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Old Red Lion post-show video and photos: What do coronavirus closures mean to fringe theatre?

By |2020-05-07T17:44:34+01:0018 March 2020|

Tuesday 17 March 2020. One of the last theatre performances -for the foreseeable future - in the theatre capital of the world took place at London's Old Red Lion Theatre. A historic, sobering moment, one of many during the global coronavirus crisis.

Some Mothers’ Do ‘Ave ‘Em video interview: Was Joe Pasquale made to play Frank Spencer?

By |2020-03-02T00:19:34+00:0029 February 2020|

I laughed my head off watching Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, and afterwards, got onto the wonderfully kitsch 1970s set myself to interview stars Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw and writer-director Guy Unsworth.

Chaplin post-show video and photos: What led to the birth of the Little Tramp?

By |2020-02-21T19:28:12+00:008 February 2020|

Have you ever seen Charlie Chaplin's classic film The Great Dictator? Eighty years after it was released, it feels terrifyingly current. We get a glimpse of why with the inclusion of its final speech in Arrows & Traps' latest offering.

For the Sake of Argument post-show video and photos: How did Christopher Hitchens inspire this provocative new play?

By |2020-02-07T13:00:01+00:0031 January 2020|

Have you ever been powerfully persuaded by something you've read in a newspaper? Should journalists be held responsibility for the consequences of the articles they write?

Magic Goes Wrong post-show video and photos: How well do comedy, Mischief and magic mix?

By |2020-01-31T13:21:01+00:0026 January 2020|

As their episodes of The Goes Wrong Show continue to delight television audiences, I was delighted to continue my series of Mischief Theatre talks with a return to the Vaudeville Theatre to catch up with the company’s co-writers – Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shields – and their co-stars in the latest goes-wrong stage comedy.

COPS post-show video and photos: What is an “actor’s play” and why are there so few of them?

By |2020-01-26T19:54:16+00:0018 January 2020|

To me, COPS, set in 1950s Chicago, comes across as so authentically period that it feels like it must be a finely minted revival. But it’s not: it’s a new play. Even more surprising then that it’s written by an author I’d never heard of before.

The Signalman post-show video and photos: How did a train crash change Charles Dickens’ writing?

By |2020-01-25T11:51:26+00:0012 December 2019|

After Tania Amsel's new play Blood Orange the night before, I returned to the Old Red Lion Theatre for Paragon Theatre's adaptation of Charles Dickens' ghost story The Signalman. Dickens in December and it isn't A Christmas Carol? It's a must-see for aficionados and newcomers alike.

Blood Orange post-show video and photos: How critical is the NHS in this General Election?

By |2020-01-25T11:58:08+00:0011 December 2019|

How worried are you about the myriad pressures on the NHS today? Will you be thinking about the future of the NHS when you go to the ballot box?

Potted Panto post-show video and photos: Which is your favourite Christmas pantomime?

By |2020-01-25T12:07:20+00:008 December 2019|

It's official! Christmas is coming up fast. And that, of course, means it's pantomime season. How do you choose which of the biggies to see this year? Why choose? See the seven (or maybe twelve) top pantomimes in one hilarious show care of Potted Panto.

An Act of God post-show video and photos: Blasphemy & belly laughs with David Javerbaum, Zoe Lyons & co

By |2020-01-08T10:17:58+00:0029 November 2019|

How do you get SIX MILLION followers on Twitter? As someone who spends all day most days on social media, I'm staggered by the very notion. It must require divine intervention... of sorts.