The play 'Murder in the Cathedral' by TS Eliot is beginning a nationwide tour at Southwark Cathedral to mark the 850th anniversary of St Thomas Becket's death.
This adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's 1982 film is visually impactful but fails to translate successfully to stage.
Zany, unpredictable, gaudy and still packing an environmental punch, Dr Seuss's Lorax made a half-term pilgrimage back to the Old Vic Stage prior to a much anticipated North American tour next year.
A Coronation year West End success has been revived at Southwark Playhouse.
Conor McPherson has created a hit which will appeal to fans of Bob Dylan and non fans alike
The Old Vic's star hire John Boyega lives up to his top billing but the rest of the production unfortunately does not match it.
Fifty years after its first production at The Old Vic Tom Stoppard's classic Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead has been reinvigorated in its latest production directed by David Leveaux.
Art's original director, now artistic director at the Old Vic, has decided that it's due a revival.
As she returns to the stage after a long absence, this is Glenda Jackson's show to steal - and she does so triumphantly.
If you see people emerging from Waterloo Station wearing headphones and appearing to follow the direction of voices in their head, they may well be taking part in CoLab Theatre's new 'pervasive theatre' show.
Lisa Dwan's performance in No's Knife is truly incredible but good luck enjoying it if you're not familiar with Beckett's work.
A musical of such excellence and joy imbued with the very best in talent that any London stage can surely offer right now - the Old Vic has just given birth to a sensation. Hot ticket doesn't come into it.
The McOnie Company stuns the audience with a brilliant take on Jekyll and Hyde, as dance returns to the Old Vic stage.
Timothy Spall maintains an extraordinary and convincing character as he imposes himself on a dysfunctional household in The Caretaker at The Old Vic.
David Hare's lively adaptation of Ibsen's classic brings this complex multi levelled play right into the 21st century.
An art installation inspired by the stories of a Southwark burial ground and a railway that carried coffins and mourners from Waterloo to Surrey is on show at a Leeds gallery.
A Dr Seuss classic is brought to the stage for the Old Vic's festive offering.
The Old Vic is back on form. After an and uncertain start with his opening production Future Conditional new Artistic Director Matthew Warchus must know that his second production has upped the game.
A mosaic of 1001 black and white images 'defining the distinctive creative character of London' has gone on show.
Where was the element of originality?
A powerful portrayal of a troubled young man, attempting but unable to escape his past. The main stage at the Young Vic is big space. And it feels particularly big when there is a cast of only one.
This year's RA Summer Exhibition is sure to make people talk.
High Society at The Old Vic is the farewell party for Kevin Spacey.
The famous but now lost work by Eric Ravilious at Morley College is recalled in a major exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Ah, Wilderness! is humorous but curious in its modernity and ultimately lacks impact.
Deeply serious yet profoundly silly, this is quite unlike anything else you will see on stage.
Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra provides the Old Vic with a compelling and thoroughly memorable opening to its new season.
A confident, standout version of Streetcar.
A terrifying and entirely believable rendition of Miller's best known work.
Belarus Free Theatre has created a play which is all anger and no narrative.
One of Arthur Miller's greatest plays retains its power through the outstanding performance of the actor at the heart of its story.
A brutally honest, yet sensitive personal perspective on the war in Syria.
Other Desert Cities at The Old Vic is the first of a series of productions to offer a more intimate experience than the theatre's proscenium arch usually affords.
A play which comes loaded with history but fails to live up to expectations.
A perfectly staged version of Beckett's challenging work.
A show which is mesmerisingly beautiful and laugh-out-loud funny in equal measure.
It has taken almost twenty years for Mike Poulton's adaptation of Turgenev's tragi-comedy to reach London, having premiered at Chichester in 1996 and won Alan Bates an award on Broadway.
Unlike Rosa Parks or Little Rock, the Scottsboro Boys haven't entered the lexicon of pivotal moments in the American civil rights movement - at least not in the UK.
The star names of Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Mark Rylance make this a must-see production. But poor initial reviews led to the SE1 critic attending with trepidation.
'This performance contains filthy language and bare flesh,' says a notice outside Shakespeare's Globe where The Lightning Child is being staged.
