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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The Deep Blue Sea review – Tamsin Greig adds bite to Terence Rattigan by David Jays

Ustinov, BathAs a woman who has left her husband for a dissolute younger man in postwar London, Greig’s quiet despair compels The torch song Stormy Weather sobs between scenes in this revi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Laughing Boy review – Connor Sparrowhawk’s story told with love and fury by David Jays

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonSara Ryan’s book about justice for her son, who died in an NHS unit aged 18, has been turned into a play with campaigning passion In a church down the road fro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12AM
Monday, April 22, 2024

‘We still haven’t cracked it!’ How much does a play change during previews? by David Jays

It is a fraught time of cuts, rewrites – and alcohol. Our writer goes behind the scenes at The Divine Mrs S just as the official opening night looms and not everyone’s ready to face the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:36PM
Friday, March 8, 2024

Julie review – Rebecca Frecknall’s sensational take on Strindberg by David Jays

ITA, AmsterdamThe British director of Cabaret and A Streetcar Named Desire makes a gripping debut with the acclaimed Dutch company Julie wobbles into the kitchen, hiding from her own 21st bi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Nachtland review – a provocative plunge into art history by David Jays

Young Vic, LondonThe discovery of what could be a painting by Hitler leads to a moral quagmire in Patrick Marber’s punchy staging of Marius von Mayenburg’s play Arrive early, and you’l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Friday, February 16, 2024

Festival of New Choreography review – the Royal Ballet spreads its wings by David Jays

Royal Opera House, LondonImpressive new work from Joshua Junker and Mthuthuzeli November pushes dancers well beyond the classical repertoire Ballet is a heritage art form that craves renewal…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18PM

Nelken review – new generation restores the bloom of Pina Bausch’s classic by David Jays

Sadler’s Wells, LondonOn a stage covered in thousands of silk carnations, a beguiling cast of 20 explore fear, fun, control, bunny-hopping and onions, ending ultimately in hope Nelken was …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

Wilko review – the life and riffs of a pub rock pioneer, with a stonking star turn by David Jays

Queen’s theatre, HornchurchJonathan Maitland’s drama about the Dr Feelgood guitarist, played by Johnson Willis, is a nostalgic celebration of an Essex legend ‘It’s not a jukebox musi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The King and I review – Helen George stars in staid Rodgers and Hammerstein revival by David Jays

Dominion theatre, LondonBartlett Sher’s gingerly feminist take on the problematic mid-century musical has superb dancing but is ponderously paced ‘Stories of the east have seldom reached…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12PM
Thursday, January 25, 2024

The Most Precious of Goods review – a stark fairytale set against the Holocaust by David Jays

Marylebone theatre, LondonSamantha Spiro conducts listeners urgently through this horrifying story of a baby thrown in desperation from an Auschwitz train If writing a poem after Auschwitz i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Don’t Destroy Me review – war is not over for fractured Jewish family by David Jays

Arcola, LondonTimely revival of Michael Hastings’ unsettling 1956 play that examines the legacy of war on immigrants in postwar London It’s just over a decade since the second world war …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Friday, December 15, 2023

Indhu Rubasingham’s National Theatre in-tray: lure megastars, deal with crises and define an era by David Jays

The incoming artistic director at the NT must lead the institution and the industry, while choosing plays new and old for three stages. The job is a test of nerve and integrity In 1978, Juli…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

The Fair Maid of the West review – songs, silliness and a musical ham by David Jays

Swan theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonIsobel McArthur gives a giddy fresh spin to Thomas Heywood’s 16th-century romp which sends a Cornish landlady, in her repurposed bar, to sea ‘Not everyth…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Friday, November 17, 2023

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) review – charming romcom is a treat by David Jays

Kiln theatre, LondonTwo-hander musical matches its wide-eyed hero and sardonic heroine with just the right mix of sugar and sour Here’s a little tale of the Big Apple. Dougal arrives from …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Thursday, November 9, 2023

‘You could beat someone to death with that!’ Great theatre wigs – and their miraculous creators by David Jays

Few things in theatre are more transformative than a wig. But who makes them? Can they really be worth thousands? And what looks best on a beheaded tyrant? We meet the hairpiece heroes and t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03AM
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Clyde’s review – crunchy kitchen drama is a dish to be savoured by David Jays

