Debbie Gilpin

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BWW Review: 17C, Old VicBWW Review: 17C, Old Vic
Posted: Sep. 27, 2018


BWW Review: COCK, Minerva TheatreBWW Review: COCK
Posted: Oct. 4, 2018


BWW Review: HOGARTH'S PROGRESS, Rose Theatre KingstonBWW Review: HOGARTH'S PROGRESS, Rose Theatre Kingston
Posted: Sep. 30, 2018


BWW Review: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, National TheatreBWW Review: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, National Theatre
Posted: Sep. 27, 2018


BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Young VicBWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Young Vic
Posted: Oct. 9, 2018


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BWW Review: ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS, Sam Wanamaker PlayhouseBWW Review: ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Posted: Oct. 27, 2017


BWW Interview: Jos Slovick TALKS BRIEF ENCOUNTERJos Slovick TALKS BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Posted: Jan. 30, 2018


BWW Review: THE DYSFUNCTIONAL GUIDE TO BEING A THIRD WHEEL, Live At Z delBWW Review: THE DYSFUNCTIONAL GUIDE TO BEING A THIRD WHEEL
Posted: Oct. 30, 2017


BWW Review: ROBERT PLANT, Royal Albert HallBWW Review: ROBERT PLANT, Royal Albert Hall
Posted: Dec. 9, 2017


BWW Review: THE SECRET THEATRE, Sam Wanamaker PlayhouseBWW Review: THE SECRET THEATRE, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Posted: Nov. 23, 2017


BWW Review: THE JUNGLE, Playhouse TheatreBWW Review: THE JUNGLE
Posted: Jul. 5, 2018


BWW Review: THE KING AND I, London PalladiumBWW Review: THE KING AND I, London Palladium
Posted: Jul. 3, 2018


BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Young VicBWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Young Vic
October 9, 2018

The Notting Hill Carnival comes to Illyria, bathing its mournful sadness in music and colour; this concept couldn't be more apt, given the tragedies the West London community has gone through in recent times, though coming out as resilient as ever. In 2016, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Oskar Eustis and Shaina Taub reimagined Shakespeare's popular comedy as a shortened musical version, forming part of the Public Theater's Public Works Programme (it also had another run this summer, during Shakespeare in the Park) - and now opening Kwei-Armah's tenure as Artistic Director of the Young Vic.

BWW Review: COCK, Minerva TheatreBWW Review: COCK, Minerva Theatre
October 4, 2018

First performed at the Royal Court in 2009, Mike Bartlett's play Cock has been revived as part of the Chichester Festival season at the Minerva Theatre, following on from Michael Frayn's Copenhagen. Despite being written almost a decade ago, the themes of this play are arguably more relevant now than they ever have been, so this revival could not have been timed much better.

BWW Review: HOGARTH'S PROGRESS, Rose Theatre KingstonBWW Review: HOGARTH'S PROGRESS, Rose Theatre Kingston
September 30, 2018

Over 30 years since The Art of Success was first performed, beginning in Stratford-upon-Avon and running in both New York and London (where it picked up an Olivier Award nomination), and Nick Dear's play has been revived alongside the world premiere of his new work The Taste of the Town. William Hogarth is the focal point of both plays, alongside wife Jane, fittingly set 30 years apart. They show a marked contrast between the up-and-coming, angry young artist and the disgruntled establishment figure - neither quite fitting in, instead blazing a trail for themselves. Together they form Hogarth's Progress, a curious but entertaining double bill of plays.

BWW Review: 17C, Old VicBWW Review: 17C, Old Vic
September 27, 2018

Most people will associate Samuel Pepys with the Great Fire of London, but there were more to his extensive diaries than that. In fact, he would note down pretty much anything that happened during his day - even if it only resulted in an entry about his bowel movements! Annie-B Parson and Big Dance Theater have taken this larger-than-life character as the starting point for their current show 17c, which aims to give his long-suffering wife Bess a bit more of an input - as well as sharing some of Pepys' more colourful stories. It is at the Old Vic as part of Dance Umbrella UK for only a few days.

