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By M A Haridy | Theatre TODAY Worldwide

People Show: theatre misfits celebrate 50 years of creative anarchy

Half a century after their first gig in a bookshop’s basement, the innovative group are staging their 132nd show which promises to be as unpredictable as ever<p>It’s almost impossible to define People Show, who celebrate their 50th anniversary this week at Toynbee Studios in London with three days of …

The Arts

Choose the best stage shows of 2016

’Tis the season to compile lists of your favourite productions of the year – let us know which ones left you spellbound<p>As the end of the year beckons, we’re remembering the theatre, comedy and dance shows that stood out in 2016 – and we’d love to hear your favourites. Please fill out the form below …

Edinburgh

What's next for the Australian Ballet: 'We have to create the classics for future'

As the company stages the ‘timeless’ crowdpleaser Coppélia, its most faithful audiences remain hungry for new works<p>Can a ballet production from 1978 still be relevant today?<p>The Australian Ballet believes so: its final production for 2016, which opened on Friday, is a restaging of the company …

Australia

Greg Allen pulls ‘Too Much Light’ from Chicago’s Neo-Futurists

Greg Allen, the founder of the Neo-Futurists, dropped a bombshell Wednesday afternoon, announcing in an emailed press release that he intends to …

Shortlist for the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards announced

The WhatsOnStage Awards nominations have been announced this year at a ceremony at Café de Paris in central London hosted by comedian Steve Furst. …

Awards

The show must go on: How New York’s theatre scene responded to the election of Donald Trump as president

Two days after the U.S. election, I was in the lobby of the Public Theatre in New York. It was crowded with people, many of them milling around a …

Donald Trump

Andrew Lloyd Webber warns of diversity crisis in British theatre

Composer publishes report saying he fears for ‘hideously white’ industry’s survival unless it reflects diversity of population<p>Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he fears for the survival of British theatre unless it reflects the diversity of the nation’s population, referring to the industry as still …

The Theatre

The Artist has a lot he must give in Calamity West's new play

It is almost the end of "Give It All Back" — Calamity West's deliciously sardonic and offbeat new play about the music business and artistic compromise — before a character appears who has an actual name.<p>Up until then in this Sideshow Theatre production at the Richard Christiansen Theater, we've …

Bob Dylan

'I thought I was possessed by the devil': my onstage breakdown at the RSC

In 1995, Mark Lockyer was appearing in Romeo and Juliet when he was overcome with anxiety, fear and paranoia, beginning a bipolar rollercoaster. Now he’s turned those dark days into a solo show – with tea and biscuits<p>It had become like a daily execution. I found performing on stage excruciating yet …

Playwrights

Work through your election-related emotions at the Public Theater’s town hall meeting

Do you find yourself having frustrating daily conversations about Donald Trump? Do you still have deep thoughts about the election? Of course you do, …

The Theatre

Hetain Patel: American Man review – Nutcracker with a difference

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London Hetain Patel swaggers, sashays and speaks out in his deeply unsettling satire on misogyny<p>Hetain Patel is a performance artist from Bolton whose new work, <i>American Man</i>, looks at the violence and hate implicit in archetypal male behaviour. It’s the sequel …

Milo Yiannopoulos

Nice Fish review – Mark Rylance reels them in with kooky comedy

Harold Pinter theatre, London Rylance plays a goofball novice on an ice-fishing trip in a play that feels derivative and slides into absurdism<p>Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins have fashioned a play out of the latter’s prose poems that shows two men ice-fishing on a frozen lake in Minnesota. If it …

Playwrights

Royal Shakespeare Company Reimagines The Tempest

<b>To mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the Royal Shakespeare Company whips up a storm of performance-capture technologies to dazzle audiences and</b> …

Intel Corporation

Theatre Review: ‘Once’ at National Theatre

(L to R) Sam Cieri and Mackenzie Lesser-Roy from the Once tour company, playing National Theatre November 25 – 27, 2016<p>“It’s a complicated business, …

The Theatre

Shakespeare Trilogy review – Phyllida Lloyd’s searing triumph

Donmar at King’s Cross, London Harriet Walter is the linchpin in the Donmar’s momentous, all-female staging of Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest<p>The use of new skills or the unearthing of forgotten resources? What makes the bigger difference to theatre? This is put to the test in productions …

Trilogies

Christopher Marlowe credited as one of Shakespeare's co-writers

Dramatists to appear jointly on title pages of Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three in the New Oxford Shakespeare after analysis by team of 23 academics<p>The long-held suggestion that Christopher Marlowe was William Shakespeare is now widely dismissed, along with other authorship theories. But Marlowe …

Hamlet to stand trial on West End stage charged with murder of Polonius

Prominent lawyers join with leading actors for mock trial of Shakespeare’s most famous character to raise funds for schools<p>Hamlet will go on trial this weekend for murder, treason and regicide before an appeal court judge on a stage in the West End of London.<p>The aim of cross-examining Shakespeare’s …

Playwrights

National Theatre introduces 'no laptop' policy during peak times

People using National Theatre foyer spaces to work risk being moved on by ushers, under a new policy introduced by the venue.<p>The venue claims it is …

Laptops

Noh theater: The world's oldest stage tradition is popping up everywhere

Japanese Noh theater, according to Penguin Classics’ volume of the plays, “is one of the great achievements of civilization.” Few would dispute that claim, if only because there are so few who could actually evaluate it.<p>Noh is said to be the oldest surviving theater tradition in practice. It may …

The best new Broadway shows

As much as we love <i>Chicago</i> and <i>Jersey Boys</i>, sometimes new Broadway shows just seem more exciting than the old standbys. From family-friendly musicals …

Ronald Harwood: 'I've stopped going to the theatre – it's too political' | Carousel, News

Playwright Ronald Harwood has claimed too many plays are lecturing audiences, revealing that he avoids seeing most shows because of the “political …

London

Interview with producer Michael Harrison

Good theatre producers need to know how to juggle plenty of balls simultaneously. They also need to know the nuts and bolts of putting on a show. And …

United Kingdom

Niamh Cusack in Ghosts review at Home, Manchester

The f-word was never part of Henrik Ibsen’s dramatic vocabulary. Not even in the murky truth-seeking world of Ghosts, in which he disturbed the …

Playwrights

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READ ... about what’s happening in the theatre worldwide today. What’s the new theatrical movements and the seeds of 21st century theatre.<p>SEE ... …

Phones

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Half of Bush Theatre reopening season by BAME writers | Carousel, News

Bush Theatre artistic director Madani Younis has unveiled the programme that will reopen the venue following its £4.3 million redevelopment, with 50% …

Marianne Elliott quits National Theatre to form independent company | Carousel, News

Marianne Elliott has left the National Theatre after a decade as an associate director to form her own production company.<p>Elliott is launching the …

The Theatre

Peter Wright's The Nutcracker review at Royal Opera House

Nutcrackers come and Nutcrackers go but the Royal Ballet's version is a hardy perennial. Peter Wright's version of Lev Ivanov's original 1892 ballet …

The Arts

Glenda Jackson’s King Lear to be adapted for Boxing Day broadcast

Glenda Jackson’s performance as King Lear in London’s Old Vic Theatre’s production of the Shakespeare play is being adapted for BBC Radio 4.<p>The …