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Composer Stephen Sondheim dies at 91 - US media
The composer and lyricist was a giant of musical theatre with a knack for adapting unlikely subjects.
Image source, Getty Images The American composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim has died at his home in Connecticut aged 91, according to the New York Times. He was a titan of musical theatre who t… [+7038 chars]
https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews
2021-11-26 23:02:59




And Breathe dominates Black British theatre awards
Yomi Ṣode’s one-hander and Regent’s Park production of Romeo and Juliet win four awards eachA one-man play about grief and a contemporary version of a Shakespearean classic have dominated the Black British theatre awards, with both receiving four honours.A li…
A one-man play about grief and a contemporary version of a Shakespearean classic have dominated the Black British theatre awards, with both receiving four honours. A lifetime achievement award was a… [+2466 chars]
Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent
2021-11-21 22:00:07




'Theatre of dreams': China's Zhao wins UK Championship - Reuters
China's Zhao Xintong defeated Luca Brecel 10-5 to win snooker's UK Championship in York on Sunday.
Dec 6 (Reuters) - China's Zhao Xintong defeated Luca Brecel 10-5 to win snooker's UK Championship in York on Sunday. The 24-year-old, who was competing in his first career final, took a 5-3 lead in … [+575 chars]

2021-12-06 04:09:00




Black talent takes centre stage at Lyric Theatre
Festival to celebrate black culture and creativity, with Lemn Sissay and Shingai as headline acts The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre is launching its first festival celebrating black talent, culture and creativity, featuring headline performances from the poet Lem…
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre is launching its first festival celebrating black talent, culture and creativity, featuring headline performances from the poet Lemn Sissay and the former Noisettes fron… [+3161 chars]
Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent
2021-11-17 07:00:30




Sonos may be working on a mini subwoofer
Sonos may have an intriguing new addition planned for its product lineup. In a Reddit post spotted by Android Police, a Sonos user recently noticed the S2 app mentions a "Sub Mini" speaker if you tap the "More information" prompt when adding a second Sub to a…
Sonos may have an intriguing new addition planned for its product lineup. In a Reddit post spotted by Android Police, a Sonos user recently noticed the S2 app mentions a "Sub Mini" speaker if you tap… [+798 chars]
Igor Bonifacic
2021-11-29 20:29:42




Sheffield’s Crucible: the revolutionary theatre that was almost snookered
Half a century ago, Colin George faced down the doom-mongers and campaigners to bring the city a radical alternative to proscenium theatre: the open, thrust stageEntering Sheffield’s Crucible theatre – currently celebrating its 50th anniversary – always gives…
Entering Sheffields Crucible theatre currently celebrating its 50th anniversary always gives one a lift: there is something about its open stage that seems to presage excitement. It helps that under … [+4094 chars]
Michael Billington
2021-11-30 11:41:57




Stephen Sondheim: a daring and dazzling musical theatre icon
The American composer and lyricist, who has died aged 91, shaped the musical artform with his wise, witty and extravagantly clever workStephen Sondheim achieved such acclaim – for deepening the content and extending the lyrical ingenuity of musical theatre – …
Stephen Sondheim achieved such acclaim for deepening the content and extending the lyrical ingenuity of musical theatre that, from the age of 50, each major birthday was celebrated with tribute conce… [+15766 chars]
Mark Lawson
2021-11-26 23:00:41




Choose your favourite UK theatre show of 2021
Tell us about your standout stage production of the year – we’ll feature a selection of your favourites later this monthIt’s time to celebrate the best theatre shows of 2021. Which play captured your heart? Did a Zoom production connect with you? Maybe a danc…
Its time to celebrate the best theatre shows of 2021. Which play captured your heart? Did a Zoom production connect with you? Maybe a dance company moved you? Please briefly explain why (250 words ma… [+508 chars]
Guardian Stage
2021-12-06 14:21:06




France marks sixth anniversary of terror attacks in Paris - Reuters
France has marked the sixth anniversary of the night in Paris when Islamic State militants killed 130 people in coordinated strikes against a concert theatre, bars, restaurants and a soccer stadium.
PARIS, Nov 13 (Reuters) - France has marked the sixth anniversary of the night in Paris when Islamic State militants killed 130 people in coordinated strikes against a concert theatre, bars, restaura… [+901 chars]

2021-11-13 12:04:00




Antisemitism row forces Royal Court theatre to change name of character
Criticism from David Baddiel and others prompts about-turn on play due to open this weekAl Smith may not be the first British playwright to ask “What’s in a name?”, but this weekend he had cause to ponder Shakespeare’s famous line.Smith, the author of a new p…
Al Smith may not be the first British playwright to ask Whats in a name?, but this weekend he had cause to ponder Shakespeares famous line. Smith, the author of a new play coming to the Royal Court … [+3395 chars]
Guardian staff reporter
2021-11-06 17:55:01




Nature takes centre-stage as theatres emerge from darkness - Reuters
The drama of extreme weather and the complexities facing negotiators at U.N. climate talks in Glasgow are not lost on theatres that have made sustainability central to their reopening from pandemic closures.
LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - The drama of extreme weather and the complexities facing negotiators at U.N. climate talks in Glasgow are not lost on theatres that have made sustainability central to their… [+4304 chars]

2021-11-08 13:15:00




The week in theatre: Manor; The Drifters Girl; Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
Lyttelton; Garrick; Criterion, LondonRising tides and clunking dialogue overwhelm Moira Buffini’s new play; Beverley Knight and co excel in the latest jukebox musical. Plus, the joys of karaoke Jane AustenThe world has gone to hell in a handbasket. Climate ch…
The world has gone to hell in a handbasket. Climate change is wreaking havoc: there are fish in the hedgerows, the sea walls have burst. A far-right group called Albion is winning converts to a racis… [+4530 chars]
Susannah Clapp
2021-11-28 10:30:23




The Treaty shows history in the making – and proves the power of political theatre
Colin Murphy’s remarkable play takes us behind closed doors as high-stakes negotiations for Irish independence take place‘I wanna be in the room where it happens,” sings Aaron Burr in Hamilton. Since most of us have the desire to know what goes on behind clos…
I wanna be in the room where it happens, sings Aaron Burr in Hamilton. Since most of us have the desire to know what goes on behind closed doors, there is a riveting fascination to Colin Murphys play… [+3176 chars]
Michael Billington
2021-12-03 15:49:27




Actors to perform in three plays at once for Sheffield Crucible 50th anniversary
Trilogy Rock/Paper/Scissors by Chris Bush will have actors come off a stage and sprint to appear on anotherActors will simultaneously perform three plays in as many theatres as part of an“ambitious” dramatic experiment to mark the 50th anniversary of the Shef…
Actors will simultaneously perform three plays in as many theatres as part of an ambitious dramatic experiment to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sheffield Crucible and its sister venues. In what i… [+3020 chars]
Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent
2021-11-09 09:51:18




Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpieces on stage and screen – in pictures
From West Side Story to Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George to Into The Woods, Sondheim’s works have been performed – and loved – by the stars of musical theatre and cinema alike Continue reading...
From West Side Story to Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George to Into the Woods, Sondheims works have been performed and loved by the stars of musical theatre and cinema alike
Jim Hedge
2021-11-26 23:56:47




‘Roger Moore collapsed one night. I thought he’d died’: how we made The Play What I Wrote
‘Ralph Fiennes strode into the dressing room and said he loved the show – we booked him there and then. The whole thing was very kick-bollocks-scramble’Sean Foley, co-writer and performerIt was all [producer] David Pugh’s fault. In 1988 I’d set up a small two…
Sean Foley, co-writer and performer It was all [producer] David Pughs fault. In 1988 Id set up a small two-person theatre company, The Right Size, with Hamish McColl, creating work that was somewher… [+4346 chars]
Interviews by Andrew Dickson
2021-11-22 15:00:35




Why an NPR Quiz Show Panelist Loves Her ‘Messy Apartment’
Faith Salie, known for, among other things, her role on ‘Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,’ is ‘evangelical about the Upper West Side.’
Faith Salie a panelist on the NPR quiz show Wait Wait Dont Tell Me!, a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, a podcast host (her latest, Broadway Revival, debuted Nov. 18), an actor, an author, a b… [+923 chars]
Joanne Kaufman
2021-11-23 10:00:35




Sadler’s Wells to open hip-hop academy at new east London venue
Diploma course will provide training in live performance and theatre production at an international standardOne of the world’s most renowned dance institutions is to offer a two-year intensive training course to aspiring hip-hop artists, covering performing a…
One of the worlds most renowned dance institutions is to offer a two-year intensive training course to aspiring hip-hop artists, covering performing arts, graffiti and DJing. Sadlers Wells plans to … [+2128 chars]
Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent
2021-11-09 17:06:15




No turkeys allowed! 25 of the best shows to book for Christmas 2021
Looking for a jolly good trip to the theatre this winter? Here’s our pick’n’mix selection of musicals, pantos and festive spectaculars, featuring circus tricks, high kicks and puppet rodentsAn adorable elephant puppet named Peanuts was the big hit of this cir…
Circus 1903 An adorable elephant puppet named Peanuts was the big hit of this circus spectacular when it rolled into the Southbank Centre in 2019. Now its back, with ringmaster David Williamson intr… [+9646 chars]
Chris Wiegand
2021-11-16 15:33:02




Moira Buffini: ‘My friends who work in telly say, “Why do you do theatre? It’s so elitist”’
The prolific playwright behind the soaraway hit Dinner, Netflix’s The Dig and Harlots reflects on coming up in the 1990s, her new play Manor and putting her characters ‘through a grinder’“It’s one of the great tropes of British drama: the manor house, on a da…
Its one of the great tropes of British drama: the manor house, on a dark and stormy night. Moira Buffini has a naturally urgent, magnetic storytelling style. She has taken a break from rehearsals to … [+7049 chars]
Zoe Williams
2021-11-15 09:00:02
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