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By M A Haridy | Theatre TODAY Worldwide

Meet the biographer who inspired Broadway's 'Hamilton'

<i>Ron Chernow, who wrote the biography that inspired 'Hamilton,' is both a historical consultant on the show and one of its biggest fans. This</i> …

Musical Theatre

Rehearsals Begin for Broadway’s A Bronx Tale Musical; Final Cast Members Announced

The Alan Menken musical will arrive at the Longacre Theatre in November.<p>Nick Cordero, who earned a Tony nomination playing a gangster in Woody …

Performing Arts

Theatre where Hamlet first performed given listed status

<b>The archaeological remains of two Elizabethan playhouses, one of which saw the first performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet, have been given listed status.</b><p>The Theatre and the Hope were the first and last playhouses built in Elizabethan London.<p>They join the Rose and the Globe as protected monuments to …

Archaeology

Maddy Hill on remixing Shakespeare and larging it at Danny Dyer's wedding

Does Maddy Hill have some kind of tracksuit fetish? The actor, who charmed EastEnders fans as the sportswear-loving tomboy Nancy Carter, now has the lead role in the Shakespeare’s Globe production of Imogen. But despite the dramatic career swerve, when we meet in the theatre’s elegant Swan bar, …

Playwrights

The game is up: Shakespeare's language not as original as dictionaries think

Shakespeare did not coin phrases such as “it’s Greek to me” and “a wild goose chase”, according to an Australian academic.<p>In an article for the University of Melbourne, Dr David McInnis, a Shakespeare lecturer at the institution, accuses the Oxford English Dictionary of “bias” over its citation of …

Great Books

Imogen at Shakespeare's Globe: Matthew Dunster’s Cymbeline reworking is Lock, Stock and MTV meets Shakespeare: review

Bernard Shaw decided that Cymbeline “goes to pieces in the last act” – and rewrote its ending as “Cymbeline Refinished”. In so doing, he claimed that “the practice of improving Shakespeare’s plays… is an old established one which has always been accepted without protest by British audiences.”<p>I …

EastEnders

Imogen review – Globe unleashes sex, drugs and gang warfare on Cymbeline

Tennyson loved Cymbeline so much he had a copy of it buried in his grave. He might well be turning in that same grave if he could see this new version “renamed and reclaimed” by Matthew Dunster. I rate Dunster, who did a great job on Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, highly as a director but I fail to see …

Playwrights

Encore!: the best theatre of autumn 2016

Unlimited<p>This brilliant festival of high-quality work made by disabled artists returns. Look out for Liz Carr’s Assisted Suicide: the Musical, which considers the legalisation of suicide as a humane choice, and Cherophobia, in which Noemi Lakmaier will spend 48 hours attempting to lift her …

Ian McKellen

A perfect storm: Margaret Atwood on rewriting Shakespeare’s Tempest

Whenever people ask me that inevitable question, “Who’s your favourite author?” I always say “Shakespeare”. There are some good reasons for that. First, so much of what we know about plots, characters, the stage, fairies and inventive swearwords comes from Shakespeare. Second, if you name a living …

Margaret Atwood

Don't underestimate the understudies

Everyone loves a “star is born” story; the classic 42nd Street scenario in which chorus girl Peggy Sawyer is told “you’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star”. It actually happened to Catherine Zeta-Jones when she was an understudy in a 1984 revival of 42nd Street at …

David Tennant

Father Comes Home from the Wars review – gripping African-American epic

Suzan-Lori Parks’s three-part play is epic in every sense. It deals with the US civil war and the concept of freedom. It evokes memories of Homeric myth. It is also the first stage in a projected trilogy that will, like the work of August Wilson, offer a historical perspective on the …

War

Kill Climate Deniers: the provocative play that sneakily infiltrated Australia's Parliament House

At midday on 31 August, a silent and subversive music event happened inside Parliament House. Milling among the gaggles of children on school excursion were about 15 unacquainted visitors distinguished by one thing: all wore earphones and walked the same route through the building’s public zones.<p>I …

Climate

Harry Enfield to make theatre debut as movie mogul in Hollywood satire

Harry Enfield is to make his theatrical debut in a revival of Once in a Lifetime, Moss Hart and George S Kaufman’s satirical comedy about Hollywood’s transition from the silent era to the talkies. The Young Vic production will star Enfield as movie mogul Herman Glogauer, a role previously taken by …

Playwrights

Theatres must act now about gender inequality

If you’d have asked Peter Rowe, the artistic director of the New Wolsey in Ipswich, how many female designers he works with, he would have said it was about a 50/50 gender split. But that was until he took part in the latest six-month Advance programme, offered to arts organisations by Tonic …

Gender

No Man’s Land review – a wan take on Pinter’s classic

The legacy of <i>No Man’s Land</i> is overwhelming. In 1975, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson created the parts of the enigmatic old codgers who meet and, lavishly, drink together in a Hampstead house. They summoned up what may or may not be an actual shared past with commanding wooziness. They embodied …

Ian McKellen

How good was John Malkovich's Good Canary?

