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Thursday 18th September 2008



Thursday 18th September 2008
Theatre Review | IVANOV | Donmar Warehouse @ Wyndham's Theatre
Since the epic poetry of Homer, the harsh screech of an owl has symbolically heralded death and impending doom. The owl returns in the Donmar West End’s fascinating production of Chekhov’s Ivanov, its piercing note foretelling the mournful truth of the play’s dark, uncompromising message. Dark? Uncompromising? In the deft hands of its adaptor, Tom Stoppard, and under the direction of Michael Grandage, Ivanov retains its depressing nihilism whilst embracing the possibility of redemption and good humour in the face of adversity. The result, a play which is slow to start but which accelerates to a crescendo both shocking and enormously entertaining. Kevin Quarmby [more]



Wednesday 17th September 2008
Interview | TOM BURKE | Creditors | Donmar Warehouse
The ruggedly handsome Tom Burke takes time off from intensive rehearsals to discuss the latest venture at the Donmar Warehouse. Playing Adolph in August Strindberg’s less-well-known 1888 play Creditors (in Swedish, Fordringsägare), Burke quietly discusses this new version written by David Greig and directed by Alan Rickman. Kevin Quarmby [more]



Wednesday 17th September 2008
Theatre Review | EDWARD II | Eyestrings @ St Andrew's Crypt, Holborn
There is certainly a plethora of Edward IIs to hand these days. Asking an American academic to accompany me to last night's offering by the self-professed 'collective of young theatre practitioners', I received the pained response, "I can't, I've seen three Edwards this year already!" What a lame excuse, I say. This is only my second. Kevin Quarmby [more]



Thursday 11th September 2008
Obituary | PETER SNOW
Leading theatre designer and painter Peter Snow designed the sets and costumes for the original production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955.Patrick Newley [more]



Thursday 11th September 2008
Theatre Review | HELIUM | Barbican Pit
Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, the experimental performance company Slung Low creates a fascinating experiential world in the Barbican Pit. Combining all that is great about the British (and European) passion for avant garde artistic expression, Slung Low's Helium engages with its audience on an intimate, one-on-one basis. Kevin Quarmby [more]



Thursday 11th September 2008
Theatre Review | FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL | Manchester Palace [tour]
The back catalogue of 1980s pop culture movie favourites has been thoroughly irrigated by canny producers, keen for a screen-to-stage transfer, sure to pack in the office parties, hen nights, and coachloads. Whilst there is a certain predictability about Flashdance The Musical making this transition, its pedigree is a little stronger than most. Matthew Nichols [more]



Thursday 11th September 2008
Anarchic playwright, director and performer Ken Campbell made his name at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool in 1980 with his creation, The Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool, and his own one -man Ken Campbell Roadshow. Patrick Newley [more]



Saturday 6th September 2008
Theatre Review | TWELFTH NIGHT | Tricycle Theatre
"If music be the food of love, play on" - Filter's adaptation of Twelfth Night could not adhere more ardently to the first line of this play. This whole flippant retelling sits somewhere between an improvised scratch and an indie band jamming together in their garage, and yet it seems to capture the confusion of love, melancholy and mistaken identities of Illyria much more potently than many classical stagings. Vid Simoniti [more]



Saturday 6th September 2008
Theatre Review | WORK IN PROGRESS BY A LIFE IN PROGRESS | Leicester Square Theatre
Whether this is an indictment of audiences' insatiable appetite for no-holds-barred bitching and thirst for intimate knowledge of celebrity lives, is a matter of opinion. Not normally being a member of the bandwagon society, I nevertheless have to join the consensus and give it the thumbs up. Julienne Bannister [more]



Tuesday 2nd September 2008
Quote | KEN CAMPBELL [1941 - 2008]



Monday 1st September 2008
Theatre Review | THE COLLECTOR | Arcola Theatre
While the fascination with psychopaths and the reasons behind their actions is not a new phenomenon, it seems to be particularly thriving today. The Collector at the Arcola luckily does not go down the shock factor route but is instead a rather neat if not particularly riveting staging of John Fowles’ 1963 novel. Vid Simoniti [more]



Monday 1st September 2008
Interview | KEVIN R McNALLY | Ivanov | Donmar Warehouse @ Wyndham's Theatre
Kevin R McNally shares a conspiratorial secret. Asked why our parents chose, in the mid-fifties, to call their young sons ‘Kevin’, McNally offers his own explanation: “Mine wanted to choose a name that couldn’t be abbreviated.” We gaze at each other in resignedly bemused disbelief. Kevin Quarmby [more]



Sunday 31st August 2008
Theatre Review | THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY | Rose Theatre, Kingston [tour]
This adaptation of Henry James' 1881 novel – a book that James himself doubted could ever be made into a stage play – is a bold attempt from Nicola Frei. Claire Ingrams [more]



Saturday 30th August 2008
Theatre Review | FRAGMENTS | Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord @ Young Vic Theatre
Never one to shy away from a challenge, the Young Vic present Samuel Beckett’s culmination of five short plays, the strange but rather wonderful Fragments. Harriet Davis [more]



Thursday 28th August 2008
News | Exhibition | THE GOLDEN GENERATION | British Library
The Golden Generation draws on the British Library's unparalleled collection of theatrical manuscripts, letters, photographs, and unique oral history recordings to explore the vibrancy of British theatre in the years following the end of the Second World War. This small exhibition marks the culmination of the Theatre Archive Project (2003 – 2008), a British Library and University of Sheffield collaboration, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. [more]



Wednesday 27th August 2008
News | Awards | Edinburgh 08 | STAGE AWARDS FOR ACTING EXCELLENCE | Winners
And finally, the winners of The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence, which were announced at a special ceremony at Cafe Hub in Edinburgh on Sunday 24 August. [more]



Wednesday 27th August 2008
Interview | ELLA HICKSON | Eight & The Carol Tambor Award
Fresh out of University with a degree in English Literature and History of Art, an unpublished novel, a stack of poetry and one play (and two short monologues) under her belt, 23-year-old Ella Hickson is fast becoming the new talent to be reckoned with on the young writers scene. Joanna Bedford [more]



Monday 25th August 2008
Deep Cut from the Wales-based company Sherman Cymru has won the 2008 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, given by The Big Issue in Scotland. [more]



Sunday 24th August 2008
News | Awards | Edinburgh 08 | HERALD ANGELS | Week 3
And the winners in the third week of the Herald Angel Awards are: [more]



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