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'Wonderfully observant, witty & incisive writing': Testament - Hope Theatre Lead Nicholas Shalebridge is outstanding as Max, with a commanding and compelling stage presence underscored by moving sincerity, vulnerability, and emotional range, getting some wonderful, heart-breaking, sympathetic monologues and great moments of emotional turmoil which make for stirring and thought-provoking viewing.
Summer Street, Waterloo East Theatre - review Summer Street, Waterloo East Theatre - review. The posters displayed around the always welcoming lobby of Waterloo East Theatre ask the questions "Love Kylie? Love the 90s? Love Soap?".
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing review - terrific triplets Jemima Levick revives this tale about three sisters coming of age with wit and charm.
When the programme is also the playtext As a theatre critic / interested person, I really like it when the theatre programme I'm issued with is also the text of the new play I'm seeing. Years ago, before I started reviewing, I always bought a copy of the text so that I could read it and think about if further afterwards.
'There is no denying the skill of the performers': THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY - Touring There are plenty of laughs to be had in the touring Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the King's. There are also a couple of gasp-inducing coups de theatre, all of which goes to disguise the fact that at times this is surprisingly slow going. Mischief Theatre is well known for The Play That Goes Wrong and its spin-offs.
WATCH: Hit the dancefloor with this new trailer for BoxLess Theatre's Hedgehog The new trailer for BoxLess Theatre's Hedgehog takes you onto the dance floor and inside the mind of lead character Manda, who's not, despite her best efforts, having a good time. Check out the trailer, then book your tickets! Alexander Knott's new drama runs at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre from 11 to 22 June 2019.
'An incredibly cinematic production': LES MISÉRABLES - Touring Wow, what can I say, but go and book your tickets for this show now, it is pure value for money. Cameron Mackintosh offers an incredibly cinematic production of Boublil and Schonberg's musical, Les Misérables.
'Occasionally bizarre & irrefutably theatrical': DIE! DIE! DIE! OLD PEOPLE DIE! - Battersea Arts Centre Yet for Norman and Vivian, the elderly couple in Ridiculusmus' new show about ageing, time is a languid, sluggish force. Every weighty moment is stretched to its limits, threatens to stall, and is marked by discomfort, weakness and struggle. It's not entirely tragic, however.
Deafblind charity street art asks: What would you miss? A multi-sensory mural has been unveiled on Great Eastern Street to highlight the vital work of Deafblind UK - the national charity supporting people who can neither hear nor see.
NEWS: The Wardrobe Ensemble follows Education in the West End with Pelican Daughters in Edinburgh After they make their West End debut with the transfer of 1990s-set Education Education Education, award-winning company The Wardrobe Ensemble conclude this summer with a return to the Edinburgh Fringe and their brand-new, contemporary tale The Last of the Pelican Daughters.
Icy intimacy: the artist who performs on a bed of frozen thoughts I let go of her hand, walk back to my seat and watch the light fade away. "I wanted a hold that felt secure and gentle at the same time," she explains later, "a reminder of how the simple act of holding someone's hand shows you are there.
The Girl on the Train - Duke of York's Theatre - West End transfer - Casting The Girl on the Train starring Samantha Womack is interrupting its smash hit UK tour to transfer to London's Duke of York's Theatre this summer.
'Beautifully compelling': ORPHEUS DESCENDING - Menier Chocolate Factory Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending may not be his greatest play but Tamara Harvey’s production for the Menier Chocolate Factory proves most affecting in the end.
UK theatre careers resource Get Into Theatre launched online A website which aims to remove barriers to young people to pursuing a career in theatre has been launched by The Stage, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre.
London's biggest shows line up for West End Live 2019 Yes, it’s that time of year again and we can’t wait for the free theatre festival West End Live to return to Trafalgar Square on the weekend of 22 and 23 June. Want to know which shows are performing at this year event, from old favourites to first-timers?
This Island's Mine review at King's Head, London - 'worthy revival' Worthy revival of This Island's Mine that would benefit from more imaginative direction at King's Head, Islington, London.
NEWS: The Girl on the Train starring Samantha Womack transfers to the West End in summer 2019 The Girl on the Train starring Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson will transfer to London's Duke of York's Theatre for a limited run from 23 July to 17 August 2019. Further casting for the London run to be announced.
'Nostalgic & unashamedly ridiculous comedy musical': SUMMER STREET - Waterloo East Theatre To give credit where it's due, Summer Street never pretends to be anything other than what it is: a spoof comedy musical that takes an already over-the-top TV format and takes it up another notch or three. In that sense, it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Shaw Theatre Celebrates Pride - West End Wilma Shaw Theatre announces its first ever mini season celebrating London Pride. Four events all focusing on different parts of the LGBTQIA+ community. The events include:.
New post-show Q&A: Join Terri The Comedy About A Bank Robbery during #MischiefMay As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series and this month's #MischiefMay celebrations, on Thursday 30 May 2019, a week after her The Play That Goes Wrong event, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock talks to the West End company of smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About a Bank Robbery.
The Old Red Lion Theatre - championing the way forward for Accessibility in Fringe theatres - West End Wilma The Old Red Lion Theatre, in London's Islington, might only have sixty seats but they are championing the way forward for off-west end theatre's to hold accessible performances of theatre shows. They appreciate that the theatre can feel like an intimidating place for audiences who can't always control when they move or make some noise.
Operation Mincemeat review at New Diorama, London - 'a masterclass of macabre musical comedy' In short, a masterclass of macabre musical comedy, masterfully performed. I spy a hit. When you subscribe to The Stage, you're investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts. The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880.
Open Drama UK provides a new network for all working in drama with young people A group of drama educators has come together in 2019 to form a new forum and networking group for all those who work with young people in drama.
Biffy Clyro announce 2019 UK festival warm-up show next month Will head to Scarborough's Open Air Theatre ahead of their UK festival appearance. Find out how to get tickets. Biffy Clyro have announced an Isle of Wight festival warm-up show. The Scottish trio - who are comprised of Simon Neil and twin brothers Ben and James Johnston - will play Scarborough's Open Air Theatre on 14 June 2019.
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