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Hancock's Ashes

As is acknowleged several times in this drama, the transportation of ashes, particularly when they belong to the tragic and necessarily late figure of Tony Hancock, is a subject ripe for comedy. Particularly so when it is satirist Willie Rushton – Hancock’s nemesis, who he lampooned mercilessly in a Private Eye cartoon strip – who is in charge of repatriating...

The Musical

Much will be made of the fact that Made in Dagenham, November’s big musical theatre opening, is yet another stage adaptation of a movie. So, how difficult is it to create a successful musical with an original book? That is the question posed by actor Sian Phillips in Stories With Songs, the first part in a special eight-part season of...

The Witch of Edmonton

The fourth and last offering in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Roaring Girls season of early modern plays with strong female roles is a work not seen in Stratford since 1981. Written by three playwrights, it was based on an actual case. Elizabeth Sawyer’s conviction for witchcraft, consorting with the devil in dog form and causing local mayhem is interwoven with...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 44, 2014




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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the October 30 issue of The Stage
    • "I was fascinated by what he could do with his face." Olivier winner Jack Lowden explains his obsession with David Jason in Only Fools and Horses
    • Not sure which drama school to choose? Let our 17-page special help you make the right decision
    • Horror theatre is in the ascendency, finds Natasha Tripney, as she peers into the darkness of a growing trend for the macabre
    • "I got tired of nice bodies." DV8 Physical Theatre's Lloyd Newson explains why he stepped away from the mainstream
    • Ian Herbert reports from the International Association of Theatre Critics symposium in Beijing, where he hears an innovative idea to replace theatre programmes with an app
    • As Stage Directors UK gathers pace, Michael Coveney explains why directors must get a better deal
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster