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Les Misérables writers craft life story of 'people's tenor' Russell Watson's who had two near fatal brain tumours
Friday 23 August 2013
The tale of the Salford tenor who suffered two near fatal brain tumours at the peak of his powers isn’t lacking in drama. Now Russell Watson will sing the story of his life in the latest stage project from the French composers who created the all-conquering Les Misérables.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
OperaUpClose specialises in bold transpositions, best exemplified by its witty setting of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera in an IKEA store. For Tosca their writer-director Adam Spreadbury-Maher has effected a different kind of transposition, but one which is entirely logical.
Saturday 17 August 2013
A single cast tells two separate stories of gay lovers in Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride, set in 1958 and 2008 (when it was first staged), exploring the characters’ own, and society’s, changing attitudes towards sexuality, identity and honesty. At this timely revival directed by Jamie Lloyd for the Trafalgar Transformed season, the actors hold placards reading “To Russia, With Love” for the curtain call.
Thursday 15 August 2013
John Cleese has launched an attack on the media, branding many British newspapers “amoral creatures”.
Thursday 08 August 2013
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Sunday 04 August 2013
Movie blockbusters, including Man of Steel, Les Miserables and Iron Man 3, helped box office takings at British cinemas to smash expectations and rise 8.5 per cent to £578.7m in the first half of this year.
Thursday 01 August 2013
The cover, which has been ‘The prophets of doom had a field day over Maury Yeston's musical Titanic when it was launched on Broadway in 1997 ahead of James Cameron's blockbuster cinematic weepie. Technical glitches during the previews and a rumour-mill drooling with anticipatory schadenfreude convinced wiseacres that the $10 million dollar show, like the eponymous vessel, was on a collision course with disaster.
Monday 29 July 2013
They met while filming Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's talent show Any Dream Will Do. But it seems the happy ending has gone sour for judge Denise van Outen and the contest's winner Lee Mead after four years of marriage.
Sunday 28 July 2013
Summertime. And the living is … well, not so easy if you've got a handful of children to entertain. Thankfully, the West End of London has plenty to offer children of all ages; it also has the annual theatre initiative, Kids Week, to help make a trip up to town more affordable. Kids Week has an exciting line-up of shows offering free tickets and activities throughout August.
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel helped to drive the over-45s to the cinema
Monday 22 July 2013
Most ‘children’s operas’ are not really that at all, but Holland Park Opera – as its general manager has explained in these columns – is aiming its “Alice” squarely at the youthful end of the market. The background of its composer Will Todd is suitably eclectic, ranging from a jazz Mass, to oratorios, to an anthem for last year’s royal diamond jubilee; its designer Leslie Travers’s most recent exploit was the inspired staging of the Aldeburgh “Grimes on the Beach”; conducting and direction are by Martin Duncan and Stuart Stratford, versatile operators both.
Don't Let It Be: Beatles musical sued by rival over who came up with the idea of impersonating The Fab Four
Tuesday 16 July 2013
Rival tribute acts will battle it out in court for the right to recreate the band’s music on stage
Monday 15 July 2013
Watch the videos below to see clips from two celebrity-based operas that have appeared in recent years.
Saturday 13 July 2013
Palladio’s grand buildings are a feature of this northern Italian city
Friday 12 July 2013
Production chronicles the story of a divisive new toll road scheduled to slice through a village
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