The Art of Illusion won several awards when it opened in Paris in 2014. Now it gets its London premiere at the Hampstead Theatre but will this play about magic and illusion conjure up some English awards?
From a red handkerchief disappearing within the hands of a magician to fake footage in the early 20th century, Hampstead Theatre’s latest international import is the UK premiere of The Art of Illusion, a 2014 French play exploring the history of magical performance and inventive approaches to entertaining audiences.
Ambreen Razia’s play Favour looks into the lives of a trio of women from the same family but of rather different generations. It does so with a vigour that is at times quite intoxicating and although it is 95 minutes straight through, the time fairly flies by.
In Approaching Empty writer Ishy Din proves himself an authentic voice, telling tales we have not heard before in a muscular and engaging style.
The full cast and creative team is announced for Sean Foley’s stage adaptation of classic Ealing Studios comedy The Man in the White Suit.
The inimitable Kneehigh retools The Beggar’s Opera in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).
Ishy Din’s new play about a cab office, Approaching Empty at the Kiln in Kilburn, is more of an old banger than a sleek Uber machine.
Seventies teenager Meena lives in Tollington, a former mining village in England’s Black Country in Anita and Me. Meena is a thoroughly British Asian, but mum Daljit and dad Shyam have a different perspective, having left their native India to give their daughter every opportunity.
Anita and Me is set in 1970s and yet the topics, issues and heart of the piece are all remarkably current given the political times we are living.
The middle session of Women Centre Stage: Power Play Festival saw our first trip into the Hampstead’s main house for PRIDE and Prejudice.