Theatre.London · The official home of London Theatre | News Discover the best of theatre in London from West End musicals, plays, opera, dance and kids theatre. Buy cheap London theatre tickets for the latest shows. en-gb The Lover / The Collection Mon, 30 Nov -1 00:00:00 +0000 Offer details:
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The Drill: Staging a disaster Mon, 30 Nov -1 00:00:00 +0000 photographs of a modern-day disaster drill, Exercise Unified Response. They built a replica of Waterloo Station in a warehouse outside London and filled it with volunteer actors as a way of testing the response of our emergency services to a large-scale incident in central London. “We were fascinated by how these spectacles, broadcast to the public via the news, seemed to theatrically ‘stage’ the widespread anxieties around urban security and terrorism. [caption id="attachment_273810" align="alignnone" width="300"]The Drill by Breach Theatre (Image: Dorothy Allen Pickard) The Drill by Breach Theatre (Image: Dorothy Allen Pickard)[/caption] “After looking at these professional training drills, we became interested in the types of disaster training aimed at members of the public. “Our cast began researching this process by going on a series of courses provided by private security companies. The aim was to create a sequence of drills they could carry out on stage. “We devised a fictional strand of the show in which the cast play characters exploring personal anxieties around jobs, family life and relationships. We wanted to contrast these with broader political anxieties. “The show we eventually created is a multimedia production. It combines both theatre and film. The live strand of our show intercuts the monologues with a series of disaster drills that build to an extended final scenario. [caption id="attachment_273811" align="alignnone" width="300"]The Drill by Breach Theatre (Image: Dorothy Allen Pickard) The Drill by Breach Theatre (Image: Dorothy Allen Pickard)[/caption] “The film follows the cast during the real emergency-preparedness courses they undertook earlier, in 2017 – First Aid, Active Shooter Awareness and IED [improvised explosive device] Awareness. It shows them learning practical skills and also interviewing their trainers about the security industry and its use of scenario-based training. “All the trainers used the same mantra: ‘Knowledge dispels fear.’ So one of our key questions was: ‘Can knowledge actually generate fear?’ The conversation about whether that claim is true or not is present in both film and theatre strands. “ The Drill was co-commissioned by five venues who are part of our regular touring network – Battersea Arts Centre, The Bike Shed Theatre, HOME Manchester, The New Diorama Theatre and Birmingham Rep. “We’re really pleased to have all of their support on this, and are particularly excited about opening the show in London at Battersea Arts Centre with a two-week run rather than in Edinburgh as we have done with our last couple of shows.”

The Drill runs at Battersea Arts Centre until 17 February and at The New Diorama Theatre from 15 to 26 May.

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Blythe Stewart: “I’m drawn to the Old Red Lion” Mon, 30 Nov -1 00:00:00 +0000 The Moor has mused on isolation, memories and how environments shape us. We are all transfixed by this play. “The Moor is about a young woman named Bronagh who lives on the edge of everything. A new mother, recently bereaved and in a toxic relationship, Bronagh is doing the best she can. When a boy goes missing, Bronagh has to tell someone her suspicions. In doing so, she entangles herself and her boyfriend in a murder investigation. “Bronagh is isolated in almost every aspect of her life. She lives on the moor, on the edge of a small town. Her relationship to that place is complicated but it’s all she has. When Bronagh stands up for herself and finds a voice, this, her radical act of defiance, spirals out of control. “When I first read the play, back in 2014, its complexity, how it hooks and surprises, had me question what I believe and the everyday assumptions I make about the world around me. The play asks us to question ourselves seriously about what we see is reasonable in a world in crisis. And there might not be easy or clear answers. “Catherine [Lucie] has written a bold and assured work that is imaginative and difficult. The design team – the brilliant minds of Holly Pigott, Jamie Platt and Anna Clock – and I have read and re-read the stage directions in awe of what the play requires of us. The world Bronagh lives in is in crisis and in flux. So the world of the play – the set, the light, the sound – all have to take this on board, fluidly and messily. For Bronagh, the moor is many places all at once. It’s a place for dreams, loss, refuge and also entrapment. “The first theatre I shared The Moor with was the Old Red Lion Theatre. The theatre’s character is akin to The Moor and the place that Bronagh calls home. It feels intimate yet has depth, can feel both liberating and claustrophobic. “As a team we’re drawn to the venue. I have worked there before, so know first-hand how well it champions developing artists and how driven the work is to be distinctive and truly bold, particularly in terms of design ambition. And the Old Red Lion Theatre is synonymous with their loving and loyal audience. It’s one of the only pub theatres I can think of that on a Saturday has a maze of footie fans and theatregoers. “What makes it special is that people don’t just co-exist in the bar. Everyone gets involved, asks questions, enjoys a drink and a chat (dogs included). Here, you know, crazily enough, it feels like people can be fans of both things. The fact the Old Red Lion Theatre celebrates all this and more is why I see it as my local (a theatre can feel like a local?!), why I’m so pleased to be back and why the whole of The Moor team can’t wait to move into the theatre. “Come for the theatre, the football, the dogs and the questions.”

The Moor runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre until from 6 February to 3 March.

