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Edward II review at Greenwich Theatre, London – 'lacks subtlety'

A refreshing take on an under-performed Christopher Marlowe play showcasing young acting talent sounds like a great idea. But it fails to deliver on …

Playwrights

15 shows to see now

<b>"Beautiful – The Carole King Musical"</b> ✭✭✭ 1/2<p>Chicago actress Sarah Bockel plays the lead in the current national tour of "Beautiful," the jukebox musical that celebrates the life and music of the great Carole King. Even if you saw the show on its previous long Chicago engagement, Bockel's intensely …

Carole King

In New York, the Tormented, Triumphant Life of Tennessee Williams

Playwright Tennessee Williams said that he found “no refuge but writing” and couldn’t resist gilding even his paintings with words. On one self-portrait, the author scrawled “very flattering”; on another, he signed the canvas on the white undershirt he is wearing.<p>The pictures—one is from 1939, the …

Tennessee Williams

Are US theatres overstepping the marquee by putting politics up in lights?

If you’re headed to the small downtown of New London, Connecticut, one of the few routes available to you is Bank Street, which slopes down for a few …

Playwrights

Patrick Stewart: my nerve-racking RSC audition with the great John Barton

The actor pays tribute to his mentor John Barton, the Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder who has died aged 89<p>On a cold, wet November evening in 1965, I plodded nervously across the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon. I had at last been accepted to audition for the Royal Shakespeare Company, …

William Shakespeare

All's Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: You look at 'All's Well' with new eyes

The publicity proclaims that director Caroline Byrne is bringing “this dark, twisted and dangerous interpretation of <i>All's Well That Ends Well</i> to the …

George Bernard Shaw

Creativity can be taught to anyone. So why are we leaving it to private schools?

The UK’s creative industries are world leading. Excluding state-educated people from the arts will throw that excellence away<p>The myth goes that the true artist is born, mysteriously fully formed in their own exceptional talent. A second myth holds that creativity thrives in adversity; a third that …

Justine Greening

Old Vic unveils ambitious revamp to 'secure future'

London’s Old Vic has outlined plans for a major refurbishment, warning the theatre could close without the upgrades.<p>The plans focus on enlarging the …

East review at King's Head Theatre, London – 'riotous and rollicking'

The East End is not what it once was. Outside the King’s Head Theatre – where Steven Berkoff’s drama East made its London debut in 1975 – is a street …

The Arts

What are the best postgraduate drama training courses available?

<i>Are you a non-drama student who has decided that a theatre career is for you? Are you an actor looking for focused training? A postgraduate course</i> …

Education

Avant-garde company to continue work of US theatre pioneer Richard Foreman

A new avant-garde theatre company in London is set to continue the work of US playwright and pioneer Richard Foreman.<p>The Phenomenological Theatre …

Avant-garde

Playwright Paul Rudnick and Times Theater Critic Jesse Green on How Gay Theater Evolved—and Where It’s Headed

The ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s saw a rise in plays about gay life—first addressing issues of identity and discrimination, and then the decimating AIDS …

LGBTQ

24 Not-to-Miss Programs During Your Three Days at BroadwayCon 2018

Map out your weekend at the third annual theatre fan convention in New York City.<p>BroadwayCon 2018 kicks off its third annual weekend of insightful …

Broadway Musical

National Theatre is committed to touring

In the last year the National Theatre has toured six productions to 36 towns and cities across the UK, writes its director of communications Martin Prendergast<p>While there was much to admire in David Hare’s piece (My ideal theatre, 30 December), it implied that there has been “an abandonment of …

The Theatre

Girl from the North Country, Noël Coward Theatre, review: a magical fusion of Dylan and the Depression

Not very often, a piece of theatre comes along that radiates an ineffable magic. Conor McPherson’s musical play, which premiered at the Old Vic last year and now transfers to the West End, and which draws on heavily reworked versions of familiar and obscure Bob Dylan songs, is one such show. It’s …

Playwrights

Klein's new musical Care premieres at London's ICA

Following her coming of age script staged at last year's London's New Music Biennial, Klein has written a new musical called <i>Care.</i> “<i>Care</i> is a fantasy …

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Shows to be Excited for: Spring 2018: The Who’s Who Who’s Coming to Broadway | Times Square Chronicles

Shows to be Excited for: Spring 2018: The Who’s Who Who’s Coming to Broadway<p>Bernadette Peters is on her way back to Broadway. And I can’t wait. Along …

What’s New in NYC Theater

<i>Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages — and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close. Our reviews of open shows are at nytimes.com/reviews/theater.</i><p><b>Previews and Openings</b><p><b>‘CUTE ACTIVIST’</b> at the Bushwick Starr (in previews; opens on Jan. 13). Got protest fatigue? …

Design

Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’

“Check, check,” goes the razor. “Scha, scha, scha,” goes the strop.<p>But there is no razor; there is no strop.<p>The only thing making noise onstage during John Lithgow’s “Stories by Heart,” which opened Thursday evening at the American Airlines Theater, is Mr. Lithgow himself. Reciting Ring Lardner’s …

John Lithgow

Mark Shenton: Don’t dismiss musical theatre just because it's popular | Opinion

I was only writing yesterday about the pervasiveness of snobbery in the theatre by some cultural critics and commentators. As if on cue, Guardian …

The Theatre

5 arts picks: 'Uncle Vanya,' Project Trio, a tale of two polar expeditions, more

Here are our picks for theater, classical music performances and visual arts events for Jan. 5-11.

Playwrights

Experimental Theater Nyc | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side

Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd, at the American Realness festival, photo by Ian</i> …

Festivals

Meet The Stage Scholarships winners 2017

The Stage Scholarships has been running for more than 20 years, helping many hundreds of youngsters follow their dreams, with former winners

2017: Best plays of the year | Carousel, Features

<i>Alongside politically charged dramas about race and gender, standout works this year have included searing, re-imagined classics and a menagerie of</i> …

Entertainment

It’s Raining Nude Men on New York Stages—But Why Now?

There’s a lot of exposed flesh on theater stages, a lot of it belonging to men, whether in shows with humor like ‘Naked Boys Singing’ or the more …

Feminism

2017: Theater, Part 3

Photo: Curtis Brown<p><i>West Side Story</i> at Casa Mañana<p>The year in North Texas theater, 2017? Mwaaah—an excellent vintage, with notes of flint and whimsy, …

Playwrights

See Over 20 Off-Broadway Shows for Only $20

Get affordable tickets to Avenue Q, Jersey Boys, Cruel Intentions, Red Roses, Green Gold, and more as part of the bi-annual 20at20.<p>The Off-Broadway …

The Theatre

The Year in Theater

Because regional theaters plan their seasons years in advance, artistic directors don’t know exactly how relevant their shows will seem when they’re …

Washington D.C.

David Hare: my ideal theatre

During David Hare’s 50 years in theatre its fortunes have changed beyond recognition. In the face of cultural cuts and crises, he sets out his vision for a Playhouse for today<p>In 1946, George Orwell wrote his last essay for the Evening Standard. He described an imaginary pub, the Moon Under Water, …

The Theatre