Cabaret REVIEW: Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley stun in revival | Theatre | Entertainment

Once through the doors, we are in the Kit Kat Club of Weimar Berlin, complete with red lighting, half-dressed girls and boys and intimate tables. And 1930s decadence has rarely been more immersive ‑ the moment Eddie Redmayne’s contorted Emcee rises from the stage on a tiered platform like a tarantula on a wedding cake,… Continue reading Cabaret REVIEW: Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley stun in revival | Theatre | Entertainment

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Life of Pi REVIEW: Martel’s classic novel hits stage with savage yet moving performance | Theatre | Entertainment

Young Indian boy Pi survives a shipwreck aboard a lifeboat with a handful of animals including a tiger called Richard Parker and the story is told here with life-sized puppets interacting with the actors. It’s related by Pi (Hiran Abeysekera) to the fact-checking officials who interview him after his ordeal. But his tale seems scarcely… Continue reading Life of Pi REVIEW: Martel’s classic novel hits stage with savage yet moving performance | Theatre | Entertainment

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Tosca REVIEW: Powerful voices dominate the stage in a performance of dramatic perfection | Theatre | Entertainment

It finally got under way on 8 December, when the leading tenor, Bryan Hymel, made a great effort to perform despite still having a bad cold, but was unable to continue halfway through. Fortunately, there are two casts performing this opera at the ROH and the British-Italian tenor Freddie Tommaso stepped in for the second… Continue reading Tosca REVIEW: Powerful voices dominate the stage in a performance of dramatic perfection | Theatre | Entertainment

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Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker provides perfect overhaul of festive ballet | Theatre | Entertainment

Matthew Bpurne’s company, New Adventures, takes a radical approach to the Nutcracker (Image: Johan Persson) As if to make up for last year’s deprivations, this year there are Nutcrackers everywhere: the Royal Ballet has one, as does the English National Ballet, the Scottish Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet, to name but four. And then… Continue reading Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker provides perfect overhaul of festive ballet | Theatre | Entertainment

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A Christmas Carol A Ghost Story review: Horror scares and festive warmth from Mark Gatiss | Theatre | Entertainment

Published over 175 years ago, A Christmas Carol remains one of the festive seasons’ best-loved stories. Amid the commercial indulgences and family feasting, Charles Dickens’ novella is an annual reminder and parable to shun selfishness in favour of generosity; not overlooking the less fortunate during the darkest and coldest time of the year. There have… Continue reading A Christmas Carol A Ghost Story review: Horror scares and festive warmth from Mark Gatiss | Theatre | Entertainment

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Manor REVIEW: A mix between Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians and The Old Dark House | Theatre | Entertainment

Manor addresses every hot button topic from climate change to the rise of the far right, with nods to Black Lives Matter and lesbianism thrown in. Imagine Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians crossed with Boris Karloff horror The Old Dark House but remodelled as a politicised black comedy in which strangers take shelter in a… Continue reading Manor REVIEW: A mix between Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians and The Old Dark House | Theatre | Entertainment

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Theatres in ‘desperately need’ for an audience this Christmas or venues could risk closure | Theatre | Entertainment

English composer and impresario of musical theatre Andrew Lloyd Webber (Image: GETTY) An incredible 98 percent of regional theatres put on a Christmas show – and for some it can create up to 40 percent of annual income. But many venues have suffered a huge drop in advanced bookings which industry sources warn could prove… Continue reading Theatres in ‘desperately need’ for an audience this Christmas or venues could risk closure | Theatre | Entertainment

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Sir Antony Sher: Prince Charles’ favourite actor dies of Cancer at age of 72 | Theatre | Entertainment

The Royal Shakespeare Company said in a statement the veteran had been diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. Sir Antony, the favourite actor of Prince Charles, was one of the country’s most renowned Shakespearean performers. His husband, RSC artistic director Gregory Doran, had announced in September that he was taking a period of compassionate… Continue reading Sir Antony Sher: Prince Charles’ favourite actor dies of Cancer at age of 72 | Theatre | Entertainment

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Sergei Polunin dazzles in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall | Theatre | Entertainment

The most-talked about male dancer of his generation imploded in 2012, quitting The Royal Ballet where he had been made a principal dancer at the unprecedented age of 19. This was followed by a tawdry period of unfortunate declarations (and tattoos) adrift in a dancing wilderness, punctuated by rare grace moments like 2015’s explosive video… Continue reading Sergei Polunin dazzles in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall | Theatre | Entertainment

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The Drifters Girl review: Astounding voices elevate new Beverley Knight musical | Theatre | Entertainment

The lights go down and four of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear come in a cappella one by one. The band kicks in, the harmonies ignite and the lights go up as we are treated to a mini-concert of joyously irresistible Drifters hits. This is a show that knows how to deliver… Continue reading The Drifters Girl review: Astounding voices elevate new Beverley Knight musical | Theatre | Entertainment

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