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Secrets of early Shakespeare theatre dug up in London

London - British archaeologists raised the curtain Thursday on a 16th century theatre which staged William Shakespeare plays like "Romeo and Juliet" and where the bard himself acted in "London's first theatreland".

Review: The Force is with Ross, as ‘One-Man Star Wars’ returns to T.O. Special

Toronto - You wouldn’t think a one-person Fringe show reenacting the basic plots of the original “Star Wars” trilogy would take a person very far, but British Columbia actor Charlie Ross has been doing this show for about fifteen years now.

Six French theatres occupied as pay protest spreads

Paris - Entertainment workers were occupying six theatres across France Wednesday as protests grew against a bid to cut their pay.

Weeping Poles mark Shakespeare's 400th deathday

Gdansk - Four hundred weeping Poles took to the streets on Saturday in a symbolic funeral parade to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

The play's the thing: Obama visits Globe on Shakespeare's 400th

London - Barack Obama on Saturday strutted the stage of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, joining in festivities to mark 400 years since The Bard's death.

All the world's a stage for Shakespeare's 400th anniversary

Stratford-upon-avon - Prince Charles joined top British actors live on stage in a surprise crack at playing "Hamlet", as thousands of William Shakespeare fans packed The Bard's hometown for the 400th anniversary of his death.

Review: ‘Das Ding’ hits Toronto with eccentric take on globalization Special

Toronto - If you’ve always wanted to see a play about a large, sentient cotton ball that travels around the world and observes how people’s behaviour interconnects through modern technology and economics, German playwright Philipp Löhle has you covered.

Play about a French Muslim president hits nerve in Germany

Hamburg - Stage adaptations of French author Michel Houellebecq's novel "Submission", in which a Muslim president takes power in 2022 France, have been a hit in Germany where a huge Mideast refugee influx has stoked fears of the impact of Islamic culture.

Review: Reworked ‘Salt-Water Moon’ in Toronto more puzzling than profound Special

Toronto - It’s understandable when a theatre director wants to transform a familiar classic into something fresh and original. That’s an artist’s job: to create a unique, personal vision. But what if that vision makes the play almost unrecognizable?

Review: Tarragon Theatre's Mustard is a must-see Toronto play Special

Toronto - By adding fantastical elements and excellent acting to the production, Tarragon Theatre's latest show Mustard is one of the most interesting pieces of Toronto theatre I've enjoyed in awhile.

Concert hall at centre of Paris attacks to reopen late 2016

Paris - The Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were killed in the November jihadist attacks in the French capital, will undergo renovation and reopen its doors before the end of the year, the venue's owners announced Wednesday.

Review: T.O. gets up close and personal with top acting talent in ‘Tale’ Special

Toronto - “The Winter’s Tale” isn’t the favourite Shakespeare play of many, but the modern-dress version at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre — the inaugural production of Graham Abbey’s Groundling Theatre Company — makes it seem close to a masterpiece.

'Harry Potter' star Alan Rickman dies aged 69

London - Veteran British actor Alan Rickman, a master of the menacing screen villain, has died at the age of 69 after suffering from cancer, his family said Thursday.

Review: New Evan Linder play a timely drama about race, family, love Special

Toronto - How can a poor white couple cope in a small-minded Mississippi town when their new baby turns out to be African American? That’s the dilemma of Chicago playwright Evan Linder’s explosive new play, “Byhalia, Mississippi”, which opened on Friday.

Op-Ed: The best of live theatre in Toronto and elsewhere in 2015

Toronto - So we’ve come to the end of 2015. As inevitable as Christmas, New Year’s and excessive alcohol and chocolate consumption are the media’s endless recap lists and reviews of the best in entertainment of the year – in music, film and so on.

A chat with actor Tony Roberts about his new autobiography Special

The 76-year-old New Yorker, best known for the six Woody Allen films in which he appeared, recently published his life story. Digital Journal spoke to him ahead of the official launch in a few days' time.

Review: Dumb but sometimes amusing ‘Rock & Roll Christmas’ opens in T.O. Special

Toronto - “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale” sounds like an absurd parody TV special from “The Simpsons” or “SCTV”. In fact, it kept reminding me of the old “KISS Saves Santa” bit from “Family Guy.” In 2015, life imitates silly art.

Latvian director shuns German theatre in dispute over refugees

Berlin - Latvian theatre director Alvis Hermanis has cancelled a play he had been due to stage in Germany next year after criticising the playhouse's pro-refugee stance.

Martha Burns says Domesticated offers more than shock value Special

Toronto - Canadian theatre guru Martha Burns asks us to take a different look at fantasy and creativity as she stars in Bruce Norris's Domesticated.