The June theatre review roundup Mon, 30 Nov -1 00:00:00 +0000 Motown The Musical Mon, 30 Nov -1 00:00:00 +0000 Offer details:
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Rosie Day: rising star Mon, 30 Nov -1 00:00:00 +0000 National Theatre by Trevor Nunn. She was five and appearing in his production of Maxim Gorky’s Summerfolk alongside her older sister. Since those lofty beginnings she has added more stage credits to her CV. These include Les Misérables and Anya Reiss’s play Spur Of The Moment at the Royal Court. But it’s on screen that she has really made her name. She plays the central character of Mary Hawkins in the TV version of time-travel saga Outlander. And she recently starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the film All Roads Lead To Rome. The reason she gives for her absence from the stage is straightforward: “There are a lot more parts for teenagers on screen than there are in theatre.” But now she’s returning to her theatrical roots in the premiere of Stephanie Jacob’s play Again in the intimate confines of Trafalgar Studios 2. [caption id="attachment_276185" align="alignnone" width="300"]Rosie Day stars in Again at Trafalgar Studios (Image: Zute Lightfoot) Rosie Day stars in Again at Trafalgar Studios (Image: Zute Lightfoot)[/caption] What was it about the project that appealed to her? “I’ve wanted to do a play for a long time, but I just couldn’t fit it around my filming schedule. Then I got sent the script for Again and it fitted perfectly. And when I read it I realised Stephanie had written such brilliant roles for women.” The play centres on a divorced family who reunite for lunch after a long estrangement. The twist is that each character is given the chance to reset the clock to steer the action the way they think it should go. It’s an intriguing device, which sees scenes replayed with subtle changes and surprising outcomes. Day describes her character, Izzy, as being “on a permanent gap year”. She sounds fun – a “wild, directionless borderline alcoholic” – and Day is clearly having a ball. “It’s liberating playing such a wild character. She doesn’t really have a filter, which is fun. And although she’s a bit of a mess she’s also very funny and smart.” The fact that Jacob, an actor known for her work at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, has written such strong female characters feels significant at a time when both sexual exploitation and the lack of roles for women have been in the spotlight. The play is directed by Hannah Price, founder of multi-award-winning company Theatre Uncut. [caption id="attachment_276186" align="alignnone" width="300"]Rosie Day stars in Again at Trafalgar Studios (Image: Zute Lightfoot) Rosie Day stars in Again at Trafalgar Studios (Image: Zute Lightfoot)[/caption] “It’s very important, considering everything that’s been revealed recently, that things change,” says Day, “and that starts in the writing. It’s sad that it’s unusual to find a script with such well-rounded roles for women, but I think and hope things are starting to change.” Day is determined to be part of this change. As well as being a writer she also recently directed her first short film. She plans to establish a production company for “female-led projects”. In terms of idols she mentions Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sharon Horgan as examples of women doing brilliant work, and Emma Thompson as the person she would most like to emulate. Like Thompson, she wants to use her growing fame for good. Alongside her creative work she is an ambassador for Stem4, a charity that supports teenage mental health. “We go round schools and talk to kids about mental health. I’m very proud of and passionate about this work. It’s a hugely underfunded and under-discussed area. If you can use your profile to help raise awareness of these issues I really think you should.” I ask her what life would ideally look like in 10 years’ time, and she says with a laugh that it would resemble “Emma Stone at the end of La La Land”. But Day gives the impression of being less concerned with Hollywood glamour than with producing good work and effecting change in the industry. It doesn’t seem far-fetched to suggest she is on track to do just that.

Rosie Day stars in Again at Trafalgar Studios 2 until 3 March.

Neil Bartlett on an unconventional music-hall pioneer Mon, 30 Nov -1 00:00:00 +0000 Five shows to see this week Mon, 30 Nov -1 00:00:00 +0000 The last-chance choice – The Lieutenant Of Inishmore (Noël Coward Theatre) Michael Grandage’s revival of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy ends its London run in early September. Don’t miss your last chance to see Aidan Turner play a violent terrorist who seeks revenge when his beloved cat is hurt. BOOK NOW

The second last-chance choice – Imperium I: Conspirator and Imperium II: Dictator (Gielgud Theatre) The Royal Shakespeare Company’s epic staging of Robert Harris’ Cicero novels also closes next month. Presented in two parts, Imperium I: Conspirator follows the rise of the Roman statesman, while Imperium II: Dictator follows his efforts to have Caesar named emperor.  BOOK NOW - Imperium I: ConspiratorBOOK NOW - Imperium: II: Dictator

The musical choice – Six (Arts Theatre) Henry VIII’s sextet of wives tell their own tuneful story in this musical that transfers to London, following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Part historical tale, part rock concert, all empowering entertainment. BOOK NOW

The award-winning choice – The Humans (Hampstead Theatre) See the London transfer of Stephen Karam’s hit Broadway drama, which won four Tony Awards in 2016. The entire Broadway cast reprise their performances in this tale of a tense family Thanksgiving get-together.

The premiere choice – Dance Nation (Almeida Theatre) Not, in fact, a dance show, but the UK premiere of a drama about pre-teen dance competitions. Written by award-winning playwright Clare Barron, Dance Nation is a play exploring competition, ambition and youth.]]>