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BWW Review: THE SECRET LOVE LIFE OF OPHELIA, Greenwich Theatre Online Photo BWW Review: THE SECRET LOVE LIFE OF OPHELIA, Greenwich Theatre Online
by Bella Bevan - August 01, 2020

The Secret Love Life of Ophelia is a new adaption of Steven Berkoff's two-hander play. The cast consists of 39 young actors with a cameo by Oscar-winner and the venue's patron, Dame Helen Mirren. This is Greenwich Theatre's debut online production as part of their ambitious online program titled Gre...
BWW Review: MOMENT OF GRACE, The Actors Centre Photo BWW Review: MOMENT OF GRACE, The Actors Centre
by Cindy Marcolina - August 01, 2020

Ita??s 1987 and the AIDS crisis is peaking in the United Kingdom. Paranoia has pushed people to stigmatise and shun the diseased for fear of contagion even after it was proved that the virus couldna??t be transmitted by touch alone. To challenge public opinion and to prove a point, Diana Princess of...
BWW Review: BRIGHT. YOUNG. THINGS & HEAVY WEATHER, Nick Hern Books Photo BWW Review: BRIGHT. YOUNG. THINGS & HEAVY WEATHER, Nick Hern Books
by Cindy Marcolina - July 30, 2020

Two new pieces of youth drama are available in the Nick Hern Books catalogue, in their Platform series in collaboration with Tonic Theatre: Georgia Christou's Bright. Young. Things. and Lizzie Nunnery's Heavy Weather. Uncommonly for the publisher, the two plays haven't yet received a full production...
BWW Review: APPROACHING EMPTY, Kiln Theatre Online Photo BWW Review: APPROACHING EMPTY, Kiln Theatre Online
by Maya Bowles - July 29, 2020

First performed at the Kiln Theatre in 2019, and now available to stream digitally on the Tamasha Theatre Company YouTube channel, Approaching Empty is a play about friendship, community and the immigrant experience in Britain. It's set in a minicab office in the North of England, in the wake of Mar...
BWW Review: MYLES AWAY Photo BWW Review: MYLES AWAY
by Cindy Marcolina - July 29, 2020

Chronic Insanitya??s latest contribution to the online theatre panorama is an entirely interactive and thought-provoking experiment titled Myles Away. From the start, it catapults the audience/players into a futuristic reality where a tech company is about to introduce their newest Virtual Reality p...
BWW Review: FIDELIO, BBC iPlayer Photo BWW Review: FIDELIO, BBC iPlayer
by Aliya Al-Hassan - July 27, 2020

In Beethovena's 250th anniversary year, it seems appropriate for a new version of his only opera, Fidelio, to have been created. However, it begs the question of whether Fidelio is actually a fundamentally a 'good' opera? ...
BWW Review: LA BOHEME, The Luna Drive-in Cinema Photo BWW Review: LA BOHEME, The Luna Drive-in Cinema
by Aliya Al-Hassan - July 27, 2020

On a rainy evening in North West London, a rather unique experience took place. Drive-in cinema remains a novelty in the UK; a drive-in cinema screening opera is surely a first. However, in response to the current situation, the Luna Drive-in Cinema has adapted its hugely popular cinema nights to bo...
BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, The Other Palace Digital Photo BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, The Other Palace Digital
by Caroline Cronin - July 24, 2020

Jason Robert Brown has gifted the world with immeasurable talent through his flair for theatrical compositions with a pop/rock bent and broad vocal ranges. The UK has been gifted with a wealth of JRB productions over the years - most recently an inspired lockdown performance of The Last Five Years, ...
BWW Interview: Henry Filloux-Bennett Discusses The Virtual Production of Nigel Slater Photo BWW Interview: Henry Filloux-Bennett Discusses The Virtual Production of Nigel Slater's TOAST
by Jenny Ell - July 22, 2020

A brand new online production of Nigel Slater's critically acclaimed play Toast has been made available to worldwide audiences by Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield. Half-radio play and half-animated film, Toast can be listened to, or watched as an animated film, by audiences from the comfort of ...
BWW Review: NABUCCO, Marquee TV Photo BWW Review: NABUCCO, Marquee TV
by Aliya Al-Hassan - July 19, 2020

For anyone lucky enough to have seen a performance at the beautiful Arena di Verona will know that out of the thousands of seats, very few are actually comfortable. Three hours sitting on stone steps with no back support will test the most ardent Verdi fan, but luckily Marquee TV have now debuted an...
BWW Review: INTERMISSIONS: THE SUMMER EDITION, Episode One Photo BWW Review: INTERMISSIONS: THE SUMMER EDITION, Episode One
by Jenny Ell - July 18, 2020

No one could have predicted the catastrophic impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the arts industry. From live concerts to releasing never-before-seen archive footage, venues and artists have been doing all they can to keep the theatre industry's profile alive....
BWW Review: FAUST, Royal Opera House Online Photo BWW Review: FAUST, Royal Opera House Online
by Bella Bevan - July 18, 2020

