White hot, stripped down to its essentials, this searing version of Sophocles’ Oedipus, adapted and directed by Robert Icke may well be the defining drama for our times, where f…
Breaking the Waves is a wrenching moral drama about a woman’s twisted bargain with God.
Who owns the land? What if the land you think is yours already ‘belongs’ to someone else? The tragedy that is Australian history, the encounter between the ‘savages’ and th…
Guess Q’s back! The naughtiest puppets in town will be heading to a theatre near you as comedy musical Avenue Q returns next year to tour the UK with all of your favour…
You are cordially invited to a magical house party on the grandest scale.
Swarming with highwaymen, thieves, jailors, pimps and prostitutes, John Gay’s savagely satirical and wildly entertaining ‘ballad opera’ invites you into a world of greed, cri…
Love Chapter 2 by L-E-V, choreographed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, is a twin-piece to OCD Love, both part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
A profoundly disturbing show, OCD Love (part one of Love Cycle) is produced by Israeli L-E-V dance company with original and technically difficult choreography by Sharon Eyal in c…
Cold Blood is a unique experience of cinema, theatre, dance and music brought to us by Kiss and Cry Collective.
Legally Blonde (based on the movie of the same name) tells the story of Elle Woods, a party girl who decides to go to Harvard Law School to convince her ex-boyfriend that she can b…
The Sound of Music is a beautiful, uncomplicated musical about courage, love and doing the right thing, and this production is a beautiful, uncomplicated rendition that stays true …
The joy and the pain, the wisdom and the humour preserved by the humble letter – expertly brought to life by some of the most acclaimed performers from around the world.
Leftfield pop’s answer to Stephen Sondheim, Stephin Merritt has been called one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Alfred Brendel does not believe that the merits of an artist can be explained or illuminated by his private life.
Do you believe in ghosts? What if a room could tell you the life stories of the people that have inhabited it? Better still – what if it could sing you those stories?
In this bra…
In The Divide Pt 2, Alan Ayckbourn answers my primary issues with Pt 1: the lack of a driving narrative force, and an associated lack of meaningful emotional resonance.
Man, I love theatres.
If you had to pick one writer to sum up the inventive spirit of the post-war transatlantic era, you could hardly do better than Paul Auster.
“I used to be Shirley Valentine,” explains the focus of Willy Russell’s 1986 one-woman play; a 42 year old Liverpudlian woman who, now that the children have flown …
one deliciously unique—sadly never repeatable—moment during the opening night
of Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show, when Stewart introduces the
singer Susan B…
can always feel a particular kind of excitement in an auditorium, before “curtain
up”, when a significant proportion of the audience are (a) less than five years
Pantomime, as we’re reminded by
the Ambassador Theatre Group’s pre-show video (narrated by Brian Blessed), is a
peculiarly British theatrical tradition, although it’s a sha…
no doubting the energy in Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre before this show starts;
many kids are already singing along to a soundtrack of current chart hits.
Sister Act, the
ever-popular stage musical based on the successful Whoopie Goldberg film, is a
feel-good delight, and this latest production starring X-Factor winner Alexandra Bu…
World-famous musical Chicago
follows the lives of two women in a Chicago prison in the 1920s, both awaiting
trial for murder.
Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical and inspired by the hit film, we take you on a high-flying journey through the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading and the fie…
theatre requires some degree of “suspension of disbelief”.
The fantastical, magical stories created by
Roald Dahl have proven themselves to have the potential to inspire family shows
that enthral rather than patronise with the award-winn…
The atmosphere on New Road was buzzing.
Some people claim that the 1960s and
1970s were the golden age of British comedy.
Everyone has a story about Tom,
says the narrator.
to a “classic” Agatha Christie whodunnit after a full day’s binging on the
latest series of the BBC’s Silent Witness – oh, the life of a reviewer! –
that magic time of year when we theatre critics stop watching plays about
middle class people and their problems, and get to watch a man in a dress tell
dirty jokes to ki…
enjoyed a relatively carefree childhood and colourful teenage youth during the
1970s, I’m often still annoyed by the apparent cultural consensus
which dismisses those y…
Written very much in the tradition of
the suspense-filled, atmospheric ghost stories by M R James, Susan Hill’s gothic novel, The Woman in Black, has been adapted
The History Boys – at least according to the programme
notes accompanying this latest tour – is “generally
regarded as Alan Bennett’s masterpiece”.
It’s called, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ but this isn’t the production you remember from your childhood.
Freshly-graduated and bright-eyed Princeton arrives in Avenue Q looking for his purpose but
lacking the funds to afford anywhere better to stay.
An English Lit graduate searching for purpose in his life; a closet homosexual banker with repressed feelings for his straight roommate; a porn obsessed monster; an idealistic kind…
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