• What has the National Theatre got in store for 2018?
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    Eye on the National: All the 2018 #NTNews announcements & reactions

Eye on the National: All the 2018 #NTNews announcements & reactions

If, like me, you're stuck at your desk today and can't follow the National Theatre 2018 season press briefing quite as closely as you'd like to, I've rounded up all today's key announcements and reactions for you here.
  • Sondheim's Follies is a monster hit at the National Theatre
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    Press Pass: Everything you need to know about Follies at the National

Press Pass: Everything you need to know about Follies at the National

What do you need to know about Dominic Cooke’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre? It’s a great big, sumptuous, stellar hit.

I was lucky enough to see a preview myself this past weekend – standing ovation – and give a surprisingly alert-looking Dominic a hug afterwards. Any nerves he may have […]

  • HighTide 2016: Face to Face with Alexi Kaye Campbell, Elizabeth McGovern & Ben Miles, chaired by Terri Paddock. © Peter Jones
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    #HighTide2016 photos and podcast: Alexi Kaye Campbell, Elizabeth McGovern and Ben Miles

#HighTide2016 photos and podcast: Alexi Kaye Campbell, Elizabeth McGovern and Ben Miles

I made my HighTide Festival debut this weekend and what a privilege. Over the course of the weekend at this ten-day annual event, held in the beautiful Suffolk coast town of Aldeburgh and now marking its tenth anniversary, I had the privilege of chairing three hour-long “Face to Face” talks with world-class artists.

In this […]

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    Press pass revisited: Has wonder.land improved since its Manchester premiere?

Press pass revisited: Has wonder.land improved since its Manchester premiere?

When wonder.land premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July, reviews were decidedly mixed. National press who made the trip north were underwhelmed, bestowing a raft of three-star ratings, while local critics were kinder, bumping it up to a four-star show. In the intervening months, rumour has it, there’s been extensive redevelopment of this […]

  • Damon Albarn's new musical wonder.land transports Lewis Carroll's Alice to a digital landscape
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    Press pass: Everything you need to know about Damon Albarn’s wonder.land

Press pass: Everything you need to know about Damon Albarn’s wonder.land

Is it all a Blur? That’s a pun you may hear frequently in relation to the musical theatre debut of the seminal 1990s band’s frontman, Damon Albarn, which opened in Manchester last night.

wonder.land is Albarn’s digital-age take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Lewis Carroll children’s classic celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Albarn has […]

  • Olivia Vinall and Vera Chok in Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem at the National Theatre
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    Press pass: Everything you need to know about Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem

Press pass: Everything you need to know about Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem

Since I started writing about theatre in 1996, I’ve had the privilege of attending four world premieres of Tom Stoppard plays – well, actually, six if you break a trilogy into its component parts.

As a very fledging correspondent, I was totally mystified by the Greek and Latin lessons of The Invention of Love, at […]

  • The candelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe opened its doors in January 2014
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    Podcast: AYULTP looks back on #theatre2014 discoveries including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Podcast: AYULTP looks back on #theatre2014 discoveries including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

After perusing so many other people’s year-end, best of lists, and compiling a few of mine, I hugely enjoyed taking part in the “As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast” (cunningly named) comprehensive #theatre2014 review of the year discussion.

These guys – TRP Watson, Gareth James, Phil from West End Whingers and Shakespeare lecturer Julie Raby – are […]

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    Charting The Stage 100: Who are theatre’s biggest influencers and why?

Charting The Stage 100: Who are theatre’s biggest influencers and why?

In this new year gorgefest of lists, The Stage’s annually compiled Stage 100 of the top influencers in theatre takes the cake. Launched in January 1997, The Stage 100 is now in its 19th year and always makes for fascinating reading – and, I’m sure, lots of behind the scenes disagreements on risers, fallers, inclusions and […]

  • Dermot Crowley and Billie Piper star in Great Britain, Richard Bean's new satire at the National Theatre
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    Hacked off: Bean and Hytner put the Great back into Britain with political satire

Hacked off: Bean and Hytner put the Great back into Britain with political satire

The News of the World phone hacking trial may have ended yesterday, but the drama continues at the National Theatre where, less than 24 hours after the end of the eight-month trial at the Old Bailey, outgoing artistic director Nicholas Hytner this morning finally confirmed rumours that Richard Bean has indeed been working on […]

From famine to feast: My ever-growing theatre to-see list

Between my father’s illness, coursework and a month in Mallorca (sigh), I was out of show-going circulation for six weeks. Social media monitoring is fine for staying in the openings, closings and castings loop, but I was missing ACTUAL theatre.

So, when I arrived back in London, I had a very very long wish list.

I hit the […]

What did I miss? Part One: Tons of transfers

What an odd feeling not to be able to write or shout about theatre – or indeed see much theatre – for more than a month, which was the unfortunate situation I found myself in over the past month and a bit. It’s something I haven’t experienced since I first stumbled into Theatreland professionally […]