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Saturday Night Fever

In adapting Saturday Night Fever for the stage, Robert Stigwood and Bill Oakes refused the easy option of creating a mere jukebox musical: throughout the show, the harsh themes of the film – drugs, racism, social exclusion and sexism – are frequently referenced. The iconic songs associated with the film are used to drive the plot and the finale does...

Mrs Gerrish's Grotto

This is the Ministry of Entertainment’s seventh visit to one of Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres and a return for fading, eager to please entrepreneur, Mrs Gerrish.
Mrs Gerrish – or Brenda, to her friends – is trying a little business diversification, throwing open the doors of her modest Weston-super-Mare guest house for the festive season. Such a set-up and the...

Almost Maine

Love is all around but it’s far from wet wet wet or syrupy in John Cariani’s cult assemblage of a score of characters splintered by passion. Reduced from the original nine to eight scenes, played without interval, the tone varies from dry to exuberant, from corrosive revelation to elegiac compromise, buttered with the unexpected.
This is the UK premiere of...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 51, 2014




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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the December 11 issue of The Stage
    • Our bumper Christmas issue is chock full of festive treats, with The Stage team and contributors picking the shows that raised the roof - and those that should have been kicked into the pit. Plus, there's a souvenir pull-out section for The Stage Scholarships 2014
    • The Big Interview: in an extended edition, Bill Kenwright talks about his role as an impresario in a career which has seen him stage around 400 shows, but 'only two for the money'
    • Miranda Richardson is back on Christmas TV in Mapp and Lucia. She talks to The Stage about the role, and about the training and auditions that forged her career
    • As he steps into Patrick Stewart's boots as Shylock in Rupert Goold's The Merchant of Venice, Ian McDiarmid talks about Shakespearean reinvention... and Star Wars
    • The next issue of the stage – featuring The Stage 100 and The Stage Awards winners – is out on January 1, 2015