We pick the best new and returning shows to see this week, based on our writers’ recommendations.
Following the launch of The Bridge, a venture capital-funded space helmed by Nicholas Hytner, Alice Saville asks why London’s new theatres are looking to the past, not the future.
Shakespeare fans, rejoice! You can watch Cheek By Jowl’s inventive take on The Winter’s Tale for free in this livestream, hosted by Exeunt until 7th May.
Introducing Ifeyinwa Frederick and Aniqah Choudhri, the joint winners of our call-out for a new black or minority ethnic columnist.
“Shouldn’t more plays be activist?” Verity Healey explores how shows including E15, My Country and Denmarked intersect with real-life protest movements.
As yet another white man is hired to the most prestigious job in US theatre criticism, Exeunt’s New York writers ask when the conversation will really change.
“The people. Demand. The downfall. Of the Regime.” Sam Williams explores how journalist Paul Mason’s immersive performance imagines theatre as a laboratory for political action.
‘The Privileged’ uses a furry polar bear suit to confront racism head on. Alice Saville chats to Jamal Harewood about audience reactions, game theatre, and his new performance ‘Word’.
Maddy Costa talks to alternative cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat about puncturing drag stereotypes, making work about depression, and surviving in a world where “We have to keep fighting for the things and the values that we hold dear.”
“There’s a huge culture of people from working class backgrounds feeling inadequate within the arts.” Catherine Hoffman explains how shame keeps people powerless, and how her performance as ‘Stench Wench’ comes clean about class.
After the runaway success of Iphigenia in Splott, Rachel O’Riordan is directing Gary Owen’s new play Killology. She talks about her work as artistic director of the Sherman, and how theatre “opens doors to Wales”.
Playwright and director Titas Halder has quickly made a name for himself for his dark, muddy theatrical worlds. Amelia Forsbrook interviews him about music, foxes, and his new play ‘Escape the Scaffold’
“I find myself getting up…and saying my piece”. Tracey Sinclair writes on her unexpectedly personal response to ‘Working Class Dinner Party’, hosted by performance artists Scottee, Selina Thompson and Bryony Kimmings.
More than ever, we need mainstream voices like Lyn Gardner to champion forward-looking, experimental, and truly national theatre. Please sign and share our petition to The Guardian.
From oil sponsorship of the arts to ethical pensions: Daniel Perks attends an Energising Culture seminar to learn more about how arts organisations are looking to save the planet.