• Hannah & Rachel Tookey at the Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem post-show Q&A at the Old Red Lion Theatre. © Peter Jones
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    Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem Q&A video and photos: How to turn traumatic family history into life-affirming drama

Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem Q&A video and photos: How to turn traumatic family history into life-affirming drama

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week next week, Rachel Tookey’s award-winning new play Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem receives its full-length premiere this week at the Old Red Lion Theatre. I got to speak to Rachel and her producer-sister Hannah about how their own family inspired this story exploring how trauma and mental illness can be […]

  • My Anomaly post-show Q&A with writer Liv Warden, director Adam Small & stars Alice Handoll, Katherine Samuelson & Natasha Cowley. © Peter Jones
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    Anomaly Q&A video and photos: Would you defend your father if he was guilty of sexual abuse?

Anomaly Q&A video and photos: Would you defend your father if he was guilty of sexual abuse?

There’s a staggering amount of up-and-coming talent on display with the world premiere of “post-Weinstein, post-Spacey drama” Anomaly, now running at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre.
In the young Wild Child Productions company, there are no fewer than three debuts: for playwright Liv Warden for two of the three-hander’s actors, Alice Handoll and Katherine Samuelson. Even […]

  • Mary Stuart, starring Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams, has transferred from the Almeida to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre
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    WATCH: My thoughts on Mary Stuart, Oranges & Elephants and other #TimesUp shows

WATCH: My thoughts on Mary Stuart, Oranges & Elephants and other #TimesUp shows

It’s natural that your reactions to shows are filtered through the prism of the current social and political climate. And savvy theatres, of course, seek to judge the mood and programme accordingly.

In the case of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, #TimesUp, the BBC pay gap furore and all related issues around sexual misconduct and gender inequality, […]

  • Peter Hamilton Dyer (George Orwell), Jimmy Walters (director) & Tony Cox (writer) at the Mrs Orwell Q&A. © Peter Jones
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    Mrs Orwell Q&A podcast and photos: What might George Orwell have written after 1984?

Mrs Orwell Q&A podcast and photos: What might George Orwell have written after 1984?

Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 surged by a staggering 9,500% after the election of Donald Trump to become Amazon’s biggest seller. Orwell himself died, at the age of 46, in January 1950, just seven months after 1984 was published. What might he have written after 1984, and his earlier hit novel Animal Farm (published in 1945), if he’d lived […]

  • Clockwise from top left: Mrs Orwell, Salad Days, Boom and King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe
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    My (non-Edinburgh) theatre diary: Salad Days, Mrs Orwell, Boom and Cowboy Rufus

My (non-Edinburgh) theatre diary: Salad Days, Mrs Orwell, Boom and Cowboy Rufus

It’s not just umbrella festival programmes, as I blogged earlier, that keep myself and other London theatregoers busy in August. Here’s a round-up of some of the other plays and musicals I’ve seen recently that are worth a look. Get booking if any tickle your fancy – all are limited seasons finishing in the […]