Benny And Hitch concentrates on the turbulent relationship between the director and his often first choice composer, Bernard Herrmann. They worked together on an unbroken stretch of eight films from 1955 to 1964 and the composer also contributed to the TV shows made concurrently.
‘Told with oodles of meta-theatrical wit’: MARVELLOUS – @sohoplace
Nica Burns’ choice of an opening production for @sohoplace is Marvellous, a celebratory bio-drama about Newcastle-under-Lyme’s local legend, the irrepressible Neil “Nello” Baldwin, whose amazing career proves that disability can be overcome — a heartwarming message in these turbulent times.
‘Moving moments as well as violent ones’: ANGELA – Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh & Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Online review)
Mark Ravenhill’s new play Angela is a fragmentary sonic autobiography, both tender and occasionally fraught.
‘A touching & utterly personal piece of drama’: ANGELA – Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh & Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
A touching and utterly personal piece of drama, Angela by Mark Ravenhill is a fitting first offering in the Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Sound Stage project in association with Naked Productions Ltd.
NEWS: Cast is announced for the Sound Stage premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s first autobiographical play Angela
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, in association with Naked Productions and BBC Radio 3, have announced the cast for Sound Stage’s first production: Angela, a brand new autobiographical play by Mark Ravenhill which airs from 26-28 March 2021.
NEWS: Sheila Hancock is made a Dame in the New Year Honours list 2021
Sheila Hancock has been made a Dame in the New Year Honours list 2021 with actors Toby Jones (OBE), Nina Wadia (OBE), Lesley Manville (CBE) and Sally Dynevor (MBE) also recognised.
‘We are transported somewhere far from Covid’: UNCLE VANYA – Harold Pinter Theatre (Screening)
Cut off in its prime in March, Ian Rickson’s Uncle Vanya returns to us from an empty theatre, filmed for cinema release.
NEWS: Tickets go on sale for cinema screenings of Ian Rickson’s production of Uncle Vanya
Tickets are now on sale for theUK, Ireland and international cinema screenings of Ian Rickson’s highly-acclaimed production of Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Uncle Vanya, starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage.
NEWS: Ian Rickson’s celebrated production of Uncle Vanya to receive cinema & broadcast release
Sonia Friedman Productions has announced that Ian Rickson’s highly-acclaimed production of Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Uncle Vanya, forced to close in March when the West End went into lockdown, has been filmed on stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre in partnership with Angelica Films.
‘Couldn’t be more timely’: PLACE PRINTS 1-4 (Online review)
Place Prints is a fascinating audio series from writer David Rudkin about places in the UK. There are certain locations where that sense of the past is much stronger than in others. These places have their own stories and voices and Rudkin tells them with a sense of lyricism from which contemporary writers might well learn.
NEWS: Death Of A Salesman, Rosmersholm, Cyrano plus & Juliet lead the Olivier Awards 2020 nominations
The nominations have been announced for this year’s Olivier Awards which take place on 5 April 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Richard Armitage and Toby Jones star in Ian Rickson’s production of Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
‘A triumphant tragicomedy’: UNCLE VANYA – West End
Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya featuring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage at the Harold Pinter Theatre is so good you can forgive the “wanging on”.
‘Far lighter than the themes of the play might suggest’: UNCLE VANYA – West End
This Uncle Vanya is more roundedly entertaining than other recent productions and while that detracts a little from the emotional undercurrents of the original, the fluidity and richness of Rickson’s production, performed by an excellent cast, ensure a satisfying Chekhovian conclusion.
‘Linguistically agile, theatrically pleasurable & emotionally dark’: GLASS. KILL. BLUEBEARD. IMP – Royal Court Theatre
Caryl Churchill’s Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. at the Royal Court is wonderfully bright and incisively perceptive.
‘Churchill’s fine writing has the cast to match’: GLASS. KILL. BLUEBEARD. IMP – Royal Court Theatre
Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp creates an essential piece of new writing – edgy, haunting and disconcertingly relevant and Caryl Churchill, at the age of 81, is still the playwright for our times.
NEWS: Ian Rickson directs Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Uncle Vanya starring Toby Jones & Richard Armitage
Sonia Friedman Productions has announced Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya directed by Ian Rickson which will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 14 January 2020 with opening night on 23 January 2020.
‘Still gripping & audacious’: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – West End
Ian Rickson’s excellent production at the Harold Pinter Theatre demonstrates, without a shadow of a doubt, why The Birthday Party deserves its classic status.
Which three plays & musicals does Mark Shenton recommend this week?
Looking for theatregoing inspiration? MyTheatreMates co-founder Mark Shenton chooses his top three plays and top three musicals to book now.
‘A masterpiece in character study’: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – West End
But this starry revival of The Birthday Party which has just opened at – where else? – the Harold Pinter Theatre – is immensely enjoyable – even if you occasionally lose the plot.
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