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Friday, July 21, 2017

You might not associate the docks and slums with the world’s most romantic dance — until you see Sadler’s Wells’ newest show, Tanguera, writes Allis Moss.

His sister, Leonie Orton says: “Over the years, young men I’ve never met have come up to say they were closeted until they read Joe’s diary, that’s part of his legacy.”

Inspired by Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage, this take on a Mozart’s comic opera creates a musical hybrid that features classical, electronic, and pop

Bridget Galton talks to Gospel Oak actor and playwright Milly Thomas about creating parts for women that don’t divide them into ‘shrews and whores’

Bridget Galton talks to a husband and wife team bringing Lewis Carroll’s anarchic and bonkers poem to the West End stage

it’s telling that when Beale steps into the spotlight to directly deliver Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage it’s the night’s least gimmicky yet most affecting moment

It’s The Sun wot won it in this energetic probe into the origins of tabloid populism

Call the Midwife star Bryony Hannah has hung up her habit to “get back to theatre”. She tells Bridget Galton why her first role will be at The Park Theatre in Kevin Elyot’s bittersweet Twilight Song

The annual celebration of new writing Festival 47 returns to the King’s Head Theatre. Zoe Paskett talks to two companies about bringing their work to the stage

Zoe Paskett speaks to actor Rosie Wyatt about starring in Mumburger at the Old Red Lion, a play about grief, family relationships and eating red meat.

Leah Donaldson talks to Eckhard Thiemann, artistic director of Shubbak Festival, a city-wide biennial celebration of Arab culture and history

Inspired by the peaceful protests by Argentinean mothers over the fate of the “disappeared” Amy Draper brings her unique blend of political cabaret, woven around an intimate family narrative

A round up of events around Islington and Hackney celebrating Pride Festival

Juliet Stevenson says her fears about playing Hamlet’s mother were allayed by Robert Icke’s rich and passionate production

From June 19 to 25, Refugee Week is back with arts and educational events around the country to raise awareness and hope for a better way of dealing with the ongoing crisis, and Islington and Hackney are no exceptions

It’s taken two years for Nikolai Foster’s production of Annie to transfer from Leicester’s Curve to the West End. It’s a pity it wasn’t sooner.

Despite its ambition and having plenty of potential resonance, Common is dense and wilfully bewildering with little space for development

Rylance and fellow actor Kika Markham will perform dramatic readings from texts which question embedded notions about war, and offer a fresh take on history that might point an end to the conflicts of today.

At its heart is an examination of how people embrace competitive outrage and offence, seeming to go out of their way to pose as holier than though and just that bit more PC than the next person.

The free projects, The Committee and You, Me, The World and Hackney, are running for the first time this summer for 15 to 19 at Hub67

John Boyega stars in Jack Thorne’s version of Georg Büchner’s play about a young soldier driven to madness and murder, but a clichéd script does a disservice to issues surrounding veteran mental health

With RSC regular Greg Hicks in the title role, the interpretation highlights the interplay between hollow political promises and cruel reality.

Despite it happening in one of London’s smallest venues, the premiere of Mark Weinman’s Dyl will be on my list of Big Theatre Moments of 2017

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Charlotte Josephine, a writer exploring where our desire to shame others with vengeful sexual images comes from in Blush at the Soho Theatre

Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane Russell Tovey star in Tony Kushner’s flawed state of the nation masterpiece, which proves a prescient play for our troubled times

This production honours its taboo-ridden intent in a thought-provoking, challenging fashion

The Almeida’s digital series stars Ian McKellen, Fiona Shaw and Ashley Walters, with insight from Caitlin Moran and some of London’s next generation of leaders

Danny Ash and Kayla Lomas-Kirton talk about getting into the spirit of circus with Stufish’s latest production, Soho

BRIDGET GALTON talks to a comic trying to reverse our negative image of clowning

Rita Kalnejais set her romance, This Beautiful Future, now showing at The Yard Theatre, on the backdrop of Collaboration Horizontale

In this crisp revival of Martin Crimp’s bleak 1993 satire, director Lyndsey Turner hones in on the hypocrisies inherent in the Hollywood studio system

Frances Barber talks about the bitter rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, on show at The Park Theatre

Ivo Van Hove’s stage adaptation of Visconti’s film misses the mark and opts for effects that are avant-garde for the sake of it, leaving characters undeveloped

There are many pitfalls to dusting down old material and presenting it anew.

Damien Lewis and Sophie Okonedo both shine in Edward Albee’s story about a man who falls in love with a goat

Simon Callow, Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Charlotte Ritchie and Lily Cole talk to Zoe Paskett about working on the 70s comedy classic at Trafalgar Studios

Cressida Carré offers an intriguing provocation with her all-female revival of Laura Wade’s portrait of entitled white male excess

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s extraordinary true story of how a satirical magazine was produced in the trenches of WW1

Set on the Suffolk coast where she grew up, Tallulah Brown’s new play has universal as well as local connotations

Luke Hallgarten grew up in Golders Green and attended Hampstead Garden Suburb primary and King Alfred’s before running away to join the circus

BRIDGET GALTON talks to director Cressida Carré about women taking on the male elite in her all female production of Posh, coming to the Pleasance Theatre

Set in the Second World War in a sleepy Devon village, the poignant comedy follows George and an eccentric cast as they take on Henry V.

Lourdes Faberes plays Tamburlaine while five actors (one man and four women, all of British-Asian descent) tackle multiple roles in a stylish venture with a minimal set

With no props, a minimal backdrop of neon strips and some sparely used house music interspersing the stories, the focus in Luke Davies’ swift production is Cash’s talent as a master wordsmith

Chinglish at the Park Theatre and Tamburlaine at the Arcola are two current productions giving the stage to some of the capital’s best East Asian acting talent

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