Murder in the Cathedral

“Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” These words, attributed to Henry II, may not be heard in the T. S. Eliot play, but they are ultimately what lead to the Murder in the Cathedral. On 29 December 1170, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was killed by four knights who believed they were acting […]

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Tuesday Newsday: 22 October 2019

Headlines Voting has opened for the 2019 BroadwayWorld UK Awards! Vote for anything from Most Accessible Theatre and Theatrical Event of the Year to Best Musical Direction of a New Production of a Play or Musical and Best Regional or Touring Production. Come From Away last week celebrated its 300th performance (& 300,000th visitor) by […]

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The House of Yes

“I didn’t mean to maim you. I only meant to kill you.” Matthew Parker’s final production as Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre is a revival of the intriguing Wendy MacLeod play, The House of Yes. Made famous by the 1997 film of the same name (starring Parker Posey), it follows the events of one fateful […]

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143: Volume 2 (2019)

Tiny Theatre Company announced the arrival of 143 (one writer, four actors, three plays) back in May last year, a night of new writing that led to a full production of one piece a few months later: Cold Chips. Alexandra Brailsford and Olivia May Roebuck are now back with 143: Volume 2, this time featuring three short […]

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Red Palace

The latest in an increasingly long line of theatrical dining experiences is Shotgun Carousel’s Red Palace. Just opened at The Vaults, it sees Scripts For Supper AD and MasterChef runner up Annie McKenzie providing a lavish four-course feast as a precursor to Cressida Peever’s twisted fairytale. The plot itself draws on classic fairy stories from the […]

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The Elixir of Love

When you hear the name Donizetti, you think of Italy. And when you hear of his opera entitled L’Elisir d’Amore, all sorts of romantic notions are conjured up. Barry Island, on the other hand, seems far less glamorous than you’d expect; the home of Stacey Shipman (née West), this Welsh seaside resort is the setting for […]

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Call Me Fury

Arthur Miller’s account of the Salem witch trials in The Crucible isn’t exactly known for its historical accuracy – so much so that he tried to pre-empt any criticism of that nature by writing a lengthy introduction to the play (referenced in The Yard’s production of the play earlier this year). But enough’s enough. In a […]

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The Shakespeare Project’s Macbeth: “What choices does he make to cross that line?”

A couple of weeks ago, The Shakespeare Project confirmed full casting for their forthcoming production of Macbeth, which is due to run at Salomons Estate in Tunbridge Wells throughout November. Leading the cast are artistic director Peter Basham (Macbeth), Louise Jameson (Queen Duncan) and Aaron Sidwell (Macduff). With the venue set and rehearsals on the […]

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