Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Theatre

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Review – Fairytale Spins Light Through Darkness

During the four years in which Sergei Prokofiev was writing the music for Cinderella, the world was engaged in a war of industrial-scale brutality. As half of Europe fell to Nazi occupation, Britain suffered...

When Was The Circus Born?

Circus was born in Britain 250 years ago. On an abandoned patch of marshland near London’s Waterloo, showman, entrepreneur and equestrian rider Philip Astley laid out a 42-foot ring with a piece of rope and filled...

“This Isn’t Colour-Blind Casting”: Hamilton Makes Its Charged West End Debut

Since Hamilton debuted in New York in 2015, the hip-hop musical, which transferred to the West End in London this month, has been breaking the conventions of musical theatre with award-winning abandon. There was the subject matter:...

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Review – Compellingly Sung Operatic Misery

Catch this classic double bill of Italian opera in The Royal Opera’s Olivier Award-winning production, with Daniel Oren conducting two excellent casts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=FvysCt1Q9NQ Michieletto is not the first director to dream up an intertwining of these...

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Review – Sally Cookson Conjures Magic Of...

The best magic is sometimes the simplest. That’s certainly true of Sally Cookson’s new adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which rejects technical trickery in favour of old-fashioned sleight of hand. Where other stage...

Sugarplum Sensations: The Best Dance Shows This Christmas

Matthew Bourne brings back his Blitz-set Cinderella, Arthur Pita presents The Little Match Girl with cartoon robots and there are Nutcrackers aplenty. Nutcrackers. A Christmas season without dancing snowflakes, magical toys and sugar plum fairies...

A Christmas Carol Review – A Love Song To Christmas

Since its publication as a novella in 1843, Charles Dickens’s "A Christmas Carol" has become a multimedia institution, inspiring everyone from Mickey Mouse to the Muppets with its spooky tale of seasonal redemption. So there...

“The Parisian Woman” Review At Hudson Theatre

This new play by Beau Willimon, creator of TV series House of Cards, explores the complex marital arrangements of a Washington DC power couple. "The Parisian Woman" is a brittle and brutal examination of what...

Review: For Love Or Money by Northern Broadsides

Take an 18th-century French satire, decide on a more modern period in which to set it and the universal themes of trickery and greed should do the rest. York Theatre Royal. until Sat Dec 02...

Chick Whittington – Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

In the year the University of Stirling turns 50, it’s apt that its in-house arts centre’s pantomime this season takes its audience on a time-travel trip to 1967, where tunes are groovy, love is...

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