Sarah Crompton, <i>WhatsOnStage</i><p>★★★<p>"What is undoubtedly true is that [Malkovich] directs this story of a successful first time novelist and his love for …

John Malkovich

Good Canary review – Malkovich makes addiction drama dazzle

John Malkovich is renowned as an actor. He is also a fine director, as I realised when I saw his production of Lynn Siefert’s Coyote Ugly at Chicago’s Steppenwolf some 30 years ago. Now Malkovich has brought to London a play by Zach Helm he first directed in Paris in 2007 and, while it is clever …

John Malkovich

Hull 2017: City of Culture unveils major art, theatre and music events

<b>A musical Humber Bridge, a 14th-Century masterpiece, an outrageous 1960s art collective and the Spiders From Mars will all be part of the line-up for Hull's year as UK City of Culture.</b><p>The £32m programme will take over streets and venues throughout 2017.<p>Hull 2017 director Martin Green said it will …

United Kingdom

Hello, Bette! ‘Dolly’ Revival Sets $9M Broadway Sales Record

<b>EXCLUSIVE:</b> As the song goes — “World, take me back!” Bette Midler is returning to Broadway in a musical revival, and any doubts about the Divine …

Bette Midler

Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: September 18

<b>1911</b> <i>Disraeli</i>, a new drama, opens tonight on Broadway at the Wallack's Theatre. It stars George Arliss as the British prime minister in this play by …

Andrew Lloyd Webber

The Complete Guide to the Fall Theatre Season

From what’s coming to Broadway, Off-Broadway and London, to fresh faces of the season and hot tickets to snag, Playbill.com provides your full …

London

Can you become a screenwriter outside of LA?

<i>In a recent episode of Scriptnotes, we shared stories from screenwriters who managed to build careers while living outside of Los Angeles, New York</i> …

Filmmaking

Broadway’s Hottest Playwright Is Ready to Give Chekhov an Update

Fresh off his Tony Award, Stephen Karam has two productions lined up to bring his distinct interpretations of the Russian writer back into the mainstream—a modern Broadway take of The Cherry Orchard and a movie adaptation of The Seagull.<p>Imagine you just won the Tony Award for best play (<i>The Humans</i>) …

New York City

New Musical Theater Licensing Company Launches With Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s producing and licensing company, the Really Useful Group, has partnered with U.S.-based recorded music and publishing company …

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Burning Doors review – dark stories from eastern Europe

In their home country, the founder members of Belarus Free Theatre face detention for protests against the regime. Since 2011 they have been political refugees in the UK. Meanwhile a permanent ensemble perform in Minsk, but underground: in garages, forests and car parks, where they are sometimes …

Eastern Europe

Bonfire of the theories: Wolfe battles Chomsky over roots of language

The arcane study of language has a new literary entrant: the famed New Journalism author Tom Wolfe. Never one to back away from a fight, Wolfe, 85, has picked two disputes in his new book, <i>The Kingdom of Speech</i> – one with Charles Darwin and a second with linguist Noam Chomsky, 87, professor emeritus …

Tom Wolfe

The Emperor review – majestic Kathryn Hunter gives 10 great performances

This is not the first stage version of Ryszard Kapuściński’s extraordinary book about the downfall of the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. In 1987, Jonathan Miller and Michael Hastings did an excellent adaptation for the Royal Court that captured the absurd rituals of absolute power. But, where …

Addis Ababa

Britten in Brooklyn review – bohemian travesty

There is always an excitement at being in Wilton’s, the most beautifully ravaged theatre in London. The difficulty is to find a play that is as bewitching as its barley sugar pillars, wood mouldings, its flitting acrobatic and musical ghosts.<p><i>Britten in Brooklyn</i> is not that piece. Playwright Zoe …

New York City

HighTide festival review – taut trios tackle love triangles, terror and Beyoncé

Now celebrating its 10th year, this Suffolk festival is a vital showcase for new writing.<p>This season, alongside Anders Lustgarten’s The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie and Rob Drummond’s In Fidelity, it offers two brand-new pieces: Girls by Theresa Ikoko and Pilgrims by Elinor Cook. Both …

Festivals