The Wicker Husband is a show that has my heart entirely. A future life is surely going to happen but catch it now at the Watermill Theatre while you can.
PHOTOS: Don’t miss ‘beautiful & bewitching’ new musical The Wicker Husband
Two years after its premature pandemic closure, “beautiful and bewitching” new British musical The Wicker Husband has returned to the Watermill Theatre. Just one week left to see it – with two-for-one #LoveYourLocalTheatre tickets – until 26 March 2022.
‘Even great clowns & great stars need a bit of loving friendship’: SPIKE – Watermill Theatre, Newbury ★★★★
Spike Milligan, our hero, was a force of disruptive fun, joy and disrespect compared to whom our calculatedly Insta-friendly “edgy” moderns are toddlers.
‘Ensemble comedy in the British up-against-the-odds tradition’: GOING THE DISTANCE (Online review)
This latest star-studded digital offering from Henry Filloux-Bennett and the Lawrence Batley Theatre is a pleasing comedy about the tribulations of putting on a post-pandemic production.
As summer hopefully arrives, Mark Shenton picks out his Top 10 outdoor theatres
This is the time of year when we typically defy Britain’s unpredictable weather and decide that since its summer, we will sit in the outdoors to watch theatre, come rain or come shine (and it’s often the former).
Mark Shenton picks out his favourite regional theatres for the latest ShenTens podcast
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NEWS: Nimax Theatres, the Criterion Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre & more receive awards in the Culture Recovery Fund second round
Nimax Theatres, the Criterion Theatre, Young Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre are among the 2,700 organisations being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans as part of the CultureRecovery Fund’s second tranche of funding.
NEWS: More venues in the east & south east of England fall under Tier 3 rules, while Bristol goes down a tier
Following the news that London – plus parts of Essex and Hertfordshire – would move into Tier 3 from 16 December 2020, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that the same measures will also apply to a much wider area of the east and south east of England from 19 December.
‘Atmospheric & gripping & done with panache’: LONE FLYER – Watermill Theatre, Newbury ★★★★
Those who know Amy Johnson’s history well will be happy with Lone Flyer as a grippingly impressionistic portrait of a remarkable woman.
NEWS: The Watermill Theatre Newbury will reopen with two outdoor shows in summer 2020
Artistic director Paul Hart and the team at Newbury’s The Watermill Theatre have announced a summer season of work outdoors.
Why is theatre so London-centric… even online? 11 must-watch streams from beyond the M25
‘Theatre is everywhere. It is regional. It is rural. It is poor. Now it is in your front room, it can be from anywhere.’
NEWS: Jon Culshaw will play Bill Bryson in stage version of Notes From A Small Island
Jon Culshaw will star as Bill Bryson in a brand-new stage production of Bryson’s award-winning memoir Notes From A Small Island adapted by BAFTA and Olivier Award winning playwright Tim Whitnall.
Ought To Be Clowns’ 10 favourite shows of 2019
Ought To Be Clowns barely saw 250 shows this year, quiet by his standards. And as is the way of these things, here’s a rundown of some of the productions that moved me most…
20 shows to look forward to in 2020
Looking ahead to some of 2020’s exciting shows, most with an emphasis away from the West End and instead focusing at the London Fringe and across the UK.
‘Tremendous, marvellouslly staged ensemble’: ASSASSINS – Watermill Theatre, Newbury ★★★★
Bill Buckhurst’s production of Assassins has all the necessary vigour and the human seriousness too: plus it helps having a stunningly gifted set of actor-musicians roaming the stage.
NEWS: Amélie The Musical heads to London’s The Other Palace for Christmas season
Amélie The Musical will transfer to London’s The Other Palace from 29 November 2019 to 1 February 2020 (press night is 3 December), following its current UK tour and its season premiere at the Watermill in Newbury in April.
‘There’s something so true to heart about its messaging’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring
A sensational adaptation of the film, Amélie the Musical completely captures my heart – see it now at the Watermill Theatre and then touring across the UK.
Twenty shows to look forward to in 2019
So many of the recommendations for shows to see next year focus on the West End. And for sure, I’m excited to catch big ticket numbers like All About Eve, Come From Away and Waitress, but I wanted to cast my eye a little further afield.
FEATURED SHOW: Murder for Two at The Other Palace, ★★★★★ reviews are in!
Madcap musical whodunit Murder For Two has returned for a second run at The Other Palace this Christmas – and critics continue to be won over by the silliness of the two-hander parody and its “scarily talented” stars Jeremy Legat and Ed MacArthur. We’ve rounded up review highlights below. Time to get booking!
‘An unmissable piece of comic theatre’: MURDER FOR TWO – The Other Palace ★★★★★
Murder For Two is an unmissable murder mystery musical, showcasing the perennial popularity of detective fiction alongside some brilliant piano duets – Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat are an exceptional double act.