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March 14, 2020

There’s a distinct dynamic, and a power, to verbatim theatre; it has an inherent sense of truth and authenticity about it that other dramas seek to capture.

Sweet Mother, being staged in two sold out nights at the Royal Court Studio, is an extension of an oral history p...

March 12, 2020

The King and I comes from a particularly lavish era of the musical – both in terms of big, beautiful melodies and the sheer size and sumptuousness of the visual spectacle.

Think Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Guys and Dolls, Singin’ In The Rain and of course, Rodgers...

March 3, 2020

It’s the mnemonic that’s been chanted by generations of schoolchildren – divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.

But just imagine a school history lesson as entertaining as this Tudor-tastic rollercoaster through the lives of the six consorts of Henry VI...

February 28, 2020

It was voted one of the greatest symphonies of all time in a poll of more than 150 conductors.

And you can see why Mahler’s mighty Resurrection, composed over a period of six years and running to a substantial 80 minutes, has won the hearts and souls of baton wielders e...

February 27, 2020

Cambridge University may have nurtured some of the most exceptional minds in history, but at the end of the 19th century it was still some way from experiencing its own age of enlightenment.

And as Jessica Swale’s excoriating drama suggests, intellect and common sense a...

February 26, 2020

Outside in Lime Street, the façade of St George’s Hall was glowing red.

Simply an illuminating coincidence, or did they know Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes was celebrating the 100th performance of its current tour with an opening night at the Empire?

Bourne’s stage versi...

February 25, 2020

It’s a quarter of a century now since Kay Mellor’s hard-hitting, thought-provoking drama Band of Gold burst on to unsuspecting TV screens.

The drama, which regularly pulled in 15 million viewers, was ground-breaking in that it put sex workers, along with their worries a...

February 20, 2020

We all know about Stan and Ollie. But what about Stan and Charlie?

In the early 1900s the two future big screen superstars were both members of the legendary Fred Karno’s troupe of vaudevillians who entertained theatre audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

And for two...

February 19, 2020

Lights, camera, actors….

Imitating the dog applies its trademark multimedia theatrical approach to the zombie apocalypse in what is surely its most ambitious work to date – bringing George Romero’s ground-breaking schlocky horror flick Night of the Living Dead to life o...

February 18, 2020

Back in the mid-80s a new sound hit British dancefloors – and the singles charts – with an infectiously funky Latin rhythmed dance number called Dr Beat.

It was a sound that had burst out from the huge Cuban expat community in Florida and across the Atlantic courtesy of...

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