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Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol

There can’t be many places better suited to a Dickensian tale than York, and so it proves with Nightshade Productions’ take on A Christmas Carol, which starts at The Shambles and follows a route to an empty shop, repurposed as Scrooge’s home.
Lee Gemmell is a hearty, welcoming Dickens, who leads us into the story, then down sidestreets and into...

Exit the King

The season of black comedies by European playwrights at the Ustinov in Bath has been a notable triumph. They don’t come any darker, though, than Eugene Ionesco’s philosophical look at coming to terms with death. Anarchy reigns, quite literally, amid the bizarre humour of a play most notable recently for the Tony-winning Broadway debut of Australian actor Geoffrey Rush.

Grimm Tales for Young and Old

Earlier in the year, in the warren of rooms beneath Shoreditch Town Hall, Philip Wilson adapted a series of Philip Pullman’s versions of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales; this second collection of tales, which has been relocated to the equally atmospheric Bargehouse on the South Bank, is bigger in scale. There are six new stories to experience this time around,...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 48, 2014




5 things about agents that bug actors

There are some common complaints among actors when it comes to agents, and the worry about the effect those complaints have on the relationship tends to breed negativity. But with a bit of positive thinking…

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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the November 27 issue of The Stage
    •  More than 350 Christmas shows around the UK listed in our epic pantomime special
    • Panto veteran Christopher Biggins explains why panto is the hardest he works all year, and why he wouldn't have it any other way
    • "Panto snobs don't have souls." Michael Coveney takes on po-faced panto haters
    • Pan-global panto: how the rest of the world has taken a British tradition and tuned it to the local culture
    • Mind-blowing special effects are par for the panto course when you're entertaining families in the CGI age. We meet the company making them happen
    • It's not all panto. Oh, yes it is! And for many theatres, seasonal programming is what keeps the doors open for the rest of the year. We track the serious business of pantomime