Category Archives: Theatre

Discussion/articles related to Theatre production, news and talent.

NOMINATIONS: Play/musical of the year

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Hamilton – Victoria Palace Theatre Hip-hop musical Hamilton is a popular, critical and financial success. The show has won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Rockefeller Foundation, believing the show is a “catalyst for social change”, bought $7.5 million in tickets for public high school students in the States. The Inheritance – Noel Coward […]

The top five social impact theatre shows of 2018

ear for eye (Photo: Steven Cummiskey)

Let’s face it: no one goes to the theatre to be preached to. But the best kind of theatre is entertaining and says something about society. While it’s always very hard to measure the actual social impact of, well, anything, here are a few productions from 2018 which spoke to today’s world in a sharply […]

So many people still feel Shakespeare isn’t for them – I want that to change

Alexandra Afryea who plays Lady Macbeth in Proteus' upcoming production (Credit: D&M Photography)

Earlier this year, on a supremely hot and stuffy London morning I sat in a room full of incredibly talented women and laughed until my face hurt. We were casting a female actor for our production of Macbeth. They were all shapes, ages and sizes; I was putting together an ensemble and therefore had no […]

The good, the bad and the ugly: How to cope with reviews

Vinay Patel's 'An Adventure' (Photo credit: Bronwen Sharp)

Vinay Patel is a playwright and screenwriter. Here he offers advice on handling criticism. Getting critically evaluated, be it by Lyn Gardner or your 12-year old cousin is nauseating. Even if the review is good, you’ll probably feel more relieved than joyous. Happy that you didn’t throw up on your shoes rather than suddenly assuming […]

Thank you Hamilton for showing us why arts with a social impact are a good investment

Hamilton the Musical

The Broadway show Hamilton is a popular, critical and financial success. The show has won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Rockefeller Foundation, believing the show is a “catalyst for social change”, bought $7.5 million in tickets for public high school students nationwide. The New York Times is predicting, “the unlikely hit will ultimately generate […]

New report showcases arts and cultural sector’s impact in fighting climate change

A report released by Arts Council England has shown that arts and cultural organisations are acting on and surpassing national and international climate targets. Environmental arts group Julie’s Bicycle, which produced the report, has been working in partnership with Arts Council England since 2012 to inspire environmental action across the arts and culture sector. Alison […]

Madeline Gould: Do we need more ‘evil women’ in theatre?

Hannah McClean stars as HER in Ladykiller, written by Madeline Gould, directed by Madelaine Moore

Madeline Gould’s new show Ladykiller has just won the Vault Festival 2019 Pleasance Award. The play explores the label ‘psychopath’ and portrays its protagonist in a nuanced and multidimensional way. Here she writes about why we need to go beyond the labels and see more diverse women portrayed in the arts. I’m not sure that I […]

debbie tucker green: Ear for Eye and the element of surprise

When you hear the name debbie tucker green (as she prefers to write her name in the lower case) what comes to mind? The guess is that amongst the multitude of pictures that surround the British playwright, screenwriter and director the most notable feature is her sturdy and uncompromising character – standing firmly behind what she believes. The […]