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I LOVED LUCY – Arts Theatre

26th July 2017
Just transferred from the Jermyn Street theatre to the Arts Theatre, I Loved Lucy is an autobiographical play, adapted from Lee Tannen's memoirs about his relationship with cultural icon, Lucille Ball. A massive fan of the comedy star, Tannen uses obscure family ties to.Read more...
from Olivia Mitchell

THE HIRED MAN – Union Theatre

26th July 2017
The Hired Man is a love story set at the turn of the last century, amongst the rural fields, industrial towns and dangerous coal mines of northern England. In this moving musical, sensitively and imaginatively directed by Brendan Matthew, we follow the fortunes of.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I LOVED LUCY – Arts Theatre

26th July 2017
As wonderful as Matthew is, the evening really belongs to Sandra Dickinson. She really is Lucy. The voice, the mannerisms and the highly infectious laugh are all there.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Camden Fringe’s Don’t Blame The Bankers… $t00pid

26th July 2017
Don’t Blame The Bankers… $t00pid runs at Camden Fringe 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 August 2017. Here’s Break A Leg’s vlog with actor, Anne Musisi from the show talking about her role and telling you why you must come and see it!Read more...
from Helen McWilliams

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Blues Brothers’ Joshua Mumby

26th July 2017
Joshua is spending his summer at the Hippodrome Casino in the Blues Brothers Summer Special. So I caught up with him before they open to discuss The Blues Brothers, the era and who would be at his special dinner party table.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

REVIEW ROUND-UP: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre

25th July 2017
Benedict Andrews directs this new Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams’ classic Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell at the West End's Apollo Theatre until 7 October 2017. What have critics been saying? Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

INTERVIEW: Edinburgh Spotlight On… Ad Infinitum’s Odyssey

25th July 2017
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Odyssey, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 2 – 28 August 2017. I caught up with Theatre Ad Infinitum.Read more...
from Daniel Perks

TORN APART (DISSOLUTION) – Hope Theatre

25th July 2017
Tighter dialogue in the latter half and the addition of some physical theatre sequences give this update more sophistication, but a few of the original issues are still there. McNeill, who also directs, shows an inclination towards European theatre aesthetics, but he doesn’t quite.Read more...
from Laura Kressly

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Chichester

25th July 2017
Though my life has long been filled with musicals, Fiddler on the Roof has never been the one. I've only ever seen it the once (2013's touring version) and though I quite enjoyed it then, I can't say I was hankering after seeing another.Read more...
from Ian Foster

THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN – Chichester

25th July 2017
The House They Grew Up In is a difficult play to watch though, a drama focused on reclusive siblings Daniel and Peppy whose hermit-like existence in their South-East London home sees them surrounded by the accumulated detritus of everything they've ever owned.Read more...
from Ian Foster

Skin Deep: David Hare might hate our ‘infection’ of theatremakers

25th July 2017
Attila Theatre's devised piece SKIN DEEP comes to Camden Fringe next week. Christopher Montague, co-artistic director of Attila and co-director of the production, flies the flag for collaborative, European-style theatremaking, in response to playwright David Hare's charge earlier this year.Read more...
from Guest Bloggers

INTERVIEW: Edinburgh Spotlight On… Quarter Life Crisis

25th July 2017
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Quarter Life Crisis, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Yolanda Mercy.Read more...
from Daniel Perks

TWILIGHT Song – Park Theatre

25th July 2017
Completed shortly before his death in 2014, Kevin Elyot’s Twilight Song now belatedly receives its premiere courtesy of the Park Theatre. The play doesn’t emerge as one of his strongest though; the shadow of the excellent My Night With Reg lingers long over the.Read more...
from Ian Foster

THE CIRCUS DIARIES: Aceleré

25th July 2017
Stalking in with a whisper and out with a boom, Circolombia are on a Welsh stage for the first time, bringing their urban energy and Latin rhythms to Bangor’s purpose built circus centre with Aceleré.Read more...
from Katharine Kavanagh

NEWS: After The Truth, Florian Zeller’s The Lie gets English-language premiere at Menier

25th July 2017
The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces the English language world première of Florian Zeller’s The Lie in a translation by Christopher Hampton, which will run at the Chocolate Factory from 14 September to 18 November 2017, with a press night on 27 September.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: Dates confirmed for Jeremy Irons & Lesley Manville’s Long Day, TICKETS ONSALE

25th July 2017
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprise their roles in Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night for a limited ten-week West End season in the new year. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE VIA MYTHEATREMATES.Read more...
from Press Releases

CITY OF CHAMPIONS – London Theatre Workshop

25th July 2017
When working with a subject so raw as child pedophilia, in the TV industry there is a lot at stake, research and preparation is key. Which is abundantly clear in Steve Brown’s City of Champions, a story of two child superstars living with the.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

INTERVIEW: Edinburgh Spotlight On… The B*easts’ Monica Dolan

24th July 2017
Next up in our Spotlight feature is The B*easts, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Monica Dolan.Read more...
from Daniel Perks

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Touring

24th July 2017
This production and cast has recently been reviewed by one of the team, but I wanted to see for myself how fun it is. Therefore this review will simply be a revised version, however the sentiment is the same – go see!Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS – Underbelly Southbank

24th July 2017
Theatre can plumb the depths of despair. It can elevate human glory and achievement. It can stir the heart and still the soul. Or it can throw a fabulous party on a rocket ship full of bearded drag queens in sequinned thongs.Read more...
from Laura Kressly