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Clay Paky illuminates Milan's Piccolo Teatro

Italy – the Piccolo Teatro in Milan was Italy's first permanent theatre and was declared a theatre of major European importance by Ministerial Decree …

Piccolo

TALLEY'S FOLLY Begins 4/3 at Aurora Theatre Company

Aurora Theatre Company continues its 23rd season with TALLEY'S FOLLY. In a season dedicated to his memory, the company pays homage to one of the most …

Theater

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No false moves: 21 years of Vincent Dance Theatre

For 21 years Charlotte Vincent’s company Vincent Dance Theatre has presented, in the words of Luke Jennings, ‘a series of explorations of the human condition and of the nature of performance itself’. As they head out on a UK tour, revisit their striking films, installations and stagings

Dance

“Spent my morning screeching at Sam ... It was fun.”

Five-star RSC atomic bomb drama Oppenheimer splits for London

The play, written by Tom Morton-Smith, follows the father of the atomic bomb and the fallout his creation had in his own life

Oppenheimer, the play that charts the life of the man who helped create the atomic bomb, is to open in London following a successful run in Stratford with the Royal …

London

Juliet Stevenson: how I learned to love Beckett

Playing Winnie in Happy Days caused a lot of physical pain but it was worth it to deliver the exquisite rhythms of Beckett’s text

• Up to our necks in Beckett: Natalie Abrahami on making Mayday

There’s a reverence towards Samuel Beckett which can sometimes be restrictive in the exploration of his …

Samuel Beckett

Lippy (Young Vic) - 'devilishly smart'

On July 12 2000, a landlord found four bodies on his property in Leixlip, Ireland; three in the sitting room, one in the kitchen. The corpses were in …

Heap

Multitudes review – a vigorous debate about British Islam

Tricycle, London The debut play from actor John Hollingworth uses a divided Bradford family and a Tory party conference to confront the problems facing Muslims in Britain

John Hollingworth is a brave man. An actor by trade, he has chosen for his first full-length play to write about …

Islam

The economics of Arthur Miller: salesmen, dockers and gilded preachers

From All My Sons to The Crucible and beyond, the great playwright captured America’s financial, as well as existential, desperation

Arthur Miller called The American Clock, which premiered in 1980, a vaudeville. But it was really his view of the crash of 1929 and the Great Depression: even more than …

Economics

Royal Court theatre to present verbatim play about NHS

Who Cares by Michael Wynne is based on interviews with a wide range of people and will be staged to coincide with the election

Rail privatisation, newspaper ethics and the financial crash have all been the topic of important verbatim theatre projects. Now a subject even more dizzyingly complex is to …

Theater

August Wilson, the American Shakespeare

The playwright who wrote about the frustration and the glory of being black in America is the subject of a new documentary."August Wilson: The Ground …

Shakespeare

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Phones

Answer the Call

The best advice for special effects is to call an expert –here’s how you can become that expertThe question usually comes right after I’ve set up for …

A stage of their own: why female playwrights are still marginalised

At the National Theatre and beyond, female playwrights’ work is still frequently hived off in smaller spaces and slapped with the ‘radical’ tag. Are our leading theatrical institutions built on suspect foundations?

Back in June 2003, during a Platform discussion at the National Theatre about new …

National Theatre

Off-Season Busy Season

Staying busy with the tech crew of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during their “off” season As the applause faded and the cast melted offstage on …

Closer review – Marber’s 90s passion play still stirs

Donmar Warehouse, London Patrick Marber’s finely wrought 1997 play about the brutal business of falling in and out of love holds good in David Leveaux’s smooth if safe revival

Closer could hardly have been more fashionable in 1997. Patrick Marber’s tale of two men and two women, brought together by …

Reviews

Antigone: freedom fighter or terrorist?

A production of Antigone starring Juliette Binoche, from a translation by Anne Carson, opens this week. Natalie Haynes on a protagonist who is either brave or disobedient

It is a vintage time for those of us who like our theatre with multiple murders, suicides and the occasional enucleation. Greek …

Juliette Binoche

Hamlet review – breathtaking

Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold Artistic director Terry Hands’s farewell is an extravagant, bravura production

Last March, invited to take arms against the Shakespeare scholar Michael Dobson in these pages, I found myself holding the short straw. To the question “Is Hamlet staged too often?” I was to …

Shakespeare

Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby review – a technical masterclass in Beckett

State Theatre of Western Australia, Perth festival Lisa Dwan’s perfomance in this Samuel Beckett triptych impresses even as the plays themselves communicate their drama from a cold distance

Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby are three short, later plays of Samuel Beckett, written years apart, but all at …

Samuel Beckett

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World premiere for Harold Pinter play – 33 years after it was written

Playwright’s discarded script for a film based on Joseph Conrad’s novel Victory has been adapted for Radio 4 by Richard Eyre with roles for Vanessa Kirby, Mark Strong and Simon Russell Beale

A rediscovered play by the late Harold Pinter is to receive its world premiere next week, 33 years after it …

Harold Pinter

The week in arts: Adelaide festival, doggy movies, Kite String Tangle

Adelaide festival’s digital art gallery lights up, Kite String Tangle gets immersive and the truth is revealed in Perth in Ubu and the Truth Commission

The real truth

Artist William Kentridge teams up with Handstring Puppet Company for this powerful production at the Perth festival that looks into …

Festivals

Shakespeare first folio returns to London - video report

A very rare Shakespeare first folio discovered in a French library last year is making its way back to the UK. The book, which contains 36 plays including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest, is one of the most valuable in English literature. It was discovered by accident in a library in the …

Shakespeare

Azimut review - Moroccan acrobatics speak darker truths

Adelaide Festival theatre, Adelaide festival Aurélien Bory and the artists of Le Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger dance with illusion and politics in this intense showcase of circus skill

Azimut builds its power largely on the creation of illusions. Acrobats in brightly coloured shirts are lit against …

Acrobatics

Modern Interpretations of Greek Chorus

This week’s new theatre

Antigone | Uncle Vanya | Stevie | Solace Of The Road | King Lear | Blood Wedding

Antigone, London

Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove has already made a name for himself here with an award-winning production of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge, which recently transferred from London’s Young …

Theater

How Larry David's Fish in the Dark is already a Broadway smash

With Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm still commanding an army of fans, it is no surprise that ticket sales for David’s Broadway debut are breaking records

It is Larry David’s world, and we are just living in it.

Seriously, with Seinfeld considered the best TV comedy series of all time and Curb Your …

Larry David

Princess Grace Awards Playwriting Fellowship

Playwriting Guidelines

We encourage emerging playwrights to apply at the beginning of their careers so that through the New Dramatists Fellowship, …

Fellowships