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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review – thrilling Broadway transfer is magic

Lyric Theater, New YorkJK Rowling’s wildly popular stage show has been brought to life again with audacious production design and crowd-pleasing wonderAnyone who tells you that adolescence is a magical time obviously doesn’t remember it and should pro

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Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back In Time review – the road to greatness

Barbican, LondonViviana Durante revives early works by Kenneth MacMillan in a programme full of poignant insightsWhen the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan died in 1992, he left behind him more than 90 ballets, created over 39 years. His last evening was sp

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Tremor review – an aftershock not fully realised

Sherman theatre, CardiffAn estranged couple’s struggle to come to terms with past trauma is hampered by a poor choice of set designBrad Birch’s new play charts a series of aftershocks experienced by Tom and Sophie four years after a traumatic accident

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The week in theatre: Tina; A Clockwork Orange; Instructions for Correct Assembly – review

Aldwych, London; Everyman, Liverpool; Royal Court, LondonAdrienne Warren is a knockout as Tina Turner, droog culture rules in Liverpool. Plus, how to build a flat-pack childThe two most significant theatrical events of the past 10 days took place offstage

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Amy Schumer: ‘I’m not invincible. I need to slow down’

Outrageously rude and shockingly funny, Amy Schumer has always made her audiences gasp. She talks to Sophie Heawood about falling in love, one-night stands and going nuts on stageWhen I meet Amy Schumer, she has been married for exactly one month and is w

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The show must go on: 250 years of the modern circus

Ringmistress Nell Gifford tells why even cancer and divorce can’t stop the showFor the 250th anniversary of circus, Nell Gifford, ringmistress at Britain’s retro-chic Giffords Circus, is observing the age-old maxim that the show must go on.The elabora

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Stage hit celebrates the weatherman who prevented D-Day disaster

Story of Scottish meteorologist James Stagg’s crucial intervention in Operation Overlord comes to the West End in tense drama PressureA tense historical drama celebrating the D-day intervention made by a forgotten Scottish hero is to transfer to the Wes

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An Officer and a Gentleman review – jukebox musical never takes off

Curve, LeicesterThe hit movie romance has been adapted into a musical, but its gender politics have dated and it lacks gritThe 80s have already generated a slew of screen-to-stage hits including Flashdance and Dirty Dancing. The nostalgia machine rolls on

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Arnab Chanda: ‘I cried when I saw Steve Martin live’

The actor, writer and standup on the things that make him laugh the mostAmerican comedian Dr Brown [Phil Burgers]. And I cried when I saw Steve Martin touring with his bluegrass band because I’m a baby and he’s my hero. Continue reading...

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Little Eyolf review – exhilarating Ibsen from Norway's National Theatre

Print Room at the Coronet, LondonThis shattering revival draws out the playwright’s sexual candour and grim humour – and deserves a far longer runIt is the fashion these days to strip Ibsen to the bone. This exhilarating production from Norway’s Nat

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Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice review – a triumphant roar from Hollywood royalty

The Other Palace, LondonThe showbiz veteran recovers from a shaky start to deliver a heartrending solo cabaret that melds the personal and politicalNever has a show been more aptly named. Kathleen Turner has for most of her 41 years in show business been

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Long Day's Journey Into Night review – O'Neill's bruising classic hits home

Citizens, GlasgowGeorge Costigan is magnificent as the patriarch of the fraught Tyrone family, imprisoned in a jail of their own making The Connecticut summer house of the Tyrone family in Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical classic is usually realised

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Broadway star opens up about missing show due to anxiety attack

‘Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes,’ wrote Patti Murin to explain why she missed the 17 April show of Disney’s FrozenBroadway star Patti Murin opened up about mental health to fans in an Instagram post on Wednesday, explaining that she

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Much Ado About Nothing review – Mel Giedroyc blazes through Great Sicilian Bake Off

