• Stars Toby Marlow & Zak Ghazi-Torbati with director/co-writer Lucy Moss & me at the Hot Gay Time Machine post-show Q&A at Trafalgar Studios. © Peter Jones
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    Hot Gay Time Machine Q&A video and photos: Celebrating birthdays, coming out and locker-room cocks

Hot Gay Time Machine Q&A video and photos: Celebrating birthdays, coming out and locker-room cocks

You know you’re at a different type of theatre experience when you find yourself singing along – loudly – about how much we all love looking at cocks in the locker room. (Even when you’ve never been in a cocker-room.)
The party spirit for Hot Gay Time Machine starts before the performance as co-stars Toby […]

  • My post-show Q&A at A Guide for the Homesick with writer Ken Urban, director Jonathan O'Boyle & stars Douglas Booth & Clifford Samuel at London's Trafalgar Studios on 19 October 2018. © Peter Jones
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    A Guide for the Homesick Q&A video and photos: How did Doctors Without Borders & homophobia inspire this new play?

A Guide for the Homesick Q&A video and photos: How did Doctors Without Borders & homophobia inspire this new play?

The night after they faced the press, the team behind the European premiere production of A Guide for the Homesick faced a packed audience, most of whom stayed on to take part enthusiastically in our post-show discussion.
Ken Urban’s play was commissioned in 2011 and had its world premiere last year in Boston. This new production […]

  • Terri Paddock with writer Alex Oates, star Josh Barrow & director Dominic Shaw at the Silk Road post-show Q&A at Trafalgar Studios, 13 August 2018. © Peter Jones
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    Silk Road Q&A video and photos: How DO you buy drugs online? And write a play about it?

Silk Road Q&A video and photos: How DO you buy drugs online? And write a play about it?

How do you buy drugs online? What was Silk Road? Could the libertarians on it actually be steering us towards a more humane drug policy? Or is a play about this dark-web marketplace glamourising drugs? What do you do with a bitcoin production donation? Who’s actually read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island?

Not the usual questions […]

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    Q&A video and photos: Katy Brand and 3Women‘s stars on feminism and happiness

Q&A video and photos: Katy Brand and 3Women‘s stars on feminism and happiness

So much laughter at last night’s post-show Q&A for Katy Brand’s debut play 3Women, now running at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 2 until 9 June 2018!
Brand’s 80-minute comedy-drama explores what it means to be a woman in the 21st century and the consequences of the generational gap on attitudes, cultural expectations and family dynamics. It’s set […]

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    Q&A video and photos: Discussing racism & representation at Rasheeda Speaking

Q&A video and photos: Discussing racism & representation at Rasheeda Speaking

What a provocative play and post-show discussion! Are we all racist? How different are racial relations in 21st-century America versus Britain? How do we get more unheard voices onstage? Can white men tell valid stories about minority groups? Should they?

Joel Drake Johnson’s four-hander Rasheeda Speaking caused a stir when it was first seen in Chicago and New […]

  • Dean Bone, Stephen Tompkinson & John Bowler at The Red Lion post-show Q&A on 9 November 2017. All Q&A photos © Peter Jones
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    Q&A video and photos: The Red Lion cast on Northern locker room talk

Q&A video and photos: The Red Lion cast on Northern locker room talk

A cheeky Twitter follower (yes, I’m talking about you Johnny Fox) requested that I ask the three stars of Patrick Marber’s locker room drama The Red Lion – Stephen Tompkinson, John Bowler and Dean Bone – to explain the off-side rule at the post-show Q&A I chaired at Trafalgar Studios 2 last night. I threatened […]

  • Christopher Renshaw, Julian Clary and James Nelson-Joyce at Le Grand Mort Q&A
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    Photos and podcast: Remembering Stephen Clark with Julian Clary & co at Le Grand Mort

Photos and podcast: Remembering Stephen Clark with Julian Clary & co at Le Grand Mort

There was a moment I’ll never forget from the Q&A I hosted after last night’s performance of Stephen Clark’s Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studios. Julian Clary, who is of course best known as a much-loved comedian and cabaret artist, had commented that it wasn’t really up to him whether he did more straight […]

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    Q&A podcast and photos: Confronting bullies with the Late Company cast

Q&A podcast and photos: Confronting bullies with the Late Company cast

Having heard so many of My Theatre Mates raving about Late Company following its European premiere earlier this year at the Finborough, I was really looking forward to seeing it at Trafalgar Studios. And yet, I still came under-prepared: I didn’t bring enough tissues. It’s not giving away too many spoilers to say that, if […]

  • Berkoff double bill stars Shaun Dooley and Emily Bruni with director Nigel Harman at post-show Q&A
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    Photos and podcast: Brush up your Berkoff with Nigel Harman and co

Photos and podcast: Brush up your Berkoff with Nigel Harman and co

Two rarely seen short plays by Steven Berkoff are professionally performed together for the first time in this much-anticipated West End premiere. LUNCH and, written 20 years later, its sequel THE BOW OF ULYSSES are both set at the seaside where a couple first passionately collide and, decades later, sit reflecting on their wasted […]

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    Photos and podcast: Getting to grips with gender issues at Rotterdam Q&A

Photos and podcast: Getting to grips with gender issues at Rotterdam Q&A

What a treat it was to not only see Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam again last night, but to be able to question this hugely talented young writer about his bittersweet comedy, which ranked amongst my Top Ten new plays of last year.
The play – set in the titular Dutch city, where Jon once spent months (unhappily) working in a call […]

Press Pass: All the reviews on Jesse Eisenberg and The Spoils

In my years of covering theatre, I’ve seen a lot of Hollywood stars make their West End debuts, but I’ve rarely, if ever, seen it done with quite so much aplomb. Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar – best known internationally for, respectively, multiple films including The Social Network, and US sitcom The Big Bang […]

Photos: Final Father post-show panel on Women in the Arts

All good things must come to an end. Last night was the third and final post-show panel discussion in the series that I’ve programmed and hosted around Jagged Fence’s new production of The Father, starring Alex Ferns. While I’m sad the series has finished (it was such invigorating fun!), I’m happy to say that […]

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    Photos and podcast: Equal parenting, Fathers4Justice and Strindberg’s The Father

Photos and podcast: Equal parenting, Fathers4Justice and Strindberg’s The Father

I’m still reeling after the thrillingly heated and thought-provoking panel discussion I hosted last night at Trafalgar Studios 2. This was the second in a series of post-show events I’ve programmed around issues and themes raised in Jagged Fence’s explosive new production of Strindberg’s The Father, starring Alex Ferns.

We set a high benchmark with last […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sam Troughton, Neil Stuke, Adam James and Eleanor Matsuura in Mike Bartlett's Bull at the Young Vic Theatre, London, January 2015
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    My theatre diary: Plays Bull, Donkey Heart, Golem and The Play That Goes Wrong

My theatre diary: Plays Bull, Donkey Heart, Golem and The Play That Goes Wrong

If these first few weeks are anything to go by, 2015 is going to be an entertaining year. Here are four, very different plays that I’ve seen recently and am happy to recommend.

As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order. Note, the first two finish at the end of January – don’t delay!

If […]

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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 […]