Features

Opera in London (March 2009)
By Editorial Staff
March is a busy month for opera in the capital, with three openings at the main houses and a flurry of activity at the schools and other venues. It's a wide-ranging programme, taking in the earliest English opera and work written within the last few years.
English Touring Opera 2009
By Editorial Staff
English Touring Opera, this year celebrating its 30th birthday, will launch its Spring tour at Hackney Empire on 12 March. The two new productions are The Magic Flute and Katya Kabanova, Janacek’s devastating masterpiece based on Ostrovsky’s The Storm. From there, they will tour to many of their regular venues regionally through to the end of May.
Goldoni and Opera
By Editorial Staff
The playwright Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) was a prolific opera librettist and is often credited with developing opera buffa as a genre. It's an area of his work that is worthy of study but here we take a look just at operas based on his plays, by composers as diverse as Mozart, Salieri, Martinu and Wolf-Ferrari.
The Operas of Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
By Editorial Staff
Anniversaries seem to be cornerstones of concert programming these days and there is a plentiful supply of composers' birth and death days to keep concert managers busy during 2009.  This year se
Rain Check: McAvoy, Harman & Marshal
By Editorial Staff
James McAvoy, Nigel Harman and Lyndsey Marshal star in Richard Greenberg’s Pulitzer-nominated three-hander Three Days of Rain, in which the three actors play characters across two generations. Roger Foss met them during rehearsals with their director Jamie Lloyd to discuss the complexities involved.
In the Grip of Spring Fever
By Editorial Staff
It’s already been declared one of Broadway’s hottest rock musicals, and now Spring Awakening is opening in London with a British cast of young unknowns led by the creative team behind the original production. Michael Coveney catches a rehearsal to find out more about this story of teenage sexual awakening.
Entertaining Mr Orton
By Editorial Staff
Has Joe Orton’s subversive humour survived beyond the ‘Swinging Sixties’? As the current mini Orton festival continues this week with the West End opening of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Michael Coveney asks comedy stars Kathy Burke, Mathew Horne and Doon Mackichan if Orton still pricks up their ears in Sloane and Loot.
Oliver! With a Twist
By Editorial Staff
As the long-anticipated revival of Oliver! opens in the West End this week, Roger Foss finds out from ‘people’s’ Nancy’ Jodie Prenger and Burn Gorman, who plays her brutal lover Bill Sikes, why there’s more to Lionel Bart’s musical than a Dickensian cockney knees-up and a boy who asks for more.
Looking Ahead: Theatre Highlights for 2009
By Editorial Staff
Will it be a happy new year for theatregoers? Michael Coveney consults his crystal ball to see what’s coming up in 2009 in the West End & beyond, with the resurgence of West End plays versus musicals, Sam Mendes’ long-awaited Bridge Project, the continuing Donmar domination and strong seasons at other subsidised powerhouses.
Lesley Garrett Will Never Walk Alone
By Editorial Staff
Britain’s favourite soprano Lesley Garrett, who will be singing at the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards launch party this week, tells Roger Foss why she’ll never walk alone in the new West End revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel.