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Stephen Sondheim: a daring and dazzling musical theatre icon

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Stephen Sondheim achieved such acclaim – for deepening the content and extending the lyrical ingenuity of musical theatre – that, from the age of 50, each major birthday was celebrated with tribute concerts in London,...

Rage, fury and noise – the new wave of feminist theatre is more vital than ever

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If you’re a survivor of male violence, reading Lucy Kirkwood’s “howl of a play” Maryland is a visceral experience. To hear it out loud, I imagine even more so – the Observer’s theatre critic Susannah Clapp described t...

Boris Johnson accused of flouting request to wear mask at theatre

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Boris Johnson once again flouted official requests to wear a mask as he watched a performance of Macbeth at a busy theatre in north London on Tuesday night, witnesses say. The prime minister was in the audience to see...

And Breathe dominates Black British theatre awards

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A one-man play about grief and a contemporary version of a Shakespearean classic have dominated the Black British theatre awards, with both receiving four honours. A lifetime achievement award was also presented to De...

Black talent takes centre stage at Lyric Hammersmith theatre

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The Lyric Hammersmith theatre is launching its first festival celebrating black talent, culture and creativity, featuring headline performances from the poet Lemn Sissay and the former Noisettes frontwoman Shingai. F...

Low-key Ronaldo theatre gives way to second act of beautiful precision

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Money won’t make you happy. Money won’t solve all your problems. But it certainly helps. Or at least, it does when that weekly debit comes in exchange for talent on the Cristiano Ronaldo scale. Ronaldo was sensational...

Dublin theatre festival review – compelling, exciting drama

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Returning to live performance with a flourish, Dublin theatre festival’s packed 16-day programme presents new work from some of Ireland’s most talented theatre artists and companies. Two of these, Landmark Productions...

Theatre in UK faces exodus of women after pandemic, study finds

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Leading women in British theatre have expressed concern that cash-strapped theatres could prioritise staging “safe” work by men and face an exodus of female talent if urgent action is not taken to support women after ...

Irina Brook’s stage obsession: ‘It’s been 50 years – theatre, theatre, theatre!’

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What are memories? Stories we tell ourselves? Do they occupy neatly filed compartments in the brain? Perhaps – as Cicero and others argued – memory is a sort of palace or theatre: an atmospheric space filled with obje...

3’s a crowd: backlash over sponsor’s name change for Dublin’s Olympia theatre

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For over a century the Olympia theatre has lured big names to Dublin including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Noël Coward, David Bowie and Tom Waits. But now the historic stage and music venue in Ireland’s capital...

Hamlet, Cabaret and a fistful of Romeos: the best theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2021

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The postponed Disney production finally touches down in Britain from Broadway, directed by Michael Grandage and mixing action adventure with the story of sisterly love and loyalty. Elsa and Anna will no doubt reignit...

‘All we need is a Walk of Fame!’ – the £4m rebirth of the National Youth Theatre

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A pink neon sign glows beneath a light-studded ceiling in the new entrance lobby of the National Youth Theatre, bringing a touch of Broadway glamour to the Holloway Road. Projecting out on to the pavement, occupying w...

Edinburgh theatre round-up: Medicine; Doppler; Screen 9; Burnt Out – review

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Edinburgh this August is a shadow of its past self. Streets usually thronging are almost empty. The atmosphere is changed, but the festivals are back, finding ways to keep going in this new Covid-normal, which doesn’t...

The week in theatre: Cinderella; Carousel – review

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Is this transformation or a series of jolly and ingenious tweaks? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, here after many pinging postponements, opens with a number called Buns’n’Roses and includes a bare-chested Hunks’ Son...

‘My theatre went dark’: Amanda Kloots on loving and losing actor Nick Cordero

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When you’re on Broadway and suddenly find out that your show is closing, you feel this wave of sadness. As a cast member, there was nothing you could have done to save it. You didn’t write the script; you didn’t call ...

‘There was a distinct lack of help’: can theatre clean up its act on mental health?

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It was the winter of 2017 when Raffaella Covino realised she was in the midst of an emotional breakdown. Despite living out her childhood dream as a professional stage actor – appearing in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the ...

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