UPCOMING: Sylvia, Old Vic Theatre

Sylvia Old Vix Theatre

Julian Eaves take a look at Zoo Nation’s Sylvia which has been showcased as a work in progress at the Old Vic Theatre. Sylvia Old Vic Theatre, 19th September 2018 This extraordinary, astonishing, ambitious and beautiful new musical breaks new ground in virtually all departments in this initial showing of a work-in-progress version at Matthew Warchus’ amazing Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo.  And, bear this in mind: it is hardly credible, but the team behind it has had barely a year to put it all together since the theatre commissioned it.  Rarely have we seen such a phenomenon on the British musical stage.  Those lucky audiences who found their way into its brief 3-week run at The Cut will feel honored to have got in on something so wonderful at such an early stage.  It’s going away for a year to be re-written and polished, and then it will be … Read more

Casting Announced for 1984 at Playhouse Theatre

1984 by George Orwell at the Playhouse Theatre

1984 will return to the Playhouse Theatre for a limited summer season and new casting has just been announced for the show’s third West End season. The cast for the hit West End production of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece will be: Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott, Richard Katz, Anthony O’Donnell, Daniel Rabin, Catrin Stewart and Angus Wright alongside Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler who will alternate the role of Child. Now seen by over a quarter of a million people, this Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013. Since opening, the production has played to packed houses at the Almeida Theatre, as well as throughout its two West End runs and in performances across the globe during national and international tours. 1984 is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, set and costume is … Read more

The success of Headlong’s 1984 and its contribution to the future of theatre

1984 by George Orwell at the Playhouse Theatre

It was announced this week that, due to unprecedented demand, Headlong’s 1984 is extending its run at the Playhouse Theatre until August 23rd, prior to its second UK tour. The play itself reminds us of the dangers of following suit. The popularity of this anti-populist play therefore is a particularly pertinent indicator of some significant shifts in theatre. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillian’s 1984 is more harrowing, chilling and stimulating than it is enjoyable. A bit like spending 1hr 41 minutes in a refrigerator – cold and bright – 1984 is brilliant if you like your theatre heart free and served up over ice. This is innovation as well as imitation; truthful to the novel and yet bold with interpretation. The writer-directors embrace the novel’s appendix, using it a framing device. The play gives voice to the book’s accompanying comment, opening in the seemingly familiar territory of a discussion group where … Read more

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