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    How do you connect with theatre? 7 basic plots, 3 key connections

How do you connect with theatre? 7 basic plots, 3 key connections

In my theatregoing, I like to make connections. Are you the same?

There are, of course, the physical connections on the night – between performers and audience, between the other theatregoers in the room, the special, ephemeral connections of the live ‘shared experience’ – but then there are also the mental and emotional connections that […]

  • Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice”, Ian McKellen in “Othello”, Marlon Brando in “Godfather”
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    Curse of the character actor? Antony Sher doubted he could play Falstaff

Curse of the character actor? Antony Sher doubted he could play Falstaff

Tonight, Antony Sher opens in the West End in the RSC’s transfer of Death of a Salesman. But, as acclaimed as the production is, as important as it is in this centenary year of Arthur Miller’s birth, and as epic a part as life’s underdog Willy Loman (who Sher plays) is, the truth is […]

  • Jonny Guy Lewis vs Mark Strong as Eddie Carbone in A View From the Bridge
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    Arthur Miller centenary: TWO View(s) from the Bridge and a Salesman transfer

Arthur Miller centenary: TWO View(s) from the Bridge and a Salesman transfer

In case you didn’t know it, 2015 marks the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth, and what a ripe old time it is for this giant of 20th-century American drama here in Britain.

After last year’s incendiary in-the-round production of The Crucible, starring Richard Armitage at the Old Vic, Ivo van Hove’s award-laden A View From […]

Picture this: More Views from bridges all over the world

In today’s other blog post, I’ve been raving about the OTHER current offering of A View From the Bridge on at the moment: Stephen Unwin’s production for Touring Consortium, starring the brilliant Jonathan Guy Lewis (a very different Eddie Carbone to West End wonder Mark Strong’s).

As I disclosed, I’m loosely connected to Touring Consortium’s View, as I […]

  • Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski gives the 2015 World Theatre Day message
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    What’s the message of World Theatre Day? And why don’t the English celebrate it?

What’s the message of World Theatre Day? And why don’t the English celebrate it?

The inaugural #LoveTheatre day back in November caused quite a stir. Theatre – and more specifically #lovetheatre – was trending up and down the country.

Now, here we are today, the 54th annual World Theatre Day (or, like with like, #WorldTheatreDay) and you’d hardly know it. More than five decades in, you’d think that World […]

The best of the best of #theatre2015 preview highlights

We’ve looked back ad nauseum over the past fortnight at the best of #theatre2014; now it’s time to look forward. And there’s SO much to look forward to theatrically.

To help you keep track of all the new year picks and predictions, here’s a handy 2015 recommendations round-up. Having perused them all, let me summarise […]