‘Annie’ musical review: Vibrant, breathless and supremely confident

Annie is one of those musicals that you’re reasonably assured of what you’re going to get going in. It’s headed by an adorable kid with ginger ringlets, is peppered with a brace of reliably catchy show tunes, and is based on Harold Gray’s deceptively astute newspaper cartoon strip. In Nikolai Foster’s new production, however, the … >

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National Theatre’s ‘Wonder.land’ review: A feast for the eyes

Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has long been ripe material for modernisation and adaptation, from horror action video games and graphic novels to more faithful television and film renditions. The most recent of these is this new musical from Blur frontman Damon Albarn, writer Moira Buffini and incumbent National Theatre creative director Rufus … >

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‘Doctor Who’ star writes songs for new musical

Arthur Darvill has written the music for a new children’s show for the National Theatre. The 33-year-old actor played companion Rory Williams in Doctor Who from 2010-2012 and his previous theatre work includes roles in Our Boys, Once and Treasure Island. Based on Jon Klassen’s 2011 book, I Want My Hat Back plays in the … >

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National Theatre’s ‘Ballyturk’ play review

While the audience might guess the setting of Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk to be a fictional village in Ireland sometime in the late ‘60s / early ‘70s, the programme specifies that it takes place in “No time. No place.” Very well. Its characters are numbered rather than named. 1 (Cillian Murphy) and 2 (Mikel Murfi) spend … >

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