By Andy Propst on Jun 30, 2009 | In UK
Hanif Kureishi: turning The Black Album into a stage play
The Black Album is a sprawling book about late 80s London, taking in radical Islam, ecstasy – and Prince. It wasn't easy to adapt for theatre
Violinist Robert Pool on Duet for One
Violinist Robert Pool on Juliet Stevenson's attempt to tug our heart strings
Theatre review: The Monster Under the Bed / Polka, London
When Ben's father goes off on a tour of duty, he gives his son a pair of binoculars, telling him he can see anything he wants through them. But when Ben's friend Vince "borrows" them, Ben's anxiety about his dad and fury at Vince combine to make his worst day ever at school.
Obituary: John Franklyn-Robbins
Actor known for his Shakespearean roles and sonorous voice
The Times UK
Child’s play for grown-ups
Scene & Heard gets adult actors to take roles in plays by kids — and Heaven help them if they don’t take it seriously
Four stars for Everything Must Go! at Soho Theatre
Ten short, sharp responses to the current financial crisis blaze with anger, buzz with wit and crackle with acute anxiety
The Taming of the Shrew
Some of the best arguments have been excised so that Petruchio’s “taming” seems almost unnecessary
Carrie's War, Apollo Theatre, London
Moving and tedious? Heart-warming and old-fashioned? This is hot ice and wondrous strange snow, but Nina Bawden's children's novel Carrie's War, one of her most-loved, defies the kind of plodding, literal transposition supplied by adaptor Emma Reeves and director Andrew Loudon.
Twelfth Night, Delacorte Theater, New York
With so much musical firepower among this cast, director Sullivan was right to keep a band of musicians stage-left through part of the evening, and to allow the actors to sing frequently, writes Brendan Lemon
Observe the Sons of Ulster, Hampstead Theatre, London
In telling the story of a group of Ulstermen enlisting during the first world war, Frank McGuinness finds scope to meditate on many aspects of identity and humanity, writes Ian Shuttleworth
The Stage UK
Obituary: Irene Richmond
The daughter of pioneering cinema owners, Irene Richmond was to appear in some of the most important British films of the sixties and establish a popular profile in television and theatre.
Obituary: Charles Russell
The theatre impresario, costumier, actor and pioneer of Noel Coward's career in the States, Charles Russell, has died at the age of 93.
Obituary: Doris Barry
Like her sister, Dame Alicia Markova, Doris Barry began her working life as a child film star, when she was dubbed 'England's Baby Mary Pickford' by the Daily Express.
Obituary: Babs Adams
It was whilst writing her autobiography, Parade of Clowns, that Babs Adams discovered that her showbusiness ancestry went back as far as 1767 to a family called Tabrars. Her maternal grandmother Lizzie Tabrar was one of 11 children and whose brother Joseph was a prolific songwriter (Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow, was one of his songs).
Hampstead's Clark Departs After 50th Anniversary
Hampstead Theatre artistic director Anthony Clark today (30 June 2009) announced that he will be stepping down at the end of this 50th anniversary year, after seven years in the job at the new writing centre. Clark took over at Hampstead in 2003, j...
TV: WOS TV: Avenue Q Stars On Moving to the Gielgud
With Avenue Q officially reopening at the Gielgud Theatre tonight (30 June 2009, previews from 1 June), Whatsonstage.com TV got an exclusive tour of their new home with the show's stars Julie Atherton and Daniel Boys – aka Kate Monster and Prin...
London Theatre Guide
Exclusive: Michael Attenborough on programming the Almeida Festival
The Almeida Summer Festival 2009 brings an eclectic and innovative group of theatre-makers to the Islington venue for a three week period. Talking exclusively to Official London Theatre, the Almeida's Artistic Director Michael Attenborough, explains how he programmes this exciting event.
Simm stars in Speaking In Tongues
John Simm is to return to the stage in a new production of Andrew Bovell’s Speaking In Tongues this autumn. The Life On Mars star will appear alongside Ian Hart and Kerry Fox in the drama, which plays at the Duke of York’s theatre from 18 September (press night 28 September).
New York Times ArtsBeat Blog
Jerry Lewis to Direct Broadway's 'Nutty Professor'
The veteran comedian, last seen on a Broadway stage as Applegate in the revival of "Damn Yankees," will direct a musical adaptation of "The Nutty Professor" planned for the 2010-2011 season.
BackStage - BlogStage
Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog
* Amy Spanger Exits Broadway's Rock of Ages
* Jerry Lewis to Direct Nutty Professor Musical on Broadway
* Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, et al. Set for Glee Q &A at Outfest 2009
* The British National Theatre of America Announces 2009-2010 Season
* Stage Left Studio to Present Beyond the Pale Arts Festival
* Hair Star Creel to Play Joe's Pub in July
* Amy Spanger Departs Cast of Rock of Ages
* Chicago's Tony n' Tina's Wedding Goes on Hiatus July 18; Happy Couple to Return
* Hamlisch, Holmes and Lewis Creating Nutty Professor Musical for Broadway
* John Lahr Is Suing Elaine Stritch Over At Liberty
* ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Come On, Come Through Newark, Newark!
* "Glee" Screening to Include Q&A with Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison