Theatre

  

Theatre is championing South Asian voices

The UK’s longest established Asian, black and ethnically diverse-led theatre company has a new season under new artistic director Abdul Shayek, writes Alexandra Warren.

  

Comedy, Staircase, returns to the stage at Southwark Playhouse

Not seen in London for more than half a century, Staircase by Charles Dyer was a West End and Broadway hit at its premiere in the late 1960s.

  

Historic children’s theatre prepares to reopen after £8.5 million makeover

After more than two years closed, a well-loved children’s theatre is preparing to reopen this summer following an £8.5 million makeover. The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon closed its doors for refurbishment in February 2019.

  

Dropped Tea Theatre opens up submissions for upcoming performances

A new female-led theatre company has announced an open call for submissions from creatives with lived experience growing up in Peckham and Camberwell.

  

A taste of real India and it’s not pleasant

A glimpse into the real India: Christopher Walker reviews Behind the Beautiful Forevers, now streaming.

  

A top night of starry theatre

Christopher Walker reviews the Young Vic’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof now streaming.

  

Just when you think your life is over

What would you do if you were told you had four years to live? This is the question faced by Michael Spencer, the main character of Jack Holden’s new play Cruise, when he and his partner are diagnosed with HIV in 1984, writes Alexandra Warren.

  

Oily Cart theatre director wins international award

The artistic director of Oily Cart, a Wandsworth-based theatre company, has won a international award for her outstanding achievements and contributions to theatre for young audiences.

  

Review: Love in the Lockdown – Reaching into the past to explore previous plagues

Love in the Lockdown: Two tentative lovers begin a tortuous relationship over Zoom, brought together by a shared interest in Boccaccio’s classic The Decameron. It is a touching starting point for all of us to explore what this pandemic means for us, and to give us hope for our future.

  

Christopher Walker reviews Sasha Regan’s Pirates of Penzance

Sasha Reagan is something of a living legend in South London theatre. Her all-male version of The Pirates of Penzance will delight Gilbert & Sullivan lovers who are open to re-interpretation. It is available online for Easter week.