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Out of Order

Also known as Whose Wife is it Anyway?, Out of Order is the more popular and relevant title for this ministerial comedy which sees cabinet minister Richard Willey MP trying to keep his own house in order despite calls from the House of Commons during an all-night debate.
The usual farce format of three doors augmented by a faulty sash...

Silent Planet

There’s a strong taste of George Orwell’s 1984 in Eve Leigh’s first full-length play, although Leigh is more hopeful about the resilience of the human spirit. Silent Planet explores how literature provides an escape from a punishingly dictatorial regime. As a prisoner (Matthew Thomas’ sinewy Yurchak) and his doctor (Graeme McKnight’s benevolent Gavriil) bond over a love of narrative, Leigh...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It’s a 10th anniversary celebration for stars of the show, father and son double act Clive Webb (Oddjob) and Danny Adams (Muddles), and the young director, producer and writer Michael Harrison. All three have created this version of pantomime over the past decade, and their success is such that it no longer feels like Christmas until the lights go up...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 48, 2014




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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the November 27 issue of The Stage
    •  More than 350 Christmas shows around the UK listed in our epic pantomime special
    • Panto veteran Christopher Biggins explains why panto is the hardest he works all year, and why he wouldn't have it any other way
    • "Panto snobs don't have souls." Michael Coveney takes on po-faced panto haters
    • Pan-global panto: how the rest of the world has taken a British tradition and tuned it to the local culture
    • Mind-blowing special effects are par for the panto course when you're entertaining families in the CGI age. We meet the company making them happen
    • It's not all panto. Oh, yes it is! And for many theatres, seasonal programming is what keeps the doors open for the rest of the year. We track the serious business of pantomime