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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School International Graduating Actors Showcase 2014

It is an extremely playful start to this MA in professional acting graduate showcase, with the company bursting into a lively rendition of Al Green’s Take Me To The River. With a recorded accompaniment it is easy to write this off as karaoke theatrics but there is lots of humour present, thanks to some lively staging from Kim Durham. As...

Much Ado About Nothing

The intimate Lion and Unicorn’s Much Ado imposes itself on its in-the-round audience like a boisterous teenager: admirable for its energy and irreverence but exasperating for an adolescent lack of subtlety.
Opening to a cast-wide dance to Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, the broad-brushed production starts as it means to continue. In director Ross McGregor’s hands,...

Dessa Rose

Based on the novel by Sherley Anne Williams, Dessa Rose tells the story of two women from very different backgrounds, who are thrust together in an act of collaboration. Dessa Rose is a slave on death row and Ruth is a distressed woman taken to harbouring runaways. Their story unfolds through a duel narrative, complemented by a score referencing American...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 31, 2014




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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the July 31 issue of The Stage
    • We break down the figures in London Theatre Report, from box office takings (£620m) to theatres in Ealing (0)
    • As the Edinburgh festivals get under way, The Stage has previews, highlights and advice in our essential Edinburgh preview
    • Working with Benedict Andrews and bringing Gillian Anderson's lunch in – Vanessa Kirby spills the beans on Streetcar
    • "Reviewers are a strange species." @WestEndProducer shares his top tips to get your Edinburgh show reviewed, dear