Theatre News from The Guardian & The Telegraphic newspapers in the U.K.

The week in theatre: Hamlet; As You Like It; Shirleymander – review
Shakespeare’s Globe; Playground, LondonMichelle Terry’s reign as the Globe’s artistic director begins with an assured double bill; and Shirley Porter’s dark deeds are nicely skeweredWhy does the artistic directorship of...
Baba Yaga review – spooky remix of Russian children’s story
Paisley Arts CentreThe staple figure of Slavic folklore is wittily recreated as a noisy neighbour with magical powersAny Russians in the audience expecting to find the Baba Yaga of childhood...
Polly Findlay: ‘It’s a thrilling time to be working in theatre’
The director on staging The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, why she’s not on social media, and her next ‘project’ Born in 1982, Polly Findlay grew up in Wandsworth, south...
Kiss Me Kate review – the pinnacle of song-and-dance Shakespeare
Grand theatre, LeedsOpera North present a deft revival of the 1949 Cole Porter show mixing The Taming of the Shrew with showbiz shenanigans What is the best musical based on...
What to see this week in the UK
From Zama to Tacita Dean, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...
The week in theatre: Hamlet; As You Like It; Shirleymander – review
Shakespeare’s Globe; Playground, LondonMichelle Terry’s reign as the Globe’s artistic director begins with an assured double bill; and Shirley Porter’s dark deeds are nicely skeweredWhy does the artistic directorship of...
Rambert: Life Is a Dream; Swan Lake – review
Sadler’s Wells; Royal Opera House, LondonKim Brandstrup conjures dreamlike precision for Rambert, while Royal Ballet’s brand new Swan Lake deserves to be a cherished work in progressLife Is a Dream,...
Baba Yaga review – spooky remix of Russian children’s story
Paisley Arts CentreThe staple figure of Slavic folklore is wittily recreated as a noisy neighbour with magical powersAny Russians in the audience expecting to find the Baba Yaga of childhood...
Kiss Me Kate review – the pinnacle of song-and-dance Shakespeare
Grand theatre, LeedsOpera North present a deft revival of the 1949 Cole Porter show mixing The Taming of the Shrew with showbiz shenanigans What is the best musical based on...
Life Is a Dream review – Rambert dance into the twilight zone
Sadler’s Wells, LondonKim Brandstrup’s mysterious take on Calderón’s 17th-century play is set in an illusory world of doppelgangers, alter egos and unstable duets Billed by Rambert as a narrative work,...
Olivier awards rename best director prize after omitting Peter Hall tribute
Theatre gala organisers apologise for ‘serious error’ in leaving the influential director out of this year’s In Memoriam segment Organisers of the Olivier awards have said they will rename future...
Behind the scenes at the Olivier awards – in pictures
Guardian photographer David Levene was backstage at Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, south-west London Continue reading...
'It’s very difficult to be mad as hell': the Olivier awards' best quotes
Highlights from the speeches given by Bryan Cranston, Jez Butterworth, Sheila Atim and others at the 2018 Oliviers Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards Bryan Cranston (best actor,...
Theatreland stars turn out for Olivier awards – in pictures
London’s Royal Albert Hall hosts the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards Continue reading...
Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards
Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, the National Theatre and Bryan Cranston also come up trumps Hamilton, the stage juggernaut that is arguably the most popular and influential musical for a generation,...