No Rain on Easter Parade
I didn't go to church and I didn't eat any Easter eggs. Otherwise, it seemed like a pretty conventional holiday weekend to me: I saw three plays, wrote an obituary, ran ten miles to the Limehouse ...
Jo Caird: When Theatre Puts on its Dancing Shoes
By Jo Caird
Philip Ridley’s new play, Tender Napalm, is exhilarating to watch. This is partly to do with the emotional ride it takes you on, tracing the lineaments of a love story book-ended by trage
Celia, Mahler & Sloppy Times
Celia Imrie threw a great party in the Savoy Hotel yesterday evening to launch her autobiography, The Happy Hoofer. The book is an entertaining romp through her career to date, stopping off to "...
Jo Caird: Opportunities for Playwrights
By Jo Caird
This time last week I attended a panel discussion at Wilton’s Music Hall called What Makes a Great Play?, where playwrights David Eldridge, Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Roy Williams, along wi
Running Round Hidden London
As I spent half the weekend catching shows in out of the way London venues - the new Arcola in Dalston, the Hackney Empire, the Union in Southwark and the Little Angel in Islington - I decided to ...
Musicals Go Pig in the Community
On two successive nights in London, our musical theatre has produced two works of enduring and endearing quality, both prompted by inanimate pigs (one a farmyard beast, one a serial killer) and both ...
Fairies & Lords Share Some Magic at Iolanthe Outing
By Whatsonstage.com Outing
Following last year's hugely successful Whatsonstage.com Outing to The Pirates of Penzance many of the same faces arrived at Wilton's Music Hall last night to enjoy another all-male productio
Moonlight Becomes You & Yawns
Moonlight at the Donmar Warehouse last night was attended by Harold Pinter's widow, Lady Antonia Fraser, who repeats in the programme note the distortion she perpetrated in her memoir, Mu
Jo Caird: Theatre Trailers - Dishonesty & Disappointment
By Jo Caird
The film trailer has been an integral part of cinema marketing since the very early days of film itself. A way of telling potential audiences about a new release, whetting their appetites with ...
Tommo Puts Record Straight, Court Sells Out
West End publicist Peter Thompson rang me from his hospital bed yesterday to confirm that rumours of his impending retirement have been greatly exaggerated and that his office was remaining open for ...