years now – he’s joined on the team by long-standing collaborator Bob Crowley, as well as Toby Olié as puppet director.
Complex, intense and disturbing yet gentle and moving in equal measure. I would recommend this wonderful production to theatre goers of all ages. An enduring story of humanity and friendship and a timely reminder of the futility of war and the sacrifices made by those that have gone before us.
On the 10th anniversary since their first show, I was lucky enough to go and watch War Horse. The play is emotion filled and the stunning story telling through the music and ensemble work make the show a must see.
Gothic musical The Grinning Man transfers to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 1 for an open-ended from 5 December 2017. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 11 October 2017.
Whatever you may think about Bertolt Brecht’s more doctrinaire views, here’s a play in Joe Wright’s visually spectacular, star-gazing production that says exactly what needs to be said for a society reeling from and dominated by self-interest and finance.
After its phenomenal run on and off Broadway, the critically acclaimed five times Tony award nominated play Hand to God (including Best New Play and Best Director) is making its way to London’s West End and will open at the Vaudeville Theatre in early 2016. Previews start on 5 February, press night is 15 February. Hand to God will feature …
New York, NY (September 9, 2015) – Producer Kevin McCollum has announced that his Tony® Award-nominated comedy Hand to God must close on Broadway on January 3, 2016 and will immediately transfer to London’s West End, with performances beginning on 5 February 2016 at the famed Vaudeville Theatre. Robert Askins’ riotous comedy opened to rave reviews on April 7, 2015 …