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Sunday, March 7, 2021

One Hand Tied Behind Us: Betsy; Contactless review – emphatic monologues by Susannah Clapp

Old Vic, London; available onlineSolo voices reverberate in these archive performances of Maxine Peake’s play about a woman in prison, and Ella Hickson’s roaming story of escape I have o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM

Samuel West: 'On screen I mostly play evil members of the establishment or Victorian perverts' by Susannah Clapp

The actor on his pandemic poetry jukebox, life lessons of the Moomins, the pros and cons of Twitter, and how to reboot regional theatre Samuel West, 54, one of the best verse speakers of his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, February 28, 2021

The week in theatre: Hymn; Typical review – first-rate and perfectly balanced by Susannah Clapp

Almeida, London; Soho theatre, London; both available onlineAdrian Lester and Danny Sapani work as one in Lolita Chakrabarti’s brilliantly realised study of male friendship. And a breathle…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Sunday, February 21, 2021

All on Her Own Review – a curio of repressed emotion by Susannah Clapp

MZG Theatre Productions; available onlineJanie Dee impresses in a smart production of a Terence Rattigan solo work bound up in class issues Terence Rattigan has long been rescued from the th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Sunday, February 14, 2021

Good Grief review – tender tale of loss in a hybrid of stage and screen by Susannah Clapp

Original Theatre; available onlineSian Clifford and Nikesh Patel rehearsed for two days on Zoom before being filmed in a studio in Lorien Haynes’s impressively naturalistic bereavement sto…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, January 31, 2021

Weg met Eddy Bellegueule review – a four-way triumph by Susannah Clapp

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, live streamPlaying multiple roles – and all the music – four young actors dazzle in Eline Arbo’s superb staging of Édouard Louis’s brutal coming-of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, December 27, 2020

The week in theatre: Living Newspaper; Angels in Bristol review – quick thinking by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court, London, online; Bristol Old Vic onlineMore than 60 writers and 200 freelancers get to work on the Royal Court’s inspired latest venture, while the Bible gets a Bristol twist …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Theatre: Susannah Clapp's 10 best of 2020 by Susannah Clapp

Our critic looks back on dazzling state-of-the-nation monologues and valiant virtual reimaginings, Ovid and Oliver Twist Dance: Sarah Crompton’s five best of 2020 The Observer critics’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:32PM
Sunday, December 20, 2020

The week in theatre: The Comeback; Six by Susannah Clapp

Noël Coward; Lyric, London A brisk new backstage farce was overtaken by events, while Henry VIII’s splendid singing wives were silenced once more as London entered tier 3 All gone. And at…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Saturday, December 19, 2020

Oh, yes she is: panto dames through the decades – in pictures by Susannah Clapp

It can be a role as career-defining as Hamlet. Dan Leno, who starred at Drury Lane every Christmas from 1888 to 1904, was the first great pantomime dame: a tiny ex-clog dancer with a top-kno…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM
Sunday, December 13, 2020

The week in theatre: Nine Lessons and Carols; A Christmas Carol; The Ballad of Corona V; The Dumb Waiter – review by Susannah Clapp

Almeida; Bridge; Big House; Hampstead, LondonAs theatres ease into the new normal, the Almeida and Big House celebrate connection and isolation, while Nicholas Hytner’s A Christmas Carol d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Sunday, November 15, 2020

15 Heroines review – a triumphant revoicing of Ovid by Susannah Clapp

Jermyn Street theatre onlineThe aggrieved women of the poet’s Heroides speak loud and clear in 15 bristling new monologues by top playwrights, scorchingly delivered by 15 leading actors He…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, November 8, 2020

The week in theatre: Death of England: Delroy; Crave; Little Wars – reviews by Susannah Clapp

Olivier, London; Chichester Festival theatre; live streamThe sequel to Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’s Death of England, plus works by Sarah Kane and Steven Carl McCasland, evoke rage and pr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Sunday, November 1, 2020

The week in theatre: Bubble; Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt; Nine Lives – review by Susannah Clapp

Nottingham Playhouse; Apollo; Bridge, LondonOpposites attract in James Graham’s typically astute new two-hander; Adam Kay’s surgical wit lights up the West End; and an asylum story with …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Monday, October 19, 2020

Uncle Vanya review – coronavirus gives Chekhov a shot in the arm by Susannah Clapp

The pandemic supercharges the atmosphere in this film version of Ian Rickson’s recent stage production Here is an extraordinary, transfiguring leap from stage to screen. Ian Rickson’s pr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03PM
Sunday, October 11, 2020

Nights in the Gardens of Spain & Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet review – fetish with flair by Susannah Clapp

