The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court

While An American in Paris captures the dreamy glamour of old Hollywood, Simon McBurney rivetingly evokes its seedy, cynical underbelly, from backroom deals to drug busts and mobsters. Yet it is, in its own way, just as dazzling – a paean to Tinseltown myth-making as well as a blackly comic deconstruction.

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BWW Interview: Michael Blakemore

The director discusses musical The Life, making its long-awaited London debut, and his stellar career.

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An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre

It’s 1945, and Paris is shakily emerging from Nazi occupation – celebrating, yes, with soldiers returning and families reuniting, but also confronting collaborators in their midst and post-war deprivation. Amidst this turmoil, two future lovers meet: an encounter of seismic power.

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Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory

In 1944, Terence Rattigan substantially revised Less Than Kind at the behest of star theatrical couple the Lunts; the result was the less political, more overtly comic play Love in Idleness. Now, Trevor Nunn, inspired by Dan Rebellato’s introduction in a Nick Hern Books edition of the two versions, has synthesised them – to intriguing and largely successful effect.

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BWW Interview: Archie Madekwe

The actor discusses his role in the West End revival of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?.

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BWW Interview: Tom Lister

The actor discusses his part in the West End revival of 42nd Street.

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Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre

Never mind Stepping Out – the real wonder of this production is Anna-Jane Casey stepping in for the injured Tamzin Outhwaite at such short notice. It’s a plot twist worthy of the backstage shenanigans in Richard Harris’s genial 1984 play about the members of a weekly tap class, and Casey’s superb turn – and smooth integration into the ensemble – equally in keeping with its triumphant community spirit.

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BWW Interview: Madani Younis

The Bush Theatre’s Artistic Director discusses its redevelopment and future plans.

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BWW Interview: Hadley Fraser

The actor and singer discusses his Bill Evans/Tony Bennett show with Will Butterworth at Live at Zedel.

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The Japanese house, Renaissance partners and Exit West

On my March MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Pick of the month: House proud A major survey of post-war Japanese architecture at the Barbican
  • Don’t miss: Brothers in art Michelangelo and Sebastiano’s collaboration explored at the National Gallery
  • Commuter corner Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West and a podcast revealing Hollywood history

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