Avalanche: A Love Story: Maxine Peake Excels at the Barbican Theatre


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Julia Leigh, Avalanche: A Love Story: Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, London, 1.5.2019. (CS)

Maxine Peake ©The Other Richard

Maxine Peake © The Other Richard

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Man of La Mancha is Staged, Acted and Sung Generally Well but Was Not Worth Reviving


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Man of La Mancha (Dale Wasserman [book], Joe Darion [lyrics] and Mitch Leigh [music]): Company of Man of La Mancha, English National Opera Orchestra / David White (conductor). London Coliseum, 30.4.2019. (JPr)

Nicholas Lyndhurst, Peter Polycarpou & Kelsey Grammer (c) Manuel Harlan

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Ivo van Hove’s All About Eve is All About Gillian Anderson and Lily James


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Joseph L Mankiewicz’s All About Eve: Adapted and directed for the stage by Ivo van Hove and directed for the screen by Nicholas Wickham. Broadcast live from the Noël Coward Theatre, London, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 11.4.2019. (JPr)

Lily James (Eve) and Gillian Anderson (Margo) (c) Jan Versweyveld

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The Metamorphosis of Renée Fleming and Ben Whishaw in The Shed’s Norma Jeane Baker of Troy


United StatesUnited States Anne Carson, Norma Jeane Baker of Troy: Renée Fleming, Ben Whishaw, The Griffin Theater, The Shed, New York, 7.4.2019. (RP)

Ben Whishaw & Renée Fleming in Norma Jeane Baker of Troy© Stephanie Berger

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When Music is Indistinguishable from Drama by Jack Buckley


Hugh Grant tells the tale of when he was playing the part of the presumed husband of Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) in the hugely entertaining film, he asked director, Stephen Frears, whether the man was an adventurer after Foster Jenkins’s money or genuinely in love with the woman who was living a passionately dedicated life of self-deception. How should I know? replied Frears, You’re the actor.
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Joshua Harmon’s Admissions at Trafalgar Studios Confronts White Liberals in Denial


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Joshua Harmon’s Admissions: Trafalgar Studios, London. 16.3.2019. (CSa)

Alex Kingston (Sherri) Andrew Woodall (Bill) & Ben Edelman (Charlie) (c) Johan Persson

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Charm and Wit Sparks These Pirates of Penzance at Wilton’s Music Hall


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance: Sasha Regan’s All-Male Hit at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. 27.2.2019. (JB)

Sasha Regan’s All-Male The Pirates of Penzance (c) Scott Rylander

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A Superb Production of Sweeney Todd in Belfast


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Sondheim, Sweeney Todd:  Cast, Chorus and Band of Northern Ireland Opera and Lyric Theatre / Sinead Hayes (Conductor), Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 6.2.2019. (RB)

Steven Page (Sweeney Todd) & Julie Mullins (Mrs Lovett) (c) NI Opera

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