They Drink It In The Congo, Almeida Theatre

Fiona Button_Congo_credit Marc BrennerHow long does it take to cover the complex problems in the Congo, AKA the most dangerous place in the world? Adam Brace’s play has a semi-joking educational sequence that attempts it in four and a half minutes – putting to bed the ubiquitous Um Bongo jingle – but the morass of conflicting information presents a dramatic problem that this witty, engaging but messily sprawling piece can’t quite overcome.

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BWW Interview: Emma Brunjes

20330910A-E452-F960-3FC6D9D911DCAA4BThe producer on sampling worm salt and creating new immersive dining experience DINNER AT THE TWITS.

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BWW Interview: Ryan Molloy

2FBBBFCA1-FA5D-F10A-BC39DEA7255A0E8EThe actor and musician talks karting with Simon Cowell, Amy Winehouse and new rock musical 27.

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BWW Interview: Maria Aberg

Doctor FaustusThe director discusses her production of Doctor Faustus for the RSC, coming to the Barbican this autumn.

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Groundhog Day, Old Vic

Andy Karl (Phil Connors) in Groundhog Day at The Old Vic. Photo by Manuel Harlan (1-55-Edit-2)It’s déjà vu all over again, as the Matilda dream team reconvenes to bring the beloved Bill Murray-starring 1993 movie to stage. Serious expectations, then, but you wouldn’t know it from this fearless, fleet-footed and impressively cohesive show – destined to be a smash hit because of, not despite, its glorious idiosyncrasies.

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BWW Interview: Kerry Ellis

MB_A3_AW (003)The West End leading lady discusses her role in new musical Murder Ballad.

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Top 10 Screen To Stage Musical Adaptations

once5From Once and Spamalot to The Producers and Hairspray, 10 of the best medium-jumpers.

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BWW Interview: Beverley Knight on THE BODYGUARD

Beverley KnightThe soul singer-turned-West End star discusses returning to the lead role of Rachel Marron.

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BWW Interview: Matthew Lewis

tn-500_unfaithful8Actor Matthew Lewis talks sex, intimacy and Unfaithful.

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LET THERE BE LIGHT: Lighting Designer James Farncombe Talks Opera, LED and Experimentation

James FarncombeOur new series, LET THERE BE LIGHT, focuses on some of Britain’s best theatrical lightning designers. First up is James Farncombe, whose projects range from plays at venues like the Royal Court, Young Vic and Donmar Warehouse to a variety of opera and dance productions. He received an Olivier Award nomination earlier this year for his work on the National Theatre’s smash hit People, Places and Things.

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