Gabriel is an unusual unfolding of post-Shakespearian themes of London life, the position of women and the role of the trumpet in the works of Henry Purcell.
No piece of theatre could fully convey the horrors and injustices of the fight for Congolese independence.
This may not be a flawless production but its characteristics reflect those of its own characters; imperfect, compelling and beautiful.
Try as it might, this production is unable to turn a dud play into something more fantastic.
This outstanding production doesn't require sun in order to shine.
"Welcome to the all new Southwark arena," declares the the 'DJ' opening Tanzi Libre at the new Southwark Playhouse.
You would be hard pushed to guess that Public Enemy was written in 1882 if you did not know it to be an Ibsen.
The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most bizarre plays combining a lightness of touch with much darker themes.
One man's extraordinary on-stage portrayal of his stroke and subsequent recovery.
Terence Rattigan's play The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic is a pre-World War One story with many 21st-century resonances.
The little-known Stone Theatre Gallery under the railway arches off Hercules Road is for a month filled with huge marble sculpture and large forest photographs.
Fevered Sleep's evocative ode to a lost rural idyll, performed in an unconventional manner.
Christopher Marlowe's first play is also his weakest; and this is, unfortunately, reflected in the Rose's production.
An impressive revival of a long absent musical, but one which leaves you questioning why it was revived at all.
A fast-paced Hamlet which still manages to surprise, despite the play's familiarity.
A spectacular journey through the history of the Yoruba diaspora.
It was always going to be hard to pull off a comedy which combines the mundane with the supernatural. This is a valiant effort, but it ultimately fails to match its own high ambitions.
This modern world premiere of a play once (wrongly) attributed to Shakespeare is entertaining in itself. But its illumination of the genius of the world's most famous Bard provides the greatest appeal.
A faultless show from the doyen of musical theatre and Shakespeare.
If you didn't catch 'Theatre Uncut' at the Young Vic, then you're already too late. For this year at least.
A bold play, making a bold statement, but one which doesn't quite hit the mark.
Are happy endings ultimately disappointing? Does the audience feel short changed if, after all the drama, a play finishes with all loose ends tied up and order restored?
Such is the magnificence of Anna Mackmin's new production of Hedda Gabler, the only thing really missing was the kind of climactic sense of total catastrophe which Ibsen obviously intended.
This contemporary take on the much-performed classic retains its original profundity and humour, whilst displaying beautiful execution and innovative staging.
Mark Rylance ensures that one of Shakespeare's most convoluted and challenging plays brings the audience down with a brilliant blend of laughter and sorrow.
It's appropriate that a major Edvard Munch retrospective is currently on show at Tate Modern, just down the road from the Young Vic.
Shakespeare's Globe 2012 season continues with Simon Paisley Day in a riotous version of The Taming of the Shrew
The Union Theatre in Union Street has become more Union Square for a US election musical.
Michael Frayn's Democracy is a slow-burning piece focusing on the strained politics of late 1960s/early 1970s West Germany.
'Minsk, 2011' represents a wake-up call to the realities of life in 21st century Belarus and challenges our complacency about the state of democracy in a forgotten corner of Europe.
Timothy West declaimed the opening lines of William Shakespeare's Henry V in Southwark Cathedral during Southwark's Diamond Jubilee civic service last week.
A poignant portrayal of love, life and death in 1950s South Africa, set against a backdrop of growing oppression and violence.
This musical twist on an old classic successfully transfers from Broadway to Bankside. But something of the original tale is inevitably lost within all the songs and set pieces.
With elaborate set designs, dozens of props (including a giant aubergine), video projection, puppetry, live music, song, dance and a cast of approximately 37 performers on stage each night, Wild Swans is an ambitious theatre production to say the least.
A theatrical tour de force, heightened by a visual spectacular conjured up by The Old Vic, which hides its weaknesses within a powerful mix of high drama and dark beauty.
Patrick Stewart gives a stellar performance as the world's most famous Bard, but this is Shakespeare as you've never seen him before.
This exaggerated take on a classic is so barely recognisable from its original form that farce has replaced tragedy.
An extremely well executed piece of experimental theatre, this production fails to realise its ambitious aims.
Despite being one of Shakespeare's least known plays, this production bursts at the seams with passion, humour and drama.
