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The Trial of Jane Fonda

Underwhelming account of Jane Fonda’s visit to Hanoi in 1972 feels more like history than theatre...

Lovecraft's Monsters

Free solo show about Lovecraft and his horror fiction will leave you feeling unsatisfied...

As You Like It

The Forest of Arden is summonsed to the industrial shed of Southwark Playhouse with the mere flutter of a few hundred (or maybe thousand) strips of multi-coloured ticker-tape that are dispensed from buckets over the stage, as required to denote the changing of the seasons. It may well be that director Derek Bond and his designer Emma Bailey are a...


Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East collaborate on Roy Williams’ startling contemporary version of this classic Greek tragedy. The streets of Thebes are the streets of urban Britain, a murky underworld where gang culture rules, cocky young men strut as soldiers and Creo, the club owner, is king.
The story hasn’t changed in essence. Tig and Esme,...


It’s the oldest cliche in showbiz to stay a star is born, but one has arrived in Madelena Alberto in the title role of the West End’s new Evita. I first saw her onstage in a 2012 production of the musical Jekyll and Hyde at the 50-seat Union Theatre in Southwark. Now the alternately fierce and fragile actress swaps that...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 38, 2014




In memory of Fergal O’Mahony

Fergal O’Mahony wrote the last note of the musical Hallowed Ground last week before he took a trip to Marakesh, and less than a day after his return, Fergal very suddenly passed away on September…

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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the September 18 issue of The Stage
    • As Michael Vine leaves Objective, Matt Hemley clears the smoke and raise the mirrors surrounding the former magician's next trick
    • Manchester's Home theatre plans to open in spring 2015, but it's already in the middle of its first season. Ben East dons his hard hat for a site visit
    • In an extended dance training special edition of The Half, our experts ponder an exacting career, from first shoes to post-career options
    • West End star Kerry Ellis is back in Wicked, the show that made her name. She talks to Mark Shenton
    • As Downton Abbey returns for a fifth season, Maggie Brown talks to the producers about keeping the period drama fresh in the face of constant scrutiny
    • One of the more striking First World War centenary tributes is the poppy installation at the Tower of London. Kat Nugent finds out how Theatre Royal Plymouth's workshops did it
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster