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Rhythm of the Dance

Surely, 20 years after Riverdance’s heart-stirring cannons streamed into international consciousness on the Eurovision Song Contest, Irish dance has earned the right to explore alternative stories and formats beyond the ‘Irish history lesson’? But whereas other recent dance crazes, such as hip-hop, have moved past simple origin tales, Irish dance seems trapped in a time warp. Rhythm of the Dance...

Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical is the latest in a line of large-scale West End productions (The Lion King and Wicked are others) to tour the UK and Ireland, and on the evidence of this opening in Leeds, it has a pretty good chance of equalling the success of those shows that have preceded it.
The staging owes much to the 2011...

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes

Based on a short story by Baghdad-born Hassan Blasim, this play draws our attention to the daily devastation suffered by Iraqis post Saddam Hussain. Razaq tries to boil this enormous issue down into the story of Salim, an Irai immigrant whose attempts to assimilate himself into British culture become increasingly desperate and isolating. His decision to rename himself Carlos Fuentes...

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Hamlet

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