An Honourable Man Q&A video and photos: Has there ever been a more poisonous time in UK politics? (Insiders’ views)

Populism, patriotism, political theatre, predictions for Brexit and the fast-paced nature of life-imitating-art-imitating-life were amongst the topics covered in an incredibly good-natured discussion across a wide partisan spectrum at the post-show debate I chaired on Wednesday night at the premiere of An Honourable Man.
Michael McManus’ play had a sell-out, try-out week in June, which attracted […]

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    WATCH show vlogs: Julius Caesar, Beginning, The Lady With a Dog and Foul Pages

WATCH show vlogs: Julius Caesar, Beginning, The Lady With a Dog and Foul Pages

I’ve been raving about Julius Caesar to everyone over the past few weeks, and particularly the experience of seeing it in the pit of the staggeringly versatile Bridge Theatre. This second production in the new 900-seater founded by former National Theatre Nicks Hytner and Starr really flaunts its wide-ranging ambition with this modern-dress Shakespeare.

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  • Christopher Tester in Frankenstein and Natasha Killam in The Test
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    Prometheus updated: From Frankenstein to artificial intelligence in The Test

Prometheus updated: From Frankenstein to artificial intelligence in The Test

It has been so fascinating to see Arrows and Traps’ startlingly fresh adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, just opened at Brockley Jack Theatre, and Ian Dixon Potter’s one-act drama The Test, finishing this weekend at the White Bear Theatre, in the same week on the London fringe.

Both stories centre on Promethean ambitions: scientists who, like […]

Counting Sheep and top-notch bloggers

I’ve had issues with sleep – or rather lack of sleep – since I was a teenager. I won’t be an insomnia bore and tell you ALL of the so-called remedies I’ve tried over the years, including several sessions with a private, and very expensive, sleep therapist.

(Touch wood, the problem isn’t so bad at […]

The birth of an Icon: I was there

Obviously I go to the theatre a lot: but last night truly was special. I had the huge privilege of attending a premiere, at the White Bear Theatre, that marked the playwriting debut of a dear friend, whose scripts I’ve had the honour of reading over many years.

That’s not to suggest that said friend, Dave Cantor, is […]

  • Ontroerend Goed tackles feminism in Sirens at Soho Theatre, London, December 2014
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    My theatre diary: Plays to make you think – Widowers’ Houses, Visitors, Hope and Sirens

My theatre diary: Plays to make you think – Widowers’ Houses, Visitors, Hope and Sirens

If your brain has started to turn to mush after too much turkey and mash, get yourself along to one of these four plays quick. I can personally recommend each for provoking serious thought, discussion and reflection on urgent issues including local government, austerity, dementia, discrimination, feminism, urban housing and corruption, to name a […]

  • Gillian Anderson as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic, London, August 2014
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    My theatre diary: Streetcar, My Night with Reg, Muswell Hill, The Lion and Dogfight

My theatre diary: Streetcar, My Night with Reg, Muswell Hill, The Lion and Dogfight

Edinburgh aside, my August theatregoing has been sporadic, but here are a few shows I’ve seen recently that are worth catching if you can, especially now that the late summer sunshine seems to have abandoned us. As usual, I list them below in closing date order.

If you follow me on Twitter (@TerriPaddock) – please […]