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He’s the man who made the magic of Harry Potter come alive on stage: John Tiffany pulled off the near impossible trick of crafting a blockbuster show that pleased both obsessive fans and snooty critics alike.
Poetry is exploding in popularity: igniting Instagram, streaming on Spotify, being shared on Twitter and going viral on YouTube. Forget high-brow impenetrability – today’s poets are pop-culturally literate, politically engaged, and eye-wateringly candid.
To 1969, when a beleaguered, high-minded newspaper is sold to an Australian sheep-farmer with ambitions to turn it into a popular tabloid. The rag is The Sun, the proprietor Rupert Murdoch – and the playwright retelling this story, This House writer James Graham.
Dubbed an “electro-folk drama” by theatre-maker Patrick Eakin Young, director of the company Erratica, Remnants is a work that resists categorisation – a potent tapestry of song, electronic music, dance and recorded interviews.
A Young Vic production going straight to the West End, it fails to unlock Williams’ circular conversations, leaving the starry leads – Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell – rather exposed.
Jane Weaver – writer, musician, singer and producer of gloriously spacey psych-rock – is musing about the muse with just the sort of ethereal wonder you might expect from someone whose new album is called Modern Kosmology.
The level of love for the musical has surprised its star, Imelda Staunton – but then, it hasn’t had a full staging in London since 1987. Of course, a major draw is Staunton herself – quite the queen of the Sondheim musical.
It was set in olden times; it was set in modern times. That’s the main conceit of Matthew Dunster’s new stage adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities — but sadly, it fails to really become a potent tale for anyone’s time.
Balshaw took over the Tate’s top job – overseeing all four Tate galleries – last month, replacing Sir Nicholas Serota. While she may not be looking to blast the place apart, the 47-year-old is nonetheless already shaking things up.