Review: David Fox owns the stage in otherwise routine 'King Lear' in T.O. Special

Toronto - As Edmund the bastard might put it, the wheel of David Fox’s association with Theatre Passe Muraille is come full-circle. A cast member of 1972’s legendary “The Farm Show”, Fox is back at the Toronto venue as the Bard’s greatest tragic hero.

Archaeologists uncover 2,300-year-old theatre on Cyprus

Nicosia - An Australian archaeological team in Cyprus has uncovered a theatre dating from 300 BC, the oldest structure of its kind yet unearthed on the Mediterranean island, the antiquities department said Friday.

Review: Campy ‘Holmes’ touring production is a little too elementary Special

Toronto - Like Batman, James Bond and other iconic heroes, Sherlock Holmes has seen so many reinventions that the original image is almost forgotten. Arthur Conan Doyle would faint if he were alive to see what pop culture has made of his famed creation.

Review: Toronto ‘Marat/Sade’ remount picks spectacle over substance Special

Toronto - Overheard during the intermission at the Soulpepper theatre company’s new production of “Marat/Sade” last night: First dude says, “This is totally amazing, huh?” Second dude replies, “Yeah... but it’s also kind of exhausting, isn’t it?”

Review: David Morrissey at his brutal best in The Hangmen Special

London - A new play has opened in London called The Hangmen, featuring David Morrissey and Reece Shearsmith. It is dark and surreal, and shocking and challenging. It is well worth seeing.

Review: Blind Date is a charming hilarious piece of simple theatre Special

Toronto - Being a fly on the wall of a blind date has never been so much fun and emotionally powerful. Blind Date, running at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, is a masterpiece thanks to Rebecca Northan's talent in bringing out the best in her randomly selected men.

Review: Obnoxious, uninspired ‘Full House’ parody is a Toronto disaster Special

Toronto - The most unintentionally ironic moment in “Full House: The Musical!” comes when Tanner patriarch Danny (Perez Hilton) throws wanna-be comic Uncle Joey’s (Seth Blum) catchphrase right back at him in song: “Cut it out! / You’re just not funny.”

From Rolex to buttocks: Swiss city embraces the art of nudity

Biel - The Swiss city of Biel and its peaceable citizens is known as the world capital for watchmaking.But could the home of Rolex and Swatch also gain an unlikely reputation for naked flesh?

Review: 'Comedy of Errors' takes simple approach in Toronto's High Park Special

Toronto - With an implausible plot about mistaken identity and bawdy puns, “The Comedy of Errors” may be the Shakespeare play that's closest to being a “Three's Company” episode. Thankfully, Canadian Stage's new production doesn't pretend it's much more.

Review: ‘Caesar’ in High Park makes bold choices; not all of them work Special

Toronto - There are moments in Canadian Stage’s new “Julius Caesar” that are so affecting and original, you’re tempted to ignore other moments when it misfires. Director Estelle Shook turns this classic into high spectacle, but not always to its benefit.

Review: A Fringe play, 'Sizzle and Spin' tackles twenty-something angst Special

Toronto - 'Sizzle and Spin' starts with a job interview for a public relations job, which reunites former lovers, Charlotte and Ethan, but it's not just another love story, or a story revolving around the awkwardness of reuniting with an ex-lover.
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Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles ...
Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles, currently running at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre through mid-November.
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IN THE HEIGHTS North American Tour Company
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Dorine (Oyin Oladejo), right, confronts the deceitful Tartuffe (Diego Matamoros) in Soulpepper's production of Moliere's classic comedy "Tartuffe", running in Toronto.
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Ian (Jim Mezon) confronts his wife Juliana (Tamsin Kelsey) in Sharr White's "The Other Place" in Toronto.
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Ryan Steer, Bobby Pestka, Rachel York, Jeremy Benton, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden.
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Inside the Royal Court Theatre, London.
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Véronic DiCaire at Théâtre de la Gaîté, Montparnasse, Paris
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
Courtesy Tarragon Theatre
Toronto Fringe Festival
Toronto Fringe Festival
Toronto Fringe Festival
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
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Dan Goodman (Mark Willett) tries to help his wife Diana (Kylie McMahon) restore her memory in "next to normal", at Toronto's Lower Ossington Theatre.
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Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon's "Iceland". The play is on at Toronto's Factory Theatre now through March 24th.
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Utah hikers (left to right: Liam Tobin, Marty Adams, Mike 'Nug" Nahrgang, Tim Porter and Trevor Martin) wonder which part of their friend (Mark Andrada, bottom) will taste best, in Trey Parker's "Cannibal! The Musical".
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Ticket for the play 'X', playing in London in 2016.
Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
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A scene from the Toronto play Flesh and Other Fragments of Love
A scene from the Toronto play Flesh and Other Fragments of Love
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Les Miserables at London's Palace Theatre
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Soulpepper Ensemble Creation members Ins Choi (L) and Mike Ross (R) in a scene from the stage adaptation of Alligator Pie, on now at the Young Centre.
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