Gloria, Hampstead Theatre

American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins asserts that the nightmarish workplace depicted in Gloria bears little resemblance to his time at the New Yorker, but that tension between truth and imagination adds a nicely meta layer to this spiky portrait of the ways in which we appropriate, fictionalise and commercially repackage reality.

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Colour, architecture and thrillers

On my June MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Pick of the month: True colours See the world in a new way, thanks to Hella Jongerius’s Design Museum exhibition
  • Don’t miss: Architecture central Highlights of this year’s London Festival of Architecture
  • Commuter corner Amanda Craig’s The Lie of the Land and star-studded audio drama Homecoming

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BWW Interview: Sisters Grimm

Composer Ella Spira and choreographer Pietra Mello-Pittman on new dance musical Voices of the Amazon.

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BWW Interview: Jon Brittain

The playwright on the West End return of Rotterdam.

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BWW Interview: Sara Poyzer

The West End’s new Donna talks Mamma Mia!

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Hamlet, Harold Pinter Theatre

Following a sold-out Almeida run, Robert Icke’s thoughtfully contemporary take on Shakespeare hits the West End, with its original cast mainly intact (Derbhle Crotty succeeds Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude on 4 July). The big draw, of course, is the superb Andrew Scott in the title role, but Icke’s production is just as considered in every supporting part, resulting in a wonderfully rich experience.

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BWW Interview: Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington

The stars of Jim Steinman’s musical Bat Out of Hell on landing the leads and working with Meat Loaf.

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BWW Interview: Killian Donnelly

The actor discusses playing Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables.

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Anatomy of a Suicide, Royal Court

“My mother says you’re tragedy personified,” reports a precocious child to Carol, who recently attempted suicide. It’s typical of Alice Birch’s harrowing new play, which wrings blistering humour as well as despair from its accomplished portrait of women in pain and their disconnect from those around them.

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The Political Is Personal: THE GREAT COMET and SWEAT

In this febrile climate, do we want societal critique from our theatre or pure escapism? As I experienced when I recently swapped BroadwayWorld UK Editor duties for a New York trip, both theatrical regions are currently just as charged by provocative, resonant commentary as by jazz hands ­- reflected by this year’s Tony Award nominations.

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