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Beauty and the Beast

David Bintley’s big beast of a ballet is a thing of beauty. From the astonishing set designed by Philip Prowse, including a sumptuous gothic library and a genuinely fantastical castle interior, to the shapely patterns of the narrative steps, it is an enthralling experience. Elisha Willis makes a delightful and ethereal Belle, whether caught between pity and fear in a...

Ghosts

If he were plying his trade today Henrik Ibsen would not be out of place on the writing staff of Coronation Street or EastEnders. Emma Lucia’s solidly mounted and handsome production acknowledges the debt the nation’s favourite soap operas owe to Norway’s greatest chronicler of familial strife by ramping up the melodrama at the story’s heart. Ibsen’s much-performed follow-up to...

Still Game

Popular BBC Scotland sit-com Still Game takes a new step into a 12,000-seat arena theatre, seven years after the last of its six series. In fact, this is a return to the stage for Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill’s comedy, in which they star as crusty Glasgow pensioners Jack and Victor, because its first incarnation was at the Edinburgh fringe.

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Hamlet

Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 40, 2014

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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the September 25 issue of The Stage
     
    • Theatre Tokens generate up to £10 million per year for the industry and are a source of priceless data. Michael Quinn charts the history of an enduring legacy
    • 'I'm not frightened of the F-word.' The Gate's artistic director Christopher Haydon says there's no need to be explicitly feminist in the search for gender equality in theatre
    • Alex Timbers talks to Mark Shenton about how he became a Broadway director and working on David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love
    • With the second series of Ben Hanlin's Tricked airing on ITV2, Matt Hemley sees what magician Ben Hanlin can pull out of the hat
    • We don't expect an actor playing King Lear to be suffering from a geriatric delusional condition in real life, says Susan Elkin, so is 'cripping up' really so wrong?
    • 'Maurice arrives around 10am, we argue until midday, then we go off for lunch.' Birds of a Feather writers Marks and Gran give Nick Smurthwaite a taste of their creative process
    • Just how do you overcome the challenges of sound design for a touring production? Henry Bird talks to the sound designer and musical supervisor on Top Hat
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster