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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...

East 15 MA Acting Showcase 2014

East 15′s Postgraduate Showcase starts with a burst of energy and maintains that energy throughout. East 15 have made the wise choice of showcasing students from both the MA Acting and the MA International courses in one performance. It’s a wise choice to bring together the courses into one powerful showcase, although the pace at which we speed through the...

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Tensions are running high on Big Daddy’s plantation, where the patriarch’s 65th birthday has brought the family together. They are running high in the auditorium too, where Big Daddy actor Daragh O’Malley has taken ill late in the afternoon. Director James Dacre admirably gets on with it and stands in for the actor, script in hand, but obviously O’Malley is...


Sex, decadence and downright nastiness ooze from every pore of Lisa May’s ambitious, high energy production of Kander and Ebb’s sublime musical, which emanates from Christopher Isherwood’s delicately nuanced snapshots of his time in 1930s Berlin. The MAC’s Downstairs space has been transformed into a dingy cabaret setting, a sleazy house of dubious pleasures, strewn with rickety tables and mismatched...

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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 18 issue of The Stage
    • As Michael Vine leaves Objective, Matt Hemley clears the smoke and raise the mirrors surrounding the former magician's next trick
    • Manchester's Home theatre plans to open in spring 2015, but it's already in the middle of its first season. Ben East dons his hard hat for a site visit
    • In an extended dance training special edition of The Half, our experts ponder an exacting career, from first shoes to post-career options
    • West End star Kerry Ellis is back in Wicked, the show that made her name. She talks to Mark Shenton
    • As Downton Abbey returns for a fifth season, Maggie Brown talks to the producers about keeping the period drama fresh in the face of constant scrutiny
    • One of the more striking First World War centenary tributes is the poppy installation at the Tower of London. Kat Nugent finds out how Theatre Royal Plymouth's workshops did it
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster