Category : Theatre

To Be Or Not To Be? That Is The Mystery

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Arts writer, Eleanor Smith, discusses the Shakespeare Authorial conspiracy theory and the playwright’s significance in today’s society. William Shakespeare is often regarded as Britain’s greatest playwright. Four centuries after the composition of his works, he is still celebrated on school curriculums, in television, film and theatre, and in everyday life. … Read More

Open Theatre’s intriguing and comedically touching A Safe Place to Hide

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Louise Johns’ A Safe Place to Hide sees the banality of office life at Silchester Publishing Ltd disturbingly suspended upon the entrance of a gunman to the building. With only an office door and makeshift barricade between the seven team members and the madman outside, the staff’s vulnerability exposes the intimacies … Read More

Birdsong: A ‘touching commemoration of the lives lost during the war’

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LUU Theatre Group’s production of Birdsong was haunting to say the least. It defied time by slipping seamlessly between Stephen’s horrific struggle through the war and his time spent in the house of factory owner, Rene Azaire, in France. This lack of chronological order was easy for me to understand, … Read More

‘Constellations’ Looks For Love in an Infinite Universe

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Not so much a typical tale of romance, Nick Payne’s Constellations is a boy-meets-girl two-hander that explores the infinite outcomes of a relationship. A meeting, an intimate night, a betrayal, a reunion, a parting. The audience is constantly challenged to imagine every potential result of the situations presented while the … Read More

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