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March 14 2014 Latest news:
It may be firmly rooted in South Boston, but David Lindsay-Abaire’s searingly funny dig at the uneasy co-existence of rich and poor in our cities could easily apply to Kilburn (see Zadie Smith’s NW).
With a book by Arthur Laurents adapted from his play ‘Time of the Cuckoo’ and the film ‘Summertime’, music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by the master lyricist Stephen Sondheim, it should have been a great piece of musical theatre being the first and only time these musical geniuses actually worked together – but somehow the elements just didn’t jell.
The Roundhouse’s annual Circusfest is the UK’s foremost festival of contemporary circus, staged in the uniquely appropriate circular auditorium of the former engine shed.
As midwestern stereotypes go, Eric Wininger had it all. Living a small-town life in Bloomington, Indiana, the married father of three was a wood-chopping, motorcycle-riding churchgoer who earned his keep selling ink toner from door to door.
Like many classic comedies, Shelagh Delaney’s 1950s slice of northern realism ‘A Taste of Honey’ was intent upon breaching social boundaries.
But its dated themes were the only sticking point of this delectable revival.
Tennessee Williams spent much of his later life in hotel rooms and indeed died in one in 1983. He wrote many short plays set in them – often seedy, run-down boarding houses – but this trio of vignettes, penned in different decades, takes place in three rooms at one of London’s most elegant hotels.
It’s a harrowing fact, but 1984 is that rare type of book that ripens with age. The Almeida’s theatrical interpretation is a typically stylish, highly detailed and terrifyingly relevant affair in the wake of the Snowden revelations.
Tennessee Williams wrote an abundance of one-act plays whilst acquiring the style of his later work. The subject and setting here are familiar.
Every night, Lisa Dwan surrounds her mouth with thick black make-up, clamps her blind-folded head into a vice fixed eight foot above the stage and begins to speak at a ferocious pace.
When Beckett’s Happy Days was first performed in London in 1962, Kenneth Tynan argued that it was a metaphor extended beyond its capacity. Certainly, Winnie’s claustrophobic predicament – being half-buried alive – presents an opportunity to showcase acting skills, akin to playing Lear or Hamlet.
A quick dash from Finsbury Park tube station, through the drenching rain, and I am in the warm, lively atmosphere of this new theatre, which has already established a reputation for staging innovative new work.
In his latest play, Tim Pigott-Smith plays a Long Island TV repairman recovering from a stroke after the death of his wife. As “feel-good” stories go, Stroke Of Luck might not seem an immediate candidate, but its lead star is acutely aware of the zeitgeist.
Top lawyer Justine Thornton – wife of Labour leader Ed Miliband – has spoken out about sexism in the legal professions at a talk to schoolchildren to mark International Women’s Week.
The BBC’s director general has thrown his support behind the plans to transform Alexandra Palace’s television studios into an interactive education centre.
Tributes have poured in from all sides of politics to the veteran Labour politician and former cabinet minister Tony Benn, who has died at home at the age of 88.
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