The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has released details of its Spring 2022 activity including Shakespeare returning to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage and the announcement of a ground-breaking national new writing project.
‘Emotional, thought-provoking & honest’: THE MOUNTAINTOP – Manchester ★★★
Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, revived at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre by Roy Alexander Weise, is what happens when we examine our heroes at their most vulnerable.
NEWS: The Black British Theatre Awards reveal 2020 nominees & announce the ceremony will be broadcast on Sky Arts
The BBTAs have revealed the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards nominee list, voted almost entirely by the public and representing some of the finest work by Black performers and creatives in UK theatre. The 2020 awards ceremony will air on Sky Arts this autumn, as part of the channel’s free to air line-up.
NEWS: Rachel O’Riordan’s debut season at Lyric Hammersmith continues with Chris Bush’s Faustus: That Damned Woman
Rachel O’Riordan’s debut season as artistic director at Lyric Hammersmith continues this month with Faustus: That Damned Woman, a co-production between the Lyric and Headlong, in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
NEWS: Elton John, Sam Mendes, Natasha Gordon, James Graham & Giles Terera feature in the New Year Honours List
Elton John, Sam Mendes, Christopher Hampton, Natasha Gordon, James Graham, Giles Terera and Stephen Mear are among the list of theatre and showbusiness luminaries who feature in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
‘It is beautiful. Then it is ugly’: MASTER HAROLD & THE BOYS – National Theatre ★★★★★
As a world of harmony tilts into filth you can feel the jolt going through the audience in Athol Fugard’s personal play set in apartheid era South Africa, ‘Master Harold’… and the boys at the National Theatre.
NEWS: Bryony Shanahan & Roy Alexander Weise are announced as new Royal Exchange artistic directors
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester has announced the appointment of Roy Alexander Weise and Bryony Shanahan as its new joint artistic directors. Both will join executive director Stephen Freeman to complete the leadership team for the award-winning theatre. Together they will assume the role of chief executive.
NEWS: Nadia Fall’s second season at Theatre Royal Stratford East features 10th anniversary production of Sucker Punch
Theatre Royal Stratford East has announced Nadia Fall’s second season as artistic director to run from autumn 2019 to summer 2020.
NEWS: Rachel O’Riordan’s inaugural season at Lyric Hammersmith includes Tanika Gupta’s version of A Doll’s House & new play from David Greig
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced its 2019/2020 programme of work, Rachel O’Riordan’s inaugural season as artistic director.
NEWS: Lindsay Duncan, Alex Jennings, Lucian Msamati & Ciarán Hinds feature in new National Theatre season
Highlights of the next new season at London’s National Theatre, running from May to October 2019, include several new productions and new broadcasts and outdoor activity announced to celebrate NT Live’s 10th birthday.
‘The believability of the entire show makes it so wonderful’: NINE NIGHT – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★
Nine Night is a truly fantastic, affecting and entertaining piece of theatre that deserves the space its been given plus more.
‘Shrewdly-observed portrait of grief & nationality’: NINE NIGHT – Trafalgar Studios
Arriving at the Trafalgar Studios after a wave of critical acclaim at its National Theatre run earlier this year, Nine Night already bears the acclaim and intense scrutiny that comes with being the first ever West End play written by a black woman.
‘Unique, engaging & thought-provoking’: THE DARK – Ovalhouse
The Dark is an exhilarating and personal journey through the dusty backroads of Uganda in 1979. Jumping between then and present day, Michael Balogun tenderly tells author Nick Makoha’s story of how he and his mother escaped the terror of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s reign and crossed the border heading for the UK when he was four years old.
‘It is a two-hander play fusing poetry & theatre’: Nick Makoha brings The Dark to the Ovalhouse
Poet Nick Makoha spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about his new piece The Dark which plays at the Ovalhouse until 1 December 2018.
‘Hall’s text is a creeping force of nature’: THE MOUNTAINTOP – Touring
The night before Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination on the balcony outside of his Memphis motel room, Katori Hall’s play The Mountaintop takes us inside Room 306 where he was staying.
NEWS: Natasha Gordon will star in her debut play Nine Night when it transfers to the Trafalgar Studios
Natasha Gordon will take the role of Lorraine in her debut play Nine Night when the critically-acclaimed production transfers from the National Theatre to the Trafalgar Studios on 1 December 2018 (press night is 6 December), running until 9 February 2019.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Nine Night at the National Theatre
The National Theatre presents Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night, directed by Roy Alexander Weise and stars Franc Ashman, Oliver Alvin-Wilson and Michelle Greenidge among the cast. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…
‘Plenty of fun amid the tears’: NINE NIGHT – National Theatre
London-born actress Natasha Gordon’s warmhearted play, Nine Night, now making its first appearance at the National Theatre, is as much about family, music and mourning as it is about ethnicity or migration.
‘Poignant, authentic, stunning’: NINE NIGHT – National Theatre ★★★★★
It is Natasha Gordon’s mastery of the family dynamic and relationships that makes this debut play, Nine Night such a spell-binding experience.
‘Effectively captures the internal conflict of a population’: BR’ER COTTON – Theatre503
Br’er Cotton is an exemplary play that both honours the memories of those murdered by the state without repercussions, and presents the issues at hand with a care that respects their complexity.
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