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Tuesday 18th December 2007
Quote | CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS on THE JOY OF PANTO
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Monday 17th December 2007
Did You Know...? | CHRISTOPHER FRY'S CENTENARY
Did you know that the late playwright Christopher Fry was born Christopher Harris in Bristol one hundred years ago tomorrow (18 December)? He was educated at Bedford Modern School in Bedford between 1918 and 1926. His appearance in the civic pageant saw him described in the local press as 'a lively and comely lad of tender years [who] performed a hornpipe'. Sarah Vernon [more]

 

Monday 17th December 2007
Quote | PEGGY ASHCROFT on INSTINCT
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Monday 17th December 2007
Thought for the Day | COURTESY CALLING
The new St Trinian's film, due out on 21 December, has engendered a plethora of publicity, including interviews with the young actresses who star alongside Rupert Everett (taking over from Alastair Sim's blissful headmistress in the originals), Colin Firth and Anna Chancellor. Sarah Vernon [more]

 

Monday 17th December 2007
Christmas Theatre Review | CINDERELLA | The Old Vic
There were very few children at the opening of this year's Old Vic panto, and for good reason. Stephen Fry's foul-mouthed, strangely stilted Cinderella is no family affair. Harriet Davis [more]

 

Sunday 16th December 2007
Christmas Theatre Review | LITTLE WOLF'S BOOK OF BADNESS | Hampstead Theatre
Anthony Clark's jolly adaptation of Ian Whybrow's book serves up good cheer, simple politics and optimism for this year's Christmas show at Hampstead, with a lively and hard-working troupe of actors who make the most of his adaptation. Joanna Bacon [more]

 

Friday 14th December 2007
Quotes | VANESSA REDGRAVE
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Friday 14th December 2007
Quotes | MARTHA PLIMPTON
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Thursday 13th December 2007
News | Awards | PERFORMING MEDICINE WINS TIMES HIGHER AWARD 2007
Only in its second year, Performing Medicine has won the Times Higher Award 2007 for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The project has shown outstanding interdisciplinary collaborative practice and achievement in the higher education sector to win the award. [more]

 

Thursday 13th December 2007
Theatre Review | ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR | Garrick Theatre
It is 35 years since this play was originally presented and, like many of Ayckbourn's successful plays, has had numerous productions. In all that time, however, I have never seen it in the theatre. Does it work? I'm not sure, is my answer. Howard Loxton [more]

 

Thursday 13th December 2007
Christmas Theatre Review | CINDERELLA | Theatre Royal Stratford East
If you ever need someone to warm up an audience then Darren Hart is your man. His Buttons does a wonderful job of welcoming the audience, having us eating out of his hand in no time at all. You certainly would not have known that, near the end of the earlier matinee, he'd lost his voice and had been carefully resting it between the shows. I was tactfully asked to make allowances but he didn't seem to be making any himself, filling the theatre with his energy. His final number of the evening was perhaps a little strained but I wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't been warned. Like Kat (now at the Hackney Empire), with whom he was paired as the Dromios in the Theatre Royal's Da Boyz), he keeps the show in motion. Howard Loxton [more]

 

Tuesday 11th December 2007
Christmas Theatre Review | NICHOLAS NICKLEBY | CFT @ Gielgud Theatre [transfer]
After five and a half hours of Nicholas Nickleby, I sucked in the cold neon London air outside the Gielgud and decided I needed a drink. Little did I know I was soon to stumble upon Dickensian London, alive and well and stagnated as ever, in The French House, Dean Street. Belinda Williams [more]

 

Monday 10th December 2007
Quote | FANNY KEMBLE'S DEBUT
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Monday 10th December 2007
News | Awards | CLARENCE DERWENT AWARDS 2007
The winners of the Clarence Derwent Awards this year were announced at the beginning of the month at the Duke of York's Theatre. [more]

 

Friday 7th December 2007
Christmas Theatre Review | JACK AND THE BEANSTALK | Barbican Theatre
No pop singers, no pop songs, no reality show contestants, no soap stars (though a couple of faces known from television), not even a speciality act this is traditional panto as it used to be. It is a piece of straightforward storytelling with audience involvement, a Principal Boy, a Dame and plenty of Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum. (You know what that rhymes with don't you. It is a rhyme the script doesn't give the Giant, but the audience get to do a great rear wiggle in the participation song, which is kept to just before the walk-down). Howard Loxton [more]

 

Friday 7th December 2007
Christmas Theatre Review | GOD IN RUINS | RSC @ Soho Theatre
God in Ruins is a messy but enjoyable romp by renowned risk-taker Anthony Neilson, best known for his contribution to 1990s shock theatre. RSC Director Michael Boyd entrusted Neilson with a selection of his best actors, challenging him to come up with a script at the last possible moment. The result is fresh, funny and utterly unfocused.. Harriet Davis [more]

 

Friday 7th December 2007
Thought for the Day | 'LIKE PATIENCE ON A MONUMENT...'
In Mark O'Rowe's Crestfall at Theatre503 until 15 December three actresses each have a 25-minute monologue, which keeps them on stage, seemingly motionless, for the rest of the play. Howard Loxton [more]

 

Friday 7th December 2007
News | Awards | M.E.N. THEATRE AWARDS | Winners
Stand-up comic Jason Manford hosted the ceremony for the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards at the Midland Hotel on 4 December. The healthy recognition of smaller spaces and companies continues. [more]

 

Thursday 6th December 2007
Theatre Review | OTHELLO | Donmar Warehouse
Shakespeare has written a fast-moving drama about the interactions of belief and honesty, sexual faithfulness and masculine pride, and the use of power in family and society. Michael Grandage has directed it so that it comes across with intelligence and clarity. There is no phoney concept, you do not have to ferret out that this story reflects the racial and military tensions in southern Indonesia under Dutch rule a century ago, for instance. Norman Tozer [more]

 

Thursday 6th December 2007
Obituary | ANTON RODGERS
Anton Rodgers was one of Britain's leading television and stage actors as well as being a noted director. On television he is best remembered for playing William Fields in Fresh Fields, Alec Callender in May to December, vet Noah Kirby in Noah's Ark and Ronald Kegworthy in Up Rising. Patrick Newley [more]

 


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