Review: Dining Al Desko

Dining Al Desko leaps forth with a gleeful nihilism, capturing the very worst of office life in the very best of ways. A comically tragic (or tragically comic?) exploration of high-pressure stress in the world of work, it is a production that succeeds in the difficult task of remaining grounded in a bleak reality while […]

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Review: A Doll’s House

If you haven’t been to the Michael Pilch theatre before, allow me to set the scene. It is a small space, a black box studio and somewhat dimly lit at the best of times. The audience rows go only three rows back; it is the most intimate of performance spaces. It is also a genius […]

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The Oxford Imps on the art of improv

The Oxford Imps have been a fixture of the Oxford art scene since 2004, putting on a new performance each week at the Wheatsheaf on Oxford’s High Street, as well as a show each year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Profile caught up with performers Dan Squire (DS) and Megan Morgan (MM) – who also […]

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Lady Gaga meets Brecht at the Old Fire Station

A Berlin Kabaret advertises itself as ‘Lady Gaga meets Brecht’ and a ‘Response to the Refugee Crisis’. It is underselling itself. It is neither of those things but something far more poignant. It is not a ‘response’ or a ‘reaction’ to one specific event. Even with its energy and vibrancy, the performance is never pushed […]

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Confusions: an ordinary Joe takes on a 70s comedy

(Spoilers ahead) Confusions… confusions? Sitting in the front row as the first of three one-act plays began to unfold in front of me, everyone on stage certainly seemed confused. Opening night nerves perhaps? Or more likely the beginning of a consistently engaging and hilarious portrayal of one of Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘greatest works’, or so I’m […]

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Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie is as thoroughly delightful as ever. Now on tour, and having just graced Oxford’s New Theatre with a whole lot of jazz and sequins, it appears the classic Broadway show is still on top form. It is hardly surprising that this musical won six Tony awards, including best musical, as it is […]

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Hollywood moves to the West End

If all the world’s a stage… why is Hollywood moving to the West End? There is nothing more thrilling than live theatre. It is, unquestionably, the purest form of acting: it’s raw, it’s unedited, it’s immediate – both for the actor and the audience. There’s the unmistakable adrenaline rush that only a round of applause […]

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From Travesties to Triumphs

Switzerland is anything but a state of neutrality in Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, as art and war wrangle with each other to prove their significance, and revolutions of all kind loom over the lives of its intelligentsia. But is it the revolution of art or of the proletariat that will inhabit a more significant role in […]

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Trinity at a glance

As Oxford readies for a new term, Harry Hatwell ruminates on the theatre to look out for in the new season.      I wouldn’t be doing justice to this article if I did not  begin with what is being billed as the biggest theatrical event of the year:  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and […]

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The 39 Steps Review: “A rollercoaster of energy and animation”

The ‘intimate’ (cramped) Keble O’Reilly provided the perfect setting for the cast of The 39 Steps to begin their onslaught. An onslaught of gags, accents, costumes, tomfoolery and hysterics that is of course synonymous with the play about Richard Hannay, the “irredeemable” 30s chap who falls head-first into a farcical spy thriller. It was a […]

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Two Ordinary Joes Take On Twelfth Night: A Review

The cases of mistaken identity that fuel the comedy in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night are by no means the preserve of this particular genre of theatre, if, for example, one is prepared to consider the endemic use of fake IDs by teenagers in nightclubs across Britain. But perhaps there is something even more profound to be […]

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‘The biggest, most challenging and most rewarding acting job I’ve had yet’: Kiran Landa on The National Theatre’s War Horse

Could you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m an actress from Nottingham, which is also where I trained as an actor at the Television Workshop and where I went to university to read English at the University of Nottingham. After my undergraduate degree, I went to Oxford University to do a PGCE in English and […]

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