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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...

Elizabeth I - Virgin on the Ridiculous

Look hard enough and you’ll spot a clue in that title. Though, while this loopy, history-mangling caper isn’t particularly big on, well, actual facts, it’s plenty big on self-referential buddy comedy, sight gags and two character-switching, cross-dressing actors having as much fun as the audience.
This is Living Spit’s third foray into suitcase-style historical comedy and following 2011′s The Six...

Romeo & Juliet

When Manchester’s Library Theatre merged with art-house cinema Cornerhouse to form Home – which opens in an impressive £25 million building next spring – it wasn’t just a case of new name, same company. In the middle of its first season, new creative director Walter Meierjohann has completely ripped up its predecessor’s staid template with the site-specific Romeo & Juliet...

Dr Scroggy's War

Shakespeare’s Globe is one of the most embracing public theatre spaces in the capital, and in a year of inevitable remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, it is gathering us together to hear the alternately punchy and poignant story of the treatment of the war’s physical casualties in a military hospital.
But playwright...

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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