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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...

Journey's End

With this year’s centenary of the First World War, authors such as RC Sherriff, Pat Barker, Sebastian Faulks and Stephen MacDonald are enjoying a revival of their dramatic works at theatres around the country.
In the intimate space of the Watermill, designer Katie Lias recreates a British dugout yards from the front line. The majority of productions here utilise the...

Propaganda Swing

Peter Arnott’s new play takes us into Berlin in 1939-40 and into the heart of a jazz band which has been offered a Faustian pact – the group can continue to play their favourite music but only as part of a Nazi broadcasting service aiming to undermine the British.
Based on true stories, Propaganda Swing examines some difficult questions –...


David Alden returns to English National Opera with a deracinated Otello that moves the action forward to the 1920s, suggested by Jon Morrell’s period costumes. His not quite unchanging architectural set indicates an older Mediterranean milieu, possibly ecclesiastical in origin but long appropriated for military purposes.
The large-scale public space doubles as a windowless interior, much assisted by Adam Silverman’s...

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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 11 issue of The Stage
    • Brian Conley talks to Matt Hemley about how his stage roles have taken him to new heights in showbiz
    • "I look, quite frankly, like a thug." Careers advice from John Byrne on the pros and cons of being typecast
    • Andrew Plaice talks to Toby Jones about training, breaks and the return of Dad's Army
    • Life stages: Susan Elkin talks to Polka Theatre artistic director Peter Glanville, while Catherine Love explores Home Sweet Home, a community production for the older generation
    • Plus... how apps are changing the theatre experience for the hard of hearing and foreign-language audiences
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster