Robert Walpole was powerful enough to excite many satirists, but also to punish them. Here’s how one politician changed the course of theatre history in the UK. The Licensing Act of 1737 had a huge impact on the development of theatre in Britain. The Act restricted the production of serious dramas to the two theatres … Read moreRobert Walpole: British Censorship
Although emotionally fragile and eccentric, the sweet-natured actress delighted audiences as Madame Arcati and Miss Marple through her heyday of the 1960s. Margaret Rutherford’s family hoped she would be a piano teacher, but she was determined to be an actress. In her forties, her career finally took off, with great acclaim for her comic performances. … Read moreDame Margaret Rutherford: Actress Starred in Chimes at Midnight, The VIPs, Miss Marple
Rutherford’s personal background was tragic and her entry to the acting profession was inauspicious. The great comedy actress Margaret Rutherford was a late developer. Born in 1892, she was in effect orphaned at the age of three. “In effect” because while her mother died when Margaret was three, her father did not. But he was … Read moreYoung Margaret Rutherford: Eccentric British Actress Had Curious Start
A question or two and a possible explanation about why musicals at the summer theatre and regional level, seems to be presented all in the same fashion. Being a life-long participant in the production of musical theater as an actor, producer, director and writer, I have of late noticed what I feel to be a … Read moreMusical Theater: When Did Loud Become Good?
London’s West End is dominated by musicals, and they usually have one thing in common, romance. But there is one that has a message, and that is Hairspray. Hairspray is currently on a UK tour, and at the moment, it has landed in Eastbourne for two weeks. I thought it was just another lively American musical, … Read moreHairspray – A Musical with a Message
The Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway started off as the Warner Brothers’ Hollywood Theatre. It is now owned by the Times Square Church. Located on Broadway and 51st Street, near New York City’s bustling Times Square, the Mark Hellinger Theatre is one of Broadway’s most beautiful and coveted buildings. Becoming the Mark Hellinger Theatre Designed … Read moreMark Hellinger: The History of a Broadway Theatre
Tassel twirling, fan dancing, or just plain old striptease? Cher’s new movie, Burlesque, has left us all asking: what exactly is burlesque? The word ‘burlesque’ isn’t one you see or hear used very often. It’s one of those words that everyone thinks they know the meaning of, but actually struggle to define when asked to … Read moreWhat is Burlesque?
Writing your own pantomime for amateur groups. The last cheer has gone up, the last encore has been sung, the curtains have closed, and the pantomime season has come to an end once more. The loyal audiences, blessed with selective memory loss, have declared, as they did last year, that this was the best panto … Read moreWriting Your Own Pantomime
Want to put on a good cabaret successfully? Consider who you’ll need to invest in when you’re planning, scripting, rehearsing, and performing your show… Solo’ cabaret is really a misnomer: if you’re going to put on a cabaret show that is engaging, professional and popular, you need to create a support network of creative and … Read moreTop 10 People You Need For Good Cabaret
Looking for a fabulous place to perform, or eager to see the best in Australian cabaret that Melbourne has to offer? Come hear the music play… Cabaret in Australia had gained world-wide renown for its witty, edgy, innovative approach to the genre, as the internationally acclaimed Adelaide Cabaret Festival annually proves. Melbourne cabaret in particular has become … Read moreBest Places to See Cabaret in Melbourne