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

Steel review – sisters beaten by the system
Crucible Studio, SheffieldThin characterisation and half-formed scenes mar this play about women, race and Labour politics set in a northern cityChris Bush’s new play, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, is based...
The week in theatre: Queen Margaret; The Village; Misty – review
Royal Exchange, Manchester; Theatre Royal East Stratford; Trafalgar Studios, LondonJade Anouka is compelling in Jeanie O’Hare’s bold take on Shakespeare and the life of Margaret of Anjou A few years...
The Human Voice review – Leanne Best delivers a tour de force of despair
Gate theatre, LondonGuilt, anguish and female torment shape a spectacular star turn in this revival of Jean Cocteau’s study of a woman on the brink Jean Cocteau’s 50-minute monologue of...
National Theatre Wales accused of favouring English artists
Playwrights and actors write letter claiming NTW is ridding itself of its theatrical identity Forty playwrights and actors have launched a withering attack on National Theatre Wales (NTW), accusing it...
Cleopatras comin' atcha: queens of the Nile on stage and screen - in pictures
Sophie Okonedo plays Cleopatra in a new production at the National Theatre in London. From Liz Taylor to Mark Rylance, here’s a reminder of the other stars who have ruled...
Steel review – sisters beaten by the system
Crucible Studio, SheffieldThin characterisation and half-formed scenes mar this play about women, race and Labour politics set in a northern cityChris Bush’s new play, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, is based...
My Feminist Boner review – gloriously unsubtle
The Place, LondonSarah Blanc doesn’t pull her punches in her commentary on the beauty industry. Plus, ballet’s most famous star in a cinema near you… The performer and choreographer Sarah...
The week in theatre: Queen Margaret; The Village; Misty – review
Royal Exchange, Manchester; Theatre Royal East Stratford; Trafalgar Studios, LondonJade Anouka is compelling in Jeanie O’Hare’s bold take on Shakespeare and the life of Margaret of Anjou A few years...
The Human Voice review – Leanne Best delivers a tour de force of despair
Gate theatre, LondonGuilt, anguish and female torment shape a spectacular star turn in this revival of Jean Cocteau’s study of a woman on the brink Jean Cocteau’s 50-minute monologue of...
Eyam review – song and sacrifice as Black Death descends on Derbyshire
Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonThis true story of a village facing down the plague ripples with potential but Matt Hartley’s play is blighted by a lack of focus One hour into Matt...
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,...