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50 Shades! the Musical – The Original Parody

With the arrival each year of new musicals that retread Sondheim and Lloyd Webber with depressing self-importance, well-crafted, tongue-in-cheek shows such as The Book of Mormon deservedly fill the gap, and 50 Shades! is a…...

Hay Fever

With the sad implosion of summer over this recent bank holiday, this vibrant staging of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, with its scenario of being trapped in a country property with a demented family, couldn’t have been better timed.
Director Lindsay Posner, in his Coward debut, brings characteristic pace and conviction to the playwright’s typically well observed, if a tad unfocused,...

Muse of Fire

Fire destroyed the first Globe Theatre in 1613. Perhaps it was a carelessly fired cannon. Or maybe there was – and is – a terrifying, seductively sweet-voiced muse of fire (Melanie Wilson), crouched under the Thames and lurking in the bowels of the new Globe, waiting to pounce. It’s an ingenious idea and now very well developed and polished as...

The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face

Given that The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face is an immersive experience and, as such, contains many elements of surprise, it is a challenge to articulate an opinion while maintaining the sense of mystery.
Perhaps an illustration of the experience is demonstrated in the request at the start to take off your shoes and put them in a...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 35, 2014




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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the August 28 issue of The Stage
    • As King Charles III transfers to the West End, Tim Pigott-Smith talks about preparing for the role
    • "Steam started rising from the bed." The Green Room team tackles the thorny issue of finding good digs in The Half
    • It's time to stop mistaking bullying in the workplace for 'mercurial behaviour', says John Byrne
    • Where did the old lighting console go to die? No, it's not a joke. Rob Halliday tracks down a trove of vintage backstage kit
    • Plus... @WestEndProducer on auditions: "They may cause excessive sweating, nerves, excitement, nausea, and sometimes death"
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster