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Still Game SSE Hydro, Glasgow

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.

Theatre Published on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 10:42

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Not About Heroes Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

Blackeyed Theatre’s resourceful, progressive adaptation of Stephen MacDonald’s 1982 First World War poets drama, about the relationship between Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, offers fresh evidence that Blackeyed is ever-willing to try a different angle.

Theatre Published on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 10:32

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The Edge of Our Bodies Gate, London

The Gate Theatre begins its 35th anniversary Who Does She Think She Is? season with the UK premiere of Adam Rapp’s almost-monologue.

Theatre Published on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 10:30

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Next Fall Southwark Playhouse, London

Off-Broadway actor, director and playwright Geoffrey Nauffts was also formerly artistic director of the New York theatre company Naked Angels, under whose auspices his play Next Fall originally premiered in 2009.

Theatre Published on Tuesday September 30 2014 at 09:52

Fifth Column Secret location, London

Fifth Column sees immersive theatre company CoLab utilise cutting edge technology - augmented reality, near field communication and geocaching no less - to turn us all into spies for a night.

Theatre Published on Monday September 29 2014 at 10:31

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Great Britain Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

It was a masterstroke by the National back in June to have this play waiting in the wings as the verdict in Rebekah Brooks’ trial was announced, and then to open it just five days later without a single public preview.

Theatre Published on Monday September 29 2014 at 10:23

Archive on 4: Joan Littlewood and the People’s Theatre BBC Radio 4

Richard Eyre enjoys telling the story about when he wrote to Joan Littlewood about staging Oh What a Lovely War at the National Theatre.

Radio Published on Monday September 29 2014 at 10:23

Hamlet Undressed BBC Radio 4

So what was it that finally convinced actor Maxine Peake and Manchester Royal Exchange artistic director Sarah Frankcom to stage their production of Hamlet after years of discussing it? “I just think we need to keep pushing ourselves,” says Peake during BBC Radio 4’s Hamlet Undressed.

Radio Published on Monday September 29 2014 at 10:13

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Manon Royal Opera House, London

Given its central position in the Royal Ballet’s repertory - and arguably late 20-century dance - it’s fitting that the company is opening its 2014-15 season with Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon.

Dance Published on Monday September 29 2014 at 10:01

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The Vertical Hour Park Theatre, London

David Hare’s dense dialogical tracts wrestle with big ideas in static plays; they’re worthy and wordy but meaty too, here throwing up complicated provocations about the Iraq war and military intervention.

Theatre Published on Monday September 29 2014 at 09:55

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The Crucible with Ten Poems (Scottish Ballet) Theatre Royal, Glasgow

High-flying and lofty, Richard Burton’s recording of Dylan Thomas poems - following a clear narrative from In My Craft and Sullen Art to And Death Shall Have No Dominion - provides a mellifluous soundtrack to the opening half of this cerebral double bill from Scottish Ballet.

Dance Published on Friday September 26 2014 at 12:02

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Pentecost Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Stewart Parker’s final play deals with a society which, like its writer, was in the throes of terminal illness.

Theatre Published on Friday September 26 2014 at 10:12

Flowers of the Forest Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Before this revival by Anthony Biggs, John Van Druten’s pacifist play had been all but lost and hasn’t been seen on stage since the Second World War.

Theatre Published on Friday September 26 2014 at 10:08

United We Stand Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

In an online age, when tweets and blogs are seen as essential tools for political campaigning, this new play about events surrounding the successful 1972 building workers strike and the ongoing efforts to overturn the subsequent convictions and imprisonment of trade union members involved as flying pickets, is a reminder that live theatre is one of the most social of media.

Theatre Published on Friday September 26 2014 at 10:02

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Hamlet Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Since Giles Havergal’s production with David Hayman in 1970, Hamlet has become an important play for subsequent directorial regimes at the Citizens.

Theatre Published on Thursday September 25 2014 at 13:17

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