Indoor Globe Theatre to honour Sam Wanamaker

By Jennifer Lipman, November 28, 2012

Entertainment legend Sam Wanamaker's contribution to the British stage is to be recognised with a new theatre on London's Southbank named after him.


Review: This House

By John Nathan, October 22, 2012

In 1974 you could tell a Labour politician from a Tory by the suit he or (less often) she wore.

Or as Labour’s chief whip says in James Graham’s new play, you can tell by the shoes visible under the doors of the Commons toilet cubicles — all the better to flush MPs out before a crucial vote.


Review: Red Velvet

By John Nathan, October 19, 2012

When in 1833 Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, collapsed on stage while playing Othello at Covent Garden’s Theatre Royal, the theatre’s manager risked public outrage by hiring an African-American called Ira Aldridge – terrifically played here by Adrian Lester – to step into Kean’s shoes.


Tragedy of an academic stage

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 3, 2012

Royal Holloway and Bedford New College - to give it the mouthful of a title by which it was established by private Act of Parliament in 1985 - sits majestically at the top of Egham Hill, Surrey. Its origins lie in the ambitions of one of the great Victorian entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Thomas Holloway, by whom it was founded in the 1880s as an institution for the higher education of women.


Israeli theatre plans legal action over British director's boycott

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

The Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv is considering legal action for breach of contract against the veteran British theatre director, Peter Brook, after he pulled out of its annual International Festival of Plays in December.

The Paris-based Mr Brook, 87, is director of Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, which was due to perform The Suit, a play set in apartheid South Africa, at the festival.


Review: Three Sisters - it's a Russian revolution as Chekhov is modernised

By John Nathan, September 27, 2012

Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece has been reworked before, and with rewarding results. In 2008, a version by Diane Samuels and Tracy-Ann Oberman set the play in post-war Jewish Liverpool. Instead of yearning to see Moscow, the siblings were in a New York state of mind. And instead of Olga, Masha and Irina, we had Gertie, May and Rita.


Jewish John Lennon hits the West End

By Anna Sheinman, September 11, 2012

Let It Be is not the first musical tribute show to hit the West End. It’s not even the first to star Birmingham born Reuven Gershon, who before joining the Fab Four at the Prince of Wales Theatre played Buddy Holly in the imaginatively named Buddy. But the actor says there is no danger of audiences getting bored.


Batsheva cheered at Edinburgh Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2012

This year’s Edinburgh International Festival was based on peacefulness and sharing cultures. And despite the best efforts of anti-Israel activists, when Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company left the stage after its final performance last weekend to a standing ovation, they did so in this spirit.


Israeli story wins at Edinburgh Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

An Israeli performer triumphed in an international storytelling contest in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival — despite having no experience in the genre.


Chorus Line composer Marvin Hamlisch dies

By Jennifer Lipman, August 7, 2012

The composer who brought the world the tunes of A Chorus Line has died at the age of 68.

Marvin Hamlisch, who was 68, wrote the scores for a string of musical hits including The Sting and The Goodbye Girl.