Bridge Theatre’s gender-fluid forest frolics are all in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

19/10/2019

National Theatre Live – Bridge Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: recorded live at the Bridge Theatre and shown at Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 17.10.2019. (JPr)

Bridge Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c) Manuel Harlan

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At Croydon’s Ashcroft Playhouse: ‘Who’s Afraid of Angela’s Ashes – The Musical?’  

07/10/2019

Angela’s Ashes – The Musical (music and Lyrics by Adam Howell, book by Paul Hurt [based on a memoir of Frank McCourt]): Ensemble of Angela’s Ashes -The Musical and musicians / David Hayes (musical director). Ashcroft Playhouse, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 5.10.2019. (JB)

Jacinta Whyte (Angela) (c) Pat Redmond

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Benke Rydman fashions another hit with Gothenburg Opera’s Oliver!

02/10/2019

Lionel Bart, Oliver! (Lionel Bart [Lyrics and book] and a new Swedish translation by Ulricha Johnson): Soloists of Gothenburg Opera, ensemble and children’s ensemble, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Bjorn Dobbelaere (conductor), Gothenburg Opera, 27.9.2019. (NS)

Fagin (David Lundqvist, centre) with his gang (c) Lennart Sjöberg

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Hulks Ahoy as CODA’s The Producers reopens the Ashcroft Playhouse

23/09/2019

Mel Brooks, The Producers (lyrics and music by Brooks and adapted by Brooks and Thomas Meehan from the 1967 film): Ensembles and musicians of CODA (Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association) / Joshua Hickin (musical director and arranger). Ashcroft Playhouse at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. 20.9.2019. (JB)

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s bittersweet Fleabag remains an ode to all modern women

14/09/2019

Fleabag (written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge): Directed for the screen by Tony Grech-Smith and broadcast live from the Wyndham’s Theatre, London, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 12.9.2019. (JPr)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) (c) Matt Humphrey

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A powerful Torch Song marks opening of London’s newest theatre

10/09/2019

Torch Song (by Harvey Fierstein): The Turbine Theatre, London, 6.9.2019. (CSa)

Matthew Needham (Arnold) and Dino Festcher (Ed) in Torch Song
(c) Mark Senior

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Navigating Australia’s Secret River: tempestuous journey in pursuit of a tragic dream

02/09/2019

The Secret River by Kate Grenville (adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell): National Theatre, London, 28.8.2019. (CSa)

Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River (c) Ryan Buchanan

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Puttin’ on the Ritz in Blackpool

13/07/2019

Various composers, Puttin’ on the Ritz: Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 6.7.2019. (MC)

Company of Puttin’ on the Ritz

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