BWW Review: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, National TheatreBWW Review: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, National Theatre
September 27, 2018

A pair of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers make their return to the National Theatre for Simon Godwin's much-anticipated production of Antony and Cleopatra, that sees Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo follow in the footsteps of the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench. For those who can't make it to the theatre to see it, this production will be part of the NT Live series, and will be broadcast live to cinemas on Thursday 6 December.

BWW Review: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, Theatre Royal HaymarketBWW Review: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, Theatre Royal Haymarket
September 13, 2018

Following a workshop in 2017 and a work-in-progress run over the summer, The Other Palace's production of cult hit Heathers The Musical makes its West End debut at Theatre Royal Haymarket; starring Carrie Hope Fletcher as Veronica Sawyer, it has a strictly limited engagement prior to incoming Take That musical The Band taking up the reins.

Book Review: PUPPETRY: HOW TO DO IT, Mervyn MillarBook Review: PUPPETRY: HOW TO DO IT, Mervyn Millar
September 9, 2018

Theatre and puppetry director Mervyn Millar's latest book is a practical insight into the use of puppets in theatre. Millar is incredibly well-equipped to provide this thorough guide, having been part of the creative and performing teams of the National Theatre's War Horse from the very beginning, as well as extensive puppet design and direction for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic, Schauspielhaus Zurich and many others. He's also Chair of the Puppet Centre Trust, and regularly runs teaching sessions and workshops for a range of organisations.

BWW Review: PROM 64: VERDI REQUIEM, Royal Albert HallBWW Review: PROM 64: VERDI REQUIEM, Royal Albert Hall
September 1, 2018

A favourite at the Proms since its first inclusion in the programme in 1956, Giuseppi Verdi's tribute to the Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni had a standalone performance this week, helmed by conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada. Verdi's Requiem has a strong connection with the Royal Albert Hall, having first been heard there in 1875 - just a year after its debut in Milan's San Marco church. Written for orchestra, double choir and four soloists, it was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir and soloists Lise Davidsen (soprano), Dmytro Popov (tenor), Tomasz Konieczny (bass) and Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) stepping in for Karen Cargill at short notice.

BWW Review: OTHELLO, Shakespeare's GlobeBWW Review: OTHELLO, Shakespeare's Globe
August 1, 2018

Michelle Terry's first season at the Globe continues apace, with what some will have marked out as a highlight since its announcement back in January. Mark Rylance returns to the Globe stage, once again directed by Claire van Kampen, starring as Iago alongside American actor Andre Holland in the title role. This is another strand in Terry's Emilia arc, which will culminate in Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's new play about Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady', Emilia Bassano.

BWW Review: LONDON TAP DANCE INTENSIVE GALA PERFORMANCE, The London Cabaret ClubBWW Review: LONDON TAP DANCE INTENSIVE GALA PERFORMANCE, The London Cabaret Club
July 30, 2018

The London Tap Dance Intensive is the UK's top tap festival, and took place from Friday to Sunday last week. Over the course of three days a variety of workshops were offered at three different studios; led by talented teachers from across the tap spectrum, they covered everything from rhythm choreography, partner work, call & response, and the crossover between tap and Irish dancing. The festival culminated in a gala performance last night, hosted by Adam Garcia and Kane D. Ricca - the ultimate showcase for the genre, with some mind-blowing routines performed by a selection of top dancers.

BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT, Regent's Park Open Air TheatreBWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
July 11, 2018

Reunited following successful runs of The Lorax, the director-composer team of Max Webster and Charlie Fink bring a new version of the Shakespeare classic to the picturesque (and rather appropriate) setting of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. This well-loved comedy is in demand this year, with it being this year's Shakespeare in the Squares play of choice, and a production also making up part of Michelle Terry's inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe - coincidentally, the last Shakespeare play performed at this theatre saw Terry starring in Henry V. This particular piece is ideal seasonal fare, however, with love, laughter and hijinks overflowing in the Forest of Arden.

BWW Review: THE JUNGLE, Playhouse TheatreBWW Review: THE JUNGLE, Playhouse Theatre
July 5, 2018

Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson's play had such a good reception during its run at the Young Vic Theatre back in the winter that it has transferred across the river to the Playhouse Theatre in the West End, bringing its cast with it (along with some additions). It is based on Murphy and Robertson's experience of being out in Calais, witnessing the refugees' plight first-hand. While they were there, they set up 'Good Chance', which allowed residents to express themselves through the arts - its key words are disrupt, explore, innovate, welcome, connect and create.

