Reanimating ‘At Home’ Danny Boyle’s 2011 National Theatre Frankenstein

05/05/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom NT at HomeFrankenstein by Nick Dear (based on the novel by Mary Shelley): Directed for the screen by Tim van Someren and recorded at London’s Olivier Theatre in 2011. Reviewed on 4.5.2020. (JPr)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Creature) & Jonny Lee Miller (Frankenstein) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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Exuberant Jason Manford-led Curtains proves a perfect antidote to our coronavirus-blighted times

16/04/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Curtains (music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Rupert Holmes, original book and concept by Peter Stone with additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes): Company of Curtains, filmed at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, and directed for the screen by Martin Riley. Live online stream reviewed on 14.4.2020. (JPr)

The cast of Curtains © The Other Richard

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‘He nose, you know!’: James McAvoy excels as a Cyrano de Bergerac for our contemporary age

14/03/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom National Theatre Live – Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac: directed for the screen by Tony Grech-Smith at London’s Playhouse Theatre and broadcast to Everyman Cinema, Chelmsford, 12.3.2020. (JPr)

Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Roxane), Eben Figueiredo (Christian), & James McAvoy (Cyrano)
(c) Marc Brenner

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Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Dürrenmatt’s The Visit: a relevant message for our times

18/02/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit (adapted by Tony Kushner): National Theatre, London. 14. 2.2020. (CSa)

Lesley Manville and cast of NT’s The Visit (c) Johan Persson

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Northern Ireland Opera brings Kiss Me, Kate vibrantly to life

10/02/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate:  Cast, Chorus and Orchestra of Northern Ireland Opera / Conor Mitchell (conductor). Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 5.2.2020. (RB)

Norman Bowman, Melle Stewart, Jayne Wisener, Jack McCann (c) Johnny Frazer

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Watermill Theatre’s Midsummer Night’s mischief at Wilton’s Music Hall

30/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (from the Watermill Theatre and directed by Paul Hart): Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 29.1.2020. (JB)

Watermill Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Colin McPherson and Ian Rickson present an Uncle Vanya for our times at the Harold Pinter Theatre

24/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Chekhov, Uncle Vanya: Harold Pinter Theatre, London, 23.1.2020. (CS)

Uncle Vanya (c) Johan Persson

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The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel at Wilton’s Music Hall

16/01/2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (created by Told by an idiot with Theatre Royal Plymouth, from an idea by Irene Cotton and written and directed by Paul Hunter): Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 15.1.2020. (JB)

Jerone Marsh-Reid & Amalia Vitale in The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel
(c) Manuel Harlan

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