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Everyman review – a rousing display

By their first productions shall ye know them. Or shall we? When Trevor Nunn took over as artistic director of the National Theatre, he opened with a production of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People that was choreographed like a musical. Nicholas Hytner began with an Iraq-inflected Henry V that …


'Threepenny' an experimental experience

Susan Narucki's kallisti ensemble at UCSD continues to push the envelope with Weill opera

UC San Diego

New Season - The Old Vic

“After 25 years of freelance directing I unexpectedly find myself running my favourite theatre in the world. My first season demonstrates our aim to …

Groundhog Day

Way Upstream, Chichester Festival Theatre, review: 'dramatic waves and emotional ripples'

Its replica river and 65,000 litres of water might sound gimmicky, but this revival of Alan Ayckbourn's black comedy is surprisingly powerful, says Dominic Cavendish

Water, water everywhere. Well, not quite everywhere. Alan Ayckbourn’s black comedy about a holiday from hell on a cabin-cruiser – …

Bugsy Malone

Derek Jacobi to play Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet - aged 77

Sir Derek Jacobi is to take on the role of Shakespeare's Mercutio, starring opposite lead actors in their 20s

He has already shocked theatreland with a surprise return to the West End, to star in a season of five plays directed by himself.

Now the latest twist in Sir Kenneth Branagh's extraordinary

Derek Jacobi

Review: Belarus Free Theater’s ‘Trash Cuisine’ Serves Politics With Teeth

If you judge a show by its title, you’d expect “Trash Cuisine,” the latest offering from the intrepid Belarus Free Theater, to be a friendly, jokey hoot. It’s a name that puts you in mind of those breezy adventure shows for armchair chefs — “Have Fork, Will Travel” or “Bizarre Foods” — with an …


Jonathan Pryce takes on Shylock: ‘I’d love it if they booed me’

“People sometimes ask me why I did this or that project,” says Jonathan Pryce halfway through our interview. He turns to me with a blissful smile, his face a picture of innocence, and adds: “I say, well, they asked me.”

We’re talking about his film work, but if you were searching for the rationale …


Tony awards 2015: Helen Mirren and Bill Nighy lead British nominations

British stage talent has dominated the nominations for the 69th Tony awards in the dramatic categories, with the plays based on Wolf Hall leading the charge and nods for actors including Helen Mirren, Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Wolf Hall plays, based on Hilary …

Helen Mirren

In 10 years nothing has changed for female playwrights – it’s time to act

“It’s not a conspiracy by men to keep women off film or stage, it’s just they don’t notice if we’re not there,” said director Phyllida Lloyd talking on 25 April at the conference Cutting Edge: British Theatre in Hard Times, which explored how theatre in the UK had fared under the coalition …

Gender Equality

2015 Drama Desk Award Nominations

The 2014-2015 Drama Desk Awards nominations were announced April 23, 2014. Among those nominated are Tamburlaine the Great for Outstanding Revival of …


Shakespeare’s Globe appoints Emma Rice as new artistic director

The job description demanded “visionary and charismatic leadership”, the ability to “command respect and loyalty”, the confidence to take risks and – oh yes – “a knowledge and love of the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries”.

Four months after the role was advertised, Emma Rice has been named …


Emma Rice will have them swinging from the chandeliers at the Globe

The appointment of Kneehigh’s Emma Rice as the artistic director of the Globe is a bold move and could be a marriage made in heaven. When Dominic Dromgoole took over from Mark Rylance it was also a leftfield appointment – Dromgoole was best known for new plays – and one that can be counted a …


At Shakespeare's Globe, Emma Rice must both respect and deconstruct the classics

Emma Rice’s appointment as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe comes as a big surprise. Her reputation rests on her work with the Cornwall-based, internationally famous Kneehigh company which is synonymous with inventiveness and irreverence: in particular, its fame lies in its ability to find …


Playwrights Kristoffer Diaz, Lucas Hnath and Dan O'Brien Named Guggenheim Fellows

NATIONWIDE: Among the recipients of 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships are playwrights Kristoffer Diaz, Lucas Hnath and Dan O’Brien. The fellowship, often …


The Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre

In honor of Edward Kleban, this prize is given annually to both a librettist and a lyricist. The Board sets the amount of the prize annually but in …

Musical Theatre

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 …

Avenue Q | Review | Theatre

With the announcement of tours closing early, it is encouraging to see Sell a Door able to continue producing mid-scale musicals with impressive …

United Kingdom

‘American Buffalo: Theater Review

John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Tom Sturridge star in the new London revival of David Mamet's classic 1975 examination of small-time crooks.


'To Kill A Mockingbird' Play Continues To Run In Harper Lee's Hometown

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has started a nonprofit company that will produce a play about the book, ending a dispute that threatened to derail the long-running performance, a publishing group said Saturday.

Dramatic Publishing Co. had refused to extend the …

Harper Lee

Bugsy Malone through the years in pictures

Bugsy Malone

Fever Dream: Southside review – a weird and chaotic summer in the city

It’s a surprise to be reminded of Katie Hopkins when watching a play by Douglas Maxwell. The playwright doesn’t mention cockroaches, but he does talk of monsters, and his expansive meditation on the strains of 21st-century city living contains all the self-interest, alienation and distrust you’d …


How to Write a Dance

Remy Charlip and the problems of dance notation.

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
—W. B. Yeats

How do you tell a person in another place or time what a dance looks like, and how it should be performed? You could use words, describing, second by …

Frank O'Hara

Everyman, National Theatre, review: 'Chiwetel Ejiofor shines'

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in a modern-day, slick but slight reworking of the 15th-century morality play Everyman

Judgement day at the National. The first production in the post Nick Hytner era to be directed by the new guy in charge, Rufus Norris, has landed: a fresh version of the 15th-century …

Chiwetel Ejiofor

LSC Expressive Arts on Twitter

Looking forward acting trainees' #Showcase15! At @LSCExpressArts 8 May 7.30pm and @sohotheatre Tuesday 19 May 2.30pm

Everyman, National Theatre - review: New boss Rufus Norris and revved-up Chiwetel Ejiofor grab attention

Rufus Norris emphatically sets out his stall as artistic director of the National Theatre with an attention-grabbing show that stars a revved-up …

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Bugsy Malone | Review | Theatre

The Lyric Hammersmith has reopened after a £20m redevelopment programme with the addition of the brand new Reuben Foundation Wing, which houses an …


The 2015 Tony Nominations Are Announced Today

The 2015 Tony Awards nominees will be announced today at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel at 8:30am. The announcements, which will be …

Award Shows

Alabama Town Loses Rights to Produce Play of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

In a plot twist fitting of the stage, a Monroeville, Ala., museum that produces a theater adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” announced that it has lost licensing rights to the play indefinitely after this year.

For 26 years, fans have flocked to Ms. Lee’s rural hometown to …

Harper Lee

Fever Dream: Southside, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, review: 'a failed blancmange'

Douglas Maxwell's socio-political fantasy lacks coherence, says Mark Brown

Glasgow's Southside is a truly fascinating place. The final destination, over more than a century, for many and varied groups of refugees and migrants, from Jews fleeing Czarist Russia, to people from the post-independence …