We are in Cornwall, forty years ago, on the 19 December 1981. A lifeboat in Penlee Station answers a distress call, but never returned, with the loss of sixteen lives.
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – the longest-running show in the world, which has been suspended since the pandemic resulted in the closure of UK theatres in March 2020 – is to reopen in the West End on 17 May 2021.
Now in its 68th year in the West End, The Mousetrap is also touring and shows no signs of slowing down. And whilst the play is more than a bit of a warhorse, it has become a staple of British theatre.
Overall it is a good, if uneven, workman-like production of The Importance of Being Earnest that struggles, at times, to be funny. It delivers the goods without any flourishes of inspiration.
Kerry Ellis will star as Gwendolen, her first non-singing role, at selected venues in the 2018 UK tour of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Chilling in all the right places, the revival of the award-winning tour of Cabaret starring Will Young as the Emcee feels as important a piece of musical theatre as it ever did.
If you know anything about pre-war Berlin it is that it was known for its hedonism and excess. Weimar Berlin was the uninhibited party capital of Europe, offering every perversion, debauchery, depravity and vice imaginable.
The rise of fascism is extremely prevalent in Rufus Norris’ production especially the chilling final scene of act 1 when the Emcee turns into a puppet master.
Accomplished: Efficiently staged, well acted and cleverly paced, Rehearsal for Murder has everything you would want from a large-scale touring production.
Eeh by gum, ‘appen I’ll go to the foot of our stairs, this is a right bobby dazzler of a play. OK, enough of the cod Northern jargon — although only those of us actually born in Manchester are allowed to ridicule it — but suspend your Corrie-fuelled preconceptions about ‘Northern writing’ and you’ll be properly […]
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