Category : Theatre

Ian Mckellen Stars in Chichester’s Formidable King Lear

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Chichester Festival Theatre’s 283 person capacity Minerva Theatre, a stage-less studio theatre, seems a strange and slightly underwhelming location for the theatrical and onscreen powerhouse Sir Ian McKellen to perform. After graces the stages on the West End and Broadway, and starring in Beauty and the Beast, The Hobbit trilogy and … Read More

Stories Retold in The Tin Drum

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We review the musical, political and quirky, The Tin Drum, a retelling of Günther Grass’ post war provocative extravaganza. If you know anything about Kneehigh, you will take your seat in the audience expecting something truly mad, as well as musically spectacular and darkly comedic, and The Tin Drum does not fail … Read More

200 years later Frankenstein Returns for Halloween

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Everybody knows the story of Dr Frankenstein, of the genius whose boundless idealism and ambition festered into something twisted and dark, and of the poor and tortured creature that became his life’s work. However, Liz Lochhead’s Blood & Ice, as reanimated by director Camilla Asher and members of the Leeds … Read More

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll in WYP’s Reasons To Be Cheerful

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Produced by the innovative Graeae Theatre Company who ‘place D/deaf and disabled artists centre-stage’, Reasons to Be Cheerful is an energetic, political and truly unique production. Set against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, the story follows the laughter and pain of a working-class community and their adoration for Ian Dury and The … Read More

Set to turn many heads: Ian McKellen to voice the demon in ‘The Exorcist’

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From the intimate and sophisticated stage of Shakespeare’s King Lear at Chichester Festival, Ian McKellen truly proves that age is inconsequential when paired with sheer artistic talent. This month, McKellen will play the voice of the demon in a West End production of The Exorcist. Based on William Peter Blatty’s … Read More

A Masterful Adaptation at WYP

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Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder is magnificently satisfied through the dynamic and vibrant combination of cast and set. The drama considers the visible internal struggle of Halvard Soleness who is compelled by the darkness of human nature to trade part of himself for riches and fame. We meet Soleness … Read More

Is Celebrity Theatre Good for the Art Form?

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Owen Saunders and Georgia Hulkes argue for and against the casting of celebrities in both the West End and purist, highbrow theatre. Yes ‘Celebrity’ is a term that encompasses a broad range of well-known personalities, but, unlike in the realm of reality TV, the cogs of the acting industry are usually (though … Read More

In Defence of ‘Arty’ Theatre

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When even the presenters of BBC’s Front Row dislike theatre, it’s beginning to look as though the art form has no place in mainstream culture. Yet, it always seems like more can be done to reinvigorate the art. Katherine Corcoran discusses this phenomenon. The term ‘arty’ encompasses a range of … Read More

Intersectional Feminism in The Hijabi Monologues

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Newsflash: Muslim women have ‘normal’ interests and also do ‘everyday things’. The shock! The horror! Recently there has been a growth of media commentary about Muslim women. Believe it or not, most of this has been showcasing their victories rather than contributing to the usual stereotypical ramblings. We have seen … Read More

The Royal Shakespeare Company Sells Off Old Wardrobe in Jumble Sale

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What’s the cost of an RSC costume? A very early start we should think. Fancy yourself a piece of history? Julius Caesar’s chest armour perhaps? Or Lady Macbeth’s guilt stained necklace? Last week, the Royal Shakespeare Company offered the chance to enter their old wardrobe and buy any of the … Read More