This biopic comes with well deserved accolades from the 2015 Edinburgh Festival. It is a wonderful musical journey around Joplin’s short life.
The Best Thing, which explores the moral clashes brought about by the 1960s sexual revolution, is based on true experiences of women who had to give up their babies, and those of the children who were given away, during a decade when being an unmarried mother was seen as morally suspect.
A festival of theatre, performance and discussion exploring the changing face of our capital city.
The Faction presents ‘Transformations’; three unique solo adaptions from Cervantes, Goethe and Kafka.
Directed and produced by Rachel Valentine Smith and Mark Leipacher, expect a contemporary, dynamic and energetic execution throughout Cervantes’ Dialogue of the Dogs, Goethes Faust and Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.
Hosted by washed-up default man/proto-god figure Archibald Tactful, and accompanied by anti-virtuoso drag king punk house band The Great White Males, Cuncrete is a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built environment.
Inspired and intrigued by the Long Live Southbank campaign’s victory against Southbank Centre’s regeneration plans that sought to turn the appropriated skate park into retail space, They Want to Skate examines the evolution of public space and the artist’s role in gentrification and regeneration within a city.
Playwright In-Sook Chappell, born in South Korea and brought up in Britain, was inspired to write P’yongyang by a visit to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and accounts from North Korean refugees of their harrowing experiences.
With extraordinary, even eerily apt timing, in the week that a judge ruled that a woman who felt she had lost her sparkle at 50 had a right to refuse life-saving dialysis treatment, the Royal Court’s latest deals precisely with the invisibility felt by older women.
Why don’t we know more about Queen Anne (1665-1714)? Squashed between William and Mary and the first of the Hanoverians, George I, Anne seems to have been completely overlooked by history or, at least, our agreed cultural narrative that favours Elizabeth and Victoria over the stout, rather solemn figure who stares out from royal portraiture.
Richard Eyre is making himself something of a specialist when it comes to Ibsen. Having adapted and directed Hedda Gabler and Ghosts to loud acclaim, now he’s taken on Ibsen’s less familiar Little Eyolf. What emerges is a taut chamber portrait of marriage and guilt – a template for later studies of marital warfare from Strindberg to Albee.
The battle of Agincourt and our ancient enmities with France take on a darker hue today in the light of events in Paris. Beside which, Greg Doran’s Henry V coincidentally sits as a sombre, sober comment on war.
**** Ah, the magic of theatre! A frequently over-used, derided phrase, for once, it really applies to this delicious, fun-giving Hampstead transfer with Simon Russell Beale, Joseph Millson and Dervla Kirwan in the leading roles.