East London theater gets listed status for Platinum Jubilee

The Queen’s Theater in Hornchurch was recognized by Historic England alongside buildings including a Birmingham church and a west country hotel. The theater opened in 1953 – the year of the coronation which inspired its name – and its purpose-built building is regarded as a classic example of 1970s design. Chief Executive Mathew Russell said: … Read more

Things to Do in Miami: “Murder on the Orient Express” at Actors’ Playhouse

Agatha Christie’s diehard fans are in for a suspenseful ride when Ken Ludwig’s stage adaptation of her 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express makes its South Florida premiere on Friday, May 20, at the Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables. The comedy-mystery debuted at the McCarter Theater Center at Princeton University in New Jersey in … Read more

‘My mother said she’d throttle me if I did not accept a CBE’

In My Fair Lady, Redgrave plays Mrs Higgins, the mother of the professor who takes on the challenge of transforming Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a “proper lady”. A role that requires few lines, but a distinct presence, it is traditionally taken by a grande dame of the theater – in the 2018 Broadway … Read more

a watershed production, but not a benchmark

My Fair Lady is one of the all-time great musicals and so brilliantly and wittily explores questions of class, identity and power relations in Edwardian England that it somehow does us proud even though – derived from Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion – it originated in the States, the handiwork of Lerner and Loewe. It was a … Read more

Muck – Park Theater, London

Writers: Joseph Connolly and Gabriella Padula Director: Toby Clarke There’s something weirdly Rosencrantz and Guildensterny about Muck, which seems wildly unlikely given that it’s decidedly un-Shakespearian, both in plot and setting: A brother returns to the estate where he grew up for his nan’s funeral. But, as his sister reminds him repeatedly, he’s not to … Read more

A Little Rain in Monaco – The Pleasance. London

Writer and Director: Elan Butler Why this play about a feckless reality TV star is called A Little Rain in Monaco is anyone’s guess, and those expecting a classy period drama set on the French Riviera will be bitterly disappointed. Another oddity is the sexually explicit songs that Sober Riot Theater has chosen to play … Read more

Things to Do in Miami: Florida Grand Opera’s “Agrippina” at Scottish Rite Temple

While Florida Grand Opera had plans to stage George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina as the finale of its 80th-anniversary season, it was the location selected for the performances that ultimately shaped the production. Agrippina is on stage at the Miami Scottish Rite Temple, opening Saturday, May 14, and running through Thursday, May 19. The notion of … Read more

Jesse Williams’s Leaked Onstage Nude Scene Denounced by Second Stage Theater

Those in Jesse Williams‘s orbit are condemning a recent leak of nude images and video of the star acting in Broadway’s Take Me Out. Hours after receiving his first Tony nomination for best featured actor in a play on Monday, footage of Williams’s onstage nudity spread on social media, despite the show’s strict no-phone policy. … Read more

‘A Strange Loop’ on Broadway earns a leading 11 Tony Award nominations

NEW YORK – “A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s critically cheered theater meta-journey earned a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Monday as Broadway joined the national discussion of race by embracing an envelope-pushing Black-written and Black-led musical . Jackson’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize drama winner about a Black gay man writing a show about a Black … Read more