Son Of A Preacherman

Markus Birdman | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Comedy
Markus Birdman

Not that I wish to compete but I once made the mistake of proudly telling my father I had just done the world famous Comedy Store for the first time. He replied, 'Really? I just did St. Paul's Cathedral!'

Karagula by Philip Ridley

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Before seeing any performance, I quite like the idea of not knowing a great deal about the story or production beforehand. Even if I had researched th...

The Illusion Which Shapes Our Reality

Alasdair Price | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Alasdair Price

There are many who thoroughly appreciate having a magician approach and perform for them. However far too large a percentage are under the impression they dislike magic, simply because their exposure to the genre has been so limited.

Six Things Every Actress Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

My daughter wants to be an actress. Words that should strike fear into the heart of any right thinking parent. I've gently tried to discourage her from what I perceive as a harsh life, but she comes alive on stage and has held on to this ambition to the exclusion of other childhood dreams. Luckily my daughter is only seven and there is plenty of time for sense to prevail, but were she to continue on her path, what should she know?

The Review That's Not A Review: Derren Brown's Infamous

Alasdair Price | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alasdair Price

I'm not going to tell you what happened, because the knowledge that any audience members involved were completely unaware as to what was going to take place before they walked into the auditorium, makes what he did even more impossible.

I'm No Fan of Musicals - but Could Amélie on Broadway Work?

Clare Wiley | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clare Wiley

So. I hate musicals: my dirty little secret. They're too brash, too cheery. The overacting, injected with a fake sugary merriment, seems exhausting. I find myself pinning my face into the shape of a smile, and holding it there until the show's over.

In Defence of the Critic

Marianka Swain | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
Marianka Swain

Conversely, whether in print or online, critics with experience, expertise and a sense of responsibility should be championed. Those guiding voices make an essential contribution, with respected critical approbation translating into financial backing for many institutions and projects, and new voices handed a megaphone.

Here, There, Gone: An Interview With Sir Nicholas Hytner

Will Bordell | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Will Bordell

Nicholas Hytner's Othello was so good I saw it twice. It's not the first time Sir Nick has wowed the critics. And I somehow doubt it will be the last. I perch comfortably outside his office, staring at black-and-white action shots of hit after hit: Adrian Lester in Henry V, Simon Russell Beale in Much Ado About Nothing, James Corden in One Man, Two Guv'nors. If there's such thing as a grammar of theatre, Hytner is fluent in it.

Marianne Faithfull Cancels Concerts After Breaking Back

Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Entertainment

Singer and actress Marianne Faithfull is recovering after breaking a bone in her back in an accident. The 66-year-old, who famously dated Sir Mick ...

The Making of 'The Situation Room'

James Blakey | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
James Blakey

As our audiences arrive at Shoreditch Town Hall, they're divided into two teams. Their objective is simple: to beat the other side. As the show goes on, the actions become more extreme, the morality more blurred. The choice between A and B becomes harder to make as the pressure on you to make it becomes higher. If the game is violence and the goal is victory, will you win at all cost or will you play to lose?

A Chorus Line - Theatre Review

Chris Cox | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Chris Cox

The show is a time capsule, in look, style, music and design. A piece of 70s theatre which feels as fresh and relevant today as ever.

Bad Review of Unauthorised 'Father Ted' Stage Show Led to Legal Threat

John Fleming | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

If you are a performer, reviewers are like Americans. It is difficult to live with them, but it is difficult to live without them.

Rubbing Shoulders With Er Those Much Bigger Than My Own!

Sabi Phagura | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sabi Phagura

They say that if you want to be achieve something and be like someone, then you need to start hanging out with like minded people.

Review: Hans Klok - The Houdini Experience

Chris Cox | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Chris Cox

Earlier this month I got to sit down with master illusionist, his words not mine, Hans Klok for a little chat about his new show The Houdini Experience. I am an award winning (and highly modest) mind-reader who can't read minds, whose always loved magic, but illusions, just haven't excited me. Has Hans managed to change that with his first London show. You know what? I think he has.

The Man with Advice on How to Stage Successful Edinburgh Fringe Shows

John Fleming | Posted 17.04.2012 | Home
John Fleming

I have occasionally blogged advice on the perils and pitfalls of staging a show at the Edinburgh Fringe. But it really requires a whole book - which is what Mark Fisher has now done.

Kate Perry Makes First Stage Appearance Since Split From Russell Band

MyDaily | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Style

We've all felt the harsh sting of a relationship breakdown, no matter what the circumstances - which is why we're pleased to see Katy Perry back on fo...

Nicole Scherzinger Vs Cher Lloyd: Who Was X Factor's Best Dressed Guest? | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Style

Last night's X Factor results show saw not one, but two female solo singers take to the stage, in the shape of last year finalist Cher Lloyd, and curr...

Paul Vale

The Edinburgh Fringe - What's It All About? | Paul Vale | Posted 14.10.2011 | UK Entertainment

Go to any amateur comedy night next month and you’ll almost certainly hear the following phrase: “When I was in Edinburgh recently…” W...