The Old Vic’s Christmas show ‘Noises Off’ brings tears of laughter to the eyes even after 30 years. Michael Frayn’s 1982 classic has been revived many times and has been seen by most theatre aficionados.
An alternative to the festive but familiar pantomimes and ballets, which all ages will appreciate as the perfect post-Christmas treat.
A commendable attempt to broaden the appeal of opera, but one that unfortunately is more likely to turn the audience off rather than on.
Michael Sheen does not disappoint in the title role as the tortured prince, but the production falls short of breathing new life into this oft-staged play.
Bound is a voyage into the heart of a dying industry, told through the souls of proud men.
Considering this dark, funny, thoroughly miserable Irish tale of deceit, villainy and disappointment was first performed at the Abbey Theatre Dublin in January 1907 it anticipates the genre of sitcom with remarkable wit.
A Broadway classic, which successfully blends operatic high-drama with all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy.
A little bit of history is required to fully appreciate The Belle's Stratagem.
Does this provocative production represent a step too far for Shakespeare's Globe, asks Alice Dickerson.
The Globe Mysteries at Shakespeare's Globe opens with a group of hoodies who soon show their faces as many characters in an exciting three hour religious tableau.
Acrylic, oil, brush, ink, music and a novel. All together. That is what you will find at the Care Revolution exhibition at Nolia's Gallery by the artist, writer and musician Marcia Mar.
Inspired by the music, art and poetry of one of India’s greatest literary figures Rabindranath Tagore, Song of the City was developed with an underground space in mind and works in tandem with the evocative Vault space at Southwark Playhouse.
This dark comedy proved so popular on its first run, it has returned to the Young Vic for a second dose of shock-a-minute drama.
Paul Webb's medieval play returns to London with a burst of power chords and a clash of powerful performances at the atmospheric Southwark Playhouse.
Almost every audience member laughed during the opening scenes of David Gilna's The Gift of Lightning.
This production by an independent Palestinian theatre company imbues Kafka's short story with modern day resonance and makes a statement without being too overtly political.
Marauding, evil, stylish and, being the sum of so many contradictions, brilliant, Kevin Spacey's Richard III is one of those theatrical moments of stunning magnitude.
The Old Vic Tunnels' two-for-the-price-of-one offer presents two beautifully evocative dramas, but risks delivering style over substance.
Government Inspector at the Young Vic is a heady mix of surrealism, slapstick and satire.
It is difficult to understand how the trials and tribulations of Irish explorer Tom Crean went unnoticed. Perhaps his mistake lay in not keeping a diary like Scott. And Shackleton.
It is tempting to emerge from a play which finishes within the hour and feel slightly cheated.
This is not a play that gives you time to get comfortable in your seat. The Young Vic’s production of I Am The Wind runs for 70 minutes straight through, and not a minute is wasted.
The passing of Peter Sheridan's father is at the centre of this one-man show and acts as a catalyst for a multitude of anecdotes about the intricacies of family life in 1960s Dublin.
Miró's first exhibition in London for over 50 years brings an unprecedented amount of work to the Tate Modern. But can the exhibition live up to the Tate's previous successes?
'Terminus'; end of the road. And this is where all three of the characters of Terminus find themselves, staring into oblivion and deciding to leap, with nothing to lose.
The new production of Terence Rattigan's Cause Celebre at the Old Vic is a highlight of the Rattigan centenary events.
Theatre Uncut is a national theatre event created in response to the most severe spending cuts seen in Britain since World War II.
Adam Smith has been to see two of the plays in the 'WET Rep' season at Waterloo's newest theatre.
The pick of this year's best designed buildings, products and projects has gone on show at the Design Museum.
A new family friendly exhibition takes a fun look at best-loved children's books which bring war conflicts to life.
This short play, based on the imagined coming-of-age of Peter Pan creator J. M. Barrie is a curious affair – and worth seeing for its unexpectedness if nothing else.
The Anansi tales travelled with those who were enslaved in Ghana and west Africa to the Caribbean. Here they were retold to keep the flames of home alive.
The Old Vic has a winner with its Christmas show this year. Feydeau’s A Flea in her Ear, starring a brilliant Tom Hollander, whirls along with split second precision and timing, not to mention mounting humour.
