Is Tenn's Kingdom Come?
No-one is going to suggest that Kingdom of Earth at the Print Room in Westbourne Grove is a lost Tennessee Williams masterpiece. But in Williams's centenary year, and in Lucy Bailey's production, is ...
Right Royal Dress Parade
The royal wedding weekend has been totally eclipsed by the assassination of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. Or has it? The pomp and splendour of the service in Westminster Abbey was followed by a grubby ...
Jo Caird: How Do We Make Theatre More Diverse?
By Jo Caird
In my recent blog post on playwriting I made the point that efforts need to be made to increase social and ethnic diversity in new writing, particularly in the current climate of serious cuts to arts ...
Stratford Seasonal Report
The RSC fiftieth anniversary season is now officially underway, and the new theatre already feels like the old one with improved modifications. Just as importantly, the M40 roundabout system outside ...
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 ...