Annegret Maerten

Annegret Märten is originally from Germany where she has worked as a journalist, college tutor and assistant director at a rep in Krefeld. She has worked on short films and as a performer for the Danish performance collective SIGNA. At the international Globe Neuss Shakespeare Festival she was the production assistant. In London Annegret has stage managed at the Finborough Theatre and worked as an associate producer on a West End musical. Annegret has an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Düsseldorf University and because she likes to juggle big words she also pursues a PhD on language philosophy and monsters.
Bonny but not blithe: Much Ado About Nothing (for Christmas!) at the Park Theatre

Slightly unremarkable is probably the most fitting way to describe ACS Random's production of this much loved Shakespeare play. The intriguing idea of setting the piece in a 1940s post-war setting is sunk by unnecessary sincerity and not enough sparkiness. At the Park Theatre.

Tuesday 10th December 2013 Read more...
Jumpers for Goalposts at the Bush Theatre

Tom Wells (author of the acclaimed The Kitchen Sink) creates a poignant and funny story about dealing with grief, gay life and having the balls to overcome adversity. Produced by Plaines Plough, Hull Truck and Watford Palace Theatre, Jumpers For Goalposts is somewhere between Gregory's Girl and Bend It Like Beckham. At the Bush Theatre.

Sunday 1st December 2013 Read more...
Clipping the Right Wing Theatre Uncut at the Pleasance Theatre

Seven writers and one question: "Do we all get more right wing in times of austerity?" Theatre Uncut, this year in its second new writing season, presents short plays by writers from different countries and makes them available to young theatre companies. BAREtruth Theatre accepted the challenge and dishes up a healthy portion of activism. At the Pleasance Theatre.

Thursday 7th November 2013 Read more...
Terrifyingly funny cauliflowers: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre

The Resistible Rise of Arthur Ui is a thinly veiled parable giving account of all the key events in Hitler's rise to power in the 30s in Germany. This stylish production set in Chicago's gangster world during the heydays of the Great Depression features a strong cast. It's so funny, it's  terrifying. At the Duchess Theatre.

Friday 4th October 2013 Read more...
Glittery, hot mess: The Lightning Child at Shakespeare's Globe

With their latest Season of Plenty offering the Globe invites to a trippy celebration of the Dionysian spirit. In The Lightning Child Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill have reworked Euripides' The Bacchus into a sprawling joyride spiced with musical numbers. At Shakespeare’s Globe.

Wednesday 25th September 2013 Read more...
Missing the forest for the peas: Secret Theatre Show 1 at the Lyric Hammersmith

In Sean Holmes' speech a few months back the Lyric's artistic director sharply diagnosed that theatre in this country has succumbed to a corrupting reign of commercial interests over artistic merit. Holmes announced his attempt at fixing a corrupting system. The result is a season of up to seven shows the title of which would not be revealed in advance. At the Lyric Hammersmith.

Monday 16th September 2013 Read more...
Everybody's problem: As Is at the Finborough Theatre

The great American play about the AIDS epidemic might be the 1990s Angels in America, but William M. Hoffman's As Is, having premiered six years before Angels, is more raw and shows the initial anger connected with the outbreak of the disease. It highlights the immediacy of a time in which a whole city seemed to fear for its life. To tell this story now might be more important then ever. At the Finborough Theatre.

Wednesday 14th August 2013 Read more...
We're all mad here: Alice in Wonderland at St Paul's Church, Covent Garden

The Actor's Church in Covent Garden is a true gem. Amidst the bustle of tourists, vendors and street performers it is an island of tranquility. Iris Theatre regularly turn the garden and the church itself into the stage for their summer outdoor performances. Their new production of Alice is cute and funny, but the story disappointingly flimsy.

