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Muswell Hill. Picture credit: Boris Mitkov

Theatre review: Muswell Hill at the White Bear Theatre, SE11

The dinner party setting is fruitful as a landscape for writers, enabling an easy shortcut to collide disparate personalities for conflict. In some ways, the obvious utility of the setting has led to a saturation point on the theatre stage.

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Nicola Hughes as Bess and Rufus Bonds Jr as Porgy. Photo Johan Persson

Theatre review: Porgy and Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

It seemed even the gods approved of the Open Air Theatre’s production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess when we visited.

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Denise Van Outen channels ‘outrageous’ past into new play inspired by Shirley Valentine

As a 10-year-old growing up in Essex, Denise Van Outen used to sing along to the pop music coming from her older sister’s bedroom. Now the 40-year-old presenter and actress has worked those 80s favourites into a semi-autobiographical solo show about a woman having a mid-life crisis.

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Sophie Thompson wins Celebrity MasterChef 2014

Sophie Thompson steps back on the boards after MasterChef success

After wooing a fearsome collective of Italian restaurateurs to become the winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2014, Sophie Thompson is understandably taking a bit of a timeout from the kitchen.

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Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles at Leicester Square Theatre

Theatre review: Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles at the Leicester Square Theatre

At the very start of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, we are told this is not just another jukebox musical that sees “a lot of Beatles songs chewed up and spat out” to the audience’s delight.

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Jodi Ann Bickley

Camden Roundhouse Poetry Slams: Kids in the riot of poetry competition

Poetry is rarely compared to a riot but then again the Roundhouse Poetry Slams is no ordinary spoken word event.

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Helen McCrory as Medea

Theatre Review: Medea at the National Theatre

It’s an ‘unthinkable’ crime, yet all too fathomable in Carrie Cracknell’s electrifying production.

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Shakespeare in Love at Noel Coward Theatre

Theatre Review: Shakespeare In Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

Many will already have seen the Oscar-winning film version of Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, starring Joseph Fiennes.

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curious incident of the dog in the night time

Theatre Review: Curious Incident Of A Dog In The Night Time

It’s fantastic that the National Theatre’s exemplary production didn’t disappear when the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre came down during a performance last December.

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plays upstairs at the gatehouse

Fatal Attraction star comes to the defence of war-hating Jane Fonda in new play

When Jane Fonda travelled to Vietnam in 1972, the Oscar- winning actress was campaigning against the “war crime” of American bombs targeting the country’s vital dyke system. But during her visit, the political activist was photographed laughing while seated on a Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun, an act which infuriated US war vets and earned her the nickname Hanoi Jane.

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A scene from The Importance Of Being Earnest @ Harold Pinter Theatre. Directed by Lucy Bailey.
(Opening 27-07-14)
©Tristram Kenton 06/14
(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550  Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Theatre review: The Importance of being Earnest at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Very importantly, this is not simply a production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece and most perfect of plays. It is a play about a bunch of middle-aged (and older) amateur actors somewhere in twee middle England putting on their latest staging of Oscar’s comic masterpiece.

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Lucia McAnespie and Yolanda Kettle  Joanna Kirkland and Yolanda Kettle

Theatre review: Shutters at the Park Theatre

In Park 90, the most intimate of the three performance spaces in this exciting new theatre, Making Productions stages three short plays by American playwrights.

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Sam Duckworth, whose stage name Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will be dropped after September 12.

Sam hosts a party as he hangs up the Cape to assume new identity

They say when you are a performing star it is never easy to know when exactly to step away from the spotlight.

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Muswell Hill. Picture credit: Boris Mitkov

Theatre review: Muswell Hill at the White Bear Theatre, SE11

The dinner party setting is fruitful as a landscape for writers, enabling an easy shortcut to collide disparate personalities for conflict. In some ways, the obvious utility of the setting has led to a saturation point on the theatre stage.

Read full story »

Art See all

Olympic opening ceremony (night)

Picture gallery: Former Telegraph cartoonist Nicholas Garland brings colour of London’s 2012 Olympics to life

Two years ago, cartoonist Nicholas Garland landed the commission of a lifetime – to capture the atmosphere and events of the impending 2012 Olympics.

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