Thursday, 23 October 2014

Chichester's Taken At Midnight transfers to the West End starring Penelope Wilton

It has been announced that Jonathan Church's world premiere production of Taken At Midnight will transfer to the West End next year. 

Following the closure of Great Britain, Mark Hayhurst's new play begins performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 15th Janruary 2015 for a limited season until 14th March 2015. 

Penelope Wilton is set to reprise her portrayal of Irmgard in the show which is currently enjoying a sold-out season in Chichester.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Competition: Win a pair of tickets to the English National Opera’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary!

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Review: Abigail's Party at the Leicester Curve Theatre

Abigail's Party
Leicester Curve Theatre (Studio)
Reviewed on Tuesday 21st October 2014

One of my absolute all-time favourite plays, Abigail's Party is a dark comedy set in the seventies. Mike Leigh's play, which premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 1977, is set in the home of Beverly and Laurence on the night they invite over their new neighbours, Tony and Ange. The guest list is completed by Sue, whose daughter Abigail is having a party down the street.

Wendi Peters cast in Oh What A Lovely War

Is has been announced that Wendi Peters will appear in Oh What A Lovely War next year.

Following a sold-out run in spring 2014, Terry Johnson’s hit revival of Oh What A Lovely War will return to its spiritual home – Theatre Royal Stratford East – in January 2015, before embarking on a national tour.

Wendi Peters is best known for playing Cilla Battersby in Coronation Street. She is currently in rehearsals for White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre. Her credits also include: The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre) and Rutherford & Son (National Tour). 

Review: Neville’s Island at the Duke Of York's Theatre

Neville’s Island
Duke Of York's Theatre
Reviewed on Saturday 18th October (matinee)

Last seen in the West End twenty years ago, Neville’s Island is back after a successful run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Written by Tim Firth, whose name has become synonymous with British comedy after the runaway success of Calendar Girls both on the screen and stage, Neville’s Island explores the relationship between four men who find themselves stranded on an island together.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Interview: Joao de Sousa

Following its Edinburgh run, Joao de Sousa's production of The Curing Room by David Ian Lee has transferred to the Pleasance Islington for a limited run until Sunday 9th November 2014.

Spring 1944 - seven Soviet soldiers have been captured by the Nazis, stripped naked and abandoned in the locked empty cellar of a monastery in southern Poland. Deprived of all resources and ties to the world they knew, the prisoners must redefine their concepts of order and human nature and confront the ultimate taboos - murder and cannibalism – in order to survive...

The Curing Room marks Joao de Sousa’s directorial debut. Last year Joao produced the critically acclaimed theatre production of The Sea Plays (three one-act plays by Eugene O'Neill) at London's Old Vic Tunnels. Before that he worked as assistant director to noted theatre director, Michael Rudman, responsible for casting and directing understudies for productions at the Hampstead Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath (& UK tour), Long Wharf Theatre (USA) and London's West End. 

Joao recently worked for the BBC as an assistant director on their upcoming TV production of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. His other TV work includes first assistant director on the BBC film Coolbox directed by David Farr. He directed the short film Listen to Your Eyes and has worked as assistant to the director on the following films: The Golden Compass and And When Did You Last See Your Father.

I recently spoke to Joao about taking on such a controversial play, the issues surrounding the piece and the extreme ways in which audiences have reacted…

The Curing Room was a huge success in Edinburgh and has now transferred to London. After you first read the play in December 2013 and decided you wanted to direct it, what were the initial challenges?
My first challenge as a director was, ‘How the heck am I going to keep those tensions and relationships meaningful?’ My second challenge was to do with all these props and blood! That was a really interesting challenge, to integrate those into the equation. Once I was able to resolve how I was going to be able to do the stagecraft of this play, then I thought ‘right, now I can get stuck into the play itself.’

Review: The House That Will Not Stand at the Tricycle Theatre

The House That Will Not Stand
Tricycle Theatre
Reviewed on Friday 17th October 2014

The House That Will Not Stand is quite a play! Set in New Orleans in 1836, at the centre of the piece is Beatrice – our matriarch. Portrayed sensationally by Martina Laird, Beatrice's finds herself in a somewhat tricky situation when the father of her daughters (a rich white man) passes away under mysterious circumstances.