BWW Interview: Carrie Hope Fletcher

The actress talks playing Wednesday Addams in a new UK tour of The Addams Family musical.

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The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios

Christopher Hampton’s 1969 take on Molière’s The Misanthrope is often played with actors older than their characters, but director Simon Callow has recruited some of TV’s bright young things to play the solipsistic academics. It may well attract new audiences to the West End, but this uncomfortable revival is unlikely to capitalise on that influx.

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BWW Interview: Kirsty Bushell

The actress discusses playing Juliet in Daniel Kramer’s production at Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Audra McDonald, Leicester Square Theatre

Six-time Tony winner and reigning Queen of Broadway – plus “Olivier Award…presenter”, jokes partner-in-crime Seth Rudetsky in his introduction (though surely that’s just a matter of time, with her Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill coming to Wyndham’s this summer) – lauded actress and singer Audra McDonald is the consummate pro. If further proof were needed, she’s currently at Leicester Square Theatre offering a veritable masterclass in cabaret.

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Russian phantoms, American identity and S-Town

On my April MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Pick of the month: Russian phantoms The Design Museum resurrects utopian Soviet architecture
  • Don’t miss: American abyss From Edward Hopper to Grant Wood: 1930s Americana at the Royal Academy
  • Commuter corner Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream and new podcast S-Town

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The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket

The late, great Edward Albee is certainly having a West End ‘moment’, but it rather places this particular revival at a disadvantage, comparing unfavourably as it does with the shattering, unforgettable Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? a few streets away.

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Angels in America leads April’s Top 10 new London shows

From a mammoth Tony Kushner revival to an unusual Romeo and Juliet and tap-happy musical.

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Consent, National Theatre

Amidst the middle-class small talk between two couples, one reeling from the arrival of a new baby, comes a shocking confession: “I’ve been raping pensioners.” What kind of monsters are we dealing with here? Well, legal ones – it’s barrister speak. Having tackled the NHS in Tiger Country, Nina Raine now has the judicial system in her sights: its eccentricities, seeming unfairness, and the effect it has on those caught in its truth-bending web.

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42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The curtain rises just high enough to reveal a long line of tapping feet: a thoroughly appropriate intro, as those feet are the real stars of the show. The plot might centre around a leading lady battle, but this loving backstage fairy tale is really a paean to the chorus – the hard-working foundation upon which musical comedy (“the two most glorious words in the English language,” per the show) is built.

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Posh, Pleasance Theatre

When Laura Wade’s Posh premiered at the Royal Court in 2010, its dark promise that these destructive student toffs – members of the Riot Club, a loosely fictional version of Oxford’s Bullington – would one day run the country had a timely frisson: former club members David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson occupied Downing Street and the mayoral office respectively.

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