Free-to-view YouTube Channel The Shows Must Go On continues its theatre lockdown weekly schedule with another ‘live’ television broadcast of a Broadway musical, Peter Pan Live!
In addition to lists of top productions, Mates contributor Ian Foster reviews his reviews from the past year to award his personal prizes for the best performances for Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in both plays and musicals…
I recently wrote about super-hot French playwright Florian Zeller’s London hat trick – with The Father, The Mother and, still running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Truth. As I sat down to catch up on my Theatre Diary of other plays I’ve seen recently, however, I realised London’s theatre landscape is going Gallic for far more than Zeller. In the West End alone at the moment, you can catch three heavyweight French offerings, even if you don’t realise it. All three have been given modern English-language makeovers and relocations.
This week the London theatre bloggers – including syndicate Mates Johnny Fox and Laura Kressly – discuss Jamie Lloyd’s West End revival of The Maids, Welcome Home, Captain Fox at the Donmar Warehouse and new play Correspondence at the fringe Old Red Lion Theatre.
The Jamie Lloyd Company’s first production of 2016 is a disturbing tale of two maids who fantasise about killing their mistress – but is it chilling enough for critics?
Looking ahead to this year’s highlights, from Broadway imports and Pulitzer prize winners to Kenneth Branagh and Matthew Warchus’s ongoing seasons.
The Jamie Lloyd Company’s first production of 2016 will be the full-throttle UK premiere of a contemporary adaptation of Jean Genet’s powerful psycho-drama, The Maids, with an all-star cast – Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat, Not Safe for Work) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey)