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50 Shades! the Musical – The Original Parody

With the arrival each year of new musicals that retread Sondheim and Lloyd Webber with depressing self-importance, well-crafted, tongue-in-cheek shows such as The Book of Mormon deservedly fill the gap, and 50 Shades! is a…...

Muse of Fire

Fire destroyed the first Globe Theatre in 1613. Perhaps it was a carelessly fired cannon. Or maybe there was – and is – a terrifying, seductively sweet-voiced muse of fire (Melanie Wilson), crouched under the Thames and lurking in the bowels of the new Globe, waiting to pounce. It’s an ingenious idea and now very well developed and polished as...

The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face

Given that The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face is an immersive experience and, as such, contains many elements of surprise, it is a challenge to articulate an opinion while maintaining the sense of mystery.
Perhaps an illustration of the experience is demonstrated in the request at the start to take off your shoes and put them in a...

Ha Ha Hood! and The Prince of Leaves

Following previous renditions of this successful parody series, including last year’s critically acclaimed Ha Ha Holmes!, Ha Ha Hood and The Prince of Leaves provides a welcome escape from reality.
With Tommy Cannon in the guise of both the Sheriff of Nottingham and Little John and Bobby Ball thriving as Friar Tuck and Guy of Gisborne, as ever the duo...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 34, 2014

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    Exclusively in the August 21 issue of The Stage
     
    • "Reeling" – Independent Theatre Council chief executive Charlotte Jones speaks candidly about national portfolio cuts
    • What does £22m buy you? We take a look inside the revamped Chichester Festival Theatre
    • "A song should be treated like a speech." @WestEndProducer doles out casting advice in The Half
    • The Big Interview: Tian Qinxin talks about Chinese theatre and why she's keeping traditional storytelling alive
    • A church be an atmospheric performance space, but it comes with challenges. Katy Hounsell-Robert looks down from the pulpit
    • Latest news, reviews, awards and round-ups from Edinburgh
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster