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.
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?
One of the few things I enjoy even more than theatre is talking politics. Chairing a post-show discussion about a brilliant new political play, written and directed by a Westminster insider, is my idea of bliss.
Cinemagoers know A Single Man from the 2009 film starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Troupe Theatre's new adaptation strips the story back to its essence and the beautiful language of Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel.