Features

Edinburgh Celebrates! - Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh 2017: figures and awards

Sandra Giorgetti reports on the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which this year marked their 70th anniversaries.

Medea

Touring News – September 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in September including anti-arms trade show #Armingtheworld, Graeae's punk musical Reasons to be Cheerful and the contemporary re-imagining of Medea as a genderless, stateless transgressive LGBTQ figure.

Forced Entertainment - Real Magic

Touring News – August 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month: Forced Entertainment's Real Magic amongst a bevy of big musicals including enduring hits Buddy, Hairspray and Blood Brothers, with a thriller and a farce for company.

It’s Different for Girls

New musical Different For Girls comes to East Riding Theatre

This September, new musical It’s Different for Girls at East Riding Theatre is inspired by Hull group Mandy and the Girlfriends, the first all-girl beat group in the UK to play all their own instruments.

Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre

Edinburgh Book Festival theatre-related events

As always, Edinburgh International Book Festival features a number of events of interest to theatre enthusiast, as well as a growing number of theatre-style performances.

Around the World in 80 Days

Touring news - July 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the acclaimed And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet, the Madame Butterfly-inspired Miss Saigon and a quintet of Gilbert and Sullivan operette.

Oily Cart (in 2016)

Touring news - June 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including award-winning Hassan Abdlrazzak's And Here I Am, part of this year's Shubbak Festival, and Oily Cart's multi–sensory show for young people with disabilities Mirror Mirror.

No Dogs, No Indians

Brighton Festival 2017

This year's Brighton Festival—England’s largest arts festival—runs from 6 to 28 May. Recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest is its guest director celebrating the theme of Everyday Epic.

Depart

Touring news - May

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road during May including the return of acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing from Paines Plough and the site-specific Depart playing in cemeteries and parks.

Martin Lewton in Mirando the Gay Tempest

Shakespeare 401

Reporter Sandra Giorgetti takes a personal look at how the fourth centenary of Shakespeare's death has been marked.

Jane Eyre

Touring News – April

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including solo drag king show Joan, comedy Fracked! and screen to stage musicals The Addams Family, The Who's Tommy and Footloose: The Musical.

Alphabetti Theatre: the auditorium

Alphabetti Newcastle: Bye Bye Basement!

Peter Lathan reflects on Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre as it leaves its basement venue.

Panto Season 2016

Panto News: February 2017

In his first column of the year, Simon Sladen reflects on Panto Season 2016 and looks forward to the year ahead.

Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley)

WhatsOnStage Awards 2017

Half A Sixpence and Harry Potter carry away multiple accolades in this year's Whatsonstage Awards.

Out of Order

Touring news - March 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including solo shows Roll Over Atlantic from John Agard, The Gospel Of Matthew By Candlelight with Geroge Dillon, and the autobiographical plays Careful from Horse McDonald and Portrait from Racheal Ofori.

Alex Beckett as Henry Higgins and Natalie Gavin as Eliza Doolittle in a radical staging of Pygmalion

Touring news - February 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in February which include The Wedding Singer and Worst Wedding Ever, and A Machine They’re Secretly Building and The Machine Stops.

Stamatis Kraounakis

Kraounakis and Speira Speira: a flying visit from Athens

Greek satirical theatre company Speira Speira, led by composer, performer, director Stamatis Kraounakis, is bringing its latest show All As One - Kiss Me to London for one night only on 27 January 2017.

Chris Gascoyne (Clov) and David Neilson (Hamm) in Endgame at HOME

Review of the Year 2016 - The North West Stage

David Chadderton looks back on his 2016 in North West theatre.

Rafael Rojas as Andrea Chénier, Opera North

Our reviewers' picks of 2016

Some of our reviewers pick their top 5 productions of the year.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation (RSC at Northern Stage)

North East Theatre in 2016

Peter Lathan looks back at a year of theatre in the North East.