All posts by Alexandra Appleton

Alex is a freelance writer and editor with a PhD in theatre history. She is also a performer and director, previously running a successful theatre company and youth theatre company in the north of England. Alex is from the UK and lives just outside London with her young family. She is enjoying introducing them to the theatre!

Messing Around with the Bard, Yay or Nay?

Over 400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s works have been adapted, modernized, twisted, and deconstructed many times over. It is not only time periods that have been switched; genders are often swapped, sexuality questioned, and the text itself is sometimes changed. But are these changes for the better or worse? Are you a Yay or a Nay? Join in the debate!

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Awards Season 2019: Olivier Award Nominations and the Big Hits!

It’s that time of year again! The 2019 awards season has well and truly begun in London’s theatreland and there are several big-hitters leading the way. The WhatsOnStage (WOS) Awards were held on Sunday March 3, celebrating the best musicals and plays on and off London’s West End. Importantly, these awards often tend to signal the favorites to take home an Olivier Award on April 7. So, with the WOS winners and the Olivier Award nominees announced, let’s take a look at what’s hot in the UK!

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Pinter on Pinter: A Celebration of the English playwright, Harold Pinter

If you have been thinking about catching a show in London’s West End over the last few months you have have noticed that there is one famous name that is dominating the playbills. It’s not a well-known actor or director but, instead, a playwright. Harold Pinter to be exact. The Harold Pinter Theatre has been taken over by the Jamie Lloyd Company from September 2018 to March 2019 with the aim of performing all of Pinter’s one-act plays in repertoire, twenty in total.

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Playwright Chronicles: From Page to Stage

In this final installment of our blog series, Playwright Chronicles, we discussed the ultimate big step for the emerging playwright: how do you transition your plays from the page to the stage? We were interested to find out how involved the playwrights were in this process, from finding and/or working with a theater company, to … Continue reading Playwright Chronicles: From Page to Stage

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