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50 Shades! the Musical – The Original Parody

With the arrival each year of new musicals that retread Sondheim and Lloyd Webber with depressing self-importance, well-crafted, tongue-in-cheek shows such as The Book of Mormon deservedly fill the gap, and 50 Shades! is a…...

In Time O' Strife

Rough-hewn and powerful, the National Theatre of Scotland takes Joe Corrie’s great cry of pain on behalf of working men and their families, and places it firmly in the community from whence it came.
Framing the adaptation during a 1980s Fife social hall ceilidh, Graham McLaren’s music-driven production brings it right into the present, while allowing it to speak for...


If eyes are the window to the soul, Elena’s are as revealing to passers-by as a dormer tilted unhelpfully towards the skies. Like an old house fallen victim to a window tax, she sports one good eye and one made opaque by disease. Or, as she cheerfully says: “It’s a giant white gobstopper, and I want it gone.”
Claudine Toutoungi’s...


Pitcairn is the middle of three new shows, all by Richard Bean, that are being presented across a little over three months, in between the surprise late June premiere of Great Britain at the National (a play that was only announced five days before it opened and is now transferring to the Haymarket) and Made in Dagenham, a new musical...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 35, 2014




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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the August 28 issue of The Stage
    • As King Charles III transfers to the West End, Tim Pigott-Smith talks about preparing for the role
    • "Steam started rising from the bed." The Green Room team tackles the thorny issue of finding good digs in The Half
    • It's time to stop mistaking bullying in the workplace for 'mercurial behaviour', says John Byrne
    • Where did the old lighting console go to die? No, it's not a joke. Rob Halliday tracks down a trove of vintage backstage kit
    • Plus... @WestEndProducer on auditions: "They may cause excessive sweating, nerves, excitement, nausea, and sometimes death"
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster