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Wednesday 5th December 2007
Theatre Review | MY REAL WAR 1914 - ? | Two's Company @ Tristan Bates Theatre [end of tour]
The Thiepval Memorial in Northern France bears the names of 73,357 men of the British armies who died between 1915 and 1918 at the Somme and who have no known graves. On Pier 13, Face A, one name stands out: that of Le MESURIER H., actually 2nd Lieutenant Havilland Le Mesurier, known to his family as 'Lem' and to his fellow officers as 'Tiny'. Kevin Quarmby [more]

 

Wednesday 5th December 2007
Christmas Theatre Review | THE MAGIC FLUTE / A CHRISTMAS CAROL | Young Vic Theatre
At the Young Vic this festive season you will find the two family favourites, A Christmas Carol and The Magic Flute. And yet another hackneyed revival of the classics this isn't. Dickens and Mozart have travelled 6,012 miles to Cape Town, shaking off any staleness on the journey, and now they appear to us as Ikrismas Kherol and Impempe Yomlingo with a spectacularly multi-talented cast from the infamously poor township of Khayelitsha. Belinda Williams [more]

 

Wednesday 5th December 2007
Quote | KNIGHT VIEWS
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Tuesday 4th December 2007
Christmas Theatre Review | THE BFG | Polka Theatre
"Is you believing yer gogglers?" There's a giant on the loose at the Polka Theatre, a dream-blowing giant, striding across the stage and into the festive season. It's Roald Dahl's Big Friendly Giant, a story which, in the experienced hands of adaptor David Wood and director Roman Stefanski, is as delumptious as it should be; a sure-fire whizzpopper of a Christmas show for lucky 5-10 year olds. Claire Ingrams [more]

 

Monday 3rd December 2007
Quote | PEGGY ASHCROFT
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Monday 3rd December 2007
Book Review | STATE OF THE NATION by Michael Billington | pub. Faber & Faber
Anyone interested in, involved with, or concerned about British Theatre should read this book. Tracing the development of British drama since the end of the Second World War, its raison d'Ítre is, above all, to chart the relationship of that development to the fluctuations of British society and politics, arguing, in the process, that the theatre has attempted to spell out (often far more perceptively than either politicians or the Third Estate) the true 'state of the nation'. Warren Hearnden [more]

 

Monday 3rd December 2007
Quote | MEGAN MULLALY on ACTING CLASSES
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Monday 3rd December 2007
Theatre Review | WOMEN OF TROY | NT Lyttelton Theatre
Director Katie Mitchell's Women of Troy is a hard evening's worth of theatre, a precise, cerebral exploration of the pain that war brings. It is Greek tragedy without lyricism, grandeur, or any hope of catharsis, as it sweeps interval-less towards a curtain call ringing with explosions. Claire Ingrams [more]

 

Sunday 2nd December 2007
Feature | INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL | Croydon Warehouse
Twelve plays in two days! This year I was only able to attend three of the four sessions when a mixture of work was presented ranging from ten-minute plays from the theatre's own Writers Workshop to shortened versions of the IPF prize-winners' plays and 'snap-shot' extracts from other of the 600 entries sent in this year which the judges considered of particular interest. Howard Loxton [more]

 

Sunday 2nd December 2007
Feature | LOVE OF LANGUAGE 'DISCONNECTED'? | Actors Speaking
Over the past few years I've needed to give a lot of thought to actors' speech in the theatre, especially to the heightened speech of our classics. 'Why can't I hear?' 'Why don't they speak properly?' are common recurring complaints. Norman Tozer [more]

 

Sunday 2nd December 2007
Theatre Review | CRESTFALL | CPR @ Theatre503
First seen at the Gate in Dublin in 2003, this play now gets its London premiere and begins dramatically with a flash of lightning that reveals a silvered wall on all sides of the stage. It then abandons most of the advantages that theatre gives to draw in an audience and involve them in the writer's ideas and story. Howard Loxton [more]

 

Saturday 1st December 2007
Theatre Review | KING LEAR | RSC @ New London Theatre
King Lear opens with a big organ. We know from the Old Vic panto that Ian McKellen has a massive sense of humour, but this of course is not a panto, and the deafening sound of the organ at the top of the production accompanies a dumb show of the pantomime of pomp and procession which is Church and State. It is a brilliant start. Joanna Bacon [more]

 

Saturday 1st December 2007
Quote | 21st CENTURY MATCHAM
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Friday 30th November 2007
Quote | SAVE WEST END THEATRES!
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Friday 30th November 2007
Theatre Review | THE SEAGULL | RSC @ New London Theatre [transfer]
If I translate Chekhov's The Seagull, I will call it Gull. Joanna Bacon [more]

 

Friday 30th November 2007
Exhibition Review | THE LINBURY BIENNIAL PRIZE 2007 | NT Lyttelton Theatre
Whilst you can see the cream of British scenography at the Collaborators exhibition at the V&A, young stage design talent is also on show at the National Theatre where the selected finalists for the biennial Linbury Prize are being displayed. Howard Loxton [more]

 


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