Donmar Warehouse, LondonClyde runs a mean sandwich shop, while Montrellous is the sensei of sourdough, in Lynn Nottage’s mouthwatering play Lynn Nottage’s mouthwatering, gloriously perf…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:13AM
Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons: the cult play about words becomes a ballet by David Jays

When a principal at the Royal Ballet asked to adapt his drama about imposed verbal limits, playwright Sam Steiner was all in. ‘There are things dance does better,’ he says ‘Why don’t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07PM
Tuesday, October 10, 2023

What It Means review – how a gay American writer came out fighting by David Jays

Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonRichard Cant is superb as Merle Miller who takes a stand against homophobia in this clever retelling of his landmark essay Merle Miller, a distinguished mid-cent…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:37AM
Sunday, October 8, 2023

Flowers for Mrs Harris review – sweetly unassuming musical with dreams of chic by David Jays

Riverside Studios, LondonJenna Russell gives a shining performance of quiet resolve in this musical adaptation of Paul Gallico’s novel about a widowed cleaner in gloomy postwar London who …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:19AM
Thursday, September 28, 2023

Michael Gambon: an actor who let his heart and soul crack open by David Jays

A star with incredible presence, Gambon – who has died at the age of 82 – brought heft and delicacy, mischief and feeling, to the stage and screen • Star of Harry Potter and The Singin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Sunday, September 24, 2023

Beautiful Thing review – 90s teens navigating tough times in a tender-hearted triumph by David Jays

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonJonathan Harvey’s breakthrough play still blazes with a stubborn utopian impulse thanks to finely pitched performances and delicately balanced banter Ev…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:13PM
Friday, September 1, 2023

Farewell Mr Haffmann review – Nazi drama has weirdly comic overtones by David Jays

Ustinov Studio, BathThe English-language premiere of Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s award-winning play hampers its seasoned cast with a complicated plot – bordering on farcical – about a Jew…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Falkland Sound review – the RSC’s history play tells the islanders’ story by David Jays

Swan theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonBrad Birch’s drama aims to explain how it felt to be the centre of the world’s attention in the war but being narrated at becomes tiring When the RSC inv…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:07AM
Thursday, August 10, 2023

Woodhill review – astonishing portrait of Britain’s failing prison system by David Jays

Summerhall, EdinburghMatt Woodhead’s urgent drama focuses on the deaths of three real prisoners with mental health issues – and their families’ fight for justice Campaigning theatre is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:25AM

Ageless review – dances of experience and grace from over-60s by David Jays

Assembly @ Dance Base, EdinburghScotland’s leading company for older dancers offers statuesque personality and sprightly disco in a show that defies sentimentality My neighbour at this sh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:19AM
Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Kyiv City Ballet review – slender love stories mix farce and flirting by David Jays

Assembly Hall, EdinburghThe company is understandably seeking ‘good stories with happy endings’ but the best results come in a brief folk-dance Perhaps it isn’t surprising that there�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM

Lady Dealer review – drugs, couplets and a blaze of Beastie Boys by David Jays

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghAlexa Davies’ performance as Charly, a rhyming drug dealer who is falling apart, is the gleaming heart of this production ‘I am a trailblazer,” declar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:07AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Thrown review – backhold wrestling tale tackles Scottish identity by David Jays

Traverse theatre, EdinburghNat McCleary’s play brings five women together through a Highland Games that does not always make them welcome Backhold wrestling, a folk sport that thrives in S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:25AM
Thursday, July 6, 2023

Beneatha’s Place review – the future of Black America and the shadows of colonialism by David Jays

Young Vic, LondonKwame Kwei-Armah’s play takes a character from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun on a journey to Africa A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark 1959 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33AM
Friday, June 23, 2023

Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles? review – an affecting memoir of a thwarted playwright by David Jays

Minerva, ChichesterRakie Ayola is superb in a story about the exploitation of a Black female playwright by the great and the greedy of London’s theatreland It’s quite a title. Adrienne …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:49AM
Sunday, June 11, 2023

Royal Ballet triple bill review – a fascinatingly icy Wayne McGregor premiere by David Jays

Royal Opera House, LondonLaura Morera takes her final bow as Anastasia in a night that also includes Christopher Wheeldon’s winningly athletic Olympian ballet and McGregor’s Untitled, 20…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33AM

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