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West End Review: Henry V, Ghosts, Mojo, Emil and the Detectives

West End Review, revivals and new work: a catch-up of major openings. Jude Law in Henry V – directed by Michael Grandage at the Noel Coward Theatre. Ghosts, directed by Sir Richard Eyre at the Almeida Theatre. Mojo, by Jez Butterworth, directed by Ian Rickson at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Emil and the Detectives, a version by Carl Miller of the children’s book by Erich Kästner at the National Theatre. Hosted by Mark Shenton with regular guests Kate Bassett, David Benedict and Matt Wolf. Recorded at Dewynters, London.

West End Review: The Scottsboro Boys, Candide, The Light Princess

7 December 2013

in Musicals, Reviews and Roundtables

West End Review, musicals. Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tori Amos’s The Light Princess at the National Theatre. Hosted by Mark Shenton with regular guests Kate Bassett, David Benedict and Matt Wolf. Recorded at Dewynters, London.

The Critics’ Circle Centenary Conference: How Did It Start?

THE CRITICS’ CIRCLE CENTENARY CONFERENCE: 100 YEARS OF CRITICISM Historical session on the theme of How did it start? With Frances Hughes, Chair of the Irving Society, on criticism a century ago and Nicholas de Jongh, critic and playwright, on critics and censorship. Chair: Ian Herbert.

Edinburgh Festival 2013: critical roundup

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2013: CRITICAL VERDICT Philip Fisher (British Theatre Guide) joins Mark Fisher (The Scotsman) and Neil Cooper (The Herald) to talk about offerings at the Traverse, International Festival and the Fringe, especially Yael Farber’s Nirbhaya and, from Chile, Teatrocinema’s Histoire d’amour, and also identify trends and recommend personal highlights.

West End Review: Othello, Passion Play, The Weir & more

West End Review, May 2013, part 1. Mark Shenton hosts a session looking at Othello (National Theatre), Relatively Speaking (Wyndham’s Theatre), Passion Play (Duke of York’s), The Weir (Donmar Warehouse). He’s joined by Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune). Recorded at NYU, London.

West End Review: Children of the Sun, Disgraced & more

West End Review, May 2013, part 2. Mark Shenton hosts a session looking at Gorky’s Children of the Sun (National Theatre), Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (Bush Theatre). He’s joined by Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune). Recorded at NYU, London.

West End Review, April 2013 (pt1): The Audience, The Winslow Boy, Peter and Alice and more

West End Review: Dominic Cavendish and regular theatrevoice guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), David Benedict (Variety) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) convene to discuss Dame Helen Mirren in Peter Morgan’s The Audience (Gielgud), Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy (Old Vic), Before the Party (Almeida) & John Logan’s latest play Peter and Alice, starring Dame Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, directed by Michael Grandage (Noel Coward Theatre). Recorded at NYU, London.

West End Review, April 2013: Once & The Book of Mormon

West End Review: Once and The Book of Mormon. Dominic Cavendish (Daily Telegraph) continues the month’s look at the West End’s major openings with a double-take on two major American musical imports: Once (Phoenix Theatre) & The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales).

West End Review: Trelawny of the Wells, Old Times, A Chorus Line and more

3 March 2013

in Reviews and Roundtables

West End Review: Trelawny of the Wells (Donmar Warehouse), Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios), Quartermaine’s Terms (Wyndham’s Theatre), Old Times (Harold Pinter Theatre) and A Chorus Line (London Palladium) are all given a detailed look-over by David Benedict (Variety), Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune). Dominic Cavendish hosts. Recorded at Dewynters 01-03-2013.

Theatrical review of 2012: the hits, the stinkers, the verdict

REVIEW OF 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), David Benedict (Variety) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) assess the highs and lows of the reviewing year in a brilliantly informed and entertaining session.

West End Review: new plays and revivals

WEST END REVIEW: JANUARY 2013 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), David Benedict (Variety) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Lucy Prebble’s The Effect (National), winner of this year’s Critics Circle Award for Best Play, as well as Best Musical winner Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory), plus Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse), Pinero’s The Magistrate (National) and Peter Nichols’ Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi) and Viva Forever! (Piccadilly).

Panel discussion about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange (1/2)

THE GENIUS OF ANTHONY BURGESS (1/2) Panel discussion about A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre), chaired by Soho’s artistic director Steve Marmion, with Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the director of the production, plus Andrew Biswell (author of The Real life of Anthony Burgess) and John Sutherland (Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature at University College London). With an extract from Burgess’s reissued Napoleon Symphony (Serpent’s Tail) read by Martin McCreadie, the actor who plays Alex.

Panel discussion about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange (2/2)

THE GENIUS OF ANTHONY BURGESS (2/2) Panel discussion about A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre), chaired by Soho’s artistic director Steve Marmion, with Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the director of the production, plus Andrew Biswell (author of The Real life of Anthony Burgess) and John Sutherland (Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature at University College London). With an extract from Burgess’s reissued Napoleon Symphony (Serpent’s Tail) read by Martin McCreadie, the actor who plays Alex.

West End Review: new plays

WEST END REVIEW: OCTOBER 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss the latest batch of major new shows: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre), Love and Information (Royal Court), 55 Days (Hampstead), Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre) and Loserville (Garrick).

West End Review: revivals

WEST END REVIEW: OCTOBER 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss the latest batch of major revivals: Berenice (Donmar Warehouse), Three Sisters (Young Vic), All That Fall (Jermyn Street) and Scenes from an Execution (National Theatre).

Edinburgh Fringe 2012: critical roundup

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2012: CRITICAL VERDICT Philip Fisher joins Mark Fisher (Scotland on Sunday) and Lyn Gardner (Guardian) to talk about offerings at the Traverse, International Festival and the remainder of the Fringe.

West End Review: National Theatre special

WEST END REVIEW: JULY 2012 David Benedict (Variety) and guests Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph), Maxie Szalwinska (Sunday Times) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Simon Russell Beale in Nicholas Hytner’s revival of Timon of Athens (Olivier), Nadia Fall’s revival of Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma (Lyttelton) and Stephen Beresford’s new writing debut Last of the Haussmans, starring Julie Walters (Lyttelton). Recorded at Dewynters, 30 July 2012.

West End Review: mainly revivals

WEST END REVIEW: JULY 2012

David Benedict (Variety) and guests Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph), Maxie Szalwinska (Sunday Times) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss the major openings this summer, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (Young Vic), Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Joe Penhall’s new play Birthday (Royal Court).

West End Review: revivals

WEST END REVIEW: MAY 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) convene to assess Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night (Apollo), Robert Holman’s Making Noise Quietly (Donmar Warehouse), Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw (Vaudeville) and Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys (Savoy).

West End Review: new work

WEST END REVIEW: MAY 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) convene to assess Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit (National), David Hare’s South Downs, paired with Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version (Harold Pinter Theatre), Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love (Royal Court) and Bartlett’s adaptation of the 1981 film Chariots of Fire (Hampstead).

West End Review: revivals special

WEST END REVIEW: MARCH 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) convene to assess Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Adelphi), Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party (Menier Chocolate Factory), De Filippo’s Filumena (Almeida) and Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National’s Cottesloe).

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