BWW Review: THE KING AND I, London PalladiumBWW Review: THE KING AND I, London Palladium
July 3, 2018

Following a hit run at New York's Lincoln Center Theater in 2015, Bartlett Sher's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic makes its way to London's West End for a limited run at the London Palladium. Transferring with it is Tony Award nominee Ken Watanabe and Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara, in the title roles.

BWW Review: KILLER JOE, Trafalgar StudiosBWW Review: KILLER JOE, Trafalgar Studios
June 5, 2018

After spending several months as the Trafalgar Fair, a Texas trailer park takes root at Trafalgar Studios as a new production of Tracy Letts' Killer Joe begins its run. It is directed by Simon Evans, who previously helmed a production of Letts' Bug at the short-lived venue Found111 - the show also marks the return of Orlando Bloom to the London stage, starring alongside Steffan Rhodri, Neve McIntosh, Sophie Cookson and Adam Gillen.

BWW Review: STAR TREK IN CONCERT, Royal Albert HallBWW Review: STAR TREK IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall
June 4, 2018

The Royal Albert Hall is about a month into its inaugural Festival of Science - a range of talks, screenings, concerts and comedy events that are taking enthusiasts of all ages on an exploration of space, both factual and fictional. This weekend was no exception, with special screenings of two of the recent Star Trek films (also part of their Films in Concert series): Star Trek and Star Trek Beyond.

BWW Review: A TRIP ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, Bob Hope TheatreBWW Review: A TRIP ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, Bob Hope Theatre
May 19, 2018

In 2007, Across the Universe brought the songs of The Beatles to a new generation in the form of a jukebox musical film that incorporated 34 of the band's songs, from the very famous to the more obscure numbers in their back catalogue. Rather than being a band biography, it brought a new story to the screen from Julie Taymor (also director), Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and starred Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood.

BWW Review: NINE NIGHT, National TheatreBWW Review: NINE NIGHT, National Theatre
April 30, 2018

Natasha Gordon's debut play opens the new season at the Dorfman Theatre. 2018 marks 70 years since the Empire Windrush brought many hopeful Jamaicans across to Britain, some were specifically recruited (due to labour shortages) to work in hospitals, the postal service or the transport system, others simply hoped to provide a better life for their families. However, rather than commemorating the invaluable service to the country, the anniversary has launched a political storm as a lack of British citizenship and the threat of deportation hang over people's heads. The recent departure of the Home Secretary definitely did not go unnoticed amidst the pre-show audience buzz.

BWW Review: PERICLES, PRINCE DE TYR, BarbicanBWW Review: PERICLES, PRINCE DE TYR, Barbican
April 10, 2018

Cheek by Jowl began life in 1981, first producing plays in English before branching out to other languages; their current production of Shakespeare's Pericles is performed in French, which has recently embarked on a tour that includes Oxford, Naples, Madrid, and several venues in France, stopping for a few weeks now at the Silk Street theatre at the Barbican Centre in London. It's a rarely played piece, though there is also due to be another production by the National Theatre over the summer.

BWW Review: THE FANTASTIC FOLLIES OF MRS RICH, Swan TheatreBWW Review: THE FANTASTIC FOLLIES OF MRS RICH, Swan Theatre
April 3, 2018

Next up at the RSC's Swan Theatre is an oft-forgotten Restoration comedy by Mary Pix; originally titled The Beau Defeated, Jo Davies' production shifts the focus onto the widowed protagonist with the new title The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich. It comes in the same year as two new productions of another Restoration Comedy, The Country Wife, are unveiled at Southwark Playhouse and Chichester's Minerva Theatre - and plays alongside The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth (in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre).

BACK FOR GOOD: Which Shows Do You Want To See Revived?BACK FOR GOOD: Which Shows Do You Want To See Revived?
March 26, 2018

In our new series, BroadwayWorld UK writers nominate the shows they'd love to see revived!



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