James Haddrell speaks on audience and theatre confidence during Covid-19

Throughout the last year, various research organisations have been talking to theatregoers to find out if and when they’ll feel comfortable returning to theatres. The research is designed to help us plan our programme for the near future


James Haddrell takes a look at war and the theatre

The term ‘theatre of war’ has been in use for more than 300 years. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, its first use was recorded in 1703, but while the expression originally related simply to the contained area in which a military campaign was to take place, without any kind of performative connotations, in more recent years the theatrical nature of conflict has become ever more evident.


Young, gifted and black in Theatre Peckham

Theatre Peckham’s Young, Gifted & Black Season 2021 will run for five weeks from September to November, and champions a mix of experimental theatre focusing on new writing, poetry, film and discussion.


Frozen The Musical opens at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The streets outside Theatre Royal Drury Lane were filled with a sea of blue Elsa dresses last week, as the long-awaited theatrical production of Frozen The Musical opened its doors, writes Rebecca Magill.


Romeo and Juliet come to the Globe but not as you know it

Revolution is in the air…in the usual places. Shakespeare’s Globe presents a Romeo and Juliet like you’ve never seen it before, writes Christopher Walker.


James Haddrell takes a look at gender choice in theatre roles

For a long time I have been interested in the significance of the gender choices that playwrights make in theatre, and the way in which directors and performers then tackle those roles choosing to match the written gender with the performer cast on stage, to change character gender definitions and see what impact that has, or to cast gender blind and allow any performer to take on the role.


Laughs that will last a dozen nights

After a triumphant Midsummer Night’s Dream, it is no surprise that the same cast delivers plenty of laughs in the Globe’s Twelfth Night, writes Christopher Walker. There are some outstanding performances, and if rollicking comedy is what you seek, you will be glued to your seat.


James Haddrell talks of busy times at Greenwich Theatre since reopening

Greenwich Theatre is back and we have certainly taken on a series of ambitious shows and projects since reopening, from producing a 50th anniversary programme of short plays by Caryl Churchill to staging our first ever repertory season of family theatre for the summer.


Making comic mincemeat out of serious subject

I haven’t laughed so much since 2019. Hilarious fringe comedy group Spitlip, who tell us they have spent lockdown “weeping and eating biscuits,” have bounced back on stage with a veritable smash hit, writes Christopher Walker.


James Haddrell takes a look at two new shows at Greenwich Theatre this summer

Reopening this summer, we’ve been trying something new in Greenwich – a pair of family shows – Pinocchio and The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase with the same cast of actors performing both and presented on alternate days.


Paradise found at the National Theatre

Are you feeling brave? Brockley-born writer Kae Tempest is not afraid of controversy, nor of a political platform. The National Theatre has delivered both, and handed a Greek masterpiece to them, writes Chrisopher Walker.


More dancing than walking alone in Carousel

This is the moment for London’s Open Air Theatre. This bold revival of Carousel will irritate some traditionalists, tampering with what Time calls “the best musical of the 20th century.” But it is a thoughtful and touching production that has the theatre-starved audience gagging for more.