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Quantum Theatre Celebrates 25 Years

Quantum Theatre’s Karla Boos unveiled plans for her company’s 25th anniversary season by inviting a few dozen of her close friends and supporters of …

Carole King

Tiny New York theatre opens its doors to audiences of one

Many theatre owners like to say they offer an intimate show but one really means it. That would be Theatre for One, a 4ft by 8ft portable theatre that allows one audience member at a time to see one short play performed by a single actor.

“There’s definitely an immediacy that happens within this,” …

New York

Paris Review - The Art of Theater No. 3, Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter had recently moved into a five-story 1820 Nash house facing Regent's Park in London. The view from the floor-through top floor where he has installed his office overlooks a duck pond and a long stretch of wooded parkland; his desk faces this view, and in late October 1966, when the …

Great Books

Actors Equity and the Future of American Theater

This week, the membership of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, voted to oust an incumbent president - virtually unprecedented in the history of the organization. The ouster was the result of an organized revolt by actors in Los Angeles, who have been fighting Equity's efforts to …

American History

Macbeth review: Fassbender and Cotillard full of sound and fury in significant Shakespeare adaptation

Shakespeare’s tragedy and noir-thriller prototype Macbeth appears in a new screen version from Australian film-maker Justin Kurzel, famous for his brutal crime movie Snowtown — the story of how a warrior-nobleman is encouraged to commit regicide by his ruthlessly ambitious wife, who then descends …

Macbeth

Obie Winners Announced! Hamilton Is Best New American Theatre Work

Obie Winners Announced! Hamilton Is Best New American Theatre Work

Hamilton, the acclaimed new musical that premiered Off-Broadway at the Public …

Public Theater

McQueen review – fashion designer drama is an act of worship

It is hard to work out precisely what James Phillips’s study of the fashion designer Alexander McQueen is meant to be. At the end of 100 minutes, it struck me that it was primarily an act of worship: a secular hymn to a famous iconoclast who died tragically young at the age of 40. However you …

Fashion Design

David Mamet Plays Revived by the Atlantic Theater Company

In 1985, there was no bigger playwright than David Mamet. The year before, he won a Pulitzer for “Glengarry Glen Ross,” and he followed that by helping to start an Off Broadway theater, the Atlantic. That same year, Lincoln Center presented the New York premiere of a pairing of short works by Mr. …

David Mamet

On the scene: Bronwen Sharp's portraits of playwrights – in pictures

Portrait Photography

Siri talk to me! Readers’ Favorite with FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

‘Siri…Talk To Me by Mike Haridy is a book of discovery about the origins

and life of a personal …

Siri

How do actors learn their lines?

How do you learn all those lines?”

This question is the one that the public most frequently ask of actors. We laugh about it, laugh at them for being so shallow – as though learning lines was the great mystery in acting.

Well, I’ve stopped laughing. It’s an age thing. In recent years, I’ve started …

Falstaff

The Rehearsal review – Niamh Cusack’s cunning countess is glorious

Sexual desire generally results in clothes coming off, but the lovestruck characters in Jean Anouilh’s The Rehearsal put extra garments on. Residents and staff of a French chateau in 1950 are corseted and hooped in 18th-century costumes for a run-through of their production of Pierre de Marivaux’s …

Countesses

'True face of Shakespeare' appears in botany book

A 400-year-old botany book contains what could be the only known portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime, according to an academic expert.

Botanist and historian Mark Griffiths cracked an "ingenious cipher" to identify the playwright in an engraving in the 16th-Century work.

"This is what …

Playwrights

National Theatre: The Hard Problem and consciousness

Tom Stoppard

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UK Theatre and BECTU agree 6% raise for theatre workers

Backstage theatre workers are being offered a 6% pay increase over two years, following negotiations between union BECTU and UK Theatre.

BECTU members …

United Kingdom

Greenwich arts centre transformed into Heartbreak Hotel for immersive show

An arts centre in Greenwich is to be transformed into a purpose-built hotel for a new immersive theatre show.

The production – named Heartbreak Hotel …

Hotels

London fringe theatre to open in Stoke Newington

A 70-seat fringe theatre with a focus on new writing is to open in north London this month. Theatre N16 will be

London

National Theatre launches ‘engine room’ for new work

National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris has created a special department that he says will be an “engine room” to commission and develop new …

Artistic Director

Musicals take more than 60% of British theatre box office

Musical theatre accounts for more than half of all box office income despite comprising just 15% of all productions staged, a report has …

United Kingdom

National Theatre Wales founder John McGrath named new head of Manchester International Festival

National Theatre Wales founder John McGrath has been named the new artistic director and chief executive of the Manchester International Festival.

He …

United Kingdom

Hear Samuel Beckett’s Avant-Garde Radio Plays: All That Fall, Embers, and More

Think of radio plays, and you most likely think (or I most likely think) of the form’s American “golden age” in the first half of the 20th century. …

Playwrights

Iphigenia in Splott five-star review – a whirlwind of aggression and seduction

If you take a slight detour on the walk from Cardiff train station to the Sherman theatre, you can go and see the statue of Aneurin Bevan, founder of the National Health Service. It’s not much to look at, and Cardiff’s seagulls have been crapping all over it, but it’s nice that it’s there. The link …

Whirlwind

The real-life tragedy behind Peter Pan

As Welsh National Opera's Peter Pan opens, its librettist Lavinia Greenlaw explores the dark side of JM Barrie's classic

When I was asked by the composer Richard Ayres to write a libretto of Peter Pan, I wasn’t at all sure I wanted to. As a child, I’d enjoyed the story but Wendy seemed so prim while …

Peter Pan

Where are the musical theatre stars of tomorrow coming from? The answer may surprise you | Opinion

Not since Another Country in the early 1980s – which launched actors as diverse as Kenneth Branagh, Rupert Everett, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth and …

Kenneth Branagh

The greatest risk in theatre? Not taking any risks

“Audiences crave a challenge,” said Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, writing about the audience’s enthusiastic response to the Crucible’s Sarah Kane season in a recent piece for the Stage. The theatre had been prepared for audiences to stay away; instead, the season played to …

Artistic Director

Communicating Doors review – Alan Ayckbourn’s time travellers foil murder

“Let’s do the Time Warp,” they sing in The Rocky Horror Show. That might be the motto for this dazzlingly ingenious 1994 play by Alan Ayckbourn which has echoes of Back to the Future, Psycho and the time-plays of JB Priestley. But what is impressive is how Ayckbourn uses a fiendishly clever plot to …

Dominatrix

Behind closed doors: what really happens in the rehearsal room

A martinet director barking at chorines in 42nd Street. An imperious ballet impresario in The Red Shoes. Philip Seymour Hoffman, full of avant-garde angst in Synecdoche, New York … I have images of rehearsals in my head and they are probably all misleading. Rehearsal is the work that the public …

Rehearsal

Woolf Works review – Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House

Virginia Woolf's life was so knitted into her fiction that the two are virtually inseparable. For his first full-length ballet, Wayne McGregor has …

Ballet