News: guest stars including Adrian Dunbar join Stones in his Pockets

Adrian Dunbar, Conleth Hill, Siobhán McSweeney, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and more among stars becoming extras in Stones in his Pockets

A tour de force in comic showmanship, Marie Jones’s legendary award-winning play will explode once again into the Lyric Theatre where it all began almost 25 years ago. But this time it’s unlike you’ve ever seen it before as, with the help of technology – and a host of famous stars – Stones in his Pockets will be brought to life in a new way. 

Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty), Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, original cast of Stones in His Pockets)Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls), Tommy Tiernan (comedian / Derry Girls) and Tara Lynne O’Neill (EastEnders / Derry Girls) are amongst the stars of Northern Irish screen to become extras in this production which centres around a Hollywood blockbuster being filmed in Ireland. Continue reading “News: guest stars including Adrian Dunbar join Stones in his Pockets”

Nominations for the 2022 Drama Desk Awards

Outstanding Play
Cullud Wattah, by Erika Dickerson-Despenza, The Public Theater
English, by Sanaz Toossi, Atlantic Theater Company
Prayer for the French Republic, by Joshua Harmon, Manhattan Theatre Club
Sanctuary City, by Martyna Majok, New York Theatre Workshop
Selling Kabul, by Sylvia Khoury, Playwrights Horizons
The Chinese Lady, by Lloyd Suh, The Public Theater

Outstanding Musical
Harmony, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
Intimate Apparel
, Lincoln Center Theater
Kimberly Akimbo
, Atlantic Theater Company
SIX: The Musical
The Hang, HERE Arts Center Continue reading “Nominations for the 2022 Drama Desk Awards”

News: Stars Announced For The Marlowe Sessions

Stars including Elliot Cowan, Thalissa Teixera, Jack Holden and Adrian Schiller announced for The Marlowe Sessions, Re-imagining The Pioneer of Elizabethan Theatre

This June, the Malthouse Theatre in Canterbury will bring together a cast of leading expert Elizabethan actors and some of the biggest names in British theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the works of Christopher Marlowe. The Marlowe Sessions is a true reimagining of Elizabethan Theatre’s enfant terrible.

Eleanor Wyld (Misfits, Thirteen, Hamlet) and Adrian Schiller (The Last Kingdom, Dr Who, Victoria), will rise to the challenge of the lead roles of Abigail and Barabbas in Marlowe’s classic The Jew of Malta. The on-stage pairing, who respectively played Jessica and Shylock in the Sam Wanamaker Globe Theatre’s acclaimed 2021 production of The Merchant of Venice, this time taking on the parts widely accepted to have provided Shakespeare with the blueprint for the original courtroom drama. Continue reading “News: Stars Announced For The Marlowe Sessions”

News: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to tour the UK

Simon Friend Entertainment has announced first casting for a brand-new stage adaptation of The Best Exotic Marigold HotelHayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, Whistle Down the Wind), Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, BBC 1’s Just Good Friends, Eastenders), and Paula Wilcox (Thames TV’s Man About The House, ITV’s Coronation Street) will star in this feel-good tale of love, adventure, and starting-over which begins a major new UK tour this autumn.

Written by Deborah Moggach who now adapts her bestselling novel 2004’s These Foolish Things for the stage, it having previously inspired the BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated film. The cherished story will be brought to life on stage when it opens at the Richmond Theatre on Monday 5th September 2022 and is directed by Lucy Bailey (Oleanna, UK Tour & West End); Gaslight, UK Tour; Witness for the Prosecution, London’s County Hall). Continue reading “News: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to tour the UK”

News: casting announced for Girl From The North Country tour

Full casting for the first Dublin and UK Tour of Girl From The North Country has been announced. Written and directed by Conor McPherson with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan,  the production embarks on its first UK tour following an opening 5-week season at 3Olympia Theatre Dublin from 25 June 2022.

The full cast includes Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mrs Neilsen), Ross Carswell (Elias Burke), Colin Connor (Nick Laine), Frankie Hart (Ensemble),  Joshua C Jackson (Joe Scott), Eli James (Reverend Marlowe), Justina Kehinde (Marianne), Teddy Kempner (Mr Perry), Graham Kent (Ensemble),  Owen Lloyd (Ensemble), Nichola MacEvilly (Ensemble),  Chris McHallem (Dr Walker), Frances McNamee (Elizabeth Laine), Gregor Milne (Gene Laine), Eve Norris (Katherine Draper), Daniel Reid Walters (Ensemble), James Staddon  (Mr Burke), Neil Stewart (Ensemble) and Rebecca Thornhill (Mrs Burke). Continue reading “News: casting announced for Girl From The North Country tour”

News: Rodgers & Hammerstein: Some Enchanted Evening with  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

The golden age of musical theatre is coming to Saffron Hall this summer. Rodgers & Hammerstein: Some Enchanted Evening, will showcase many of the best love classics written by the award-winning song writing duo, composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. 

For one performance only on Sunday 12th June 2022, Rodgers & Hammerstein: Some Enchanted Evening will feature City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martin Yates and will be joined by stars direct from London’s West End. Continue reading “News: Rodgers & Hammerstein: Some Enchanted Evening with  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra”

Review: De Toverberg / The Magic Mountain, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain is reconceived as a visually lush De Toverberg by FC Bergman at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

“It is no time at all, which passes here”

I can’t lie, my experience of German literature is somewhat limited (by choice) and so the name Thomas Mann means little to me. But I’m always willing to give something a whirl at least once, particularly where Internationaal Theater Amsterdam are concerned. And with exciting company FC Bergman at the helm here, I was intrigued if nothing else.

And that is largely where I remained. De Toverberg (or The Magic Mountain) is an epic of a show that resists any easy categorisation (and not just because I wasn’t entirely sure if I knew what was going on at some points). Not knowing the book, I can’t speak to Stef Aerts and Marie Vinck’s adaptation, done alongside dramaturg Koen Tachelet but by all accounts, a fair amount has been chopped. Continue reading “Review: De Toverberg / The Magic Mountain, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam”

Review: Judas, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Hans Kesting and Rob Icke reunite again for the thought-provoking if not quite sacrilegously outrageous Judas at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

“I am here because I have lost faith. I’m here because I want to go home”

The Almeida’s loss has been Amsterdam’s gain. Now Ibsen Artist in Residence for Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Robert Icke’s inimitable ways with a classic text has been flourishing in his new artistic home (his Oedipus was spectacular). And now he’s tackling one of the most classic texts of all – the Bible – in Judas.

Naturally he is doing it in his own way, pulling not only from the Gospels of Luke, John and Matthew but also from the non-canonical Gospel of Judas which has a somewhat different perspective. And thus Icke makes the case that Judas’ side of the story has yet to be truly heard and that the ‘true’ story comes from listening to them all. Continue reading “Review: Judas, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam”