Theatre News

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

It’s a people’s revolution. For the very first time, a community cast takes the Olivier stage: around 200 non-professionals, led by a few actors, representing national diversity. And that’s no anaemic buzzword here, but real inclusion – assorted ages, sizes, ethnicities, experiences, performers in wheelchairs, in drag, all combining in the art of storytelling. It’s end-of-term play meets Danny Boyle’s London Olympics Opening Ceremony.

There’s no such thing as a dead cert in theatreland. No matter how bulletproof the material might seem (through reputation or otherwise), there is always the potential for it to flounder on the banks of poor execution, woeful miscasting and meandering direction.

Caroline David settles in for an evening of open-air theatre as director Maria Aberg oversees a quite brilliant adaption of the Little Shop of Horrors

The turn of the Millennium was one of those seismic moments in history, just like New Year’s Eve continues to be a heightened moment within our own lives.

David Conway, Hampstead Garden Opera’s new Chair, took the pulpit to announce that Facebook had taken down HGO’s posting “ .. for promoting sexual services” - it certainly was a strange start to a concert!

Laura Wade’s entertaining relationship drama examines the appeal of a retreat from complexity to the more defined certainties of the 50s.

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