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Hamilton review

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ground-breaking Hamilton – filmed, NT Live style, with the original Broadway cast at three performances in June 2016 – was meant to hit cinemas next autumn. Instead, in response to Covid-19, it’s now streaming on Disney+. Read my … Continue reading

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Hamilton, Disney+

The movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights was meant to hit cinemas this summer, but, in response to Covid-19, has been put back to 2021. Instead, we get the early release on Disney+ of Miranda’s Hamilton – filmed, NT Live style, with the original Broadway cast at three … Continue reading

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The Last Five Years, The Other Palace Digital

A musical featuring two people who are physically separated? Jason Robert Brown’s work is a shutdown natural – as this new digital theatre version demonstrates. Lauren Samuels and Danny Becker, who play doomed lovers Cathy and Jamie, recorded their parts entirely in isolation, with Samuels (previously … Continue reading

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Cats, The Shows Must Go On

Cats is, declares composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, a show that doesn’t really have a story, but was beloved on stage because it’s “the ultimate theatrical experience”. That’s the point which Tom Hooper’s grotesque, nightmarish movie adaptation so profoundly missed, with its computer-generated monstrosities and ham-fisted attempts … Continue reading

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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Configurations

Acclaimed contemporary company Shobana Jeyasingh Dance are now sharing work online, kicking off with their seminal 1988 Configurations. Reworked in 2012, it’s a ground-breaking collaboration between Jeyasingh and composer Michael Nyman. Read my full The i Paper top pick here

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The Swan, Birmingham Royal Ballet Online

The great Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova danced The Dying Swan – a short work choreographed for her by Mikhail Fokine – around 4,000 times. It was such a key part of her identity that she reportedly cried out, while … Continue reading

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Rain, Sadler’s Wells Online

The latest Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage offering is a real treat for contemporary dance fans: leading choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s signature work, performed by her company, Rosas, at the venue in 2017. Read my full The i Paper review … Continue reading

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Treasure Island, National Theatre at Home

Swaggering pirates, X marks the spot, a chattering parrot, “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum”? All present and correct. But Bryony Lavery’s winning 2014 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson for the National, directed by Polly Findlay, also features key updates and wonderfully creative ideas, plus … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line, Hampstead Theatre online

This week’s gem from the Hampstead’s vaults is Howard Brenton’s political drama from 2013, telling the extraordinary, stranger-than-fiction story of Cyril Radcliffe and his 1947 mission: to arrange the Partition of India in just five weeks. A tale of battling ideologies, gross colonial arrogance and disregard, … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre, National Theatre at Home

The National Theatre’s online broadcasts got off to a storming start with One Man, Two Guvnors – watched by over 2.5 million people, either on the night or in the week since its live streaming, and raising around £66,000 in donations. Let’s hope … Continue reading

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