Antigone, Juliette Binoche

Antigone brings the best out of Juliette Binoche

The French star and director Ivo Van Hove make a formidable pair, writes Mark Fisher When London theatregoers fall into raptures over Ivo Van Hove, I can never decide whether to be smug or irritated. Smug, because here in Scotland, we were enjoying the work of this Belgian-born director as long ago as 1998. Back …

Saloni Sonawala on Bollywood in step with the Tattoo’s martial tune

Saloni Sonawala thought she was really going places – until she was offered a role in a unique cross-cultural collaboration, writes Kelly Apter Saloni Sonawala had dreamed of visiting the Bahamas since she was a child, and now it was finally happening. The cruise tickets were booked, six other families were joining her – and …

Theatre Shows August 3, 2015

Simon McBurney on survival in the Amazon

Simon McBurney tells Susan Mansfield about survival in the Amazon jungle and why audiences at his new show will have to wear headphones In the last week of a July, many a director is burning the midnight oil, putting the finishing touches to their Edinburgh show, and Simon McBurney is no exception. The creative force …

Ken Jaworowski’s top five monologues

The soliloquy is a powerful thing, be it on stage or screen. Writer Ken Jaworowski’s Acts of Redemption is seven mini one-man plays providing little windows into his characters’ worlds. He guides us through what he thinks are the most inspiring and iconic monologues in any medium… eveeer There’s so much great writing out there. …

Blog Theatre July 24, 2015

CATS set for 8-week run at Blackpool Opera House

Sponsored post: Direct from its sell-out season at the London Palladium, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 2015 Olivier Award nominated musical CATS returns to Blackpool, for a strictly limited eight-week run at the Blackpool Opera House from July 9. Adapted from TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, with an amazing musical score that includes the timeless …

Theatre April 14, 2015

Neville’s Island – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island, which is running at the Duke Of Yorks Theatre in London until January 3 [Photo: Johan Persson] Team bonding – two words to strike chills into the hearts of middle managers everywhere. But there’s great comic potential when a weekend away with office co-workers goes horribly wrong. A revival of Tim …

Gypsy – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, at Chichester Festival Theatre until November 8 Imelda Staunton has become the “go to” person to tackle larger-than-life characters on stage. If you thought her award-winning turn as Sweeney Todd‘s Mrs Lovett was a knock-out then wait until you see her in her Stephen Sondheim follow-up, Gypsy. The …

Taken At Midnight – theatre review

Theatre critic Anne Cox offers her verdict on Mark Hayhurst’s Taken At Midnight, which is at Chichester Festival Theatre until November 1 There are moments in Mark Hayhurst’s remarkable play, Taken At Midnight, when the audience at the opening in Chichester’s Minerva Theatre were left on the brink of tears. One man was so angry at …

Love Me Do – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on extraordinary apocalyptic ’60s play Love Me Do, on at Watford Palace Theatre until October 18. So, it’s the end of the world and we are all about to be blown to pieces in a thermo-nuclear war. How would you spend your last day? It sounds like one of those …

Next Fall – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on compelling drama Next Fall, on at Southwark Playhouse until October 25. Charlie Condou swept out of Coronation Street as sexually confused nurse Marcus for a new start in London (where the nation’s favourite soap thinks the streets are paved with gold). It’s a brave step for a jobbing actor to …

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