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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The King of Hell’s Palace, Hampstead Theatre review - Chinese scandal freezes the blood by Aleks.sierz

New docu-drama about a distressing case of 1990s corruption and cover-up New artistic directors are popping up all over British theatre. Every week seems to usher in a refreshingly new talen…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Chiaroscuro, Bush Theatre review - music, sweet, sweet music by Aleks.sierz

Lively gig theatre revival of a 1980s account of the black lesbian experience Identity politics has been around for decades. One of the great things about the Bush Theatre in West London is …

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation, Royal Court review - brilliant meta-theatrical experience by Aleks.sierz

Experimental exploration of belief and determinism is touched by genius Playwright and performer Tim Crouch is one of Britain's most innovative creatives, with a big back catalogue of chall…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hansard, National Theatre review - starry argument ends poorly by Aleks.sierz

Debut play about the parliamentary ruling class is timely, but ultimately unsatisfying In the current feverish atmosphere at Westminster, with arguments about Brexit becoming increasingly sh…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Doctor, Almeida Theatre review - Robert Icke's long goodbye by Aleks.sierz

Juliet Stevenson is brilliant in an ethical debate that is both thrilling and challenging After six years, associate director Robert Icke bids farewell to the Almeida Theatre. In this time h…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Go Bang Your Tambourine, Finborough Theatre review - out-dated and long-winded by Aleks.sierz

Rare Philip King play turns a farce into a serious drama - and it doesn't work Theatre legends die hard. Playwright Philip King, who passed away in 1979, was once hailed as the monarch of th…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre review - Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright by Aleks.sierz

Star cast deliver a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece One of the glories of contemporary London theatre is its revivals of classic American drama. Year after year, a…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Royal Court review - memes, memories and meanings by Aleks.sierz

Bright new two-hander about an internet troll is intelligent, provocative and funny Few theatres have done as much to promote new young talent as the Royal Court; few theatres have done as m…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Rust, Bush Theatre review - slender yet invigorating by Aleks.sierz

New play about an extramarital affair is short, but emotionally truthful The best kind of two-hander is the play about couples. And the most dramatic way of saying something about relationsh…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Europe, Donmar Warehouse review - timely, tender, brutal and brilliant by Aleks.sierz

Magnificent revival of David Greig's 1990s visionary classic is both tough and tender In the middle of the current decade, there was a mild vogue for reviving a handful of the great plays o…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Hunt, Almeida Theatre review - tense Scandinoirland drama by Aleks.sierz

Striking stage version of Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm's 2012 film For a while, child abuse has been banished from our stages. After all, there is a limit, surely, to how much pain …

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bitter Wheat, Garrick Theatre review - Malkovich monologue is more chaff than wheat by Aleks.sierz

The most controversial play of the year is shaping up to be the worst John Malkovich is back in town - and he's starring in the most controversial play of the year. Trouble is, it might well…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Citysong, Soho Theatre review - big writing, big heart by Aleks.sierz

A poetic journey through time and space in Dublin is beautifully written Irish playwright Dylan Coburn Gray's new play won the Verity Bargate Award in 2017, and his reward is a fine product…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Wife, Kiln Theatre review - queer epic is joyful and intense by Aleks.sierz

Decade-hopping story about sexual identity also celebrates the art of theatre In one lifetime, the many loves that once dare not speak their names have become part of everyday chatter. But i…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rutherford and Son, National Theatre review - authentic northern tale by Aleks.sierz

Revival of Githa Sowerby's 1912 classic of industrial patriarchy is worthy but inaccessible Githa Sowerby is the go-to playwright if you want a feminist slant on patriarchy in the industrial…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

ANNA, National Theatre review - great thriller, shame about the tone by Aleks.sierz

Intriguing Cold War thriller is thoroughly immersive, but lacks a convincing sense of history Stasiland is a fascinating mental space. As a historical location, the former East Germany, or G…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

salt., Royal Court review - revisiting the Atlantic slave trade by Aleks.sierz

One woman's journey to explore the slave trade is both personal and provocative Most of the facts about the Atlantic slave trade are well known; what is less easily understood is how history…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

White Pearl, Royal Court review - comic racial stereotypes by Aleks.sierz

New satire about the cosmetics industry and race is only mildly funny Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone's commitment to staging a diversity of new voices is very laudable, and with White …

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Small Island, National Theatre review - fun epic takes ages to warm up by Aleks.sierz

Stage version of Andrea Levy's classic Windrush story is too pedestrian Novelist Andrea Levy's 2004 masterpiece, Small Island, is a tribute to the Windrush Generation, those migrants to Eng…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Jude, Hampstead Theatre review - Greek tragedy for today by Aleks.sierz

New tragi-comedy about a Syrian refugee's Oxford dreams is just too gnomic Edward Hall bids farewell this venue, where he has been artistic director since 2010, with this production of a new…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Half God of Rainfall, Kiln Theatre review - titanic war of the gods by Aleks.sierz

Poetic two-hander combines epic myth, family relationships and gender politics If British theatre often seems to lack ambition, the same cannot be said of The Half God of Rainfall, a galaxy-…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

All My Sons, Old Vic review - starry but disappointingly uneven by Aleks.sierz

Arthur Miller's classic family drama has one outstanding performance - and one dud Superstar Sally Field has come to town. With two academy awards and countless other accolades, the actor wh…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Three Sisters, Almeida Theatre review - middle of the road with flashes of magic by Aleks.sierz

Chekhov classic from the team behind the West End hit Summer and Smoke About a year ago, director Rebecca Frecknall electrified this venue with an award-winning revival of Tennessee William…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

A German Life, Bridge Theatre review - Maggie Smith triumphs again by Aleks.sierz

This memoir of a Berlin secretary in the Nazi era is the theatre event of the year Maggie Smith is not only a national treasure, but every casting director's go-to old bat. Now 84 years you…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Pah-La, Royal Court review - complex ideas, wild storytelling by Aleks.sierz

New play about the freedom struggle in Tibet is a bit too unclear for its own good Theatre can give a voice to the voiceless — but at what cost? Abhishek Majumdar, who debuted at the Roya…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Top Girls, National Theatre review - dazzlingly perceptive classic by Aleks.sierz

Enjoyable high-definition revival of Caryl Churchill's 1982 feminist classic Caryl Churchill is a phenomenal artist. Not only has she written a huge body of work, but each play differs in bo…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, Barbican Theatre review - Cillian Murphy soars and sweeps by Aleks.sierz

Adaptation of Max Porter's contemporary classic gets the big-stage treatment Wow, what a collection of talent: this show stars Peaky Blinder Cillian Murphy, and Enda Walsh's adaptation, Grie…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Phlebotomist, Hampstead Theatre review - thought-provoking dystopian thriller by Aleks.sierz

Resonant new play about genetics is well-written and excitingly staged Contemporary British theatre loves time travel — and not just to the past. It also enjoys imagining the future, espec…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre review - shouting for change by Aleks.sierz

Triumphant, if crude, West End transfer of a heartfelt account of a Renaissance woman Emilia Bassano Lanier is not a household name. But maybe she should be. Born in 1569, she was one of the…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Alys, Always, Bridge Theatre review - mildly perverse but rather dispiriting by Aleks.sierz

Adaptation of Harriet Lane's psychological and satirical bestseller never quite takes off Okay, so this is the play that will be remembered for the character names that have unusual spellin…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Inside Bitch, Royal Court review - brave, hilarious yet very slender by Aleks.sierz

New show about representations of women's prisons in the media is fun but pointless Dear Clean Break, Thank you very much for your latest, called Inside Bitch, a show which is billed as "a p…

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