Category Archives: Theatre

West End Frame Show

Had the pleasure of joining Andrew Tomlins on his popular industry podcast once again, discussing the Olivier Awards and Black British Theatre Awards. Listen to the West End Frame Show here

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The Real Inspector Hound, Lockdown Theatre Online

Critics generally have a bad time of it in drama. Think of the poisonous Tabitha Dickinson in Birdman, the manipulative Addison DeWitt in All About Eve, or the aptly named Anton Ego in Ratatouille. Read my The i Paper review

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Bubble, Nottingham Playhouse Online

James Graham, our go-to chronicler of modern history, follows up his dramatisations of Brexit, coalition government and the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? cheating scandal with this swift appraisal of Covid-19 lockdown. Set in his home county, it’s performed for … Continue reading

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First Date, Crazy Coqs Online

With live, in-person dating now on the critical list in our tiered land, the very premise of this American musical comedy seems transgressive. Mind, we might feel better about our solo Netflix viewing, given how woefully the titular rendezvous begins. Read my full The … Continue reading

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Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon, Original Theatre Online

It’s 50 years since the near-fatal Apollo 13 mission, and 25 years since the Tom Hanks-led movie of “Houston, we have a problem” fame. Now, the Original Theatre Company brings us Torben Betts’s new one-hour online play, pegged to our “age of … Continue reading

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What the Constitution Means to Me, Amazon Prime

When Heidi Shreck was 15, she travelled around the US giving debate speeches about the Constitution to win scholarship money for college. This electrifying, Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated play resurrects that teenage self, while demonstrating how the founding document has failed … Continue reading

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Roundup: Check Out These Socially Distanced Shows

Hurrah for the green shoots in our beleaguered industry. Lots of venues are mounting new shows and bringing back our favourites over the next few weeks and months – albeit with social distancing and safety measures in place. Here are … Continue reading

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Burn, Old Vic Online

The Old Vic has recently announced it is sticking with digital productions until at least spring 2021. That means more live-streamed work from its empty auditorium, including the upcoming return of A Christmas Carol, a Remembrance Day piece, and this new Sheila Atim … Continue reading

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Public cash for billionaires? The questions hanging over Oliver Dowden’s Cultural Recovery Fund

This week saw some succour for the arts. The award of £257 million in grants to British organisations has finally been announced. This money will come from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, and it’s designed to tide businesses over … Continue reading

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The government’s attitude to Fatima and the arts will put them on the wrong side of history – they just don’t know it yet

The latest tone-deaf salvo from our government to the creative sector is a CyberFirst campaign (belatedly removed after an outcry), one part of which depicts a ballet dancer called Fatima. The text reads: “Fatima’s next job could be in cyber (she just doesn’t know it … Continue reading

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