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By M A Haridy | Theatre TODAY Worldwide

James Thierrée: 'Baryshnikov told me to get used to pain. It's part of a dancer's life'

James Thierrée’s new show, The Toad Knew, opens and closes in characteristically topsy-turvy fashion. At the start, the heavy red curtain hanging before us is pulled not up but entirely down, the cloth yanked across the stage like a great wave. It’s impressively hitched back in place at the end, …

Charlie Chaplin

Five of the best... theatre shows this week

1 <b>Yerma</b><p>Simon Stone has a knack of reinventing familiar classic stories, as he did brilliantly with The Wild Duck. Now he does it again with Federico García Lorca’s powerful 1934 tragedy about the pain of childlessness. Stone relocates the story from rural Spain to contemporary London, with Billie …

Billie Piper

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare Will Be Live Streamed to the World

The U.K.-based ensemble Forced Entertainment will live stream their performance from Switzerland next month.<p>U.K.-based theatre company Forced …

Playwrights

Equity's LA Plan Targets Minorities, Women and LGBT Theaters

There has been a great deal of attention and controversy surrounding a plan by Actors Equity, the labor union representing stage actors, that would decimate the small theater scene in Los Angeles. For nearly thirty years, actors in small theaters in LA have been permitted to perform for a small …

Los Angeles

Fawlty Towers Live review – a fun but pointless adaptation from screen to stage

With storylines, dialogues and physical gags cannibalised from the beloved 1970s TV show, Fawlty Towers Live is little more than a sophisticated form of merchandise – a commercialised machine raking in dollars with its high ticket prices and the opportunity to buy a branded bathrobe ($80) at …

Comedians

Scottish Ballet: Crystal Pite; Angelin Preljoçaj review – one great, one good

Every ballet company in the world currently wants a work by the exciting Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Commissions for Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal are waiting in the wings, so it’s clever of Scottish Ballet to nip in with the European premiere of the first piece she made for a big …

Ballet

House/Amongst the Reeds review – promising new work, not fully finished

Theatres can endlessly develop playwrights without actually staging their work, but it’s only when a play is seen in front of an audience that it becomes apparent what works and what doesn’t. So it’s good to see Clean Break bringing these fledgling plays to production, even if one of the writers, …

Box office

My first fringe: the Edinburgh baby shows getting gurgles of applause

I love introducing people to the Edinburgh fringe. Even those who are not regular theatregoers are seduced by the excitement, the sense of possibility, the ease with which you can stroll up and buy a ticket for a show you fancy. It’s the most relaxed form of theatre-going, devoid of so many of the …

Babies

Scott Agnew review – intimate standup set tackles HIV diagnosis

At this year’s Edinburgh fringe the lines between comedy, therapy and healing have been smudged – explicitly so in Glaswegian comic Scott Agnew’s show I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk. It traces Agnew’s sex life from his 2012 show Tales of the Sauna to his being diagnosed as HIV …

HIV

The Two Noble Kinsmen review – rarely staged bromance returns to the RSC

Thirty years ago, the Swan theatre opened with Barry Kyle’s ritualistic revival of this rare tragicomedy by Fletcher and Shakespeare, written in 1613. Now, to celebrate the theatre’s birthday, it has been given a new production by Blanche McIntyre, who, in her RSC debut, takes a clear line on the …

Bromance

They Drink It in the Congo review – rumba dancing and death threats in a risky jamboree

You have to admire the ambition of Adam Brace. In his 2009 play Stovepipe, he looked at the use of private security companies in Iraq. Now he tackles the vast question of how we come to terms with what is happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Along with Anders Lustgarten, Brace is one …

Dancing

New flames: the Edinburgh festival shows that tell stories with torch songs

“Extraordinary how potent cheap music is,” observes Amanda in Private Lives, Noël Coward’s play about the lovers who can’t live with – and can’t live without – each other. Amanda and Elyot are as much in thrall to music and its ability to evoke deep feelings as anyone else. Their special song is …

Entertainment

London's autumn theatre calendar offers rich pickings | Opinion

We may yet be getting a late burst of hot weather this week, but the last shouts from the Edinburgh Fringe also mean normal business is soon to be …

London

Jemma McDonnell: 5 tips for devising a show

Jemma McDonnell is the artistic director of the Paper Birds theatre company. She has performed in or directed all of the company’s

The Theatre

Edinburgh festival | Promoted

In the second episode from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, New Zealander Tim Carlsen talks about his Edinburgh show, One Day Moko, and about the …

The Theatre

Natasha Tripney: Make no mistake, this year’s Edinburgh theme is gender

RashDash’s Abbi Greenland is raging. She’s fed up of being labelled, sometimes she’s a man-woman, sometimes a woman-man. She’s as strong as

Gender

Poll: Should London theatre productions start later following the launch of the 24-hour Tube? | Opinion

The Stage is a British weekly newspaper and website covering the entertainment industry, and particularly theatre. It was founded in 1880. It …

London

UK vs US: how is drama training different?

Identifying the differences between drama training in the UK and in the US, it is impossible not to acknowledge the traditions out of which each …

The Theatre

★★★★★ Scottish Ballet at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh review

Scottish Ballet has reached new heights with this double bill of UK premieres at the Edinburgh International Festival. It is an adventurous choice: a …

The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2016 anoints third set of winners | News | The Stage

Performers Lucy Jane Parkinson and Nancy Sullivan are winners in the third batch of The Stage Edinburgh Awards, alongside New York company One Year …

Awards

Top casting directors deny theatre is a 'closed shop'

Leading casting directors including Anne Vosser and Pippa Ailion have denied that theatre is a “closed shop” that only favours actors with existing …

The Theatre

Your Guide to the Fall Broadway Season

The seven plays, six musicals and other amazing performances scheduled to tread the boards in this fall season.<p>Broadway audiences will be treated to …

New York City

Wonka Arrives in NYC- Watch New Trailer for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!

Wonka has touched down in New York! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, just announced the show …

New York City

Shakespeare's 'Love's Labor's Lost': Kathleen Marshall directs a winner at the Old Globe

SAN DIEGO — The Old Globe’s staging of “Love’s Labor’s Lost” proves that it is possible to fall in love with a production at first sight.<p>John Lee Beatty’s scenic design transforms the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre into an elegantly verdant royal park. I haven’t yet taken a vacation this …

Playwrights

9 (More) Shows Overdue for a Revival

There are even more shows that have been rumored to return and are overdue for a revival, plus we share the dream castings we simply cannot wait to …

Los Angeles

Summer Shakespeare: A critic's take on the secret to theatrical success

Summer Shakespeare. These words can strike fear in the heart of a reluctant theatergoer. Yes, the plays are supposed to be good for you. But semiprofessional productions in which the artistic company is clearly out of its depths or middling professional productions that put on arty airs can be …

The Theatre

Five of the best... theatre shows this week

1 <b>Us/Them</b><p>A show for young people about the 2004 Beslan school siege may sound an unlikely proposition, but Belgium company Bronks pull it off in this extraordinary piece of theatre starring two young actors. This is an engrossing and galvanising performance full of unexpected playfulness, with an …

Coffee

30 Years Later, Peter Brook Revisits the Mahabharata

The new work, Battlefield, will play BAM’s Next Wave Festival this fall.<p>Thirty years after Peter Brook’s epic stage production <i>Mahabharata</i> inaugurated …

The Theatre

Are Subsidiary Rights Right for FringeNYC Authors?

Now in its 20th year, the New York International Fringe Festival, better known as FringeNYC, has presented nearly 4,000 productions for …

Rights & Freedoms