Category Archives: Political incorrectness

Butterfly jars: Madame Butterfly at the Kings Head Theatre

Saturday 11th February 2017 We’ve become regular punters at the King’s Head, home of the intimate opera, with recent highlights being a game-show version of Cosi Fan Tutte, and a cleverly updated La Boheme.  We were keen to see their latest … Continue reading

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The Yellowface is Bad Enough, now we have the whitewash

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRINT ROOM Dear Print Room We have admired you for a long time for bringing high quality and interesting work to the London fringe.  Perhaps that is why we held off for too long in … Continue reading

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Many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still*: Things we want to say about disability and theatre

Last month we went to see a play at the Park Theatre, ‘Kill Me Now’. We enjoyed the play and the production, but we did question whether an able-bodied actor was the only option to play one of the key … Continue reading

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A winning formula? Cameron Mackintosh reveals the secrets of his success in Musical Theatre

We commented recently in a post about previews that the wrong people seem to be in charge of theatre, and in a recent episode of the highly entertaining Channel 4 series The Sound of Musicals we saw a perfect example of … Continue reading

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Nothing will come of nothing: why actors need to be paid for their work

Here’s a question: what’s the one thing you can’t do without if you want to put on theatre?  Actors.  And which category of worker is least likely to get paid when budgets are tight?  Yes, you’ve guessed it, actors.  Why … Continue reading

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Parading his privates: Michael Grandage sets up camp at the Noel Coward Theatre

Thursday 27th December 2012 ‘Privates on Parade’ is the first in a season of plays to be staged by Michael Grandage at the Noel Coward Theatre.  Written by Peter Nichols against the backdrop of the Malayan emergency of 1948 and first … Continue reading

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Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse: The Orphan of Zhao brings mixed messages from the RSC

The trouble with having a blog is that what you write can come back to haunt you.  Take, for example, our rather fulsome praise of Gregory Doran, at the end of our review of his recent production of ‘Julius Caesar’: … Continue reading

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We un-happy few: Are there really ‘so few leading men?’

Andrew Lloyd Webber caused some consternation by declaring that there are ‘so few leading men’ during the semi-final of his casting show ‘Superstar’ a couple of weeks ago.  Are leading men really an endangered species?  And what is a ‘leading … Continue reading

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Beware the false prophet: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Superstar

There is something oddly touching about Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ move to ITV for his latest casting show Superstar.  It’s as though he’s found his spiritual home.  What a relief it must be not to have to pretend that there is … Continue reading

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Circle of strife: Will Tim Rice veto ‘Superstar’ casting?

Tim Rice may not be listed in the recently announced ‘Stage 100’, but he is currently our hero of the week.  According to an article in the Telegraph, he has spoken out against Andrew Lloyd Webber’s plans to cast his … Continue reading

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Get your tickets out for the lads: why do the Arts Council fund Ed Hall’s Propeller?

We’ve had a go at Edward Hall for having an all-male theatre company which benefits from public funding.  But are we being fair?  Have we missed something? We decided to go in search of the rationale behind Propeller’s all-male policy … Continue reading

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More questions than answers: we tell the RSC exactly what we think of them

A couple of weeks ago we received an email from the RSC entitled ‘RSC audience research’.  The stated purpose of this research is ‘to ensure the RSC are providing the best service possible’.  We weren’t aware that theatre was now … Continue reading

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Nicolas Kent Tricycles into the sunset

Anyone reading about Nicolas Kent’s departure from the Tricycle Theatre might be forgiven for thinking that it is not a theatre at all, but a grim lecture hall where the middle classes go to assuage their guilt about the latest … Continue reading

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When fair is foul and foul is fair: Shared Experience lose their share …… of Arts Council Funding

We were stunned to learn that Shared Experience had lost all of its Arts Council funding.  This is the theatre group responsible for two of the most memorable productions we have ever seen, ‘Mill on the Floss’ and ‘Anna Karenina’.  This … Continue reading

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