• Clockwise from top: Guards at the Taj, Sea Fret, Junkyard and Waiting for God.
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    My theatre diary: Guards at the Taj, Junkyard, Waiting for God and Sea Fret

My theatre diary: Guards at the Taj, Junkyard, Waiting for God and Sea Fret

Here’s a round-up of productions I’ve seen it recent weeks which I haven’t already covered in Press Passes (do please dance your way as soon as you can into seeing both An American in Paris and 42nd Street in the West End) or other blogs. What do all four of these have in common? […]

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    Press Pass: All the reviews (and #GameOfThrones pics) from Doctor Faustus opening

Press Pass: All the reviews (and #GameOfThrones pics) from Doctor Faustus opening

I shared some of my own thoughts about Jamie Lloyd’s new production of Doctor Faustus – along with choice quotes (be they care of Christopher Marlowe or Colin Teevan) – last night. This morning’s other coverage following the star-studded opening night is, like the story itself, a mixture of heaven and hell.

While most critics […]

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    Fame before the fall: Kit Harington in bloody Doctor Faustus in 9 quotes

Fame before the fall: Kit Harington in bloody Doctor Faustus in 9 quotes

The first thing you need to know about Jamie Lloyd’s new production of Doctor Faustus – apart from the fact that it stars Kit Harington (a.k.a. Jon Snow from TV’s Game of Thrones), which every Throner undoubtedly already knows – is that it is not for the squeamish.

There is A LOT of blood – […]

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    En garde for the French revolution in theatre (and I don’t just mean Florian Zeller)

En garde for the French revolution in theatre (and I don’t just mean Florian Zeller)

I recently wrote about super-hot French playwright Florian Zeller’s London hat trick – with The Father, The Mother and, still running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Truth.

As I sat down to catch up on my Theatre Diary of other plays I’ve seen recently, however, I realised London’s theatre landscape is going Gallic for […]

  • Christina Bianco joined fellow Forbidden Broadway co-stars Damian Humbley and Anna-Jane Casey in daring to go bare
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    Popular vs personal: How did my own choices fare against the #AlsoRecognised winners?

Popular vs personal: How did my own choices fare against the #AlsoRecognised winners?

On Monday, we announced on MyTheatreMates.com the winners of our inaugural #AlsoRecognised Awards.

The first year of these Awards has caught the imagination of the industry, the audience voters and the nominees and winners more than I had hoped to imagine. Your winners are lovely, truly lovely and appreciative. Just look how they’ve embraced – […]

  • Serena Evans, James McAvoy and Kathryn Drysdale in The Ruling Class in director Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed Season at Traflagar Studios, London's West End
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    My theatre diary: Comedies The Ruling Class, Di and Viv and Rose, Diary of a Nobody and Bad Jews

My theatre diary: Comedies The Ruling Class, Di and Viv and Rose, Diary of a Nobody and Bad Jews

I’ve had a heavy schedule of plays over the past few weeks, including quite a few comedies, many of them with deep, dark cores. (For dramas I’ve seen recently, see my companion Theatre Diary piece.)

As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order. Note, the first – not the least bit dark – finishes […]

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 […]

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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 […]

The best of the best of #theatre2014 round-ups

Can you keep up with all the 2014 theatrical year round-ups? I’ve rounded up the round-ups to give you a quick overview.

The Guardian went ALL out looking back with a profusion of top 10 lists from its various critics, including eminence grise Michael Billington, fringe and festival queen Lyn Gardner, columnist Mark Lawson and […]

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    My theatre diary: ‘Tis Pity, Made in Dagenham, East Is East and Neville’s Island

My theatre diary: ‘Tis Pity, Made in Dagenham, East Is East and Neville’s Island

I’m playing catch-up. Here are four shows I caught before my turkey-filled escape to the States last week for Thanksgiving. All of which serve up entertaining evenings in the theatre.

As usual, I’ve listed them in closing date order. Don’t delay with the first in particular, as it finishes its limited season in a week. […]

  • Just the type: Forbes Masson, Martin Freeman, Philip Cumbus, Jo Stone-Fewings in Richard III
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    Why is Jamie Lloyd and Martin Freeman’s Richard III set in a 1970s open-plan office?

Why is Jamie Lloyd and Martin Freeman’s Richard III set in a 1970s open-plan office?

When the production shots for Richard III were first released earlier this week, showing that director Jamie Lloyd had located the Bard’s bloody history play in a 1970s office block, my interest was piqued.

After seeing the show at Tuesday’s opening night, my first reaction was to describe the resulting effect as “Get Carter meets […]