News: Finn Cole to lead Red Speedo
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by Ian
5h ago
Orange Tree Theatre has announced Finn Cole, known for his roles in Peaky Blinders and Animal Kingdom,will make his professional stage debut playing Ray in the European première of Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo directed by Matthew Dunster. Red Speedo opens on 18 July, with previews from 13 July, and runs until 10 August. Lucas Hnath’s RED SPEEDO Directed by Matthew Dunster A co-production with David Adkin 13 July – 10 August 2024 Designer: Anna Fleischle; Associate Designer and Costume Designer: Cat Fuller; Lightin ..read more
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News: Menier Chocolate Factory reveals its Jerry’s Girls
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by Ian
5h ago
The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces full casting for the revival of Jerry Herman’s Jerry’s Girls. Hannah Chissick directs Cassidy Janson, Lyn Paul and Julie Yammanee. The show will feature choreography by Matt Cole, set and costume design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting design by Philip Gladwell, musical supervision and arrangements by Sarah Travis, and an all-female band. This new production opens on 22 May, with previews from 18 May, and plays a strictly limited season until 29 June. JERRY’S GIRLS Music and Lyri ..read more
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Review: Macbeth, Jack Studio Theatre
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by Ian
5h ago
V&L Productions cut Macbeth down to a fast-paced 75 minutes at the Jack Studio Theatre “Voices I desire aloud with mine” On the one hand, there’s something to be said for being over and done with a rapid-fire Macbeth in 75 minutes straight through. On the other, it isn’t abundantly clear what we gain from the exercise. Reimagined by Vince Mathews and Liz Love for V&L Productions, this bit of reduced Shakespeare packs in some memorable moments but never quite establishes a raison d’être for this particular treatment. Darwin Littlejohns Hennessy’s lighting design probably makes the ..read more
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A deep dive into the best online casinos for Irish players
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by Ian
5h ago
Ireland is a country that is packed full of culture and has a long-standing connection with the arts. This is easy to see when you think of the many fabulous actors who have emerged from the Emerald Isle, or how popular theatre, TV, and film are with people across Ireland. Playing online casino games has also become popular with people around the country in terms of staying entertained, and it represents a viable alternative to catching the latest plays, shows, or movies. As the name suggests, this involves logging onto online casino platforms to play classics like slots, roulette, blackjack ..read more
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News: Full cast announced for the RSC’s The Merry Wives of Windsor
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by Ian
5h ago
Full casting is announced for the RSC’s forthcoming production of Shakespeare’s suburban comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the show runs in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon between 5 June – 7 September.  Making their RSC debuts as the eponymous ‘Merry Wives’ are the previously announced double Olivier Award-winner Samantha Spiro (Sex Education/ Ridley Road) as Mistress Meg Page, who is joined by Siubhan Harrison (The Ocean at the End of the Lane) as Mistress Alice Ford.  John Hodgkin ..read more
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News: Johannes Radebe to star as Lola in a new pair of Kinky Boots
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by Ian
5h ago
Producers ROYO and Curve are delighted to announce a brand-new Made at Curve production of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical Kinky Boots The Musical, which will tour the UK and Ireland from 17 January 2025. Kinky Boots The Musical features a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. It will be directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (THE WIZARD OF OZ, A CHORUS LINE, BILLY ELLIOT) and will star TV dance sensation and international champion Johannes Radebe as Lola and rising star Dan Partridge as Charlie Price. Kinky Bo ..read more
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Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wilton’s Music Hall
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by Ian
1d ago
Flabbergast Theatre’s imaginative A Midsummer Night’s Dream has its moments at Wilton’s Music Hall “I am as ugly as a bear” Opening to the strains of a haunting Ukrainian folk song, Flabbergast Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream fills Wilton’s Music Hall with a multitude of ideas of how to reinvigorate Shakespeare, no surprise to anyone to caught their take on Macbeth last year. Here, their conceit is a band of 8 travelling players and their capacious wagon stopping by to deliver a broad and boisterous multi-roling version of this tale of lovers, fairies, wannabe actors and kangaroo shoes. As ..read more
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Review: Insult to Injury, Lion and Unicorn Theatre
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by Ian
2d ago
Kieran Dee and Grace Millie’s Insult to Injury proves a sharp workplace comedy at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre “One day we’re hoping the software will take over” The explosion of generative AI in so many aspects of our lives has brought with it ethical debates that haven’t yet quite moved at the same pace, an issue particularly prevalent on social media channels where notions of free speech slam up hard against content moderation in a precarious balancing act. This is the world of Moon Loaf’s Insult to Injury, a scabrously sharp workplace comedy that isn’t at all based the company formerly kno ..read more
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Film Review: The Card Counter (2021)
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by Ian
2d ago
The Card Counter is one of the most recent blackjack-inspired cinema smashes, taking inspiration from other classics like 21, The Gambler, and Croupier. Starring Oscar Isaac in the main role and with support from veterans like William Dafoe, the Paul Schrader-directed movie ditches the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas for an altogether grittier and, dare we say, more realistic experience. In this article, we’ll give our thoughts on The Card Counter. We also have countless reviews of other theatre and cinema productions. For example, one of our other reviews is on the boundary-breaking King Lear ..read more
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TV Review: The Tower 2 – Death Message
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by Ian
5d ago
Despite seeming a self-contained story, ITV crime drama The Tower returns with The Tower 2 – Death Message “Your whole case is built on lies” The Tower felt like a relatively self-contained story to me, so I was a little surprised to find out that a second series was in the offing. Turns out that there’s actually a trilogy of books in the series that it is adapted from – Kate London’s Metropolitan trilogy – and the third series has already been commissioned so we have that to look forward to. The Tower 2 – Death Message follows on pretty much straight away from the first series, the fallout fr ..read more
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