Bridge theatre, LondonTamsin Greig flutters while Maxine Peake is uproarious in a fiendish double bill from Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads series What a cunning double bill this is. The late…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Monday, September 21, 2020

Kenneth Tynan: the Musical review – you heard it here first by Susannah Clapp

The newly formed Musical Theatre Factory creates bespoke musicals for any occasion; for our critic, a potentially barnstorming show about her predecessor... Like all good ideas, it looks obv…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Shrine & Bed Among the Lentils review – silent screams from Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville by Susannah Clapp

Bridge theatre, LondonThe wide-open space of the Bridge is commanded with riveting intimacy in one of four Talking Heads double bills The sheer success of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads mak…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Sunday, September 6, 2020

The week in theatre: Beat the Devil; Sleepless: A Musical Romance – review by Susannah Clapp

Bridge, London; Troubadour, Wembley ParkDavid Hare’s explosive, first-hand coronavirus monologue, delivered by Ralph Fiennes, hits every target. And Kimberley Walsh and Jay McGuinness carr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Out of the Woods review – bitten by the big bad wolf by Susannah Clapp

Alan Cumming puts his trademark drollery to diabolic effect in this exhilarating twist on Little Red Riding Hood Each week through these Covid months the National Theatre of Scotland has bee…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Blindness review – Juliet Stevenson rages between your ears by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse, LondonThere is no escape for a socially distanced audience all wearing headphones from Simon Stephens’s powerfully menacing adaptation of José Saramago Every now and the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Sunday, August 9, 2020

The week in theatre: Fanny and Stella; The House That Slipped; Alice: A Virtual Theme Park – review by Susannah Clapp

Garden theatre, London SE11; onlineTwo singing, dancing Victorian cross-dressers give the kiss of life to London’s fringe theatre. And by Zoom to 2070 and Wonderland Here are some chinks i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Week in Theatre: My White Best Friend; And So We Come Forth – review by Susannah Clapp

Black writers shared feelings they had kept to themselves for years in a quietly explosive week of tension and tears The words of My White Best Friend (and Other Letters Left Unsaid) hit act…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Sunday, June 28, 2020

The week in theatre: The Protest; Rockets and Blue Lights; PlacePrints; Charlie Ward – review by Susannah Clapp

Urgent new perspectives on George Floyd’s death and the slave trade’s place in art; pastoral meditations from David Rudkin and an unforgettable wartime soundscape Every week, a new catas…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM

Ian McKellen's Hamlet, aged 81: it's madness but there's method in it by Susannah Clapp

Eyebrows were raised over the casting for the young Prince of Denmark, but it could give the play new life At first it seems preposterous. Aged 81, Ian McKellen has announced he is to play H…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Sunday, June 21, 2020

The future of the arts: ‘Online theatre is a skeleton of the thing itself’ by Susannah Clapp

With real life now the biggest show in town, our theatre critic reflects on the catastrophic effects of lockdown, and talks to industry insiders about navigating a way back Kitty Empire: ‘…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Sunday, June 7, 2020

The best online theatre: What Do We Need to Talk About?; Dear Ireland; Sea Wall; The Ruins of Empire – review by Susannah Clapp

Outstanding Zoom drama from New York, a deluge of monologues from Dublin and an astonishing solo performance by Andrew Scott The theatres have been dark – in that terrible, expressive phra…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Monday, March 30, 2020

The experts’ experts: Observer critics on the cultural voices they trust by Laura Cumming, Mark Kermode, Bidisha, Miranda Sawyer, Susannah Clapp, Kitty Empire, Fiona Maddocks and Rowan Moore

The best new writers, the indispensable books, the go-to websites… our arts writers reveal their sources of insight Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48AM
Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Seven Streams of the River Ota review – magic in motion by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton, LondonRobert Lepage’s extraordinary, seven-hour fusion of horror, romance and French farce made for a fitting final show before London’s theatres went into lockdown This was t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Sunday, March 15, 2020

The week in theatre: On Blueberry Hill; Shoe Lady; Crongton Knights – review by Susannah Clapp

Trafalgar Studios; Royal Court, London; Theatre Royal BrightonSebastian Barry’s tale of two cellmates succeeds despite plausibility issues, while Katherine Parkinson is magnetic in a flims…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Sunday, March 8, 2020

The week in theatre: Oliver Twist; I Think We Are Alone; Women Beware Women – review by Susannah Clapp

Leeds Playhouse; Stratford East; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonOliver is both deaf and poor in a sign-language version of Dickens’s tale that speaks to 21st-century London. And Frantic As…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM

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