Listings including text "national theatre"

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Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits

Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits  will feature 10 works from the artist’s ‘imaginary portraits’ series, including his oil-on-canvas portrait of David Bowie, which was painted in New York in 1980 while Bowie was rehearsing for his role in Bernard Pomerance’s play The Elephant Man at the city’s Booth Theatre.

National Portrait Gallery
Until Saturday 31st May 2014
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Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition

It is almost four hundred years since the original Globe Theatre burned to the ground. The modern reconstruction is one of London's most iconic attractions, offering stunning open-air performances and a permanent exhibition. New interpretations of Shakespeare are at the forefront of the public imagination, but there is unique magic in this early modern experience.

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Messing about in boats: the Wind in the Willows at the Duchess

Acclaimed choreographer Will Tuckett's version of children's classic The Wind in the Willows is a slice of theatrical magic. Marianka Swain reviews at the Duchess Theatre

Tuesday 17th December 2013
Dame for a laugh!: Jack Off the Beanstalk at Above The Stag Theatre

What's dirty and smells and makes you laugh out loud? Yes, it's the annual bawdy pantomime from Above The Stag at a brand spanking new Vauxhall venue.

Monday 9th December 2013
Homage to Hackneyonia: Puss In Boots at Hackney Empire

The Hackney Empire's pantomimes have a mighty reputation. And if this year's doesn't quite add up to a classic, it's still another solidly entertaining Christmas offering from the venue, helped along by two terrific villainesses. Head to Hackneyonia, boys and girls!

Friday 6th December 2013
Where seagulls dare: The Seagull at the White Bear Theatre

A promising start for this newly formed Meisner-based company Front Foot Theatre, though it's fair to say a few issues remain to be ironed out. At the White Bear Theatre.

Thursday 5th December 2013
Theatre Profile: The Albany

In our quest to find London's favourite Off West End theatre, our reviewers champion their favourite venues. Today, Marianka Swain tells us why the Albany would get her vote. Vote for your own favourite Off West End theatre below!

Wednesday 27th November 2013
Theatre Profile: One Reviewer's Picks

As we launch our campaign to find London's favourite Off West End theatre venue, our reviewers tell us which theatre they would vote for. To get us started, Chris O'Shaughnessy talks us through some of his personal Off West End highlights. Vote for your own favourite Off West End theatre below!

Wednesday 27th November 2013
ENO and Improbable's Satyagraha an astonishing spectacle

English National Opera sing in Sanskrit, providing no translation apart from the occasional quotation projected onto the back wall: it can only be Philip Glass’ Satyagraha. 

Thursday 21st November 2013
The Fulham Ring concludes with Götterdämmerung

Fulham Opera's absurdly ambitious Ring cycle came to a close with Götterdämmerung, though they are presenting the cycle complete next February as well. The instrumentation was bizarre and the stage direction problematic, though the show included some excellent singing.

Tuesday 12th November 2013
Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library

Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain takes visitors on a tour through the Georgian world, revealing the essence of its lifestyle and culture. This is an enriching and informative display of our social, cultural and economic heritage, and a reminder of the vibrancy of Britain. 

Monday 11th November 2013
Keith Warner and Stefanos Lazaridis' grimly compelling Wozzeck at Covent Garden

Alban Berg's expressionist opera Wozzeck is revived by the Royal Opera House here in Keith Warner's production, featuring Simon Keenlyside in the title role. You won't come out of this grinning and humming the tunes, but it's a compelling, cathartic theatrical experience which deserved its long ovation.

Friday 1st November 2013
Dark Wings, Dark Words: Macbeth at Little Angel Theatre

Macbeth, 'red in tooth and claw'. The Bard's tragedy is reimagined as an orgy of ornithocide in this new puppet production for the over twelves. At Little Angel Theatre.

Friday 18th October 2013
Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied brings LA Dance Project to Sadler's Wells

Benjamin Millepied's LA Dance Project came to Sadler's Wells as part of their first international tour, presnting two new works plus an older one by William Forsythe.

Thursday 3rd October 2013
Fan-dabby-doozy: Edward II at the National Theatre

Joe Hill-Gibbon's staging of Edward II was never going to be conventional, and this post-Brechtian riot of theatrical devices certainly challenges the stage it graces at the National Theatre – but some nice naturalistic performances are also sprinkled in. Not one for the more conservative theatre-goer!

Wednesday 25th September 2013
Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

The eccentricity of the English is explored in the first art exhibition at the Science Museum's new media space. The show is both an intriguing look at the techniques of street photography and a showcase of two of the greatest talents this country has seen. Filled with humour, compassion and humanity, it's a near perfect show, despite its price tag. 

Monday 23rd September 2013
Compelling but Confusing: The Secret Agent at the Young Vic

A stylish, energetic production, Theatre O's The Secret Agent at the Young Vic is resonant with topical yet timeless questions on political liberties and national security. Themes of exploitation and nihilism contribute to a growing claustrophobia as the show unfolds.

Friday 13th September 2013
Beautiful, Thoughtful and Inert: Sunstroke at Platform Theatre

A pair of Russian short stories are adapted cleverly and lavishly but there's a crucial lack of heart to this production. At the Platform Theatre.

Tuesday 3rd September 2013
We're all in this together... Here. The 99% at the Lyric Hammersmith

... whatever this is, whoever we are.

BackHere! Theatre's new production is far too well intentioned for its own good.

Friday 30th August 2013
Top of the Class: The Other School at St. James Theatre

Thoughtful, boisterous and poignant, The Other School is an enjoyable collaboration between National Youth Music Theatre, Dougal Irvine and Dominic Marsh at the St. James Theatre.

Friday 16th August 2013
The Pitman Painters paint their lives at the Richmond Theatre

The popularity of Lee Hall's The Pitman Painters is evident from its sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, on Broadway and in the West End. Arguably, such success must make Hall's play one of the past decade's most significant English dramas to engage contemporary audiences in re-looking at "class warfare" in post-WW2 British culture. At Richmond Theatre.

Tuesday 13th August 2013
No moralising: Liola at the National Theatre

Life in a small rural Catholic community is the same everywhere: pious, priest-ridden, patriarchal and poor. Pirandello's Liola captures it magnificently. At the National Theatre.

Thursday 8th August 2013
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Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
Royal Albert Hall: Elgar Room