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Still Game

Popular BBC Scotland sit-com Still Game takes a new step into a 12,000-seat arena theatre, seven years after the last of its six series. In fact, this is a return to the stage for Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill’s comedy, in which they star as crusty Glasgow pensioners Jack and Victor, because its first incarnation was at the Edinburgh fringe.

Not About Heroes

Blackeyed Theatre’s resourceful, progressive adaptation of Stephen MacDonald’s 1982 First World War poets drama, about the relationship between Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, offers fresh evidence that Blackeyed is ever-willing to try a different angle.
The first meeting and subsequent relationship between Owen and Sassoon is generally played out with the decorum befitting their military standing, but not this time....

The Edge of Our Bodies

The Gate Theatre begins its 35th anniversary Who Does She Think She Is? season with the UK premiere of Adam Rapp’s almost-monologue. Shannon Tarbert plays Bernadette, an eloquent 16-year-old prep school girl straight from the pages of a Donna Tartt novel. Christopher Haydon’s production opens with her perched on a stool in her school uniform reading aloud from her journal....

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Hamlet

Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 39, 2014

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How to structure a drama school showcase

Students looking ahead to completing their courses often ask me for my advice and thoughts about their graduation showcases. Of course I dish it out freely in my usual forthright way, although I generally point…

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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the September 25 issue of The Stage
     
    • Theatre Tokens generate up to £10 million per year for the industry and are a source of priceless data. Michael Quinn charts the history of an enduring legacy
    • 'I'm not frightened of the F-word.' The Gate's artistic director Christopher Haydon says there's no need to be explicitly feminist in the search for gender equality in theatre
    • Alex Timbers talks to Mark Shenton about how he became a Broadway director and working on David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love
    • With the second series of Ben Hanlin's Tricked airing on ITV2, Matt Hemley sees what magician Ben Hanlin can pull out of the hat
    • We don't expect an actor playing King Lear to be suffering from a geriatric delusional condition in real life, says Susan Elkin, so is 'cripping up' really so wrong?
    • 'Maurice arrives around 10am, we argue until midday, then we go off for lunch.' Birds of a Feather writers Marks and Gran give Nick Smurthwaite a taste of their creative process
    • Just how do you overcome the challenges of sound design for a touring production? Henry Bird talks to the sound designer and musical supervisor on Top Hat
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster