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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dara , Lyttelton, National Theatre, London by Heather Neill

Lyttelton, National Theatre, London: This adaptation of a play originally performed by Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan deals with an important, timely subject: the beginnings of the philosophical …

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Taken at Midnight, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Heather Neill

The mother, so often a sentimental figure in art, can be as tenacious and bold as any animal when protecting her young. Mark Hayhurst's play about Irmgard Litten, mother of Hans, a lawyer wh…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:34AM
Friday, December 19, 2014

The Shoemaker's Holiday , Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon by Heather Neill

Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: Philip Breen, whose Merry Wives of Windsor was a success here two years ago, tackles the first Royal Shakespeare Company production of Thomas Dekker's…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 11:48AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Almost, Maine, Park Theatre by Heather Neill

For a Christmas-weary Brit who's already had it up to here with commercial bonhomie and festive schmaltz, there were going to be barriers to overcome. Here is an avowedly sweet American play…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 11:18AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sikes and Nancy , Trafalgar Studios 2, London by Heather Neill

Trafalgar Studios 2, London: Dickens himself particularly enjoyed reading the section of Oliver Twist which deals with the murder of Nancy in histrionic public performances. This is a practi…

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Miss Havisham's Expectations , Trafalgar Studios 2, London by Heather Neill

Trafalgar Studios 2, London : Christmas time and we expect Scrooge and redemptive jollity, but Miss Havisham's Expectations is the first half of Dickens with a Difference, an altogether…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:57AM
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hippolytos , The Colepit, Victoria and Albert Museum, London by Heather Neill

The Colepit, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: The attractive Colepit, its walls covered in blue, red and grey ceramic tiles, accommodates about 35 people in a single row on either side of…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 05:35AM
Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Witch of Edmonton , Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon by Heather Neill

Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: The fourth and last offering in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Roaring Girls season of early modern plays with strong female roles is a work not seen…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:28AM
Monday, October 20, 2014

The House That Will Not Stand , Tricycle Theatre, London by Heather Neill

Tricycle Theatre, London: There are echoes of Lorca's House of Bernarda Alba in this appealing comedy set in New Orleans in 1836. The master of the house has recently died and his imper…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:07AM
Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Edge of Our Bodies, Gate Theatre by Heather Neill

Sixteen-year-old Bernadette is determined to write short stories. She's a promising writer, describing her own feelings, the strangers and friends who cross her path in telling detail. Occas…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 12:30PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ballyturk, National Theatre by Heather Neill

In his masterly essay in the programme for Enda Walsh's latest play, Colm Tóibín warns against attempting to pin his work to a particular philosophical position, simply to read into it a m…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:51AM
Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Flouers o'Edinburgh, Finborough Theatre by Heather Neill

There are 15 characters in Robert McLellan's quirky 1948 comedy, but the star is the language most of them speak. To mark the referendum later this month, the Finborough is mounting a season…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:29AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Streetcar Named Desire , Young Vic Theatre, London by Heather Neill

Young Vic Theatre, London: There is a thrilling restlessness to Benedict Andrews' production of this American classic. Tennessee Williams describes a particular place in a real street i…

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Medea, National Theatre by Heather Neill

We know how the story ends, but then so did Euripides' first audience in Athens in 431 BC. Medea was already a familiar character of myth, a sorceress whose ungovernable passion for Jason le…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:44AM
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Daytona, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Heather Neill

When Daytona was premiered at the Park Theatre last year some of the critics went into contortions to avoid giving away the two "reveals" in Oliver Cotton's plot. The challenge remains, but …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 08:57AM
Friday, July 4, 2014

The Crucible , Old Vic Theatre by Heather Neill

Old Vic Theatre: Arthur Miller's 1950s forensic, passionate examination of personal and public morality still resonates. After All My Sons in Regent's Park and Ivo van Hove's …

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 05:59AM
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Idomeneus , Gate Theatre, London by Heather Neill

Gate Theatre, London: According to Homer's Iliad, Idomeneus, King of Crete, was a general in the Greek army which sacked Troy. What happened to him afterwards varies according to differ…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 07:05AM
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hobson's Choice, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park by Heather Neill

Director Nadia Fall has taken that patriarchal purveyor of footwear Henry Horatio Hobson and his family out of their natural habitat - a traditional proscenium arch theatre - and into a diff…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 11:46AM
Friday, May 23, 2014

Johnny Got His Gun, Southwark Playhouse by Heather Neill

"Johnny get your gun" was a popular American recruiting call in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries and, according to the Irish-American song "When Johnny comes marching home, …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 12:33PM
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Yellow Face, National Theatre by Heather Neill

Yellow Face comes into the Shed a year after it was greeted enthusiastically when it was first seen in London at the newly-opened Park Theatre. Its category was generally agreed to be "mocku…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:46AM
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Arden of Faversham, Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon by Heather Neill

Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon: Arden of Faversham is described both as an early domestic tragedy and a black comedy. Polly Findlay, making her RSC directorial debut, has plunged enthusia…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 05:58AM
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Eldorado, Arcola Theatre by Heather Neill

There is something forensic about Marius von Mayenburg's examination of human nature in this 2004 play, written when he was in his early 30s and the Iraq war still on the television news. El…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 11:04AM
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

King Lear, The Cockpit, London by Heather Neill

The Cockpit, London: David Ryall is in his 80th year and, having recently undergone chemotherapy, is suffering memory lapses - the role is a mountainous challenge for any actor; to attempt i…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 08:46AM
Monday, March 10, 2014

We Are Proud To Present..., Bush Theatre by Heather Neill

The full title of Jackie Sibblies Drury's play, first produced in Chicago in 2012,  is deliberately gauche and in need of editing. No review is complete without it, however, so here it …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 12:30PM
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hot Flush!, New Wimbledon Theatre, London by Heather Neill

New Wimbledon Theatre, London: This is the sixth tour of Hot Flush! so there must be an audience for it. Much as many in the audience laughed uproariously, much of the humour in the piece is…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:19AM
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Taste of Honey, Lyttelton Theatre, National, London by Heather Neill

Lyttelton Theatre, National, London: A Taste of Honey has taken second place in theatre history to another story, that of its writing. In 1958 Shelagh Delaney, an inexperienced 19-year-old f…

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Stroke of Luck, Park Theatre by Heather Neill

In 2011 Tim Pigott-Smith gave us an impressive, humane King Lear at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Here he is again, a patriarch learning how "sharper than a serpent's tooth" it is to have th…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 11:24AM
Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bring Up the Bodies, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon by Heather Neill

Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: Hilary Mantel describes the second book in her trilogy about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell as "shorter, more concentrated, fiercer". Anoth…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 05:29AM

Wolf Hall, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon by Heather Neill

Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: Hilary Mantel says her Man Booker-winning novel is "a gigantic play". True, the book is written in dramatic episodes, often in dialogue, but the …

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 05:29AM
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Protest Song, National Theatre by Heather Neill

Rhys Ifans enters as a rough sleeper who has wandered in off the street, his sleeping bag over his shoulders, beany hat pulled low over unwashed hair, muttering to himself. For a moment he's…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:37PM
Thursday, November 28, 2013

Once a Catholic, Tricycle Theatre, London by Heather Neill

Tricycle Theatre, London: Mary J O'Malley's comedy about 1950s convent schoolgirls has come home. An award-winner at the Royal Court in 1977 and then running in the West End for a …

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:29AM

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