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Monday 19th May 2008
Theatre Review | THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN | The Young Vic
Ebullient performances from the actors, a muscular, colloquial translation by David Harrower and a shared eye for vibrant design from director Richard Jones, designer Miriam Buether and lighting designer Paule Constable make this Good Soul of Szechuan a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Claire Ingrams [more]

 

 

Monday 19th May 2008
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Monday 19th May 2008
Theatre Review | THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD | Fractured Venus @ Arcola Theatre
The ripper murders in Victorian London were so shocking in their ghastly brutality that over 100 years later the unsolved killings are still clearly etched into our moral psyche. Evie Rackham [more]

 

 

Monday 19th May 2008
Theatre Review | A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM | RSC Courtyard Theatre
Can it be three years since I wrote that the 'RSC has produced a piece of theatrical magic that transcends such considerations'? Yes, it was in 2005 that I urged you all to 'grab your granny or your seven-year-old daughter, your grumpy uncle or your morosely teenage brother… I guarantee they will see Shakespeare with new eyes…. Tinkerbell would be proud.' Well, nothing has changed. Kevin Quarmby [more]

 

 

Sunday 18th May 2008
Theatre Review | THAT FACE | Royal Court @ Duke of York's Theatre
Bullying, narcotics, alcoholism, incest, total family breakdown: how full of temptation the world is to a novice playwright. For her pyrotechnic debut piece, 21-year old Polly Stenham, hailed as the very latest of those angry young writers whose careers have been fostered at the Royal Court, has been laden with awards, and That Face does indeed show some of the best results of youthful energy and imagination – along with a few of the worst. Adam Sheldon [more]

 

 

Sunday 18th May 2008
Theatre Review | THE DEEP BLUE SEA | Vaudeville Theatre [transfer]
This 1952 play is the heart-felt story of unequal loves: not just of the woman lying unconscious in front of a gas fire, foiled in a suicide attempt, with whom it begins. Howard Loxton [more]

 

 

Sunday 18th May 2008
Obituary | BERNARD ARCHARD
Leading actor Bernard Archard was best known for his role as Lt Col Oreste Pinto in the BBC secret agent drama Spy-Catcher (1959-61). He found later fame when he played Leonard Kempinski, second husband to Annie Sugden, in the ITV soap Emmerdale. Patrick Newley [more]

 

 

Sunday 18th May 2008
Quote | O B CLARENCE on LEWIS WALLER
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Saturday 17th May 2008
Theatre Review | BORIS GODUNOV | Cheek by Jowl @ Barbican Theatre
Cheek by Jowl, under the artistic direction of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, have pulled off a surprising cultural coup. The Barbican 'bite08' season introduces two Cheek by Jowl productions. Later this month Troilus and Cressida and, this week, the Russian political epic Boris Godunov. The former in English, the latter in Russian with surtitles. Make no mistake, Pushkin's masterpiece sits easily alongside a Shakespeare classic. There is spectacle and humour, lust and passion, political intrigue, disguise and bloody murder. Kevin Quarmby [more]

 

 

Friday 16th May 2008
Theatre Review | THE FLYING MACHINE | Unicorn Theatre
Into the children's ward at St Ruth's Hospital for Damaged Eyes comes Bonyek, an anarchic spirit with no intention of obeying scary Nurse Cakebread's rules and regulations. Bonyek has daring and imagination and a map to be used for the Big Escape. Claire Ingrams [more]

 

 

Friday 16th May 2008
Theatre Review | FUNNY GIRL | Minerva Theatre Studio
Funny Girl is a show I never expected to see. The shadow of Barbra Streisand's performance in the original show and the subsequent film of the piece has been more than enough to keep producers at bay. Her formidable brand of performance is also so stapled to the hits from this show that it is hard to imagine anyone else singing 'Don't Rain on my Parade' and 'People'. Jack Hughes [more]

 

 

Thursday 15th May 2008
Theatre Review | KING LEAR | Shakespeare's Globe
Productions of Shakespeare's great tragedies seem to come round in cycles nowadays. We have just had a spate of Macbeths. Now it seems we are well into a King Lear jag while next year is already looking set to be all about Hamlet. So if you are thinking of producing a big name Shakespeare tragedy you had better make sure it has something about it to make it stand out from the crowd. Jack Hughes [more]

 

 

Thursday 15th May 2008
Theatre Review | ZAMEEN | Kali Theatre @ Arts Theatre [tour]
Zameen means Land; the land in this drama is the cotton fields of a Sikh farmer in the Punjab and Satinder Kaur Chohan's play introduces a whole range of issues about Punjabi life and agriculture, most importantly the results of the so-called 'Green Revolution' and the effect of the multi-national agrochemical companies and their genetically modified products. Howard Loxton [more]

 

 

Saturday 10th May 2008
News | Opening | ELDRIDGE'S UNDER THE BLUE SKY TO FOLLOW THAT FACE
Francesca Annis, Lisa Dillon, Chris O'Dowd, Dominic Rowan and Catherine Tate are to star in the West End premiere of David Eldridge's Under The Blue Sky which will open at the Duke of York's Theatre on 25 July, with previews from 15 July, and is currently booking until 20 September 2008. [more]

 

 

Saturday 10th May 2008
News | Opening | FORCED ENTERTAINMENT SPECTACULAR
Spectacular is an extraordinary new performance from Forced Entertainment adding to their unique and remarkable body of work and following recent acclaimed shows The World in Pictures, Exquisite Pain and Bloody Mess. [more]

 

 

Saturday 10th May 2008
News | Opening | MANCHESTER ROYAL EXCHANGE AUTUMN SEASON
Classic Chekhov, a powerful Greek tragedy, a 50th anniversary production of an iconic Manchester drama, a vintage war-time farce, a world premiere of the latest play from acclaimed Canadian playwright Brad Fraser and Studio premieres of two powerful new dramas are all part of the Royal Exchange Theatre newly-announced Autumn Winter 08/09 Season. [more]

 

 

Saturday 10th May 2008
Theatre Review | TELL ME LIES | Sudden Production @ Arts Theatre
As we sat contemplating a simple set consisting of a garden fence, a doorway shielded by a beaded curtain, a small wrought iron table and two chairs, a tall pot plant and a garden gnome, I remarked to my companion that judging from the blurb in the programme, this play could either wow us with its fascinating innovation or be total nonsense. Julienne Bannister [more]

 

 

Saturday 10th May 2008
Theatre Review | THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING | NT Lyttelton [tour]
There is a long silence following the final words spoken in Joan Didion's powerful play about grief. As the lights slowly darken on Vanessa Redgrave, there is a moment in which everyone quietly collects themselves. A few seconds more, then applause breaks out. It doesn't stop for some time. Harriet Davis [more]

 

 

Friday 9th May 2008
Quote | GERALDINE McNULTY | London Assurance
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Friday 9th May 2008
Theatre Review | RICHARD III | RSC @ The Roundhouse
Enter Richard, limping. More surprisingly, also Enter Young Boy in paper crown to bear witness to Richard's ambitions. The RSC's Histories culminates in this Richard III; a plethora of kings, would-be-kings and dead kings populating the stage together. Claire Ingrams [more]

 

 

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