UK Theater

It Chose Me: Director Sam Mendes On His Latest West End Smash

Phillip Othen | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Entertainment

Reviews of The Ferryman, directed by Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes, have been routinely decorated with five stars and performances are met...

Andrew Garfield Sets The Record Straight On ‘Twisted’ Gay Comments

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Entertainment

Andrew Garfield has set the record straight about comments he made about being “a gay man right now, just without the physical act”. The 33-year-o...

Taking The Blame

Paul Clayton | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

The taxi driver who turned up 20 minutes late one morning to take us out on an excursion. Not his fault as the traffic had been particularly bad, but as soon he was out of the car, he walked straight over to us to apologise for keeping us waiting. By the time we sat in the car, we were assuring him that it didn't really matter.

Magnificence By Howard Brenton

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As the lights dim in the Finborough Theatre, a faint commotion can be heard coming from the corridor outside. The auditorium has become a disused buil...

Much Ado About Nothing At Selfridges

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The Faction theatre company and Selfridges have come together to create a production that makes the work of William Shakespeare very accessible and engaging. Elements including fashion, social media and tabloids are effectively incorporated to provide parallels to modern times.

In Praise of Fear

Anna Beecher | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Anna Beecher

If anyone asks this August how my play about fearlessness is going, I happily tell them I'm terrified.

Toilet Seats, Reviews and a Kitten

Naomi Hefter | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

Up or down? This is an important question that needs to be asked before you move in with a bloke. And when that bloke is your boyfriend then things ...

The Beauty of Battersea: Lessons From the Battersea Arts Centre Fire

Deborah Bull | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Deborah Bull

But what has been remarkable about the BAC fire is not the extent of the damage, or the disruption to performances, or the loss of a space for South London communities. What is remarkable is the opposite: the spontaneous outpouring of love, compassion and support for BAC, the heartfelt warmth and goodwill that confirms the special place of this special organisation.

Swapping Socialising for Staying In: How a Skint Mind-Set Is Shaping Our Social Lives

Ellie Widdowson | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellie Widdowson

Catching a film at the cinema was once a firm favourite to fill our free time, but it seems that the silver screen is losing its allure, seeing a huge decline in audience numbers. In 2013 over 165.5 million people attended the cinema, which was the lowest viewing figures since 2008.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore: Judging a Book by its Cover

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I have read quite a few well-known, critically acclaimed plays yet none of them were quite as entertaining - or indeed shocking - as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Ford explores an extremely provocative subject matter - essentially, the morality of incest - in a sort of lively, almost playful, fashion.

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

A Shortage of Ladies Loos Harms the Feminist Cause As Well As Our Bladders

Clare Finney | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

There were not enough ladies loos. There never are enough ladies loos, yet in this case it was particularly problematic. In this production of 1984, there would be no admission after the curtain rose.

The Djinns of Eidgah at the Royal Court

Ben Mirza | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Centred on two orphaned siblings Ashrafi and Bilal, set to the backdrop of the conflict in Kashmir, The Djinns of Eidgah is about the generation born into this seemingly endless conflict, which has no sign of being resolved.

Raising the Banners

Alexi Kaye Campbell | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alexi Kaye Campbell

Because it strikes me that we are reaching some sort of tipping point when it comes to gay issues: that on some fundamental level of global consciousness the final battle is being fought between progress and fear.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Play 'Nirbhaya' to Recreate Delhi Gang Rape Onstage

Rachel Kramer Bussel | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Kramer Bussel

The name Nirbhaya, Hindi for fearless one, was used to commemorate last December's 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim Jyoti Singh Pandey, who died fro...

I Think Somebody Is Burning Down Las Vegas: The TEAM's Mission Drift and American Capitalism

Rachel Chavkin | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Chavkin

the Office of Cultural Affairs. She was in her 60s, and had been born and raised in Las Vegas (unusual for a woman of her generation).

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?

Above and Beyond; A One on One Theatrical Experience in London's 21st Century Grand Hotel

Hamish Jenkinson | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hamish Jenkinson

The rapid rise of immersive theatre, which plunges the actors and audience into the same space, has rendered the old-fashioned theatre all but redundant. These days, the most exciting productions are happening beyond the theatre walls.

You Can't Have an Orgasm Every Time You Walk on Stage

Frances Ruffelle | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Frances Ruffelle

You can't have an orgasm every time you walk on stage. This line from the script is sitting with me. I think Piaf did give the audience everything every time she walked onto the stage. To play her and to be in the character I must do the same.

God's Property at the Soho Theatre

Neil Simpson | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Simpson

God's Property is a new play set in 1982 - a time of inner city tensions, unemployment and riots. The timing of the play, written by Soho Six writer Arinze Kene, is apt.

Aimé Césaire: The Arts in Lyon

Rob Wolfe | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rob Wolfe

If you go to one theater performance this winter, make it the Persona Company's production of Aimé Césaire's epic poem Cahier d'un retour au pays natal.

My Four Day Acting Course

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 08.01.2013 | Home
Gia Marie Barbera

There is nothing like a good short course in acting to make friends and bond with people.

Review: Theatre Delicatessen's Henry V

Charlotte Skeoch | Posted 29.07.2012 | Home
Charlotte Skeoch

mmersive theatre often treads the fine line between enhancing experience and aggressive involvement. What starts as engulfing theatrical aggrandizement can quickly trip into the realms of terrifying audience participation - and only attention - hungry stage botherers really enjoy on-stage participation, or those of masochistic temperament

Why BGT's Pudsey Signals the End of British Cultural Taste

Charlotte Skeoch | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Charlotte Skeoch

2012 has been a year of outlandish happenings, from the mundane to the absurd. Wikipedia spent 24 hours offline, rendering every University student in the country capable of Key Stage 2 curriculum only.

Two Weeks Left to See Cillian Murphy at the National - Worth it?

Belle Lupton | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Belle Lupton

If you thought the UK premiere of Enda Walsh's one-man play Misterman would drown in the National's cavernous Lyttelton Theatre, you'd be wrong. Clearly aware of the space he has to fill, Cillian Murphy has already inhabited every nook of the divided stage and thrown oil drums into the crannies he's missed before the first five minutes are up.