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Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

A whole generation of small fry has fallen hook, line and sinker for the Octonauts, a CBeebies series about a submarine crew whose mission is to “explore, rescue and protect”. The stage version, launched into a nationwide tour, has Captain Barnacles and his crew come to life, singing lustily and recruiting all the children in the audience as Octonaut cadets....

Hancock's Ashes

As is acknowleged several times in this drama, the transportation of ashes, particularly when they belong to the tragic and necessarily late figure of Tony Hancock, is a subject ripe for comedy. Particularly so when it is satirist Willie Rushton – Hancock’s nemesis, who he lampooned mercilessly in a Private Eye cartoon strip – who is in charge of repatriating...

The Musical

Much will be made of the fact that Made in Dagenham, November’s big musical theatre opening, is yet another stage adaptation of a movie. So, how difficult is it to create a successful musical with an original book? That is the question posed by actor Sian Phillips in Stories With Songs, the first part in a special eight-part season of...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 44, 2014




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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the October 30 issue of The Stage
    • "I was fascinated by what he could do with his face." Olivier winner Jack Lowden explains his obsession with David Jason in Only Fools and Horses
    • Not sure which drama school to choose? Let our 17-page special help you make the right decision
    • Horror theatre is in the ascendency, finds Natasha Tripney, as she peers into the darkness of a growing trend for the macabre
    • "I got tired of nice bodies." DV8 Physical Theatre's Lloyd Newson explains why he stepped away from the mainstream
    • Ian Herbert reports from the International Association of Theatre Critics symposium in Beijing, where he hears an innovative idea to replace theatre programmes with an app
    • As Stage Directors UK gathers pace, Michael Coveney explains why directors must get a better deal
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster