Akram Khan’s DESH at Sadler’s Wells

In 2011, Akram Khan premiered his solo show DESH, a work that was instantly hailed the masterpiece of his career so far, and one that put him at the forefront of contemporary choreography and dance on an international scale. In the intervening years, Khan has performed at the Olympic Opening Ceremony with Emeli Sandé- an emotive tribute to the victims of the 7/7 Bombings that was controversially excluded from American coverage of the ceremony- and been awarded an MBE. Continue reading “Akram Khan’s DESH at Sadler’s Wells”

James Acaster: An Interview

There must be something in the water around the town of Kettering that produces truly talented comedians. As well as Hugh Denis, an upcoming and charismatic young performer called James Acaster has spring boarded from the Edinburgh Fringe to perform with Milton Jones and Josie Long to hundreds of thousands of people across the UK. Continue reading “James Acaster: An Interview”

Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby with Tobias Batley, Martha Leebolt and Lily Amy

Last week, Performance Reviewed went to see the London première of Northern Ballet’s breathtaking adaptation of The Great Gatsby at Sadler’s Wells, a production choreographed and directed by David Nixon, with co-direction by Patricia O’Doyle. Amidst the glittering visuals and evocative music by the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Tobias Batley (Jay Gatsby) and Martha Leebolt (Daisy) delivered performances that left the audience in raptures. Continue reading “Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby with Tobias Batley, Martha Leebolt and Lily Amy”

Mischief Theatre on the theatre, the West End and things that go wrong!

Mischief Theatre Company is an improvisation group, formed in 2008, whose production of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’  received universal acclaim and recently moved to Trafalgar Studios from the gloomy recesses of fringe theatre. Two of their revolving troupe of actors- Jonathan Sayer, who is also the company director and Henry Lewis, the artistic director- talked to Performance Reviewed about the formation of a theatre company and the transition to the West End.

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Steven Berkoff: An Interview

Steven Berkoff is one of the most influential figures in the world of theatre and film, both as an actor and as a pioneering writer and director, spearheading the conception of ‘total theatre’- a method and style that, whilst avant-garde and shocking twenty years ago, is now widely mimicked in both professional and amateur theatre.

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