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Saturday, May 19, 2018

I Can't Sing closure: why Harry Hill's X Factor musical was voted off by Mark Lawson

Harry Hill and Steve Brown's show was staged too late – and felt conflicted. We were asked to laugh at the vacuousness of it all yet also care about the charactersWhereas the diaries of mu…

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense review - Robert Webb and Mark Heap are unflappably farcical by Mark Lawson

This clever PG Wodehouse tribute reproduces the manners of the Edwardian English upper classes, while cunningly sending them up• Bertie Wooster or Jez from Peep Show? Take our quiz• Mark…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Yanis Varoufakis: 'Macbeth is at the mercy of forces beyond his control, like Theresa May' by Mark Lawson

The Greek former finance minister talks about the lessons politicians could learn from Shakespeare, ahead of a lecture in LondonIs Theresa May Macbeth? Might King Lear agree with Jeremy Corb…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

'I didn't fancy being stuck in North Korea': the stormy thriller by a Japanese Ulsterman by Mark Lawson

In Francis Turnly’s trilogy one schoolgirl becomes a cat and another goes missing. The sheep farmer turned dramatist discusses The Great Wave, about North Koreans forced into prostitution…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Politics, star power and prison Shakespeare: how Josie Rourke rocked the Donmar by Mark Lawson

Rourke, who will leave the London theatre in 2019, staged perky experiments, rapid-fire responses and invigorating revivals. Who will take her place?When Josie Rourke leaves London’s Donma…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The new culture secretary: besides loving Galway Girl, what do we know about Matt Hancock? by Mark Lawson

He rides a racehorse, plays Arctic cricket and has already seen Hamilton. How will the new boss do at the DCMS – and will Ed Sheeran be invited to its Xmas party?In the BBC’s self-satire…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

From the Bard to Bart: how Mr Burns challenges our common culture by Mark Lawson

If Mr Burns, a provocative vision of post-apocalyptic America, has been slammed, it's because theatre critics know more about Homer than Homer Simpson. More fool them.One of the most tantali…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Suzy Storck review – home is a battlefield in brooding motherhood drama by Mark Lawson

Gate theatre, London Caoilfhionn Dunne portrays the physical and psychological decline of a reluctant mother of three in Magali Mougel’s chilling, visceral playIt looks as if a bomb has go…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Peter Hall: the peerless showman who transformed British theatre by Mark Lawson

The great director, who has died aged 86, was a founding father of both the National Theatre and the RSC and masterminded landmark stagings of Shakespeare, Beckett and Pinter The roles of di…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DollyWould: Sh!t Theatre's fringe tribute to the country singer and the cloned sheep by Mark Lawson

Performance artists Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit are known for their political shows but their latest was designed to be ‘pure fun’The theatrical double-act Sh!t Theatre got the…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trumped out: why the fringe can't keep up with 2017 by Mark Lawson

From Trumpageddon to Brexit: The Musical, many would-be topical crowdpleasers at this year’s fringe can’t match the manic pace of real-life news eventsThis would be a bad time to try to …

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Mrs Orwell review – Cressida Bonas is persuasive as Orwell's muse and mistress by Mark Lawson

Old Red Lion theatre, LondonThis powerfully acted story of George Orwell’s death-bed marriage to Sonia Brownell makes for an entertaining night of literary intrigue and anecdoteGeorge Orwe…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sam Shepard: the man who conquered Broadway and Hollywood by Mark Lawson

The Pulitzer-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor leaves behind a vast career that took him from stage to screen and back againSam Shepard, who has died aged 73, was perhaps the only…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Fleabag's Vicky Jones: 'Stop pretending everyone knows how to do sex' by Mark Lawson

From directing Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag to her new play Touch, Vicky Jones isn’t afraid to tell the truth about young women’s messy sexual exploitsThe theatrical career of Vicky J…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Bertie Carvel: 'His speciality is making monsters and demons understood' by Mark Lawson

The actor’s former creations include a psychopathic teacher and an adulterous husband. Now the son of a former Guardian journalist is to play Rupert Murdoch in a new play, InkAs the son, g…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bat Out of Hell review – Meat Loaf musical thunders through the hits by Mark Lawson

