A few years ago, I remember watching a TV drama about Hitler that surprised me. It was the true story of Hans Litten, the brilliant young German lawyer who subpoenaed Hitler in 1931, cross-examined him in a trial of four Nazi stormtroopers and humiliated him.
Mysteries still abound about the death of Garcia Lorca, the Spanish playwright, theatre director and poet. Assassinated in 1936 at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, speculation continues as to the why and whereabouts of his death.
It’s hard to put your finger exactly on what makes Guys & Dolls such a classic, magical show. Is it the characters – the gambling low lifers Damon Runyon conjured from the streets of New York in the 1920s?
Celebrity casting has its merits. But it has its drawbacks too. The great bonus of Benedict Andrews’ visceral new staging with X-Factor’s Gillian Anderson is that although the spotlight inevitably falls on her – she is after all on stage for nearly the whole duration of the play’s three hours – this is par […]
London is a catacomb of forgotten stories and communities, none more hidden and invisible, it often seems, than the Chinese. Here since the early 19th century, their diaspora is spread throughout the UK, London’s main contingent habitually being recognised as Soho’s Chinatown.
What both David Eldridge’s Holy Warriors at Shakespeare’s Globe and Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the Chichester Festival Theatre share is the sense of works sprung richly from the imagination of their creators but ostensibly steeped in historical `fact’.
It’s been a long time coming but the RSC are finally waking up to the idea that perhaps over the past fifty odd years there has been a bit of a gender disparity in its stable of writers and directors.
A First World Problem. Great title, an inversion of the usual glib, `third world’ moniker applied to anything outside the leading western and US economies! The problem as seen by Milly Thomas and director Holly Race Roughan is that of the education and development of some of the most elite girls in the Uk – the posh girls educated at Britain’s best.
The Miners’ Strike of 1984 split the country, from top to bottom. Chances are that Beth Steel’s Wonderland, tracing the lives of some of those involved may do the same.
You don’t have to be a climate change fanatic to see the point of Red Forest. But then again, you do have to applaud the very existence of Red Forest, coming as it does from the Belarus Free Theatre, a company whose founders and performers have had to run the gauntlet of political censorship […]
This is something of a coup for the small Southwark Playhouse at Elephant and Castle. A European premiere of a widely praised work by Canadian, Hannah Moscovitch, East of Berlin was Moscovitch’s first full length play. Widely praised when it opened in Toronto in 2009, it’s since been revived across the country.
When it comes to suffering for your art, there’s no one does it quite like Forced Entertainment. Nor reaches parts other theatre performances fail to touch.