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          • Thu 02 Oct 2008 10:26


            It is a rare occasion that former Royal Shakespeare Company director Terry Hands makes a London appearance these days. For the last decade he has been Chief Executive and Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, concentrating on making that company the pre-eminent producing company in Wales.

          • Wed 01 Oct 2008 10:27


            If Strindberg’s tale of obsession, manipulation and the effects of love had been written today, Owen Teale’s Gustav would probably have been labeled a stalker, a man driven by one overwhelming desire.

          • Tue 30 Sep 2008 11:18

            Girl With A Pearl Earring

            Inspired by Dutch artist Vermeer’s painting of the same name, Tracy Chevalier’s novel Girl With A Pearl Earring was a best-seller and went on to be adapted into a film. Now Adrian Dunbar takes on the role of Vermeer in this new stage adaptation of Chevalier’s fictional account of the inspiration behind the painting.

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          • Thu 25 Sep 2008 10:19

            The Walworth Farce

            Following the recent opening of Six Characters In Search Of An Author in the West End, which sees reality and fiction firmly blurred, Enda Walsh’s dark comedy The Walworth Farce is a tale of a man deliberately trying to blur those lines in his life by creating a play.

          • Wed 24 Sep 2008 11:17

            The Girlfriend Experience

            It is a touch uncomfortable wandering through the living room of a Bournemouth brothel, but if you didn’t know any better, the clothes strewn everywhere – plain bras on the backs of flock sofas – could be in any slightly disorganised basement flat.

          • Tue 23 Sep 2008 11:51

            Flamenco Flamen’ka

            Dance fans revelling in the return of celebrity dance contest Strictly Come Dancing have a chance to see the choreography of the programme’s Mr Nasty, judge Craig Revel Horwood, up close in his new show Flamenco Flamen’ka at the Lyric.

          • Mon 22 Sep 2008 11:45

            Rain Man

            A Hollywood heartthrob, a lauded British performer and a plot and title taken from a well-loved film; on paper Rain Man has all the ingredients of a West End hit. Matthew Amer was in the first night audience.

          • Fri 19 Sep 2008 11:58


            Drug abuse, rock and roll and addiction have all descended on the Trafalgar Studios in Andrew Upton’s gritty, darkly comic Riflemind. Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and starring John Hannah...

          • Thu 18 Sep 2008 11:14


            Kenneth Branagh, who once played the melancholic Dane, Hamlet, so memorably, now takes on the role of Ivanov, a man unable to extract himself from his own despair. Caroline Bishop was in the first night audience at the Wyndham’s.

          • Tue 16 Sep 2008 13:26

            Six Characters In Search Of An Author

            Director Rupert Goold has a lot to live up to. His last West End production, the Patrick Stewart-led Macbeth, collected a clutch of awards and almost universal acclaim. So all eyes were on this new production of Six Characters In Search Of An Author, to see if he could repeat the trick…

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