Last night was the online premiere of the Royal Opera House's Faust, broadcast for free as part of the #OurHouseToYourHouse series. This is David McVicar's production, recorded in 2019....
BWW Review: THE SPACE BETWEEN, YouTube Photo BWW Review: THE SPACE BETWEEN, YouTube
by Ruth Deller - July 17, 2020

The new lockdown mini-musical from David Hunter and Caroline Kay is a well-realised piece about the impact of lockdown on an already strained relationship....
BWW Review: AMADEUS, National Theatre At Home Photo BWW Review: AMADEUS, National Theatre At Home
by Aliya Al-Hassan - July 17, 2020

It seems almost a lifetime ago that the National Theatre made the decision to start streaming shows from their archive to shine a light in the darkness of these times. Beginning with One Man, Two Guv'nors, their screening of the peerless production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus marks the last of these ...
BWW Review: MONSTERS AND MEN, Sky Go Photo BWW Review: MONSTERS AND MEN, Sky Go
by Gary Naylor - July 15, 2020

The stories career along at the speed of a subway train, barely giving a moment for the dilemmas so skilfully set up to be mentally processed before another comes along to knock you off balance. That so many of these challenges do not apply to me nor to my two boys around Zyrick's age, is proof that...
BWW Review: NIGEL SLATER'S TOAST, Online Photo BWW Review: NIGEL SLATER'S TOAST, Online
by Eleni Cashell - July 15, 2020

Nigel Slater's Toast is an online play a?" part radio play, part animated film. Written by Henry Filloux-Bennett, the show is based on Nigel Slater's award-winning biography and vividly recreates his childhood through stunning animation....
BWW Review: UNDONE, Amazon Prime Photo BWW Review: UNDONE, Amazon Prime
by Gary Naylor - July 14, 2020

Undone is an extraordinary examination of what it feels like to live in a world that appears more layered than linear, the past poking into the present so often that the boundaries soon cease to have any real meaning....
BWW Review: TURN UP LONDON, Cadogan Hall Photo BWW Review: TURN UP LONDON, Cadogan Hall
by Caroline Cronin - July 13, 2020

What Club11 London has always done so brilliantly is unite communities, and Turn Up London is perhaps their most effective and important example of that....
BWW Review: THE BARN PRESENTS: THE MUSIC OF ANNABEL MUTALE REED, Barn Theatre Online Photo BWW Review: THE BARN PRESENTS: THE MUSIC OF ANNABEL MUTALE REED, Barn Theatre Online
by Bella Bevan - July 12, 2020

Last night the Barn Theatre presented their fifth virtual concert, which celebrated the work of musical theatre playwright, lyricist and director Annabel Mutale Reed- known for the critically-acclaimed musical STOP (with Leo Munby), musical collaborations with composer Jack Trzcinski, and directing ...
BWW Review: CINDERELLA IN-THE-ROUND, Royal Albert Hall Photo BWW Review: CINDERELLA IN-THE-ROUND, Royal Albert Hall
by Vikki Jane Vile - July 10, 2020

There were few greater joys in dance in 2019 than English National Ballet's Cinderella-in-the-round, which played to full auditoriums for 10 days last summer in London. After recent events, it already feels like a lifetime ago, so it's a particular treat to relive it now, as the last of their series...
BWW Review: THE DEEP BLUE SEA, National Theatre At Home Photo BWW Review: THE DEEP BLUE SEA, National Theatre At Home
by Anthony Walker-Cook - July 10, 2020

The latest NT at Home digital offering is Terence Rattigan's 1952 play The Deep Blue Sea, which was performed at the National Theatre in 2016. Directed by Carrie Cracknell and starring the indomitable Helen McCrory, this post-war microcosm bristles with desperate passion....
BWW Review: MOOD MUSIC, Old Vic Online Photo BWW Review: MOOD MUSIC, Old Vic Online
by Jonathan Marshall - July 09, 2020

Songwriter Cat has a commercial hit record under her belt and should be on top of the world. Instead, she's embroiled in a heated conflict with her music producer Bernard over who should have the songwriting credit....
BWW Review: TALKING HEADS: THE SHRINE, BBC iPlayer Photo BWW Review: TALKING HEADS: THE SHRINE, BBC iPlayer
by Gary Naylor - July 09, 2020

In the second of the new monologues and the last in the series, two women grieve for the same person (who happened to be two different men)....
BWW Review: TALKING HEADS: MISS FOZZARD FINDS HER FEET, BBC iPlayer Photo BWW Review: TALKING HEADS: MISS FOZZARD FINDS HER FEET, BBC iPlayer
by Gary Naylor - July 08, 2020

Technically excellent and engaging, the penultimate episode in this splendid reboot is let down by stakes that seem too slight to warrant our full emotional investment....
BWW Review: LUNGS: IN CAMERA, Old Vic Photo BWW Review: LUNGS: IN CAMERA, Old Vic
by Eleni Cashell - July 06, 2020

When Lungs opened at the Old Vic back in October last year, it gained positive reviews for its take on relationships in a complicated world and the strong performances from both Matt Smith and Claire Foy. With a a stripped-back design and only two performers required, it was a clear (and good) choic...