That Was the Week That Was

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After the passing of Stephen Sondheim the weekend before last, this week saw the loss of another iconic theatre figure: South African born actor Antony Sher, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year, so at least his passing was not unexpected. But we also lost the more unsung Robert Holman last week, a true playwright’s playwright; I’m sorry I missed his last produced play at the Coronet now, The Lodger, that played there in September

It’s also been a week of growing alarm around the rise of the new Covid variant Omicron, as theatres up and down the land started bringing in their own mandates on mask wearing; in the absence of any decisive leadership from SOLT and UKT, they finally felt it was right to take responsibility themselves. Meanwhile, too, Julian Bird — CEO of both of those organisations — announced his departure from both organisations next year.

MY COLUMNS AND REVIEWS OF THE WEEK

My That Was the Week That Was column for Nov 22-28: http://shentonstage.com/that-was-the-week-that-was-6/

  • Tuesday November 30:

My ShentonSTAGE Daily Newsletter: http://shentonstage.com/shentonstage-daily-newsletter-for-tuesday-november-30/

  • Wednesday December 1:

My ShentonSTAGE Daily Newsletter: http://shentonstage.com/shentonstage-daily-for-wednesday-december-1/


MY REVIEW TWEETS OF THE WEEK

  • The Good Life (Chichester Festival Theatre):

London, December 1:

  • The Valkyrie (English National Opera at the London Coliseum)

  • Rare Mettle Earth (Royal Court):
  • The Life of Pi (Wyndham’s):
  • Merlin (Southampton’s Mayflower):

COVID NEWS TWEETS OF THE WEEK:

LONDON HEADLINES OF THE WEEK

COLUMN OF THE WEEK:

  • Libby Purves and David Pugh on price inflation in the West End:

REGIONAL/ TOURING HEADLINES OF THE WEEK

BROADWAY (AND BEYOND) HEADLINES OF THE WEEK

BOOK OF THE WEEK

EXECUTIVE AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE WEEK:

SOME THEATRE BIRTHDAYS OF THE WEEK:

FAREWELLS OF THE WEEK:

  • More on Stephen Sondheim’s passing:
  • Gracious farewells to Stephen Sondheim:
  • And an ungracious one:
  • More farewells:

AND FINALLY, A COUPLE OF FAVOURITE TWEETS OF THE WEEK

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