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BWW Interview: Jonah Hauer-King

The actor discusses his role in The Entertainer and the experience of working with Kenneth Branagh. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here Advertisements

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Branagh is assured but lacks true desperation

Brexit-ish rants, generational divide, tax dodging and Middle East chaos: the contemporary resonance of John Osborne’s 1957 state-of-the-nation play The Entertainer is almost eerie. Paired with an effective metaphor – the dying days of music hall – it’s a strong closing … Continue reading

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Top 10 Plays Set In School

Education, education, education – it’s an inescapable topic in theatre. Recent years have seen Future Conditional (kicking off Matthew Warchus’s Old Vic tenure), Matilda the Musical, The Brink, Kin, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, and, of course, Harry Potter and … Continue reading

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The Entertainer, Garrick Theatre

The latest 2016 state-of-the-nation play has arrived – from 1957. There’s the Brexit-ish granddad mired in corrosive nostalgia, the forward-looking granddaughter joining anti-establishment protests in Trafalgar Square, tax dodging, a crisis of British identity, and chaos in the Middle East. … Continue reading

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Take Five! Spend Your Tea Break with Kenneth Branagh

Ahead of The Entertainer‘s opening at the Garrick, relive five of Kenneth Branagh’s great performances. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Groundhog Day Leads August’s Top 10 New London Shows

From Tim Minchin’s latest musical adaptation and Shakespeare in a department store to a highly anticipated Branagh performance. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Style over substance but Lily shines

For his latest Shakespearean venture, Kenneth Branagh has produced a panting paean to Fellini, with all the cultural nuance of a Simpsons episode. While ravishing, his transposition of the action to Fifties Italy is notable more for the fabulous fashions … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet, Garrick Theatre

Trouble remembering in which country Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers cross paths? Branagh’s panting paean to Fellini will sort you out. Stylish as a monochromatic Vogue spread, and as self-consciously Italian as Bruno Tonioli guzzling lasagne in a gondola, it’s not exactly … Continue reading

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Take Five! Spend your tea break with Derek Jacobi

As Derek Jacobi opens in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet, relive five of his great performances. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Richard Madden and Lily James’s Romeo and Juliet leads May’s Top 10 new London shows

From buzzy Shakespeare productions and satirical opera to Sideways and dance at the Old Vic. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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