Moonchild Theatre‘s debut venture, a play written and directed by co-founder Callum O’Brien, recently had its first run at Barons Court Theatre in southwest London ahead of summer performances at the King’s Head and Cockpit theatres. One of their key interests is creating pieces that millennials can engage with, and make their audiences think about important […]

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Merely Theatre: Twelfth Night

Partway through their second national tour, Merely Theatre are currently performing Twelfth Night in rep with Romeo & Juliet using their genderblind company. The cast for this particular performance had a fairly even split, with Tamara Astor and Sarah Peachey opposite Robert Myles, Simon Grujich and David Gerits. This is probably my favourite Shakespeare play, so I’m always […]

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Merely Theatre: Romeo & Juliet

Partway through their second national tour, Merely Theatre are currently performing Romeo & Juliet in rep with Twelfth Night using their genderblind company. The cast for this particular performance ended up mostly female, with Luke Barton alongside Tamara Astor, Hannah Ellis, Emmy Rose and Ffion Jones. Clearly with a company of this size the text has […]

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Summer of Love: preview

Last year’s Wonder Season was something of a revelation for me. After years of meaning to go to the Globe I finally broke that duck – eventually visiting 26 times. This was down to both Emma Rice’s delightful vision, as well as some inspired casting in my two favourite productions (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and […]

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The Plague

Startlingly relevant even now, The Plague is Neil Bartlett’s stage adaptation of the Camus classic La Peste – a novel published in 1947, trying to make sense of the plague of fascism that nearly overwhelmed the globe. It is a story of human struggle, personal sacrifice, and the battle to stay hopeful in adversity. It […]

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Award-winning stage and screen writer David Henry Hwang’s play Chinglish is in the middle of a run at north London’s Park Theatre, under the direction of Andrew Keates. It is an exciting new addition to the Off West End programme, as it is a truly modern and bilingual affair. Chinglish explores the clash of languages […]

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Olivier Awards 2017

On Sunday I took on the biggest assignment of my theatre writing career yet, as I headed to the Royal Albert Hall for the most anticipated date in the London theatre calendar: the Olivier Awards. Thanks to BroadwayWorld UK I was given access to the red carpet and press room, to gauge guests’ feelings about […]

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