Favourite shows 2019

Whilst I didn’t see as many shows as last year, I don’t think I had quite such a good run of shows in 2018 as I have this year – so making this list was no mean feat. As usual, there were some which were ineligible for the list as I’d seen them last year; […]

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Arthur Miller 2019: a summary

Before this, I’ve taken on Shakespeare, puppetry and Emma Rice; thanks to an early pattern in theatre scheduling, I decided this year had to focus on Arthur Miller. I started off really enthusiastically – it definitely helped that I was rather spoilt for choice in terms of productions of Arthur Miller’s plays in the first […]

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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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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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Uncle Vanya

Theatre company Tales Retold returns to The Hope Theatre, this time for a limited run of their new reworked version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. One of their aims is to “explore classic tales in innovative ways” – and they certainly do that with this production, as it chops what is usually a 2.5-hour play (with an […]

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#MindTheMusicals 2019: round-up

What a week that was! For some people, musicals are simply jazz hands and tap shoes – whilst I do love both of those things (mostly the latter, let’s be honest), we’ve come a long way since the early days of this particular medium. All genres of music are embraced in the making of a […]

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Day 2: Thrill Me

“Murder is the only crime worthy of our talents.” These fateful words sum up Richard Loeb’s twisted self-confidence, and help to persuade the devoted Nathan Leopold to assist him in his increasingly dangerous thrill-seeking exploits – though with the incentive of getting some thrills of his own… The pair have been inseparable for most of […]

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The Ruffian on the Stair

For a career that spanned just three years before his brutal murder at the hands of lover Kenneth Halliwell, Joe Orton had a profound effect on the theatrical landscape. Rather aptly, and tragically, The Erpingham Camp and The Ruffian on the Stair formed a double bill at the Royal Court in the year of his death (1967) […]

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