That Was the Month That Was (August 29-September 26)

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My weekly wrap-ups of the week’s news and reviews (both my own and others) in tweets has been suspended since August 29, owing to my holiday in Barbados (pictured above), so today I’m returning not with a That was the Week That Was but that was the Month That Was, which covers the four weeks since the last one.

There’s a lot of news in here from the West End to Broadway and beyond, pointing towards theatre’s current and welcome resurgence after the long periods of Covid lockdown. But the section that I find most personally alarming is my collection of tweets about theatre and how it is (not) dealing with Covid safety issues. I really, really hope I won’t be saying “I told you so” if (when?) Covid restrictions are re-imposed, but here are the tweets as living evidence.

MY COLUMNS AND REVIEWS OF THE MONTH

  • Sunday August 29

My column for today is here: http://shentonstage.com/that-was-the-week-that-was-august-22-28

  • Tuesday August 31

My Daily Newsletter for today is here: http://shentonstage.com/shentonstage-daily-for-tues-aug-31/

  • Wednesday September 1

My Daily Newsletter for today is here: http://shentonstage.com/shentonstage-daily-for-wednesday-september-1/

  • Saturday September 4:

My column on Theatre’s maskless return: http://shentonstage.com/september-4-theatres-maskless-return/

  • Thursday September 9:

My column rounding up the Frozen reviews, plus the lack of mask wearing in the West End is here: http://shentonstage.com/shentonstage-daily-for-thursday-september-9/

  • Also Monday September 20:

My weekly update of scheduled new and returning shows in London and beyond is here: http://shentonstage.com/september-20-update-latest-scheduled-new-returning-shows/

  • Wednesday September 22:

My column for today is here: http://shentonstage.com/shentonstage-daily-for-wednesday-september-22/

  • Thursday September 23:

My column for today is here: http://shentonstage.com/shentonstage-daily-for-thursday-september-23/

  • Friday September 24:

My column for today is here: http://shentonstage.com/friday-diary-more-on-covid-unsafety-in-theatres-and-the-kindness-of-strangers/

  • Revisiting Carousel at Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park:
  • Ann Hampton Callaway at Pizza Express Dean Street:

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (film):

  • Blithe Spirit (Harold Pinter Theatre):
  • Frozen (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane):
  • The Last 5 Years (Garrick Theatre):
  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Minerva Theatre, Chichester):

* Waitress tour (The Hawth, Crawley):

REVIEWS AND REVIEW TWEETS OF THE MONTH

  • Susannah Clapp in The Observer:
  • Clare Brennan in The Observer:
  • The Stage:
  • A Younger Theatre
  • Sam Marlowe on Rockets and Blue Moon at the National Theatre:
  • Alastair Macaulay:
  • Unherd:

Vanessa Thorpe:

  • Kate Kellaway in Observer:
  • Lyn Gardner in The Stage:
  • Kate Maltby in The Stage:
  • Changes at The Guardian and sales figures at The Stage:

And more generally:

CONTROVERSIES OF THE MONTH

COVID NEWS TWEETS OF THE MONTH:

LONDON HEADLINES OF THE MONTH

THEATRE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE MONTH

REGIONAL/ TOURING AND FESTIVAL HEADLINES OF THE MONTH

BROADWAY (AND BEYOND) HEADLINES OF THE MONTH

STREAMING/CD/BOOK NEWS OF THE MONTH

DRAMA SCHOOL AND EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE MONTH:

FAREWELLS OF THE MONTH:

AND FINALLY, SOME FAVOURITE PERSONAL TWEETS OF THE MONTH

  • My life in the countryside:
  • Holiday in Barbados:
  • My birthday

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