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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Girl on an Altar; Typical; Behind the Beautiful Forevers

25 February, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Meera Syal in Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

FOR one night only, the Kiln is live streaming a rehearsed reading of Girl on an Altar by Marina Carr. In this re-telling of the ancient myth of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, Carr brings Clytemnestra’s story to the fore and shows us the true strength of a mother’s love. A girl child is sacrificed on an altar for the wind to change so the Achaeans can sail to Ilium. Her father Agamemnon is to blame. Following his return 10 years later, his wife Clytemnestra wants justice for her daughter. Kiln Player brings you the unique opportunity to see a rehearsed reading of this newly commissioned work live-streamed for free 7pm, Mar 5. Visit:

Soho Theatre and Nouveau Riche have released the film version of Typical by Ryan Calais Cameron, starring Richard Blackwood and directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour. A powerful exploration of racism and how British society stereotypes black masculinity, Typical uncovers the tragic true-life events of black British ex-serviceman Christopher Alder and the injustice that still remains 20 years after his story emerged. Tickets £9.99. Visit:

• David Hare’s 2014 play, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on the book by Katherine Boo, starring Meera Syal and Thusitha Jayasundera, is now available on National Theatre at Home. In India’s biggest slum, beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport, lives Zehrunisa and her 16-year-old son Abdul whose gift for trash sorting is the source of his family’s income and ambitions to fund a new life. Their dreams are big, but fragile and just one accusation could shatter the whole neighbourhood. Directed by Rufus Norris and filmed by National Theatre Live. £7.99 for three days rental: Visit:

The Southwark Playhouse’s production of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost is available on for 21 performances from Feb 26 to Mar 14. This new musical explores the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her magical powers. Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity. To rescue Midgard from certain destruction, father and daughter must heal their relationship and work together. This family-friendly story sees brooms coming to life and love blossoming anew. Directed by Charlotte Westenra, the cast of 10 includes Dawn Hope, David Thaxton and Mary Moore in the title role. Suitable for ages 8+. Price: £15 (+ £3 transaction fee). Visit:

• The opening performances of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre have been postponed. The show will now open in Oct 2021. Ticket holders will be contacted in due course with updated booking details.


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