Friday 9th August 2013 Read more...
Bawdy stories with angelic sounds: Gabriel at Shakespeare's Globe

Exciting things continue to happen at the Globe all of the time. With this piece of new writing, playwright Samuel Adamson celebrates the music of Henry Purcell and give us a dramatic insight into England in the 1690s. In Gabriel, dramatic vignettes are interwoven with the music of Purcell: a piece about trumpet music has never been so entertaining. At Shakespeare's Globe.

Tuesday 30th July 2013 Read more...
Sexual politics unraveled: Measure for Measure at the Union Theatre

The Steam Industry presents an innovative approach to a well-loved piece. It's clever, looks gorgeous and only just falls short of being an unmissable production. At the Union Theatre.

Friday 12th July 2013 Read more...
Waiting on jokes: A Bit of A Hitch/Waiting on Shakespeare at the Courtyard Theatre

Writer-director Michael Harry takes on two of the greatest British storytellers, one classic and one more recent, to create homages that throws their characters into the deep end and drown them in a sea of knowing references and silly costumes. At the Courtyard Theatre.

Sunday 7th July 2013 Read more...
Secret History Lesson: That Is All You Need To Know at Greenwich Theatre

This Is All You Need To Know banks on a narrative approach that has served Idle Motion well in past shows: combining visually rich contextualisations of well-researched historical events with self-devised character scenes. This time it is the story of the decryption of the German Enigma codes in World War II taking place in and around the manor house at Bletchley Park.  At Greenwich Theatre.

Tuesday 11th June 2013 Read more...
The banality of evil: The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios

It takes a masterful playwright and confident direction to turn a dark tale about the abuse of power into a funny and entertaining romp. The new production of The Hothouse at Trafalgar Transformed only just stops short of dunking Pinter's piece into custard and pie. The result is uncomfortably chilling, twisted and a joy to watch.

Tuesday 14th May 2013 Read more...
Preach to the winds: Godspell at the Bridewell Theatre

With The Book of Mormon being the hottest selling ticket in town and shows like Jesus Christ Superstar even taking over our television casting shows, religiously-themed musicals seem to be in high demand. Now amateur company Sedos takes on the 1971 musical Godspell and puts Jesus on a skateboard. At the Bridewell Theatre.

Sunday 14th April 2013 Read more...
Digging deeper: Facts at Finborough Theatre

A murder in the West Bank and two cops, one Palestinian, one Israeli, must work together to solve the case. Facts is a tense play that sets out to uncover the underlying historical, cultural and political frameworks for one of the most gridlocked conflicts of our time. At the Finborough Theatre.

Saturday 2nd March 2013 Read more...
The waiting game: Journey's End at Greenwich Theatre

Set in a British infantry dugout in the World War I trenches, Journey's End centres around young Captain Stanhope and his officers who are all waiting for something meaningful to happen. At the Greenwich Theatre.

Friday 15th February 2013 Read more...
Not much pointless pondering: Hamlet at the Rose Theatre, Bankside

The story of the young Dane contemplating how to take revenge on the uncle who has murdered his father has been done uncountable times by companies throughout the centuries. In this version by director Martin Parr, Hamlet is not given much time to pointlessly ponder his actions. At the Rose, Bankside.

Saturday 9th February 2013 Read more...
Let It Be -REPRINT

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll band, live in London’s West End! Let it Be is a spectacular theatrical concert jam-packed with forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits!

Friday 1st February 2013 Read more...
Fifty Shades of Meander: Aftercare at the White Bear Theatre

Diving deep into the murky, psychological realms of human sexuality, Steve Lambert's play Aftercare centres around three people in the BDSM scene who have developed a twisted, codependent relationship with each other. But for a piece that’s all about blood play and cutting, the play is nowhere near as edgy or engaging as it should be. At the White Bear Theatre.

Tuesday 15th January 2013 Read more...
Unholy night: Merrie Hell at the Soho Theatre

For some people Christmas time is the best time of the year, but drag performance legend David Hoyle has, of course, seen through the sanctimonious facade of our consumer culture and sets out to show his audience the dark side of Christmas. At the Soho Theatre.

Monday 10th December 2012 Read more...
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