Chess theatre review – Choreography is athletic but clichéd, lyrics inaudible

It aims to explore Cold War tensions and is loosely based on the rivalry of chess grandmasters American Bobby Fischer and Russian Boris Spassky but is muddled and puerile. The Fischer character, defeated in the first act, switches allegiance in the second more often than the shadiest Le Carré character but without a fraction of […]

Michael Ball discusses his exciting new theatre show, Chess at the London Coliseum

MARK KEHOE Mr Ball is very excited to star in Chess Lesser mortals would be aghast at the prospect but you can almost feel his pleasure at being so busy. On Sundays he’ll be hosting his Radio 2 show; the rest of the week he’ll be starring in the revival of the musical Chess at […]

Theatre Royal Haymarket sale: After #MeToo, all-female group's takeover bid gains momentum

It was announced earlier this month that the venue’s 68-year lease is to go on sale, with the freehold currently owned by the Crown Estate. Bossy, the group set up by Jonna Blode Hanno and Laura Thomasina Haynes, boasts 13000 members on Facebook and set up a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to take over […]

The Windmill Theatre: Britain's oldest strip club in fight for survival

ALAMY/GETTY The Windmill Theatre was the first British theatre to feature nudity by exploiting a legal loophole His objection: that not only were naked ladies on stage but that some of them had moved.  “This is carrying stage nudity too far,” the letter said.  “His Lordship is not prepared to allow three full-figured girls out […]

Things to do this week: Children's show, Warwick castle, theatre experience and more

Do If there are little ones in your household with a few hours’ energy to burn off, let them loose at Kidtropolis. The live children’s show visits London’s ExCel from tomorrow until Thursday with TV characters including Fireman Sam, the Octonauts and Peppa Pig. Dance troop Flawless will be showing off their moves and Basil […]

Holding The Man – THEATRE REVIEW: True-life drama with emotional heft

You might already be familiar with Holding The Man: its source material, a memoir by Timothy Conigrave, was adapted for film in 2015, and this production of Tommy Murray’s play is not to be confused with the one that played at the Brockley Jack – just five miles from this Vauxhall studio – a few […]