Tag Archives: puppet

Pinocchio, National Theatre

The puppet who wants to be a real boy is all grown up in this new musical version – very much the darker side of Disney. Book writer Dennis Kelly went back to the original 19th-century Italian tale, by Collodi, and tonally, … Continue reading

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Brash but glib puppet tale

Move over, Avenue Q: there’s a new puppet in town. Flame-haired, foul-mouthed Tyrone, star of Robert Askins’ semi-autobiographical farce, is a nightmarish creation, but a necessary release for cowed Texas teen Jason, struggling with the death of his father. Mother … Continue reading

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‘Good theatre should be provocative’

Hand to God actress Jemima Rooper talks puppetry, repression and blind casting. Read my full Ham & High interview here

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Hand to God, Vaudeville Theatre

There will be blood. And expletives. And puppet sex that makes Avenue Q look positively monastic. But perhaps most shocking of all is that beneath the eye-wateringly explicit surface of Robert Askins’ provocative farce, which began life Off-Off-Broadway in 2011, lies … Continue reading

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Peter Pan, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

“All children, except one, grow up.” So begins J. M. Barrie’s iconic tale of arrested development, given new power and poignancy in this high-flying production. A century after one of Barrie’s youthful collaborators, George Llewelyn Davies, was killed at Ypres, … Continue reading

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Dead Sheep, Park Theatre

While seven-way debate rages, broadcaster and debuting playwright Jonathan Maitland takes us back 25 years to a radically different political landscape: a time of regents, and of regicide. It’s 1990 – Thatcher the leader claiming divine right to rule, Geoffrey … Continue reading

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Salsa secrets, puppets and World Book Day

New in the Dance Today section: Coming out of the shadows From the Oscars and the Olympics to Sadler’s Wells, a look at the renaissance of shadow theatre Going solo The best ballroom classes and activities that don’t require a partner, and how to … Continue reading

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