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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

This version of ETA Hoffmann’s story provides an entertaining world of mice catapaulted out of holes, swans on roller skates, a magnificently terrifying multi-headed, red-eyed mouse (well done, puppet designer Max Humphries) and a tour de force scenic surprise when the whole stage is revealed in Act II.
On the other hand, the narrative is pretty bitty, with a long,...

Don Quixote

Never my favourite ballet, Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote has always struck me as inexpressibly dull. So three cheers for Carlos Acosta, whose revisions and additions have given it an entirely new lease of life. In a production that bursts with energy and joy from the opening – even more so than its premiere last year – the company is clearly...

Mixed program 2014

With 10 dancers, including one guest, stable management, and Arts Council funding that’s escaped the recent cuts, more is expected of Phoenix Dance Theatre than in its recent past. In performance terms this means committed dancers and choreography that brings out their strengths. This in turn puts the spotlight on the company’s artistic director Sharon Watson, and in Christopher Bruce...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 47, 2014




5 things about agents that bug actors

There are some common complaints among actors when it comes to agents, and the worry about the effect those complaints have on the relationship tends to breed negativity. But with a bit of positive thinking…

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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