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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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
Friday, June 9, 2023

All of It review – Alistair McDowall’s extraordinary tales of ordinary life by David Jays

Royal Court, London Three audacious monologues by McDowall, dazzlingly performed by Kate O’Flynn, open vivid windows on to day-to-day existence Alistair McDowall’s plays are portals to t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:25AM
Monday, May 29, 2023

Encore! Surefire shows returning for the Edinburgh festival in 2023 by Chris Wiegand, Anya Ryan, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher, Kate Wyver, Arifa Akbar and David Jays

In the run-up to the festival, our writers will choose new productions that have caught their eye – but here’s a selection of those we’ve already reviewed Richard Marsh has clearly see…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Once on This Island review – stirring Little Mermaid musical in colonial Haiti by David Jays

Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonA young woman offers her life to save an unworthy aristocrat in a passionately sung fable of Caribbean history A tragic tale rollicking with positive …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Sunday, May 7, 2023

The Circle review – love, tears and tender truths when Jane Asher comes to call by David Jays

Orange Tree, Richmond Strong emotions rule in a candid and well-judged Somerset Maugham comedy twisting romantic fates across generations of squabbling society Elizabeth (Olivia Vinall), the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The Book of Will review – friends fight to save Shakespeare’s plays by David Jays

Queen’s theatre, HornchurchFearing the playwright’s works will be lost to history, former colleagues enact a rescue plan in Lauren Gunderson’s generous-hearted comedy Less giddy than S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32AM
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

‘It’s Shakespeare – as important as any modern piece of work’: Derek Jarman’s Blue comes to the stage by David Jays

Russell Tovey, Simon Fisher Turner, Travis Alabanza and Neil Bartlett are teaming up to reimagine the director’s final film – a narrated meditation over a static blue screen – as a ‘…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Monday, March 13, 2023

‘I’m no white man in a toga’: Thalissa Teixeira on having a stab at Brutus by David Jays

The actor, better known as a TV cop, is portraying Julius Caesar’s assassin in a first for the RSC. She reveals why she’s been studying revolutionaries, from Mexican Zapatistas to Welsh …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:00AM
Thursday, February 23, 2023

Grenfell: System Failure review – sobering unpicking of a tragedy by David Jays

Playground theatre, LondonWriter Richard Norton-Taylor and director Nicolas Kent’s almost anti-theatrical play uses residents’ testimonies and gives the bereaved a much-needed voice Stag…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:01PM
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

‘Is it antisemitic? Yes’: how Jewish actors and directors tackle The Merchant of Venice by David Jays

Tracy-Ann Oberman’s Shylock, who has been relocated to 1930s Britain, is inspired by her tough great grandma – while Henry Goodman felt shame after losing himself in Shakespeare’s most…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:28PM
Friday, February 17, 2023

Duet for One review – Kempinski’s combative probe into parental tensions by David Jays

Orange Tree theatre, LondonTara Fitzgerald plays the former violinist in a restaging of Tom Kempinski’s play that pits patient against doctor in a furious battle of wills Change one elemen…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:55AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

A razzle-dazzle rector, theatrical cats and Christmas cards from Judi Dench: inside the Actors’ church by David Jays

The Rev Simon Grigg, a former stage director, welcomes our writer to St Paul’s in Covent Garden, where the stars worship “She’s a very good Christian soul, but not the dynamic person t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:09PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

‘She’s writing in a state of emergency’: Lillian Hellman’s thrilling Watch on the Rhine by David Jays

As Hellman’s 1941 play is revived at the Donmar Warehouse in London, director Ellen McDougall and dramaturg Emma Jude explain how it remains a call to arms “We’re shaken out of the mag…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Orlando review – Emma Corrin is glorious in a giddy, heartfelt show by David Jays

Garrick theatre, LondonIn Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s wild-goose chase through time, Corrin shines as the hero who falls asleep as a man and wakes as a woman Emma Corr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24PM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Wind in the Wilton’s review – Mr Toad and pals take on weaselly property developers by David Jays

Wilton’s Music Hall, London Piers Torday’s update of the children’s classic brings Kenneth Grahame’s animals to modern-day London Kenneth Grahame had terrifying nightmares about lyin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32PM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

¡Showmanism! review – astonishing lip-sync solo raises spirits by David Jays

Ustinov Studio, BathDickie Beau offers a merry miscellany, featuring stories from Ian McKellen and Fiona Shaw, in a meditation on theatre that is closer to possession than parody Dickie Beau…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Dinner With Groucho review – table for two mismatched geniuses by David Jays

Arcola, LondonFrank McGuinness conjures the bizarre but real encounter between TS Eliot and the Marx brother in a leaden piece a talented cast can’t save Unlikely as it seems, TS Eliot and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48AM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Something in the Air review – Peter Gill proves how brightly remembered lives can shine by David Jays

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonGill weaves an intricate, poignant picture of London’s queer history as two elderly men ruminate on the long-gone loves of their youth Two elderly men sit side…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

RSC Mischief festival review – a double bill of village rage by David Jays

The Other Place, Stratford-upon-AvonIvy Tiller: Vicar’s Daughter, Squirrel Killer by Bea Roberts and Nina Segal’s O, Island! offer cartoonish satire that lacks sting The RSC has been sit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Sex, drugs and pas de deux: how Mayerling’s flame keeps burning by David Jays

As Kenneth MacMillan’s classic returns, his widow Deborah and Edward Watson – celebrated for dancing the lead role – reflect on preserving the spirit of this seamy beast of a ballet It…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:55AM
Friday, October 7, 2022

The Band’s Visit review – entrancing musical about nothing and nowhere by David Jays

Donmar Warehouse, LondonWhen an Egyptian orchestra accidentally tips up in a sleepy Israeli backwater, lives are changed in the quietest of ways ‘Nothing is as beautiful as something you d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Dmitry review – historical Russian thriller resonates by David Jays

Marylebone theatre, LondonPeter Oswald’s take on Friedrich Schiller’s unfinished tragedy shows Russia’s recurrent turn towards tyranny When Friedrich Schiller died aged 45 in 1805, he …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:37PM
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

To be or not to be cancelled: how directors deal with Shakespeare’s problematic side by David Jays

Misogynist gags? Ancient puns? Unethical bed tricks? Theatre-makers discuss how they tackle the Bard’s trickier works Earlier this year, I spoke to the actor Natasha Magigi, a regular at S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:43AM
Friday, September 30, 2022

Woman in Mind review – when the vicar’s wife’s worst nightmare is her own life by David Jays

Chichester Festival theatreJenna Russell stars in Alan Ayckbourn’s exploration of mental illness with an accomplished cast of supporting characters ably adding to the anguish It’s clear …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Friday, September 16, 2022

Rose review – Maureen Lipman is magnetic in journey through Jewish 20th century by David Jays

Park theatre, LondonA mourning woman looks back on her life in Martin Sherman’s ethereal yet uneven drama about history, heritage and memory Rose doesn’t believe in the future. It’s ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

United Ukrainian Ballet: Giselle review – a classic revitalised by David Jays

Coliseum, LondonChoreographer Alexei Ratmansky and a company featuring exiled dancers deliver a moving production with an urgent tone This production is little short of a miracle. The United…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Clorinda Agonistes review – a dance of love and death on the battlefield by David Jays

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA crusader and a Saracen have a fateful encounter in this richly layered work by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, set to Monteverdi and a plangent score by Syrian-American co…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:07AM

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