Tag Archives: ian mckellen

A complete guide to London pantomimes

The history of pantomime and some of the best pantos to catch this Christmas. Read my full London Theatre article here

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Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] 2 is more of a who’s-in-it

Jonathan Pryce is the first celebrity guest at the Park Theatre. Read my full Telegraph article here

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The Cherry Orchard, Theatre Royal Windsor

This summer, the 82-year-old Ian McKellen became the oldest Hamlet on record in Sean Mathias’s age-, gender- and colour-blind production at Theatre Royal Windsor. Now that same company shifts from Shakespeare to Chekhov. Read my full Telegraph review here

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All the performers returning to iconic roles in the West End and beyond

This is a great time to see the definitive portrayals of some of the best roles in theatre. Not only are there numerous fantastic revivals and returning productions in town, but the lead actors who previously starred in those shows … Continue reading

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Book review: Dramatic Exchanges, ed. Daniel Rosenthal

This fascinating tome offers an insider’s history of the National Theatre, via some 800 letters exchanged between Artistic Directors, actors, directors, playwrights, politicians, agents, critics and more. From arcane trivia through to vigorous words on the very nature and purpose … Continue reading

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The Lehman Trilogy leads July’s Top 10 new London shows

From a new theatrical epic to Shakespeare and musical spoof. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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No Man’s Land, Wyndham’s Theatre

We are lost in the wood. In the limbo state between dream and reality, memory and present, youth and age, companionship and seclusion, life and death, struggle and success, fame and obscurity. Pinter often visits that place of in between, … Continue reading

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No Man’s Land Leads September’s Top 10 New London Shows

From two theatrical titans taking on Pinter to the RSC in London and an unusual dining experience. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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A poignant take on a post-apocalytic world

The Sydney Theatre Company team had an appropriately Beckettian experience while mounting this new production: the first few weeks of rehearsal were spent waiting for a director who never appeared. Company director Andrew Upton eventually took over from absent Tamás … Continue reading

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Waiting for Godot, Barbican

In a peculiarly Beckettian development, the creative team of this Sydney Theatre Company production spent several weeks of rehearsal waiting not for Godot, but for their director. Tamás Ascher – who spotted the casting potential of Uncle Vanya co-stars Hugo … Continue reading

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