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Steel review – sharp-witted political drama from Chris Bush
Crucible, SheffieldBush tackles sexism and racial prejudice in a cross-generational commentary on contemporary politics In Chris Bush’s new play, steel is a multi-faceted metaphor. It’s resolve. It’s the unbending tenacity...
Joe Penhall: 'Stephen Jeffreys soothed you through failure and cheered your success'
The work of his friend and fellow playwright, says Penhall, was warm, incisive, unassuming but clever – just like the man ‘You’re not going to like me …” Thus began...
Stephen Jeffreys, playwright behind The Libertine, dies aged 68
British dramatist, whose plays included Valued Friends and I Just Stopped By to See the Man, is celebrated for nurturing later generations Joe Penhall: ‘He soothed you through failure and...
Tallulah Brown: 'Robert Redford was talking about dragons with our song in the background'
The Trills musician is used to her lyrics being used in trailers but her play Songlines puts her in the spotlight with the actors Playwrights don’t usually share the stage...
Sylvia review – suffragette musical is a hit in the making
Old Vic, LondonThis hip-hop-infused story of Sylvia Pankhurst’s struggle and socialism has the audience on its feet in acclamation If you create a musical about (British) history with a predominantly...
Steel review – sharp-witted political drama from Chris Bush
Crucible, SheffieldBush tackles sexism and racial prejudice in a cross-generational commentary on contemporary politics In Chris Bush’s new play, steel is a multi-faceted metaphor. It’s resolve. It’s the unbending tenacity...
Sylvia review – suffragette musical is a hit in the making
Old Vic, LondonThis hip-hop-infused story of Sylvia Pankhurst’s struggle and socialism has the audience on its feet in acclamation If you create a musical about (British) history with a predominantly...
Eastern Star review – heroism and journalism in heart of Burmese revolution
Tara theatre, LondonA survivor of the 1988 uprising meets the ex-reporter to whom he leaked information – for which action he was jailed – in this vital, fascinating drama Plays...
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo review – all-male hammy parody of Swan Lake
The Peacock, LondonIn their much-loved version, the company subtly point out ballet’s constraints on female dancers while preserving the magic of the story Founded in 1974 and still going strong,...
The week in theatre: Missing; Holy Sh!t; The Humans – review
Battersea Arts Centre; Kiln; Hampstead, LondonMissing reappears three years after fire interrupted its run at the Battersea Arts Centre, while the Kiln opens with some topical grievances These are whirligig...
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,...