Features

Complex Issues: Getting to Grips with Oedipus
By Editorial Staff
Incendiary drama has just stepped up a gear now that the National Theatre’s hotly anticipated revival of Sophocles’ Oedipus has arrived on the Olivier stage starring Ralph Fiennes, Clare Higgins and Alan Howard, as Michael Coveney explains when he goes in search of the ultimate Greek tragedy.
Going Straight: David Walliams Enters No Man’s Land
By Editorial Staff
He’s famous for frocking up and excelling at the comedy excesses of Little Britain, but as Roger Foss explains, David Walliams is about to prove that he can do serious stage acting too, in Rupert Goold’s new West End production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.
Tales of Philip Seymour Hoffman
By Editorial Staff
The winner of numerous awards, Philip Seymour Hoffman is as prolific on stage as an actor and director as he is in the movie studio. As his production of Riflemind opens in the West End this week, here’s a Hoffman primer to get you up to speed on one of the most exciting artists of his generation.
Donmar Dream Team: Branagh & Grandage
By Editorial Staff
Are you ready for Ivanov? The first production in the Donmar’s much-anticipated year-long residency at Wyndham’s Theatre opens this month. Its star Kenneth Branagh and director Michael Grandage meet Michael Coveney to talk Chekhov, collaboration, career moves – and the drama of soccer.
West Side Story at 50
By Editorial Staff
Gang warfare, teenage toughs, knife crime, racial division – sounds like today’s headlines? Well, think again. West Side Story took London by storm 50 years ago, and now that it’s back on stage here ahead of year-long UK tour, Michael Coveney considers why the Sharks, the Jets, Jerome Robbins’ choreography and hit songs like “Maria” changed the face of musical theatre.
Surviving the Edinburgh Fringe
By Editorial Staff
The Edinburgh Fringe, which launches this week, is so vast – and manic – that you can tear your hair out deciding what to see. But can a producer survive Fringe fever and remain sane? James Seabright, one of the festival’s most prolific producers, says you can survive Fringe fever without going bald.
Edinburgh 2008: Our Top Picks for the Fringe & EIF
By Editorial Staff
The Edinburgh Fringe – now, in its 62nd year, comprising a record-breaking 2,088 shows – is the world’s largest arts festival, even without its illustrious parent, the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). How on earth do you make sense of Edinburgh in August? Theo Bosanquet has compiled our top picks of shows to watch out for this month.
Tennant & Tate: Partners in Time
By Editorial Staff
As Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate both return to the stage this week – Tennant to take the title role in Hamlet at Stratford-upon-Avon and Tate in the West End premiere of Under the Blue Sky – Roger Foss travels back in time beyond the Tardis to discover their parallel theatrical universe.
High School Musical’s London Term Time
By Editorial Staff
Fans of the hit Disney Channel movie High School Musical need no introduction to the world of East High, where school’s popular basketball ace Troy Bolton and ‘Brainiac’ maths genius Gabriella Montez discover they share a secret passion for singing. With the stage production now opened for a summer term in London, meet the new Gabriella and Troy, Claire-Marie Hall and Mark Henry-Evans, and EastEnders’ Letitia Dean, who plays passionate drama teacher Ms Darbus.
Survival of the Fattest: LaBute’s Pig
By Editorial Staff
What happens when an upwardly mobile young man dates a sexy girl who happens to be extra-large? The stars of Neil LaBute’s new comedy Fat Pig – Ella Smith, Joanna Page, Robert Webb and Kris Marshall – met Michael Coveney during rehearsals and chewed the fat about a play that mixes girth with mirth.