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THE PHILANTHROPIST – West End

24th April 2017
The cast taking their bows looked awkward, even embarrassed. At the end the polite clapping in the audience with some notable no-return gaps after the interval, gave more evidence that I was not alone in my thoughts. Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Book recommendations: Nicholas Hytner, Shakespeare on Stage, The Process

24th April 2017
These are just some of the interesting performing arts books which have winged their way to my desk in recent weeks.Read more...
from Susan Elkin

REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Philanthropist at Trafalgar Studios

24th April 2017
Simon Callow directs Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie, Tom Rosenthal in this revival of Christopher Hampton’s play. But what have critics been making of the production? Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

BUBBLE SCHMEISIS – Touring

23rd April 2017
Nick Cassenbaum grew up in London’s Jewish community and experienced all the cultural mores that go with it – Spurs games, dubious summer camps, trips to Israel and discovering his willy isn’t like the other boys’ at school.Read more...
from Laura Kressly

ORLANDO – Edinburgh

23rd April 2017
This is the story of the forever young Duke Orlando who wakes from a deep, trancelike sleep to discover that he is now a she. Neither ageing naturally nor staying the same gender for long, it’s as if Dr Who had found himself taking.Read more...
from Thom Dibdin

CAROUSEL – West End

23rd April 2017
Following on from Lonny Price’s previous successes with Sweeney Todd and of course last year’s Sunset Boulevard, his production of Carousel truly celebrates the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical – but at the sacrifice of creating fully formed characters for the.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

THE PHILANTHROPIST – Trafalgar Studios

23rd April 2017
One good reason to visit the theatre is to see stars in the flesh. And some of the biggest celebs are familiar to us from television. So what should a savvy producer do? Well, put on a popular play and stuff it with television.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

GUARDS AT THE TAJ – Bush Theatre

23rd April 2017
Inspired by the legend, for which there is no factual basis, that seventeenth century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ordered that the hands of all the craftsmen who were involved in the construction of the Taj Mahal should be cut off. Read more...
from Ian Foster

FROM DOWN UNDER: Swan Lake

23rd April 2017
The Shanghai Ballet’s highly traditional production of Swan Lake is distinguished by the exquisite use of a huge corps de ballet of angelic dancers. In the late 1990s, international choreographer Derek Deane enjoyed great success with stagings of a trio of large-scale ballets at.Read more...
from Simon Parris

Text of the Day: Guards at the Taj

23rd April 2017
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

THE HEARING TRUMPET – The Old Library

23rd April 2017
Surrealism never quite dies. It goes quiet for a while before popping up in times of absurd turmoil and stress to poke fun at and point a delicate, macabre or shocking finger at our absurd and distressed world. Read more...
from Carole Woddis

INTERVIEW: Miss Nightingale’s Matthew Bugg and Tamar Broadbent

23rd April 2017
As an original musical, not based on a book or a film, nor brought over from America to our side of the pond, Miss Nightingale is somewhat of an anomaly on the theatrical scene at present. It is a highly political piece, but not.Read more...
from Daniel Perks

HALF A SIXPENCE – West End

23rd April 2017
Rachel Kavanaugh has created a delightfully light footed production that leaves the audience beaming for joy. This wonderfully perky musical is a classic rags to riches story that shows that money really doesn’t buy happiness, wonderfully told through the story of Arthur Kipps an.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

SPRING OFFENSIVE – Clapham Omnibus

22nd April 2017
The Spring Offensive, a so-called charge after the winter snow had thawed on the front lines each year throughout World War One, a final push for the Germans to break allied lines before US reinforcements arrived and turned the tide of battle. Of course,.Read more...
from Daniel Perks

THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL – Bolton

22nd April 2017
Anne Brontë might not be the most heralded of her sisters but that is to underestimate the different way in which she expressed herself. The striking feminism of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall remains as powerful as ever and in Deborah McAndrew's adaptation, directed.Read more...
from Ian Foster

THE PHILANTHROPIST – Trafalgar Studios

22nd April 2017
I hope younger audiences realize, amid the laughs, how accurately Hampton’s text catches the curious sterile élite manner of that academic cadre. Horribly funny still is their comic indifference to a larger world: barely acknowledging the murder of the entire Cabinet (creepy to have.Read more...
from Libby Purves

FROM DOWN UNDER: Aladdin

22nd April 2017
Shining, shimmering, splendid, Aladdin transports audiences on a magic carpet ride to a whole new world of kaleidoscopic intensity. Looking pleasingly pristine and perfectly polished in Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, Aladdin offers plenty of bang for your theatregoing buck.Read more...
from Simon Parris

WONDERLAND – Touring

22nd April 2017
Frank Wildhorn, Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd have created a whole new take on this classic story bringing bang up to date with the musical Wonderland. In this version Alice is a 40-year-old single mum having the worst birthday of her life. Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

REVIEW ROUND-UP: Carousel at London Coliseum

22nd April 2017
Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins star in Lonny Price’s semi-staged production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s classic musical. But can it win over the critics? Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

FUNNY GIRL – Touring

21st April 2017
This version from Chocolate Factory Productions returns to the original – with some updates – and is now touring after an acclaimed West End run. Much of the publicity has centred on Sheridan Smith in the central role, and she surely deserves all of.Read more...
from Thom Dibdin