No shortage of thought and effort has gone into making this updated working of the Arthurian legend more than just a hot afternoon or evening at the theatre.
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Saturday 30 January 2010
Wednesday 16 December 2009
Wednesday 11 November 2009
Wednesday 07 October 2009
The appointment of the Olivier Award-winning director David Thacker as artistic director signals exciting times for Bolton's Octagon Theatre. Thacker, despite his RSC, National Theatre and Young Vic credentials, is best known for such TV hits as Waking the Dead, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Faith. Theatregoers will surely be beating a path to the Octagon in what promises to be an unmissable season in which he revisits such previous successes as All My Sons, Ghosts and Comedians.
Thursday 11 June 2009
Monday 30 March 2009
Edward Seckerson interviews Olivier award-winning actor and singer Michael Ball about his time performing as Edna Turnblad in the West End production of Hairspray.
Sunday 29 March 2009
As the arteries of theatreland clog with clapped-out musicals, serious playwrights are more in danger of being forgotten than most novelists. Plays wither if they fail to enter repertoires; the shock of their experience fades, and only the scripts remain. Peter Barnes is still often misunderstood by critics seeking easy tags. His work was elaborately constructed, intellectually rigorous and controversial, his language exact and demanding. (It must have been a bugger to memorise.)
Sunday 15 March 2009
Stars of the stage thronged the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, for the 33rd Laurence Olivier Awards last Sunday. At the packed champagne reception it was hard to miss the glowing Lindsay Duncan, nominated for Best Actress, or David Morrissey, standing tall above the crowd with his wife, the novelist Esther Freud; easier to overlook, though, was the diminutive Imelda Staunton – until she shook your reporter's hand and asked trenchantly: "Why isn't this televised? Are we second-class citizens, working in the theatre?"
Monday 09 March 2009
Patrick Stewart scooped his third Olivier award yesterday for his role as the scheming Claudius in Hamlet.
Tuesday 03 February 2009
David Tennant missed out on an Olivier award nomination for Hamlet today, but two of his fellow cast members were more successful.
Friday 18 July 2008
The last few years have seen a veritable flock of Seagulls land on the stage with varying degrees of success.
Tuesday 06 May 2008
Tuesday 29 April 2008
David Harrower's Blackbird won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Play against stiff competition from Frost/Nixon and Rock'n'Roll. But anyone watching David Grindley's superb touring production will not think that it was a wayward choice. This taut two-hander about abuse, obsession, wrecked lives and incurably illicit desire is a devastating feat of sustained and morally unsettling ambiguity. And, for my taste, the new production packs a heftier punch with its unshowy intensity than Peter Stein's arty, more self-conscious original staging.
Tuesday 01 April 2008
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
- 1 Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
- 2 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 3 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness