The style and panache of Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’s distillation of Damon Runyon’s classic story and characters, set to Frank Loesser’s tuneful but acerbically pointed songs, puts Guys and Dolls among the greatest of the musicals from Broadway’s golden age.
Since 2007, Secret Cinema has been blurring the line between film and theatre, creating immersive productions around classic movie screenings.
Given that - including intervals - the play in its entirety has a four-and-a-half-hour running time, it is astonishing how fresh and fast-paced it feels throughout.
A surprisingly sweet comedy about a sexually frustrated couple’s decision to engage in a threesome, Irish company Rough Magic’s Jezebel stimulates plenty of laughs but lacks the salacious bite its subject matter intimates.
After the critical success of last year’s Invincible at the Orange Tree Theatre and later the St James, Torben Betts’ 2012 hit is given a welcome revival at the fringe venue that showcased some of his early writing.
A burst of spontaneous applause ten minutes into Act II speaks volumes for audience engagement, as fearful, humiliated genius Chadwick Meade (Rory Corcoran) rounds on his tormentors with his devastating, existentialist intellect.
After successive reinventions as a muscular, action-hero type (Guy Ritchie’s two films) and as a present day otherworldly genius (the BBC’s series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch) comes this interactive take on Holmes.
American songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s show A Christmas Story was Tony-nominated in 2013, but it is the team’s Off-Broadway musicals that have gradually reached the UK - firstly their song cycle Edges, and now the European premiere of Dogfight.
The summer season at the Theatre Royal Bath usually concentrates on the main house, with plays by writers of international repute.
OperaUpClose’s slimmed-down staging of Verdi’s opera manages to make do with just five singers (no separate chorus) and a three-piece band - on the first night consisting of pianist/music director Alex Beetschen, clarinettist Sarah Douglas and cellist William Rudge - though as with the vocal principals there are alternative performers on other evenings.
Director Mark Sterling first helped to produce this comic thriller as a student at Manchester University in the 1970s, with the late Rik Mayall as Holmes.
Screenplay lives up to its title by drawing influences from both stage and screen with four short plays by new writers, each one set during a film screening at the art deco Odeon cinema in Scarborough - now the home of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
This captivating new play by CJ Wilmann dramatises the life of poet and priest John Gray.
In the wake of the success enjoyed by the Jersey Boys stage show and film, tributes to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are right up there in quantity with ABBA, Elvis and the Beatles wannabes these days.
A sweltering drama set to the backdrop of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and an unsettling piece about an abusive relationship complete the dynamic HopeFull repertory season of one-act plays.