There is one emotion that we all feel that can link to other types of emotions: grief. From love to anger it pushes all other emotions to the brink and this is what A Monster Calls portrays so beautifully.
‘This is a defiantly feminist reading of the text’: JANE EYRE – National Theatre (Online review)
The problem with staging a classic novel is that everyone has a slightly different view of how it should be done – many have tried and few have fully succeeded.
NEWS: National Theatre will stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube
A selection of much-loved National Theatre Live productions will be made available to watch on YouTube for free over the next two months.
‘It is all rather fabulous’: THE LION THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE – Bridge Theatre ★★★★
Everything is both spectacular and, importantly, also feels like something you could play at home with tablecloths and cardboard in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. If you can’t borrow any children to take, haul your own inner-child along.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at the Bridge Theatre
We round up the reviews for Sally Cookson’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe now playing at the Bridge Theatre.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Peter Pan at Troubadour White City Theatre
Sally Cookson’s National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic production of JM Barrie’s classic story Peter Pan officially opens the Troubadour White City Theatre, where it’s booking until 27 October 2019. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews.
‘A delight of constantly inventive staging’: PETER PAN – Troubadour White City Theatre ★★★★★
Sally Cookson’s reinterpreted Peter Pan at the new, splendid, exciting Troubadour Theatre very near White City tube captures contemporary imaginations because they can see how it works, and are gripped by the techniques.
NEWS: Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan will open at the Troubadour White City in July 2019
Sally Cookson’s retelling of Peter Pan by JM Barrie will open at new West London venue, Troubadour White City Theatre, on 20 July 2019 and run through to 27 October, with a press performance on 27 July.
NEWS: Zoë Wanamaker & Zrinka Cvitešić will star in world premiere of Nancy Harris’ Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre
Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić will play Hélène and Sophia respectively in Two Ladies, a new play by Nancy Harris to be directed by Nicholas Hytner for the London Theatre Company at the Bridge Theatre.
‘A charming, polished & hugely enjoyable Christmas production’: CINDERELLA: A FAIRYTALE – Brockley Jack Theatre
If you enjoy a good festive fairytale but you’re not a fan of panto, Cinderella: A Fairytale, this year’s Christmas production at the Brockley Jack, offers an excellent alternative.
Text of the Day: A Monster Calls
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
‘I was in no way emotionally prepared for what was to come’: A MONSTER CALLS – Old Vic Theatre
You know those ‘if you’ve been affected by the issues in this programme…’ messages you get sometimes after particularly traumatic documentaries and/or episodes of Hollyoaks? Have you ever seen one in a theatre before?
‘For a play about storytelling, most of the story is oddly unengaging’: A MONSTER CALLS – Old Vic
For a play about storytelling, most of A Monster Calls is oddly unengaging and bland. Worst of all, it does the audience’s moral work for them, being increasingly didactic and offering its sincere insights into loss, love, and feeling on a plate.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: A Monster Calls at the Old Vic Theatre
Sally Cookson directs this production of A Monster Calls based on Patrick Ness’ story, which is now playing at the Old Vic Theatre. Here, Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…
‘I was not prepared for the emotional journey the story would take me on’: A MONSTER CALLS – Old Vic ★★★★★
This story contains no real heroes or villains. It is a brutal tale that focuses on the harsh realities of mortality, and our helplessness in grief and the emotional complexities of its process. This production tells it very well, especially in the quietest of scenes. A Monster Calls is not to be missed.
‘It means very well… but it’s a heavy evening’: A MONSTER CALLS – Old Vic ★★★
A Monster Calls is billed for ten years old or more, and its protagonist is a boy of 13. But be warned: this Old Vic young adult summer special is no cosy Lorax.
INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’s Rebecca Newman
Rebecca Newman spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about bringing the beloved We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to the West End over the summer…
‘A total-theatre instant classic’: A MONSTER CALLS – Bristol & The Old Vic ★★★★★
Patrick Ness’ novel slips perfectly into Sally Cookson’s fertile theatrical imagination. Its split-focused tale of cancer wards and midnight hour fairy tales suits Cookson’s gifts, for genuine human emotion and beautifully intricate theatrical imagery.
‘An instant classic’: A MONSTER CALLS – Bristol & The Old Vic
In the hands of Sally Cookson, A Monster Calls is an instant classic: a show that transforms both hearts and minds through the magic of authentic storytelling. Go with someone and join the masses who rose to their feet and hugged those near them.
NEWS: Casting is announced for The Old Vic & Bristol Old Vic’s A Monster Calls
Full casting has been announced for The Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic’s world premiere of A Monster Calls. Patrick Ness’ piercing novel is being brought to both venues in The Old Vic’s 200th year in a powerful new adaptation by director Sally Cookson.
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