Miss Julie: New Layers in Hong Kong Relocation

Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ August Strindberg’s original took on the politics of gender and class; Amy Ng’s new adaptation, set in 1940’s Hong Kong, adds colonialism and deep-rooted war scars into the mix. As the daughter of the British Governor, Miss Julie displays the worst flaws associated with a spoiled... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Play in the History of the World: A Tale Well Told

June 1st, 2021 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A good story told with great charm, that’s what The Greatest Play in the History of the World... is. It’s energised storytelling which refuses to let any lulls form and instead, ploughs onwards with a combination of great comic delivery and a recurring sense of gravity nestling... Continue Reading →

Julie Hesmondhalgh Talks Returning to the Stage in “The Greatest Play in the History of the World”

Currently back on our screens in the BBC drama “The Pact”, Julie Hesmondhalgh is also returning to the stage this month in Ian Kershaw’s “The Greatest Play in the History of the World”. Here, she talks about her love of theatre, her screen roles and returning this ‘universal love story that celebrates the human race... Continue Reading →

A Christmas Carol: Mischief, Magic & Timeless Moral Messaging

Leeds Playhouse (At Home) Having rehearsed A Christmas Carol with live, socially distanced audiences planned, Leeds Playhouse has been hit with ‘COVID-closure’ once again. Pivoting swiftly, they’ve taken their show online and audiences now have the opportunity to watch Dickens’ classic tale from their sofas. So, what’s Dickensian Leeds like from sofas in front of... Continue Reading →

Interview: Eleanor Hibbert & Mischa Jones Talk Rocket Box Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

Make no mistake about it, offering up a new rendition of the eminent Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol is no tame feat... But it’s exactly what Rocket Box Theatre are offering online audiences this December: a fresh, richly layered audio adaptation of the tale beloved by many. With their radio play launching online come... Continue Reading →

Interview: Lisa Howard Talks Park Bench Theatre, Every Time a Bell Rings & Life in Lockdown

Guest interview: Steve Pratt chats with Lisa Howard ahead of her work with Engine House Theatre’s Park Bench Theatre season in York. Lisa Howard went back to the land during lockdown. “I went allotmenting, growing stuff and trying to feed the world from my allotment. I was imagining the worst, that there would be no... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on: The Best of LGBTQ+ Stories & Characters on Stage

Just in the nick of time, I’m marking the last few hours of Pride Month with a look at some of the best examples of theatre productions celebrating and exploring LGBTQ+ stories, characters, history and culture. From accosting social commentary to joyous sequin-clad drag queens to moving takes on body dysmorphia and transgender experiences and... Continue Reading →

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