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Edward II Q&A podcast: What do Christopher Marlowe & Jordan Tannahill have in common?

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The plays may have been written 420-odd years apart, but I was really struck by how many parallels there were between the discussion I hosted last week, to the European premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company at Trafalgar Studios, and the one I hosted last night, to Christopher Marlowe‘s 16th-century classic Edward II.

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NEWS: Lazarus turns to musicals with Beggar’s Opera revival, Q&A on 15 Nov

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Lazarus Theatre will make its musical theatre debut in November with an all-new production of John Gay’s bawdy and raucous 1728 musical comedy The Beggar’s Opera. The production, directed and adapted by Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes, will feature a new, original score by Chris Drohan. It runs at London’s Jack Studio Theatre from 8 November to 3 December 2016, with a press night on 10 November, and a post-show Q&A hosted by My Theatre Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Tuesday 15 November.

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Photos & podcast: Breaking taboos at Lazarus Theatre’s #TisPity debate

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Are there any stage taboos left? John Ford‘s 17th-century romantic thriller ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE, centring on an incestuous relationship between brother and sister Giovanni and Annabella, is one of the most controversial in the classical canon and was not performed in the UK for more than 200 years until the mid-twentieth century. Does it still have the power to shock? Does anything?

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Photos and podcast: The politics of theatre at The Caucasian Chalk Circle Q&A

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What’s the difference between political theatre and theatre about politics? Can theatre be a catalyst for real change? Do right-wing political perspectives get a fair hearing onstage or is theatre the preserve of the left-wing? And how much does modern political theatre owe to Bertolt Brecht?

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Photos and podcast: Why we should edit classics like Hamlet and Marlowe’s Tamburlaine

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When Lazarus Theatre artistic director Ricky Dukes invited me to host a post-show discussion at Tamburlaine, the uproar around the Barbican Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” seemed like the perfect, topical jumping-off point: Should we or shouldn’t we ‘tamper with’ the classics? Or, given the scarcity of actual practitioners (as opposed to newshounds) prepared to argue that we shouldn’t, put another way: what do we gain by tampering with the classics?

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HENRY V – Union Theatre

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I can finally tick it off the list, and if I waited longer than I should have, I can reassure myself that I made a fantastic choice in my first show there. I’ve followed Lazarus Theatre’s exploits for a while, their fresh spins on the classics are repeatedly given glowing reviews so I couldn’t turn down the chance to see their take on Henry V.

My theatre diary: To Kill a Mockingbird, Henry V, As Is, Orson’s Shadow & The Invisible

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Since I got back from my month of remote working in Mallorca, I’ve been lucky enough to pack in lots of trips to the theatre, including this quintuplet of limited season plays that are all worth a look. As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order, and the first on the list finishes this Saturday, so don’t delay if you want to see it…

NEWS: Lazarus Theatre Announce Summer Season

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Critically acclaimed Lazarus Theatre Company return in 2015 with their trademark fresh take on two epic classics as they stage their Summer of Empire! First they take a fresh look at Shakespeare’s Henry V with an all female cast before they give us their spin on Marlowe’s Tamburlaine The Great.