Ecstatic Show of Misery
I liked Mike Leigh's Ecstasy very much first time round, but the excellence of the new revival, and of the play itself, has taken me a little by surprise. Leigh is entitled to feel ...
Jo Caird: Hands Up Who Likes Musical Theatre?
By Jo Caird
On Sunday night, Legally Blonde picked up three awards, including Best New Musical, at the Oliviers. The producers can add these statuettes to the shelf on which already stand the four awards ...
Michael Coveney: Olivier Chit Chat & Memories of War
I was unable to get to the Olivier Awards last night but managed to catch some of the Radio 2 coverage over dinner at home. The awards themselves were all done and dusted by 9pm but Radio 2 still had ...
Boss Blog: Oliviers 2011 - My View from the Stalls
By Terri Paddock
Judging by accounts in the Twittersphere, the BBC coverage of Sunday’s Laurence Olivier Awards was a bit of a muddle, which is a shame, because from where I was situated, it was without doubt a
New Theatre by the Avon
It was a truly historic occasion. The new Royal Shakespeare Theatre opened its glass doors for the first time yesterday, after an extended period of previews and events, including a visit by the ...
LaBute, Fox and Williams Go Dark & Deep in Q&A
By Whatsonstage.com Outing
A Neil LaBute world premiere starring Olivia Williams and Matthew Fox couldn’t fail to draw a range of theatregoers to the Vaudeville Theatre last night and as all 250 of us found our seats ther
Blue Skies & Dishing Critics
These past few glorious days of blue skies, sunshine and an icy wind moderating to merely chilly have almost made up for the miseries of an unusually brutal four-month winter, and more mud on ...
Truly Involving Theatre
By Jo Caird
In the past couple of years I've spent far too much time on Twitter, so I’ve been aware of some of the interesting theatre-related events that have taken place there, such as the RSC’s
Double Dose of Crudity from Anna & Jim
I was glad I caught the last of just six performances of Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House on Friday, but slightly disappointed in the show itself. As a musical it's fairly mediocre - you ...
Bite-sized Theatre
By Jo Caird
Last night I caught the last performance of Word:Play 4, Box of Tricks Theatre’s short run of six specially-commissioned 15-minute plays at the Arcola. I didn’t enjoy all the playle