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The Belle's Stratagem

The Belle's Stratagem

Writer and director Tony Cownie has established a particular niche at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, taking potentially overlooked 18th century comedies (like Carlo Goldoni's The Venetian Twins) or modern works inspired by them (Liz Lochhead’s Thon Man Moliere) and giving them a distinctly Scottish twist... 

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Knives in Hens
Knives in Hens

David Harrower’s debut play, Knives in Hens, made a big splash back in 1995, recognised as a modern classic which has since seen revivals by companies as diverse as the National Theatre of Scotland (in 2011) and, last year, Donmar Warehouse... 

The Lover
The Lover

When watching the stage adaptation of any book, especially one I’ve not read, there’s often a question lingering at the back of my mind; would I appreciate this more, would I understand this better, if I had? It’s a telling distraction, of course; arguably, any stage adaptation should stand or fall on its own metaphorical feet as a work of theatre; if you need to bring background information to make the experience work, it’s failed... 

John
John

UK theatregoers may be playing catch-up when it comes to playwright Annie Baker. Whilst her first major work, Body Awareness, premiered off-Broadway at the David Mamet and William H Macy founded Atlantic Theatre Company almost a decade ago, it was only 2016's The Flick here at The National's Dorfman that seemed to get most of us talking... 

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Features

King Lear starring Ian McKellen is on sale now

King Lear starring Ian McKellen is on sale now

Following its sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Munby’s explosive revival of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy King Lear moves to the West End with a celebrated cast led by Ian McKellen as the embittered monarch in a fractured kingdom. 

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Sweet Venues expands for Brighton Fringe 2018
Sweet Venues expands for Brighton Fringe 2018

As one of the heavy hitters at Brighton Fringe, Sweet Venues have announced they doubling their number of spaces in 2018 with two new venues... 

An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre
An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre

The Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. 

Black Friday Deals on West End Shows
Black Friday Deals on West End Shows

All this week we've got some fantastic offers on your favourite West End shows. Check back daily for the latest offers. 

Interviews

Fiona McNamara & Ralph Upton on their Approach to Audience Interaction

Fiona McNamara & Ralph Upton on their Approach to Audience Interaction

Binge Culture are a performance-art group of five that originated in Wellington, New Zealand. They’re always thinking about how to get the audience involved in their work and playing with forms outside of traditional theatre. The group have three highly contrasting shows to this year’s Fringe – Whales, Break Up: We Need to Talk and Ancient Shrines and Half Truths... 

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‘Edinburgh is kind of like tapas’ – New Diorama Theatre’s David Byrne
‘Edinburgh is kind of like tapas’ – New Diorama Theatre’s David Byrne

Having received rave reviews for The Secret Life of Humans as well as supporting dozens of other theatre companies at the Fringe and beyond, the New Diorama Theatre has made a name for itself as one of the new powerhouses of British theatre... 

100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace on Sensitive Issues in Theatre
100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace on Sensitive Issues in Theatre

Having made their Fringe debut last year with The Life and Times of Lionel, theatre company Forget About The Dog are back with their new show, 100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace... 

Queerness and Colonialism in Lilith: The Jungle Girl at the Traverse
Queerness and Colonialism in Lilith: The Jungle Girl at the Traverse

In nineteenth-century Holland, a leading neuroscientist tries to ‘civilise’ a wild girl who was raised by lions in the heart of Borneo... 

Latest Listings

The Last Bordello

The Last Bordello

A sweet young terrorist must lose his virginity tonight. But will he get out of the brothel alive? There’s one bordello left in a brutal war zone and inside the atmosphere’s like an X-rated mad hatter’s tea party. The Last Bordello is an ingeniously fiendish labyrinth that gets more puzzling and suspenseful with every wrong turn – think Margaret Atwood meets David Lynch... 

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Instructions for Correct Assembly
Instructions for Correct Assembly

Maybe turn down the ‘opinionated’ dial? Hari and Max weren’t satisfied with their first attempt at parenthood, so they’re giving it a second go... 

The Cane
The Cane

“It will be the biggest send off any teacher has ever had. No teacher is as loved” After 45 years as a dedicated teacher, Edward is looking forward to the imminent celebration to mark his retirement... 

Pity
Pity

“Two bombs in one day is a foul coincidence” “Don’t forget the lightning strike” A normal day...