I might have taken a break from reviewing for the last couple of months, but I didn’t stop going to the theatre. Here’s some brief thoughts on most of what I saw in August.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, aka the Sheridan Smith show
Queen of the Mist, aka the surprisingly affecting one
Appropriate, aka all hail Monica Dolan
Waitress, aka ZZZZZZZOMGGGGG STUNT CASTING oh wait, Joe Suggs hasn’t started yet
The Doctor, aka all hail Juliet Stevenson
A Very Expensive Poison, aka it was a preview so I shouldn’t say anything
Blues in the Night, aka all hail Broadway-bound Sharon D Clarke (and Debbie Kurup, and Clive Rowe too)
The Night of the Iguana, aka justice for Skyler Continue reading “August theatre round-up”
All winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at The Brewery, London on September 15, 2019 which will be streamed live on The Stage’s Facebook page.
Best Actress in a Play – sponsored by Audible
- Liv Hill for Top Girls at the National Theatre, London
- Urielle Klein-Mekongo for Yvette at the Bush Theatre, London
- Lauren O’Leary for The Awkward Years at The Other Room, Cardiff
- Bea Webster for Mother Courage at the Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds
Best Actor in a Play – sponsored by Audible
- Jamal Ajala for ear for eye at the Royal Court, London
- Stuart Campbell for The Hunt at the Almeida Theatre, London
- Patrick Gibson for Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse and the Gielgud Theatre, London
- Ivan Oyik for Blue/Orange at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
Continue reading “Nominees for The Stage Debut Awards 2019”
The extraordinary Caroline or Change makes the leap into the West End at the Playhouse Theatre, with a titanic Sharon D Clarke at the helm
“The Devil made the dryer.
Everything else, God made”
For the assiduous theatregoer, this is the third opportunity to catch this stirring Chichester Festival Theatre production of Caroline or Change. From its original run at the Minerva last year to the Hampstead Theatre this spring, this idiosyncratic musical now arrives in the West End in the relative intimacy of the Playhouse Theatre.
And it is an intimacy that is needed to draw you into the true shape of Michael Longhurst’s production – to be confronted with that Confederate statue, the sweltering isolation of that basement, the knots of tension on furrowed brows. The winds of change may be starting to blow across the US of the early 1960s but here in this Louisiana household, societal change has yet to filter down to the individual. Continue reading “Review: Caroline or Change, Playhouse Theatre”