Curse of the character actor? Antony Sher doubted he could play Falstaff

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Tonight, Antony Sher opens in the West End in RSC’s transfer of Death of a Salesman. But, as acclaimed as the production is, as important as it is in this centenary year of Arthur Miller’s birth, and as epic a part as the role of life’s underdog Willy Loman (who Sher plays) is, the truth […]

Destroyer of Worlds: A closing speech to end all closing speeches?

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Several weeks after the West End press night, I’m still thinking about Oppenheimer, which, after its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company has transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited West End season (thank you, RSC). I blogged separately about Tom Morton-Smith’s incredibly ambitious play in yesterday’s #TheatreDiary, but I wanted to come […]

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Benn, Bevan, Michael Sheen and the NHS: Who Cares?

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My newfound Tony Benn obsession has also got me thinking anew about the “most dangerous” Labour man in Parliament before him: the Welsh politician and founder of the National Health Service, Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960). And thinking of Bevan reminded me that I still hadn’t got round to blogging about actor Michael Sheen’s brilliant speech at […]

Articles, quotes, radio and film documentaries feeding my new Tony Benn obsession

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I knew embarrassingly little of Tony Benn before seeing Andy Barrett’s new play Tony’s Last Tape this past Sunday. (Read my separate blog on the production and interview with its star Philip Bretherton here.) But since Sunday, boy have I been making up for lost time. After leaving the Bridgehouse, I’ve devoured obituaries and other articles […]

Tony Benn’s message for this Thursday: ‘Vote!’

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After success at Nottingham Playhouse, Tony’s Last Tape has transferred to south London’s new fringe theatre, the Bridgehouse in Penge SE20, for a three-week run in election month. I imagine that Labour Party faithful and others of a particular political persuasion have more pressing matters on their mind just at the moment. But I do […]

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Popular vs personal: How did my own choices fare against the #AlsoRecognised winners?

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On Monday, we announced on MyTheatreMates.com the winners of our inaugural #AlsoRecognised Awards. The first year of these Awards has caught the imagination of the industry, the audience voters and the nominees and winners more than I had hoped to imagine. Your winners are lovely, truly lovely and appreciative. Just look how they’ve embraced – […]

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My theatre diary: Three must-see new plays Clarion, Level Playing Field, Oppenheimer

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In amongst the stellar West End revivals of late – not least “mother of all musicals” Gypsy with Imelda Staunton and David Mamet’s American Buffalo starring Damian Lewis and John Goodman – are some spectacular brand-new plays on and off West End. Here are three in particular that I highly, highly recommend. The first two […]

Press pass: All you need to know about how Clarion dishes the dirt on the tabloids

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I’m so proud of my friend Mark Jagasia, how could I resist pulling together one of my #PressPass round-ups for his debut play? Clarion premiered to rave reviews (really, see below) last week at the Arcola Theatre and is already tipped for a transfer. When preparing this and today’s other Theatre Diary blog about Clarion, […]

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VIDEO, pics and press pass: Back to the 70s with Damian Lewis and John Goodman in American Buffalo

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As Rolls Royce productions go, they don’t get much better than this. Homegrown screen and stage star Damian Lewis returning the stage after a six-year absence, and for the first time since Homeland made him a mega mega international star (after seeing him in this and Band of Brothers, my nephews in Chicago simply refuse […]

Press pass: All the news, interviews and opinions on the Old Vic’s changing of the guard

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Less than two days after the star-studded gala to bid farewell to Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic, his successor Matthew Warchus is making headlines with an inaugural year-long season and commanding statement of intent. It’s undoubtedly a whole new era down Waterloo way – the award-laden Young Vic down the road, be warned. Warchus […]

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Matthew Warchus brings real star-quality – and a major rebrand – to his first season at the Old Vic

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One of the most awkward moments at the Olivier Awards last week came during Kevin Spacey‘s acceptance of his Special Award – when he forgot the name of his successor. “As nice as this is,” said Spacey, Olivier in hand, “I don’t want to necessarily spend a lot of time looking back at the past […]

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Press pass: ‘Once in a lifetime’ Gypsy extends with ‘pocket diva’ Imelda Staunton

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This morning, producers confirmed that – on the back of a shedload of new five-star reviews from last week’s West End opening – Jonathan Kent‘s Chichester Festival production of Gypsy, “starring Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Rose”, has extended its booking until 28 November 2015 at the Savoy Theatre.

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10 unmissable Mommas … that I nonetheless missed. How many have you seen?

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Is Imelda Staunton the best Momma Rose ever? She’s absolutely the best Momma Rose I’ve ever seen – but, then again, she’s also the only Momma Rose I’ve never seen. Yes, my not-so-guilty confession is this: I’ve never seen Gypsy before… I say that without much guilt because, incredibly, Jonathan Kent‘s current critically acclaimed Chichester […]

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Watch & listen: Talking #Oliviers on Sky and Resonance FM

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What were your red carpet memories from this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards? A week before this year’s event on Sunday 12 April 2015, having been quietly dropped from the media invitation list since leaving WhatsOnStage, I wasn’t planning to get very involved in the furore this year – apart from, of course, watching the highlights […]

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Michael Sheen’s speech on the NHS: 1 March 2015

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On St David’s Day, Sunday 1 March 2015, Welsh actor Michael Sheen gave the performance of his life. Not at the National Theatre or any of the world stages (and screens) that he has graced, but in the pouring down rain at a political rally in the small town of Tredegar in Wales, birthplace of […]