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REVIEW: 'The Royal Society of Antarctica' at Gift Theatre

A three-act, three-hour play set in Antarctica? At this point in this particular Chicago winter, it is hard to imagine an onstage prospect with less commercial potential. Even this critic — who had had a day of it Monday, let me tell you — almost feigned a cold.

Job No. 1, you must be fearless: Alonzo King LINES Ballet

"People dance who they are," says choreographer Alonzo King. "Moving is thought in action. So when you see great movers, you're actually seeing great thinkers."

REVIEW: 'Yankee Tavern' at American Blues Theater

Steven Dietz's play "Yankee Tavern" is a cleverly self-protected piece of writing, a deconstruction of 9/11 conspiracy theories that also airs a good number of them, ranging from the spike in the short-selling of stock in United and American Airlines on Sept. 10, 2001, to the guy who claimed to...

'Game of Thrones' has nothing on stellar 'Dunsinane'

The National Theatre of Scotland — unusual in that it is a national theater without any physical theater of its own — has been in existence for only nine years. It has already been to simpatico Chicago, by my reckoning, five times. Perchance it is similarities of the climate. "If...

Hui He boosts Lyric's 'Tosca'

With 10 performances remaining before Lyric Opera closes out its primary season, the company is finding that even a standard crowd-pleaser such as "Tosca" can no longer be relied upon to sell out the 3,400-seat Civic Opera House — hence the blizzard of ads heralding the return of the...

Is Steppenwolf glorifying graffiti with new show?

Is graffiti a legitimate artistic expression accessible to the otherwise excluded, or criminal vandalism that is the scourge of a great city?

The 2014 BBC Performing Arts Fellowship Scheme

This year we are excited to announce a new version of the Fellowship scheme.

How we found our Fellow

Still getting get your head around how to find a possible PAF Fellow? We asked Ric Watts, Producer with Unlimited Theatre, to talk us through their selection process for last year's Theatre Fellowship.

The PAF Team are “On the Road”

June sees the BBC PAF team take to the road in a series of briefings about the 2014 Fellowship. Find out more here.

40 Days to Go

40 Days to go until the BBC PAF Fellowship closes.

Going with the Flow

Charlotte Mountford PAF Theatre Fellow 2014 (producer)  The Lowry Salford Quays discusses her new project Flow Salford.

The Grimsby Story

 BBC PAF Community Theatre Winner’s Fusion Youth Theatre from Grimsby on their site specific storytelling piece.

Review: Airline Highway (Steppenwolf Theatre)

Destined for Broadway in 2015 and directed by Tony-winning hitmaker Joe Mantello, Airline Highway is a gloriously textured and intricate work powered by a pile-driving ensemble that immerses the audience in a world that’s usually overlooked if not outright avoided.

Stone Soup

In our continuing series of blogs from our Community Theatre Fellows we join Theatre by the Lake.

Remembering Sally Morphet

My friend Sally Morphet was an immensely accomplished diplomat and academic; but those who also knew her in the company of her husband, Richard, former Keeper of the Modern Collection at the Tate Gallery and Bloomsbury enthusiast, could not fail to notice her arresting resemblance to the tall, slender and beautiful Virginia Woolf. Sally died […]

A "Crackling" performance from Tell Tale Theatre

Alex Clark from Tell Tale Theatre reflects on the experience of performing in Animal Farm

King Henrietta IV?

Dame Harriet Walter as King Henry IV by Helen Maybanks   The idea of an all-woman Henry IV (now playing at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London) didn’t much grab me. I gave a miss to the same company’s Julius Caesar and have to confess that I didn’t bother to read the reviews, even when it […]

5 days to go until our big announcement

BBC PAF have five days to go before they announce there #32onestowatch

A Great Winter’s Journey at Oxford

Ian Bostridge This week I was present at the finest performance of Schubert’s song cycle, Winterreise, I have ever seen or heard. I am unable to review it properly, because I know both the performers. I have a profound and historic foodie connection with the tenor, Ian Bostridge, and the pianist, Thomas Adès, first signed […]

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