Monday, July 14, 2008

ATW NewsClips - London

The Independent

Is it time West Side Story got a 21st-century makeover?

Review: Relatively Speakings, Festival Theatre, Malvern

Review: He's Talking, Cottesloe NT, London

Review: Mixed Up North, MacOwan Theatre, London

Financial Times

A whole new level of unreality
Letting director Rupert Goold and his co-adaptor Ben Power get their hands on the works of Luigi Pirandello is like striking a match in a firework factory, though I would hesitate to say which provided the gunpowder and which the flame, writes Ian Shuttleworth

Free Outgoing, Royal Court (Downstairs), London
Chandrasekhar’s witty play astutely dramatises a changing India, pinpointing the clash between traditional values and enthusiasm for new technology, writes Sarah Hemming

High School Musical – Live on Stage, Hammersmith Apollo, London
The hand-springing, high-jumping choreography really is spectacular and is performed with humbling energy by the 32-strong cast, writes Chris Wilkinson

The Times UK

Patrick Stewart: from captain to Hamlet
At 68, Patrick Stewart is as prolific as ever. He talks about a varied career - and why he has no regrets about his time on the Enterprise

The Tailor and Ansty, Old Red Lion, London
A tailor's stories, with their gentle comedy and mildly irksome sexism, are neither revealing nor funny

Hangover Square, Finborough Theatre, London
Here’s a local work by a local writer: one that was published in 1941and later adapted for the stage by Fidelis Morgan

The Guardian

Follow that stilt-walker!
A first look at what's coming up in the Edinburgh festivals this year. Read critics' previews of comedy, dance and fringe theatre, get advice from the experts and dip into our blogger's guide

City of Angels, Guildhall School, London
Michael Billington on one of the wittiest musicals in the canon

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Lyn Gardner: Oily Cart's theatre makes a splash

Daily Telegraph

Why Topol is still on top of the world
The actor is coming to the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park - though not in the role he's been playing for most of his life, Tevye the milkman, but in a new production of 'Gigi'. He talks to Jasper Rees about stepping into Maurice Chevalier's shoes - and a lifetime of luck.

Surprise Yourself: The Railway Children
Dominic Cavendish looks forward to the Theatre Royal York's stage adaptation of The Railway Children, playing at the National Railway Musesum, York, from July 18 to August 23.

Double daring gives a great novel the staging it deserves
Charles Spencer reviews Hangover Square at the Finborough Theatre.

Opening: Zorro, Species, Street Scene & Nocturne - Off-West End & Fringe

NYT Unveil 2008 Season and Go to China
The National Youth Theatre have unveiled a 2008 season based around the theme of Worlds Apart. This is the 52nd season for the London based company who focus on...

What It Is Like To Be … A Costume Designer
Designs by Saff and Silky are costume designers with a difference. Not only are they Designers, they personally make all the costumes in house in their offices in South West London. They have designed for many shows including Spirit of Christmas at the Kodak theatre, LA and the Genius of Ray Charles at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

Review: Hangover Square
Earl’s Court has long been thought of as a place where people of transience can be found, dipping in and out of its many hotels and hostels; a seedy but rather charming area of London. Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square cashes in on this sublime mystique, using the borough as a back drop to the unstable and transient thoughts of its protagonist George Harvey Bone. Now, Fidelis Morgan’s accomplished stage adaptation of Hamilton’s 1914 novel returns the action to its original home, being staged in Earl’s Court’s Finborough Theatre.

Review: Moonlight and Magnolias
Was Gone With the Wind the biggest flop ever? No, I’m not talking about Trevor Nunn’s musical, but rather the epic 1939 Hollywood screen adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. It seems an incredible question to pose about the highest-grossing film in Hollywood history, an eight-time Oscar winner, but when producer David O Selznick shut down production three weeks into filming, epic failure seemed all but guaranteed.

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