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King Lear review – poverty-stricken Shakespeare puts spotlight on homeless

Shakespeare’s Globe, London On a stripped-back stage, Nancy Meckler’s production locates Lear in a world of deprivation, broken family relationships and bubbling anger<p>‘No disco-dancing yet,” someone remarked in the interval. Given this theatre’s recent record of treating Shakespeare as a bitter …

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King Lear review at Shakespeare’s Globe, London – ‘a solid and subtle performance’

The Emma Rice era is winding down. You can feel its enriching, invigorating ichor already seeping out here, in the fairly traditional

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8 Broadway Stars Share the Books Every Artist Must Read

Patti LuPone, Judith Light, Jonathan Groff, and more recommend the best titles for aspiring and growing artists.<p>The days of beach reading are …

Tony Awards

Teater Koma stages latest play ‘Warisan’ in silence

Teater Koma’s 40th anniversary celebration features the theater troupe’s latest play <i>Warisan</i> (Legacy), running from Aug. 10 to 20 at Gedung Kesenian …

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Review: Edinburgh review: Tumble Tuck (Underbelly)

Sarah Milton's one-woman show follows a young swimmer as her life unravels around her

Review: Edinburgh review: Wild Bore (Traverse Theatre)

Ursula Martinez, Adrienne Truscott and Zoe Coombs Marr are bummed out by critics - here's our review

Review: Edinburgh review: The Bearpit (Zoo Southside)

Coupledom feels like a catastrophe in this firecracker of a new play from Nic McQuillan and Flora Marston


Review: Edinburgh review: The Divide (King's Theatre)

Alan Ayckbourn's epic new play is a six hour dystopian vision of the future


Edinburgh review: Performers (Assembly Rooms)

Click for fullscreen<p>What's the noise you keep hearing while watching Irvine Welsh's play? Laughter? Not so much. It's more likely the terrible …

Francis Bacon

Edinburgh review: Out of Love (Summerhall)

Opposites attract – and not just romantically. Elinor Cook's play is a stinging portrait of intense, mutually dependent female friendship in all its …

Has Edinburgh lost its soul?

August rolls around again and for every Edinburgh resident (including myself), that means that the world's biggest arts festival comes to stay for a …

Top 5 theatre openings: 14 - 21 August

5. <i>Crazy For You</i><p>Theatre Royal Plymouth then tours<p>After its critically acclaimed run at the Watermill Theatre, Paul Hart's production of the Gershwin …

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Edinburgh review: The Shape of the Pain (Summerhall)

What does pain actually feel like? Can you hear it? Can you see it? In her piece created with Chris Thorpe for China Plate, theatremaker Rachel …

Review: Edinburgh review: Sugar Baby (Summerhall)

Dirty Protest stages a one-man show about a Cardiff drug dealer who gets mixed up with the local gangster

Final week. #AngelsinAmerica

Skin review – brave attempt to dance gender transition

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Despite past form in translating complex emotion into dance, 201 Dance Company’s attempt to navigate gender-reassignment intricacies feels too tidy<p>There was a thrill and a buzz around 201 Dance Company when they brought their last production, Smother, to Edinburgh. In …


This nude, all-male production of ‘Hamlet’ is giving Shakespeare an unexpected body-positive twist

From audiences walking up on stage to charge their cell phones on the set of the Public Theater’s current Oscar Isaac-fronted production of <i>Hamlet</i> to …

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A Look Inside NoMad’s New Oscar Wilde-Themed Bar, NYC’s Longest Continuous Bar

Stepping inside Oscar Wilde, NoMad’s newest bar and restaurant, is akin to walking through a portal. Whereas subdued shades of grey and brown …

Oscar Wilde

Quality will out at Edinburgh – both for shows and theatre critics

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is once again upon us, and with it some 3,398 productions from which to choose. No single publication, whatever its …


Comment on ‘Drama should be compulsory in education, like sport’ – leading figures discuss Acting Up inquiry by Tim Sanderson

I hated maths and I hated metalwork. Both were compulsory and involved double periods. I’d suggest that drama should be available and offered to all …


Comment on Drama school audition fees are ‘unfair’ and a barrier to working-class actors – Labour report by Tim Sanderson

Thanks Alan . I wonder why the £100 fee is there – perhaps partly to ensure serious commitment and to avoid auditions being swamped. I do agree it’s …


The Stage Debut Awards 2017: Dreamgirls, Harry Potter and Half a Sixpence stars on West End shortlist

John Boyega and Amber Riley are among actors shortlisted for The Stage’s new Joe Allen Best West End Debut award. A total

Harry Potter

Stage adaptation of The Exorcist to run in the West End

John Pielmeier’s stage adaptation of The Exorcist will transfer to London’s Phoenix Theatre later this year. The play, based on the horror


BSA's programmes shed light on Tagore and Bangabandhu

Marking the 76th death anniversary of Tagore, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has arranged a discussion and musical programme at its National …

The Arts

New festival film tells Free Theatre Christchurch's story

A new documentary tells the turbulent, colourful and innovative 37-year history of one of Christchurch's most provocative theatre companies.

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Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead review – uproariously funny Q&A spoof

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Morpurgo’s ludicrous satire on the post-show chat is so full of invention you could watch it twice and not stop laughing<p>Joseph Morpurgo made a name for himself with a pair of high-concept multimedia comedy shows, the second of which, Soothing Sounds for Baby (2015), …

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Guild project documents Omaha’s theater history

Dishy tidbits about Omaha’s theater history flow from a local actor’s new endeavor:<p>» Did you know that the founder of an experimental theater in the …