Here’s a selection of the latest updates from My Theatre Mates co-founders Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock, plus other contributors. To filter by author, date or category, fiddle with the controls to the right. You can also search all of our content by keyword using the universal search in the top right of the site’s navigation bar above.

SANTA MADERA by Cie MPTA – London International Mime Festival

14th January 2018
Compagnie MPTA are a regularly returning company to the London International Mime Festival with their forward-thinking and beautifully presented contemporary circus.Read more...
from Katharine Kavanagh

‘An explosion is waiting to happen’: PUNK ROCK – Bristol ★★★★

14th January 2018
The sixth form common room in Simon Stephens pulsating Punk Rock is an incendiary point ready to spark. The seven sixth formers the play introduces us too are standing on an edge of a precipice, no longer children but still trapped in limbo where.Read more...
from Kris Hallett

NEWS: Two premieres staged in Alexander Matthews season at Tristan Bates

14th January 2018
The Tristan Bates Theatre has announced an Alexander Matthews season, running from 31 January to 24 March 2018. The theatre will present the debut of the playwright and philosopher’s two social dramas, Screaming Secrets and Glass Roots, which will have back-to-back runs.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Dietrich: Natural Duty’s Peter Groom

14th January 2018
"Natural Duty is a one (wo)man cabaret exploring the life of Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich. The show is a mix of theatre, drag and cabaret and uses songs and stories to explore a legends extraordinary commitment to duty."Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

IntoTheNumbers post-show Q&A video: How much do you know about the Nanking Massacre?

14th January 2018
What an incredibly brave, brilliant and inspiring woman Iris Chang was. What an unimaginably horrific atrocity the Nanking Massacre was. How ashamed I am to have known next to nothing about either before INTO THE NUMBERS. Read more...
from Terri Paddock

‘Its ordinariness drew me in’: LOBSTER – Theatre503

14th January 2018
There is much to enjoy in this close quarters examination of one short-lived relationship from the highs of its beginning, to the regrets and recriminations that marks its end. Read more...
from Victoria Sadler

Text of the Day: Beginning

14th January 2018
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 stage is filled with colour’: PINOCCHIO – National Theatre

13th January 2018
A stage musical of Pinocchio sounds like a brilliant idea, but all the magical stagecraft in the world cannot save a show if the book is weak. Read more...
from Simon Parris

What can you expect from a new musical about Jane Austen?

13th January 2018
A new musical about Jane Austen launches a UK tour this month. Austen The Musical is a celebration of one of the best known British authors, taking audiences on a journey to discover the woman behind some of the best-known novels in English literature.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

‘Consistently exquisite comic timing’: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – Touring ★★★★

13th January 2018
It’s all too easy, as you enter the auditorium, to be sucked into The Play That Goes Wrong before it even begins. The cast, deep in character, intermingle with the audience to such effect that a lady in the row behind us started joining.Read more...
from Matt Merritt

‘Has the potential to be something special’: LOBSTER – Theatre503 ★★★

13th January 2018
Lobster is the story of J and K, two young professional women in London. We follow them throughout as they narrate through their relationship history.Read more...
from Olivia Mitchell

PHOTOS: First-look at Abi Morgan’s Tiny Dynamite at the Old Red Lion

13th January 2018
Got your tickets yet for Abi Morgan's Tiny Dynamite? David Loumgair's stylish and intimate production, the play's first London revival in 15 years, has just opened at the Old Red Lion Theatre, where it runs until 3 February 2018 only. Look at our gorgeous.Read more...
from Press Releases

PHOTOS: Behind the scenes preparing for actor-muso Oranges & Elephants. How much do you know about Victorian girl gangs?

12th January 2018
Got your tickets yet for Oranges & Elephants, the brilliant new musical set in and premiering at London's Grade II -listed Victorian music hall gem, Hoxton Hall, this month? Catch up on casting news - and a fascinating interview with author Lil Warren -.Read more...
from Press Releases

Copyright Alex Brenner

‘Frank, brutal, enthralling’: EAST – King’s Head Theatre ❤❤❤❤

12th January 2018
Director Jessica Lazar and the cast make the most of every line and inject it with as much energy and emotion as possible to create a compelling and surprisingly humorous show that grabs the attention.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

‘Lovers of the original movie will be thrilled’: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – West End

12th January 2018
A decade after the mega-budget follow-up to The Producers flopped on Broadway, Mel Brooks is back with a scaled down Young Frankenstein, this time on London’s West End. The sets may be smaller, but the laughs are just as big.Read more...
from Simon Parris

‘You’re transported into the world of comics’: BANANAMAN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★

12th January 2018
The show opens with the bad guys; Dr Bloom played by Marc Pickering and General Blight played by Carl Mullaney, both of whom worked well together and it felt like they had walked straight out of a comic strip into the real world.Read more...
from Olivia Mitchell

‘A heartfelt & tender love story’: LOBSTER – Theatre503 ❤❤❤❤

12th January 2018
Lucy Foster’s play is a heartfelt and tender love story, examining the pressures of modern life through the eyes of two women who desperately want to cling on to each other even at the cost of their personal happiness.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

REVIEW ROUND-UP: My Mum’s a Twat at the Royal Court Theatre

12th January 2018
Anoushka Warden’s debut play My Mum's a Twat, a celebration of rebellion and resilience, is directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Jude Christian and runs at the Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs until 20 January 2018. What do critics say?Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

NEWS: Everything’s Talking About Jamie extends West End booking to 6 October, TICKETS ONSALE

12th January 2018
Everybody's Talking about Jamie has extended its West End booking at the Apollo Theatre through to October 2018.Read more...
from Press Releases

NEWS: Fame The Musical’s 30th anniversary tour launches from Manchester in July

12th January 2018
The team behind Footloose will this year launch a 30th-anniversary tour of another 1980 film phenomenon. The new production of Fame The Musical launches from Manchester Palace on 20 July 2018. Read more...
from Press Releases