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  • AmericanTheaterWeb NewsClips

  • Use the calendar above to find the clippings for a specific day, or use the list to the right to go to a specific group of clips. The site's updated 3-4 times a day generally. For you convenience, links below will take you to ATWTopNews (a quick listing of links to some of the day's top stories) and to ATWOriginals (original news and feautres from ATW).


1/15/09 AM Clips - UK

The Independent

Thoroughly modern Ibsen: Little Eyolf gets a makeover
It was written in 19th-century Norway, but for the playwright Samuel Adamson, Little Eyolf speaks volumes about 1950s Britain. Here, he explains why he gave it a makeover

Mirren brings stage to silver screen
Oscar-winner to star in Racine's 'Phaedra' as National Theatre broadcasts live theatre to 150 cinemas worldwide

First Night: Oliver! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London (Rated 3/ 5 )
Mr Bean is great but do we really need the people's choice?

Review: Hit Me!, Leicester Square Theatre, London (Rated 2/ 5 )

Financial Times

The Armature of the Absolute, Barbican (Pit), London
Sarah Hemming sees Buchinger’s Boot Marionettes’ surreal and grotesque puppetry homage to Alfred Jarry

The Times UK

Oliver! revival pulls in £15m before it even opens
West End hopes Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular £4.5m revival will inject much needed confidence into the industry

Cinema is a new stage for the theatre
Helen Mirren’s return to the stage will be beamed live from the National Theatre in London to 50 cinemas around the country

Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Dickens of a revival for Rowan Atkinson who plays Fagin as Mr Bean with menace

Madame Zingara
This South African import offers a tantalising though pricey concept, but plays it safe, with acts that are variable at best

Heidi - A Goat's Tale
This adaptation of Johanna Spyri's classic children's story is good frolicking fun right out of the mouths of kids

The Armature of the Absolute
A deliciously skewed and hallucinatory homage to Alfred Jarry, the French creator of the monstrous character of King Ubu

The Guardian

Oliver!, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Rowan Atkinson is a camp, sinister Fagin in this Cockney knees-up, says Michael Billington

The Armature of the Absolute, The Pit, London
This is a terrifying hallucination, full of fish with fangs, says Lyn Gardner

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Mark Lawson: The strange afterlife of Reginald Perrin
A character whose initials spell RIP was always destined more for death than resurrection

Daily Telegraph

Oliver! musical: First night review at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Charles Spencer reviews Rowan Atkinson in the first night of Oliver! the musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

The Stage UK - Blogs

Mark Shenton: Reviewing the situation (and making the front page)…..
It’s always encouraging when the theatre makes front page news. For last night’s opening of Oliver! at Drury Lane, today’s Times has a two-column picture of Rowan Atkinson running the full length of the front page, trailing a review...


Max Stafford-Clark On ... His Return to Directing
Max Stafford-Clark has enjoyed an acclaimed and prolific directing career. In 1974 he founded Joint Stock, which premiered the work of writers including David Hare and Caryl Churchill, before becoming the longest-serving artistic director of the Royal Court between 1979 and 1993.

Review: Oliver!
The main physical difference between Sam Mendes’ 1994 Palladium production of Oliver!, now revived by Rupert Goold in the same designs by Anthony Ward on a more suitable stage, and the once recurrent Peter Coe 1960 original, is kinetic: the new ver...

1/14/09 - Nighttime Clips

Associated Press

George Steel Hired to Lead New York City Opera
George Steel was hired Wednesday as general manager and artistic director of the New York City Opera, with a mandate to revive a shattered and mostly shuttered company following the departure of Gerard Mortier.

Ricardo Montalban, Actor, Dies at 88
Ricardo Montalban became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV’s “Fantasy Island.”

Patrick McGoohan, Actor, Dies at 80
Patrick McGoohan created and starred in the cult classic television show “The Prisoner,” a sci-fi tinged 1960s British series.


* Westport Announces Revised Season; Mockingbird Dropped From Schedule
* Blithe Spirit Producers Seeking Medium to Conjure Spirit of Playwright Coward
* Ricardo Montalban, Tony-Nominated Star Who Was Role Model for Latinos, Dead at 88
* "Dreamgirls" Oscar Winner Hudson to Perform at the Super Bowl
* Tony Winner Kaye Will Reprise Role of Off-Key Singer in A.C.T.'s Souvenir
* "General Hospital" Star Anderson Will Be Part of Reading of Jones and Schmidt's Celebration


* George Steel Named New Artistic Director of New York City Opera
* Ricardo Montalban Dies at 88
* Jason Robert Brown, Francesca Zambello, and More to Be 2009 NYMF Jurors
* Westport Country Playhouse Revises 2009 Season