• Ewan McGregor & Jonny Lee Miller in the 1996 film of Trainspotting
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    How did Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting become a cultural phenomenon? I’m finally ready to immerse myself

How did Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting become a cultural phenomenon? I’m finally ready to immerse myself

I’ve always been squeamish about needles. And I’m not much better with graphic drug-taking by any other method either. I first saw Harry Gibson’s stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting in the 1990s when I was a recently-arrived-from-America twenty-something in London. My memory of the experience involves nausea and confusion (I wasn’t able to understand much of what the […]

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    Is London the real festival city in August? InMotion & other capital offerings

Is London the real festival city in August? InMotion & other capital offerings

I’m in the slightly odd position this month of working on an Edinburgh show while not being in Edinburgh at all. (Mind you, I have seen the show, in China in May, so can knowledgeably recommend it – so, if you’re in Edinburgh, by all means, do! It’s China Goes Pop!, a great East […]

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    Would founder Dan Crawford approve of the King’s Head’s big move?

Would founder Dan Crawford approve of the King’s Head’s big move?

The King’s Head Theatre attracted widespread coverage this week for its announcement that it is moving out of the King’s Head pub on Upper Street in Islington, north London, its home for the past 47 years, and into a purpose-built, two-auditoria space in the new £400million Islington Square complex.

We covered the announcement – including […]

  • Amanda Muggleton in The Book Club at London's King's Head Theatre
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    Photos and podcast: One-to-one with The Book Club‘s Amanda Muggleton

Photos and podcast: One-to-one with The Book Club‘s Amanda Muggleton

If you have to work on your birthday, this is just the kind of work you want. After watching the wonderful Amanda Muggleton rip through her 90-minute one-woman comedy The Book Club on Friday night, I joined her one-on-one on the onstage sofa for more hilarity.

In The Book Club, Amanda plays suburban housewife Deb, whose […]

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    My theatre diary: Plays 4000 Days, Hangmen, The Dazzle, Jane Wenham, The Long Road South

My theatre diary: Plays 4000 Days, Hangmen, The Dazzle, Jane Wenham, The Long Road South

I’m well overdue for a theatre diary, aren’t I? So here goes with a quick one on more new plays I’ve seen in recent (and not-so recent) weeks that I’d recommend catching and haven’t yet managed to squeeze in to separate blogs. As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order: the first three finishing […]

  • Serena Evans, James McAvoy and Kathryn Drysdale in The Ruling Class in director Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed Season at Traflagar Studios, London's West End
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    My theatre diary: Comedies The Ruling Class, Di and Viv and Rose, Diary of a Nobody and Bad Jews

My theatre diary: Comedies The Ruling Class, Di and Viv and Rose, Diary of a Nobody and Bad Jews

I’ve had a heavy schedule of plays over the past few weeks, including quite a few comedies, many of them with deep, dark cores. (For dramas I’ve seen recently, see my companion Theatre Diary piece.)

As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order. Note, the first – not the least bit dark – finishes […]

Photos: Go See post-show Q&A with the legendary Sondra Lee

You may not have heard of octogenarian Sondra Lee, but you should have. This petite lady is a legend – and I had the privilege of chairing a Q&A with her along with Peter Tate and Lauren Fox, who star in Sondra’s world premiere production of Norris Church Mailer’s Go See last night at […]

Theatre bloggers unite for drinks and free tickets

On Monday night, I had the pleasure of attending the second official gathering of the London theatre bloggers, an amorphous group of 30-odd who you can follow collectively at #LDNTheatreBloggers on Twitter.

While mainstream critics have come under increasing pressure, the bloggers are baying and hammering at the gates – although very politely and enthusiastically.

True, […]