Striking 12 is a modern day musical version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. The score and lyrics were written by Groove Lily, an American trio that seeks to fuse classical music, musical theatre, jazz and rock.
Tate Modern's Gauguin show, the major winter exhibition which may break attendance records, has opened for a three and and half month run.
Noel Coward's wit still sparkles in this lively but long new production of his 1933 comedy Design for Living by Anthony Page.
For sheer effort, exhuberance and movement, this UK premiere of Galt MacDermot's The Human Comedy cannot be faulted.
Nell Leyshon's fictional Bedlam is inspired by Bethlem Hospital, originally established in London in 1247.
It's a brave decision to set up another theatre in SE1, whose seemingly ever-growing collection of theatres rivals the West End in stature as well as number.
The Old Vic Tunnels lend themselves gloriously as a venue to this engaging, professionally executed if, at times, predictable first UK performance of Wajdi Mouawad's Scorched.
Spanish high society comes to The Scoop in Steam Industry Free Theatre's production of Don Juan in Love.
The well-known Wind in the Willows story has been adapted for the stage by Steam Industry Free Theatre.
I've never been part of a lynch mob before. Tangram Theatre's production of Lope de Vega's Spanish Golden Age play works the audience into a vengeful frenzy.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a 1996 piece written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh is being revived at the Young Vic this summer.
The Maria at the Young Vic is playing host to this show devised by Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence.
The Mayhem Company's new production, Elephant 21, is being performed in the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.
A crowd-pleasing, spectacularly-staged summer blockbuster, in a most unlikely but apt destination.
Elephant & Castle artist Reuben Powell is opening his studio to visitors during the London Festival of Architecture.
As part of the Southbank Centre's three-month Festival Brazil, the Hayward Gallery plays host to Ernesto Neto's new exhibition, The Edges of the World.
If you're after raw, intense, stripped-back acting, Sus delivers; this is a play that pulls no punches.
A sensitive and well-observed portrayal of the everyday lives and internal struggles of early twentieth century African Americans.
An exhibition of photographs taken surreptitiously or without asking permission of the subject has opened at Tate Modern.
The tragedy of today's Zimbabwe proves the perfect setting for this adaptation of one of theatre's most compelling tragedies - Othello.
Shakespeare's Globe is staging William Shakespeare's rarely performed local play Henry VIII.
Beth Steel's Ditch, premiered last month at the HighTide Festival in Suffolk, has transferred to The Old Vic Tunnels.
Shakespeare's Globeâ€™s new season opens with a hellish and gory production of Macbeth by director Lucy Bailey.
In the 1982 play The Real Thing Tom Stoppard explores what it really means to be a writer or an actor and how real life relationships contrast with them.
The war on terror has inspired countless works of art over the past decade. But few are likely to be as aggressive and moving as the short plays currently showing at the Union Theatre.
The Paul Sandby bicentenary exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts includes a long painting showing Bankside in the late 18th century.
random by debbie tucker green is the first production in the Royal Court's Theatre Local season at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.
This exhibition has plenty to offer on so many levels: it will appeal to the food enthusiast as well as those with an eye for design or an interest in art.
This year's most innovative designs from architecture to fashion and interactive design to furniture have gone on display at the Design Museum.
When Brendan Behan's play The Hostage transferred from Dublin to London in 1958, he had to translate it from the original Gaelic.
The first exhibition in Britain devoted to pivotal Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931) has opened at Tate Modern.
Last performed in 1986, this play leaves you feeling that perhaps little has progressed since then.
This is, for sure, one of those Old Vic productions which you will remember occasionally but without the enthusiasm and excitement which first greeted this play twenty years ago.
While Israelis are taught that 1948 is the date of their victorious independence, Palestinian history teachers describe it as "al nakba", "the catastrophe".
Ellie Jones's promenade production of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Neil Bartlett from Charles Dickens' text, is a delight.
It's no surprise that Belt Up Theatre's current double-bill at the Southwark Playhouse had a sell-out run at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Ed Ruscha's retrospective is the largest UK survey of his work in America over five decades from Pop Art to paintings of words and landscapes.
With the SE1 postal district being among the worst hit by the current strikes it is fascinating to be able to have a reminder of the great days of the Post Office.
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