If you know next to nothing about the Cameroonian War of Independence, you are not alone. A quick poll of the audience at my post-show Q&A for Under the Kundè Tree proved that ignorance of the 1950s conflict is the norm - and intentional.
Joshua Hepple is a hugely accomplished person. But, as he joked with me via WhatsApp, he received no major attention until he revealed publicly that, with his severe cerebral palsy, he can't wank himself. And then Jon Bradfield wrote a play about it.
Following the news yesterday of Paul O'Grady's unexpected death, last night's performance of The Way Old Friends Do at London's Park Theatre was dedicated to the comedian and drag legend, whose voice opens the show.
If you think the life of a jobbing actor is hard and full of rejection - and it is - spare a thought for non-British actors trying to make their way in London theatre who may not even make it to audition stage purely because of their nationality or accent.
The Walworth Farce post-show video and photos: The perfect play to open Southwark Playhouse’s new venue
Southwark Playhouse is my neighbourhood theatre. Over the past decade, I've chaired countless post-show talks at what was meant to be its temporary home on Newington Causeway, a three-minute walk turning left outside my front door.
Negotiations seem to be in the news every day - which makes Winner's Curse, conceived by former diplomat and veteran of countless Middle East negotiations Daniel Taub, a highly topical piece. It's co-written by Dan Patterson and stars his long-time collaborator Clive Anderson.
A note in the programme for One Who Wants to Cross cites a sobering statistic: according to the 2020 IOM World Migration Report, the number of international migrants, as of June 2019, had reached almost 272 million.
How central are Gertrude, Claudius and Polonius to the story of Hamlet? If you remove those adult characters and the scenes that revolve around them, what are you left with?
Not long left to catch Life of Pi in the West End. If you possibly can, I recommend you beg, borrow or steal to get one of the last remaining tickets – or plan ahead now for the five-time Olivier Award-winning play’s 2023/24 tour.
One hundred and twenty-two years ago tonight, on 15 December 2000, three lighthouse keepers disappeared on the island of Eilean Mor in the remote Outer Hebrides. What happened to them?