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  • David Tennant shows

    Set to star in a revival of CP Taylor's Good, David Tennant adds another show to his lengthy CV of West End appearances. Having performed in brand new plays, London revivals and adaptations of Shakespearean classics, it's no surprise that Tennant is considered to be one of Britain's finest actors. We've taken a look through the archives to see what our critics have said about David Tennant's performances, ahead of his return to the West End later this year.In 1996, Tennant starred in David...

  • Jamie Parker cast in The Doctor

    Jamie Parker is among the new cast members joining Juliet Stevenson in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre for the transfer of Robert Icke's The Doctor form the Almeida Theatre.Parker will join Stevenson who stars as the central character in the play, Professor Wolff who finds herself at the centre of a medical ethics row when she denies an individual access to a young girl's bedside. Earlier today, Stevenson won the Critics' Circle Award for best actress for her appearance in the...

  • 2019 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards

    A Very Expensive Poison and Come From Away have taken the awards for best new play and best new musical respectively, as the winners for the 2019 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards were announced at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 11th February 2020.Andrew Scott took home the award for best actor for his performance in Present Laughter at the Old Vic, with Juliet Stevenson and Sharon D. Clarke both receiving an award for best actress for starring in The Doctor and Death of a Salesman respectively.The...

  • David Tennant

    David Tennant is set to star in a new production of CP Taylor's play Good at the Playhouse Theatre this autumn, which will launch Dominic Cooke and Kate Horton's new production company.Taylor's play follows a literary professor John Halder in Germany in the 1930s, and demonstrates how seemingly good men were able to change at the hands of the Nazi regime. It has been described as the definitive piece written about the Holocaust in the English-speaking theatre.Tennant will star in the play as...

  • Leopoldstadt

    Ahead of the official opening night of Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham's Theatre later this week, production images have been released, allowing audiences to get a first glimpse at Stoppard's first play in five years.Considered to be his most personal play to date, Leopoldstadt sees a Jewish family rediscover their religious identity in twentieth-century Europe amidst pogroms, separation and war. A cast of 26 adults and 15 children star in Stoppard's latest play, whose West End...

  • Mark Gatiss in A Christmas Carol

    Mark Gatiss has adapted Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will run at Alexandra Palace this December, following a world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse.Gatiss, known for being a member of The League of Gentlemen and appearing in Sherlock and Doctor Who, has penned his take on the Dickens classic which will be directed by Nottingham Playhouse AD Adam Penford.The actor recently appeared in Penford's production of the Madness of George III in 2018, and will lead the cast in his own version of the...

  • Theatre narratives

    Theatrical coincidences that create their own narrativeLife - and the theatre that it reflects - is full of coincidences. This week, Albion - Mike Bartlett's brilliant play that first premiered in 2017 and is full of premonitions of the dark shadows being cast by Brexit - returned to London's Almeida, opening mere days after the results of the referendum were finally implemented and Britain officially left the EU. The very next day, the National premiered Death of England, another stark and...

  • And Juliet

    Producers of Max Martin musical & Juliet have announced a singalong performance, where the cast will invite audience members to belt out some of the biggest pop hits of the last two decades during the show.On 12th May, audience members at the Shaftesbury Theatre will be able to join in with the show and sing songs by the likes of Backstreet Boys, Adele, Jessie J, Katy Perry, Britney Spears Justin Timberlake and more.The show, which opened in November 2019, follows an alternate conclusion of...

  • Magic Goes Wrong

    Following the news of Magic Goes Wrong's extension at the Vaudeville Theatre, new casting for Mischief Theatre's latest play has been announced. They'll take over the roles from original Mischief Theatre company members who currently star in the show, with the play running to August 2020.The new Magic Goes Wrong cast transformationLaurence Pears will take over the role of Sophisticato from Mischief Theatre writer Henry Shields, with Pears joining the production from 31st March to 31st May. Tom...

  • The Seagull cast

    Ahead of next month's opening of Anya Reiss' adaptation of The Seagull at the Playhouse Theatre, the full cast for the production has been announced. They'll star alongside Emilia Clarke as Nina, who makes her West End debut in The Seagull, the second of three productions directed by Jamie Lloyd as part of his current West End season.A star-studded cast in The Seagull Indira Varma will reunite with her Game of Thrones co-star in The Seagull as Arkadina. On stage, Varma has starred in last year's...

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