Rose theatre, KingstonThe star plays Beatrice opposite John Hopkins as Benedick in a lively production set in a luxury Sicilian spa full of mafiosiThe Rose theatre marks its 10th anniversary with a lively revival of Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing comedy s

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Iliza Shlesinger review – dating, mating and crass Mars/Venus cliches

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThe US comic has charisma and craft but reinforces gender stereotypes with cartoonish vigour in a set that falls flatIliza Shlesinger raised hackles last summer when she criticised other female comics for their “low-hanging f

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David Morrissey webchat – post your questions now

The Walking Dead and State of Play star will answer your questions in a Guardian webchat at 1.15pm GMT on Friday 20 April 11.46am BST Stage, small screen and big screen: over the course of his career, David Morrissey has done them all and made himself one

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Kwame Kwei-Armah announces £5 seats for first Young Vic season

New artistic director will stage a musical version of Twelfth Night and introduces £5 tickets for every first preview at the theatreThe Young Vic’s new artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, has revealed details of his first season at the London theatre.

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Marc Maron review – a curious brew of swagger and self-loathing

Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe laidback raconteur gets political and personal with riffs on everything from the US vice-president to PG Tips‘I don’t believe people’s joy,” says Marc Maron. It’s just a word we give, he says, to momentary distract

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Black Panther's Danai Gurira lands play at the Young Vic

Her 2012 play The Convert explores 'the impact of colonialism and Catholicism on black identity'

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Instructions for Correct Assembly, Royal Court, London, review: Astute dystopian satire

Hamish Pirie directs Thomas Eccleshare's play with flair, but there's a lack of human warmth to proceedings

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Stephen Doncaster obituary

Stephen Doncaster, who has died aged 98, was part of the generation who changed the course of British theatre in the 1950s. He established one of the UK’s leading courses in design for the theatre before working at the Royal Exchange in Manchester.Steph

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Tell Me the Truth About Love review – Streetwise Opera's wedding party packs a punch

Sage, GatesheadWith songs ranging from Stevie Wonder to Benjamin Britten to Jimmy Nail, homeless charity Streetwise’s amateur singers have created a powerful and inspiring show The room is covered in confetti. There’s a huge wedding cake. Royal Northe

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Palmyra, Eurohouse, Battersea Arts Centre, London, review: A smashing double-bill that will haunt you

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas bring their beguiling, unsettling brand of absurdism – a hit at the Edinburgh festival – to London

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Mo Gilligan review – newfound star flexes his character-comedy chops

Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe south Londoner’s hit character sketches transfer smoothly from social media to the comedy club in this crowd-pleasing showIt’s been a big year for south London comic Mo Gilligan. Twelve months ago, he was selling je

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Comic delivery: Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe on having a baby

Just a month before their first child is due, the standup couple are doing a show together – seeking the audience’s parenting tips“It’s mad,” says Josie Long, “but it feels like the right thing to do.” Braving the blustery weather at a pavem

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Cowpuncher review – dance outlaws wear Vivienne Westwood in wild west

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThe fleet-footed outsiders in Holly Blakey’s subversive new piece subvert the cowboy tropeStyled by the Vivienne Westwood studio and throwing shapes to the thrash and shimmer of Mica Levi’s electronic score, the eight cowpu

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Instructions for Correct Assembly review – Bonnar and Horrocks star in clever sci-fi satire

Royal Court, LondonBonnar and Horrocks are excellent as parents attempting to replace their dead son with another straight from the box in Thomas Eccleshare’s quirky dystopian dramaThomas Eccleshare is a quirky, off-the-wall writer. In Pastoral, seen at

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The week in theatre: The Way of the World; The Country Wife; Plastic – review

Donmar Warehouse; Southwark Playhouse; Old Red Lion, LondonTwo biting Restoration dramas conjure contemporary echoes, and a boy with a ‘face like a fist’ reacts with fury to school bulliesRestoration drama has in the past week been restored to the Lon

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