Coliseum, LondonJim Steinman’s perky lyrics are often overpowered in this musical juggernaut, but his roaring choruses and fairytale plot are built for the ENO’s stageSeveral of the song…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Goalmouth drama: football fans become players in their clubs' stories by Mark Lawson

From the terraces to the post-match showers, two new theatre shows let Cobblers, Blues and Villains supporters tackle their teams’ histories and rivalriesFootball and theatre can both rang…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Oslo: the smash hit about the peace accords that's been scrutinised by 1,000 UN delegates by Mark Lawson

How do you turn a grinding peace deal into a sellout show that’s up for seven Tony awards? Easy, says JT Rogers. Just violate your heroes – and stir in some Noël Coward“If you had tol…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Theatre should turn its back on blackface by Mark Lawson

The idea of white actors making themselves up as black is shocking to most of us – and yet a theatre in Germany has seen fit to continue the tradition. Why?Most news stories – government…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

King Charles III: a West End treat for royalists and tourists alike by Mark Lawson

Mike Bartlett's mock-Shakespearean take on constitutional crisis over Prince Charles proves an attraction• 'Royally entertaining' ... Michael Billington's review of the Almeida productionA…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Much Ado About Nothing review – Sh!t-faced Shakespeare does the Bard blotto by Mark Lawson

Leicester Square theatre, LondonThis tipsy performance of giggly, off-script improvisation is pointless if it’s put-on, cruel if it’s real, and staggeringly bad if you’re soberThe most…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Tim Pigott-Smith: a man born to play kings by Mark Lawson

The actor’s imposing vocal and physical presence equipped him to play Lear and a future Charles III as well as a series of police and army officersCombining height with a voice of unusual …

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Elaine Stritch obituary by Mark Lawson

Feisty, quick-witted actor and singer acclaimed as the 'first lady of Broadway'• From Sondheim to 30 Rock: Stritch's career in clips• Stritch interview: 'I'm a do-it-myself kind of broad…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Rob Brydon: I Am Standing Up review – comic's comeback is edgier than it seems by Mark Lawson

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea Picking on the audience is engaging more than cruel as Brydon riffs and ad-libs with seasoned charm in his new tourLined with retirement bungalows and hol…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Murdoch, the Coughing Major and a Kids Company musical: theatre gets real by Mark Lawson

A rush of new plays offer fictionalised versions of Labour’s 1981 split, the revamp of the Sun, a TV quizshow scandal and other real events. Playwrights James Graham and Steve Waters discu…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Night fever: breakout star Tamara Lawrance on exploding Shakespeare by Mark Lawson

Barely out of Rada, Tamara Lawrance cruised into TV and stage roles. Now she’s taking on Twelfth Night at the National. Can it beat her weird student version?Playing Viola in Twelfth Night…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Top Trumps review – playwrights get to grips with new president by Mark Lawson

Theatre 503, LondonNeil LaBute and Caryl Churchill contribute to an evening of plays that make every effort to empathise with Trump votersNews that a London fringe theatre had commissioned a…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Howard Barker: 'I have contempt for messages in plays. I'm not trying to influence anyone' by Mark Lawson

In the past, his plays have enraged the right. But Howard Barker’s new foes are liberals – angry at the ‘yellowface’ casting in his latest work. Why is he so unbothered?At the bottom…

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Caryl Churchill, by the people who know her best by Mark Lawson

Her plays arrive fully formed – and she refuses to talk about what they mean. Mark Lawson talks to actors, directors and her publisher about what really makes Churchill tickSince the death…

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Alan Bennett at 80: everything but a national treasure by Mark Lawson

The writer remains nationally visible and professionally treasured, just don't be fooled into using the obvious label• B is for Betty's, S is for splother ... An A-Z of Alan Bennett• 80 …

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Replay for today: why the remake is making a comeback by Mark Lawson

A new season of shows, on stage and screen, give a strong sense of deja vu. But are remakes always an artistic upgrade?The top-grossing films of 2016 in the UK are The Jungle Book and B…

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