06 December 2017

Rebecca Howell choreographs BARNUM at the Menier Chocolate Factory

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Rebecca Howell choreographs BARNUM at the Menier Chocolate Factory

BARNUM, with a book by Mark Bramble, lyrics by Michael Stewart and music by Cy Coleman, is directed by Gordon Greenberg. It has choreography by MLR’s Rebecca Howell and runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory until January 3rd.

 The Times

“The choreography (by Rebecca Howell) is clever, making it all look bigger and better”

“Oh it’s a spectacle, this show”


“choreographed by Rebecca Howell…marvellous and astonishing to behold.”

“The very best of this Barnum are the characters who have barely a line: the singers and dancers who fill the arena with constant, teeming life and close-up feats of acrobatic wonder.”

 Time Out

“There are moments when the tiny room seems to contain an impossible amount of life.”

“an entertaining production.”

Broadway World

“Gives thanks, too, for Rebecca Howell's vibrant choreography- we get impressive flips, tricks and stunts, soaring aerial work, and tight ensemble movement that adds…volume”

The Guardian

“a charming, toe-tapping affair”

“Their romance is swaddled by an ensemble of enormous energy who leap, tumble and whirl about the stage, showing off an impressive range of street magic tricks and edgier stunts”



06 December 2017

Tom Piper is Designer on WINNIE-THE-POOH: EXPLORING A CLASSIC at the V&A Museum

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Tom Piper is Designer on WINNIE-THE-POOH: EXPLORING A CLASSIC at the V&A Museum

The exhibition, which opened this week, features around 230 works and artefacts dating from 1920 onwards, including original illustrations and manuscripts. 

Tom Piper talks about his design for the exhibition: 

“Winnie-the-Pooh is a very simple, evocative sort of world in which you want children to be able to get fully immersed in the imagination of going into the Hundred Acre Wood. So we wanted to make it immersive in lots of different ways. So there’s digital immersion, but equally we’ve created huge hand-painted, five meter high versions of the Hundred Acre Wood, (so) that you can really get the atmosphere of the place.”

“His design fills the galleries with spaces where parents will find it impossible to follow small visitors, including a narrow flight of steps leading to a slide, and Owl’s tiny door with the brass bell labelled “RNIG ALSO”.”

The Guardian

04 December 2017

Frances Poet’s GUT will premiere at the Traverse Theatre in 2018!

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Frances Poet’s GUT will premiere at the Traverse Theatre in 2018!

France Poet’s new play, which was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize in 2016, will be the centrepiece of The Traverse Spring/Summer 2018 season, produced in association with the National Theatre of Scotland. This follows the success of her last play, ADAM, which won a Fringe First award at the Traverse in August this year.

“A taut psychological thriller exploring our instincts when it comes to who we can trust with our children, Gut ultimately asks the question of whether it is perhaps more dangerous not to trust at all.” 

Read more about the production, including thoughts from Frances, Zinnie Harris (director) and Orla O’Loughlin (Artistic Director of the Traverse): 

30 November 2017

The reviews are in for A CHRISTMAS CAROL!

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The reviews are in for A CHRISTMAS CAROL!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, is adapted by Jack Thorne and directed by Matthew Warchus and has Sound Design by MLR’s Simon Baker. It runs at the Old Vic Theatre until January 2018. 

The Guardian ★★★★

“superb production”

“special mention has to be made of [the] music”

“This is Dickens done with love and affection”


The Times ★★★★

“a gorgeous production”

“It’s a magical night”

“inviting us to share the beauty, the carols, the joke, the snow (dress warm!)”


The Stage ★★★★

“brings the magic of a carol service to the West End…an incredibly atmospheric production that makes superb use of the cathedral-like qualities of the Old Vic”

“music plays a large role, the choral arrangements brightening the theatre”


The Evening Standard ★★★★

“some beautiful arrangements of carols, whose own lines of haunting poetry underscore the thrust of Dickens’s words”





29 November 2017

Cast Announcement for THE BROTHERS SIZE by Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Cast Announcement for THE BROTHERS SIZE by Tarell Alvin McCraney

We are delighted to share such a wonderful cast announced today for Tarell Alvin McCraney’s THE BROTHERS SIZE, which returns to the Young Vic in 2018. 

After playing Coriolanus at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sope Dirisu plays eldest brother Ogun. Jonathan Ajayi plays younger brother Oshoosi, reunited with Ogun after a spell in prison. Both make their Young Vic debuts. 

Finally, Anthony Welsh returns to the role of Elegba, Oshoosi’s ex-cell mate who tempts him back to his life of crime. Anthony originally performed this role during the 2008 revival of The Brothers Size at the Young Vic and UK tour in the same year. 

It is directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Patrick Burnier with live music and sound design by Manuel Pinheiro. A co-production with Actors Touring Company.  

It runs from 19 January 2018 – 14 February 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House.


Sope Dirisu makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: Coriolanus, Pericles (RSC); One Night In Miami (Donmar); The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Tory Boyz, Romeo and Juliet (West End for National Youth Theatre) and Prince Of DenmarkOur Days Of Rage, Tory Boyz(National Youth Theatre).

Television includes: Next of Kin, Five By Five, The Halcyon, Black Mirror, Undercover, Siblings, Humans, The Casual Vacancy, The Mill and Utopia.

Film includes: Sand Castle, The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Criminal


Jonathan Ajayi makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Nights Dream in New Orleans (The Arts Theatre), Sucker Punch, Port, Duchess of Malfi, A New Brain, Lady from the Sea (LAMDA).

Film includes: Hallelujah.


Anthony Welsh returns to the Young Vic after appearing dirty butterfly, Blackta and the original production of The Brothers Size in 2007.

Theatre includes: Barber Shop Chronicles, Nut (National Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Almeida); Precious Little Talent, Lower Ninth (Trafalgar Studios); Sucker Punch (Royal Court); Pornography (Tricycle Theatre & Tour).

Television includes: Black Mirror: Crocodile, Fleabag, The Secrets, Life’s Too Short, Top Boy, Holby City and The Bill.

Film includes: The Arrival, Ibiza, Journeyman, Sand Castle, The Girl With All The Gifts, Second Coming, Starred Up, Dirty Money, My Brother The Devil and Comes A Bright Day.