Features

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.
Stepping Out With Steppenwolf
By Editorial Staff
Chicago’s acclaimed Steppenwolf Company returns to the National Theatre, with August: Osage County, Tracy Letts’ five-time Tony Award-winning diabolically funny family drama set in rural Oklahoma. Michael Coveney looks forward to an overdue comeback.
The Hip History of the Hippodrome
By Editorial Staff
From the outrageous to the downright bizarre, La Clique’s mix of burlesque, cabaret and circus gives a new lease of life to the historic Hippodrome – where the launch for the 2009 Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards will be held on 5 December. But the renaissance may be short-lived if plans to turn the venue into a casino go ahead next year.
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.