I am gradually amassing quite a pile of books about writing plays. Collecting and reading them is probably a displacement/procrastination activity. One of these days I really am (or so I keep telling myself) going to write a play. Just don’t ask me when.
The outgoing Evening Standard theatre reviewer Henry Hitchings takes a little time to reflect with 10 easygoing questions.
News, reviews, interviews, commentary and farewells from London, New York and beyond, including The Stage Debut Awards, Sylvia at the Old Vic and regional openings in Chichester and Bristol.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Dominic Cooper is currently making his West End debut in Terry Johnson’s production of The Libertine, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until 3 December 2016. But what have critics thought of it?
Stephen Jeffreys’ play tells the true story of John Wilmot, a 17th century gentleman and writer, who wasted his considerable talent on a life of drunken debauchery, before dying at just 33.
Dark, seductive and thrilling are just three words to describe Dominic Cooper’s performance in Terry Johnson’s production of Stephen Jeffrey’s biographical account of the life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester.
History Boy Dominic Cooper triumphs as the Restoration rake Rochester in revival of 1994 biog drama.
I experienced frequent flashbacks while watching The Libertine last night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Here’s another Restoration-set comedy to hit the West End in which much of the action (and myriad in-jokes) takes place in and around a London theatre.
It is not surprising that theatre falls in love with the Restoration: the stage itself springing back to life after Puritan austerities, real actresses, free with their ways, extravagant dress, flying plackets and petticoats, flaunting periwigs, whorehouses, orange-girls rising from the mud and aristocrats declining into it.
First performed in 1610, Ben Jonson’s powerful and timeless satire of city life is presented here at its best, thanks to a flamboyant and utterly enjoyable RSC production.
The Alchemist, presented here with some script revision from Stephen Jeffreys is a riotous romp through Jacobean London!
Further cast members – including Ophelia Lovibund, Jasper Britton and Mark Hadfield – are announced to join the previously confirmed star Dominic Cooper in Stephen Jeffreys’ sexually charged masterpiece The Libertine this autumn.
Dominic Cooper returns to the stage this year to play debauched 17th Century rake the Earl of Rochester in The Libertine. This sexually charged masterpiece by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys will play a limited run as part of the 2016 summer season at Bath Theatre Royal from 31 August to 17 September prior to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from 22 September to 3 December with opening night for press on 27 September.