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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School International Graduating Actors Showcase 2014 Tristan Bates Theatre, London

It is an extremely playful start to this MA in professional acting graduate showcase, with the company bursting into a lively rendition of Al Green’s Take Me To The River.

Showcase Published on Friday August 1 2014 at 10:28


Much Ado About Nothing Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

The intimate Lion and Unicorn’s Much Ado imposes itself on its in-the-round audience like a boisterous teenager: admirable for its energy and irreverence but exasperating for an adolescent lack of subtlety.

Theatre Published on Friday August 1 2014 at 10:16


Dessa Rose Trafalgar Studio 2, London

Based on the novel by Sherley Anne Williams, Dessa Rose tells the story of two women from very different backgrounds, who are thrust together in an act of collaboration.

Theatre Published on Friday August 1 2014 at 10:08

Rhythm of the Dance New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Surely, 20 years after Riverdance’s heart-stirring cannons streamed into international consciousness on the Eurovision Song Contest, Irish dance has earned the right to explore alternative stories and formats beyond the ‘Irish history lesson’? But whereas other recent dance crazes, such as hip-hop, have moved past simple origin tales, Irish dance seems trapped in a time warp.

Dance Published on Thursday July 31 2014 at 10:30


Shrek the Musical Grand Theatre, Leeds

Shrek the Musical is the latest in a line of large-scale West End productions (The Lion King and Wicked are others) to tour the UK and Ireland, and on the evidence of this opening in Leeds, it has a pretty good chance of equalling the success of those shows that have preceded it.

Theatre Published on Thursday July 31 2014 at 10:10


The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes Arcola Theatre, London

Based on a short story by Baghdad-born Hassan Blasim, this play draws our attention to the daily devastation suffered by Iraqis post Saddam Hussain.

Theatre Published on Wednesday July 30 2014 at 17:02

The Story Giant Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Big, bold and just a little scary, this production of Brian Patten’s well-loved book has all the right ingredients to intrigue and entertain.

Theatre Published on Wednesday July 30 2014 at 11:19


Bouncers Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Originally intended as a last-minute stopgap when a planned production was dropped from last summer’s programme, Bob Eaton’s Liverpool-angled adaptation of John Godber’s ever-popular comedy has turned out to be an example of one surprise success breeding another instant hit.

Theatre Published on Wednesday July 30 2014 at 10:59


Push London Coliseum

Although they were made separately, the three solos and one duet that comprise Push are so beautifully integrated that they appear to be a single work, exploded to reveal their individual intricacies.

Dance Published on Wednesday July 30 2014 at 10:55


The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Since its original Broadway opening in 1935, critics have debated whether Porgy and Bess (composed by George Gershwin, lyrics co-written by his brother Ira and the show’s librettist DuBose Heyward) should be described as an opera or musical.

Theatre Published on Tuesday July 29 2014 at 10:30


A Streetcar Named Desire Young Vic Theatre, London

There is a thrilling restlessness to Benedict Andrews’ production of this American classic.

Theatre Published on Tuesday July 29 2014 at 10:28


The Return of Ulysses Iford Manor, Bradford-upon-Avon

Baroque opera used to be regarded as a specialist taste, but it can be extremely immediate in its impact when done well.

Opera Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:49


Alice - The Musical The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland provides a wealth of entertaining, unusual characters and situations to equal any Christmas pantomime, and the Cambridge Touring Theatre embraces this to create an enchanting children’s musical.

Theatre Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:29


A Bright Room Called Day Southwark Playhouse, London

Set in Germany in the early 1930s, Tony Kushner’s play depicts the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler through the filter of Reagan’s America.

Theatre Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:17


The Comedy of Errors Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Keswick Theatre set designer Martin Johns gives the cast a headstart in this colourful, mirthful production of Comedy of Errors, with a stunning set that wins the hearts of the audience before a word is even uttered.

Theatre Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:13