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The Outsider review - Ben Okri adapts the Camus classic Characters move on and off the stage with the synchronised movements of a sinister musical, and the lighting is eloquent: Meursault is spotlit in intense, interrogative moments, while a beach scene is created simply but sensationally with a golden light cast across the empty stage.
Play Something, Drayton Arms Theatre - Review Play Something, Drayton Arms Theatre - Review. When within 30 seconds of the start you witness an act of fellatio you realise that Play Something is going to be blunt. By the time you have heard "fuck" said for about the 500th time, it's safe to say you're glad you didn't ask your mother along.
Review: Hear Me Howl, Old Red Lion "Drum-roll please…" Jess is pretty sure she's a grown-up. She can make a granary loaf from scratch; she's got a steady job ; hell, she's even got an ISA.
Queen Margaret review at Royal Exchange, Manchester - Jade Anouka Jade Anouka stars in Queen Margaret at Royal Exchange, Manchester, written by Jeanie O’Hare and directed by Elizabeth Freestone.
Pioneering ballet dancer Arthur Mitchell - a life in pictures Mitchell broke barriers as the first African American to dance with the New York City Ballet – beginning a long, distinguished career.
Arabian Nights review at Hoxton Hall, London - 'exceptional theatre craft' Iris Theatre's production of Arabian Nights at Hoxton Hall, London - Nessah Muthy's free adaptation of 1001 Nights is directed by Daniel Winder.
Hitting the big time: @lauratigertyrer wins the role of Velma Kelly in the #WestEnd's @ChicagoOnStage & her audition was even filmed for a new @ITV au There’s already plenty of pressure on a performer when looking out for the next West End role… but when Laura Tyrer tried out for the role of Velma Kelly in the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, it was also filmed for the brand new ITV series The Big Audition.
Touching the Void, Bristol Old Vic, review: a stirring testament to human fortitude and the power of theatre It feels wonderfully apt that the Bristol Old Vic is reopening - at the end of a £25m renovation project - with a world premiere theatrical adaptation of Joe Simpson's mountaineering memoir Touching the Void.
Listen to @LanaDelRey's haunting rendition of @AndrewLW's "You Must Love Me" from @OfficialEvita Lana Del Rey records "You Must Love Me" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita for his Unmasked: The Platinum Collection LP…
The Burning Tower review - show staged on council estate responds to Grenfell Helena Thompson’s passionate and pacy drama is a celebration and defence of social housing.
Arthur Mitchell, trailblazing US ballet dancer, dies at 84 Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African Americans in the 1950s as a dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84. Mitchell died on Wednesday at a New York City hospital according to his niece, Juli Mills-Ross.
UK inflation accelerates on transport, PC games LONDON - UK inflation unexpectedly accelerated in August, boosted by the cost of theatre shows, personal computer games, transport fares and clothing. The jump to 2.7% from 2.5% may raise questions about how quickly inflation will return to the Bank of England's target.
'Nightmarish' Donald Trump comedy coming to London theatre The Almeida's artistic director, Rupert Goold, who will direct Shipwreck, says that "Trump, his family and his immediate inner circle either on stage or talked about almost incessantly" in the play. Alongside them are fictional liberal characters who are "wrestling with what Trump is, both politically and existentially".
INTERVIEW - Jude Christian on Combining Othello & Macbeth to Focus on the Female Voices "Because Othello is written in a time where you don't have women in positions of authority, it felt disingenuous not to depict a society in which women are powerful," she said. It's an interesting concept as Jude has explored how at the end of Othello you're left with these three women who have been hugely wronged.
Chauvet appoints Chris Hale as UK product specialist Hale was previously senior product specialist for Martin Professional UK and worked with lighting products in touring, theatre, broadcast and film in 23 years with the firm and its predecessors.
Tartuffe review - RSC's buoyant satire of modern religious hypocrisy This striking new take on Molière by the writers behind Citizen Khan sends up religious phoniness and secular pretension.
The Brexit price squeeze is back as UK inflation unexpectedly jumps for a second month The Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday that consumer price inflation, the most watched measure of UK inflation, increased to 2.7% in August, up from 2.5% in the previous month. CPI had been expected by economists polled prior to the release to drop to 2.4% during the month.
NEWS: RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage will make her West End debut in Everybody's Talking About Jamie RuPaul's Drag Race and Ireland's Got Talent judge Michelle Visage will be making her West End musical debut playing the role of Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie from 18 October 2018 to 26 January 2019.
Celebrating 25 years of balletLORENT Newcastle-based dance company balletLORENT will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an exhibition, a new show and a Friends' Scheme.
'Blooming magical': FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS - Chichester Flowers For Mrs Harris, a 2016 Sheffield hit for director Daniel Evans when he was there, is the big musical flourish for Chichester Festival Theatre, where Evans is now completing his second year as artistic director.
'Enough artistry & drive to make this well worth a look': LUDUS: PLAYFUL LOVE - Touring Ludus: Playful Love, Theatre Broad's production of two contrasting plays by early 20th-century poet and playwright Clifford Bax provides an evening that is high on period charm but never really stakes its claim to contemporary relevance. Bax is little more than a marginal figure now.
FIRST-LOOK PHOTOS: Drumroll please! Alice Pitt-Carter stars in Hear Me Howl premiere Yes, indeed, get that drum rolling! HEAR ME HOWL officially premieres tonight at London's Old Red Lion Theatre. Alice Pitt-Carter stars in this one-woman play about a woman who becomes a drummer in a punk band. Check our first-look production gallery - and then get booking !
Divination and prophecy during the First World War The Important Man, a new play from Cap-a-Pie, looks at an almost unknown part of World War 1 - the large increase in the number of fortune-tellers. Both servants to army generals visited fortune-tellers to try and find out what was happening and what was going to happen next.
'All about the details': FABRIC - Soho Theatre The woman's practically asking for it…" Written by Abi Zakarian and directed by Hannah Hauer-King, Fabric looks at one woman's experience of such an ordeal. From the off, Leah recites the sorts of disparaging words that have been used to describe her.
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