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Sunday, January 22, 2023

The week in theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire; Watch on the Rhine by Susannah Clapp

Almeida; Donmar Warehouse, LondonPaul Mescal, Patsy Ferran and Anjana Vasan captivate in Rebecca Frecknall’s headlong take on Tennessee Williams. And Lillian Hellman’s 1941 call to arms …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:30AM
Sunday, January 1, 2023

The week in theatre: One Woman Show; Hakawatis; Bugsy Malone by Susannah Clapp

Ambassadors; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Alexandra Palace, LondonLiz Kingsman’s zinging take on Fleabag goes beyond parody. Elsewhere, a gutsy, all-female Arabian Nights, and splurge guns at …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:30AM
Sunday, December 18, 2022

Theatre: Susannah Clapp’s 10 best shows of 2022 by Susannah Clapp

Thirties Harlem and the siege of Troy rocked, along with Joan of Arc, Orlando and the Ladies of Llangollen, to be greeted by funding cuts across the board Read the Observer critics’ review…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM

The week in theatre: As You Like It; Mandela; Kerry Jackson – review by Susannah Clapp

Sohoplace; Young Vic; Dorfman, LondonThe many voices of Josie Rourke’s fresh As You Like It are led by Rose Ayling-Ellis, signing the part of Celia; a new Mandela musical can’t do the gr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

The week in theatre: Orlando; Hex review – an elemental Emma Corrin, and a bit of a beast at the National by Susannah Clapp

Garrick; Olivier, LondonCorrin shape-shifts to perfection in Neil Bartlett’s zestful take on Virginia Woolf’s novel, while a bad fairy casts a spell on Rufus Norris’s Sleeping Beauty m…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

The week in theatre: Henry V; Vardy v Rooney; ¡Showmanism! – review by Susannah Clapp

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Wyndham’s, London; Ustinov Studio, BathOliver Johnstone mesmerises as Henry V, Vardy and Rooney go head to head, and Dickie Beau lipsyncs a swarm of voices, from H…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Sunday, November 20, 2022

The week in theatre: Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World; The Sex Party by Susannah Clapp

Battersea Arts Centre; Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonJavaad Alipoor gets meta with an investigation into investigations, while Terry Johnson leaves little to the imagination What timing. J…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Sunday, November 13, 2022

The week in theatre: Not One of These People; Not Now; Super High Resolution – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court; Finborough; Soho theatre, LondonQuestions of who can speak for whom animate both Martin Crimp’s new AI work and David Ireland’s brilliant Belfast dialogue. And a star is bor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Sunday, November 6, 2022

The week in theatre: Something in the Air; A Dead Body in Taos – reviews by Susannah Clapp

Jermyn Street theatre, London; Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonPeter Gill’s subtle new play finds the power of love in the smallest of details, while David Farr explores strained family bonds…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, October 30, 2022

The week in theatre: Tammy Faye; Hamlet; Marvellous – review by Susannah Clapp

Almeida, London; Bristol Old Vic; Soho Place, LondonKatie Brayben nails the title role as Tammy Faye in a musical otherwise lacking edge, Billy Howle makes a princely Hamlet and an all-new …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Sunday, October 23, 2022

The week in theatre: My Neighbour Totoro; Local Hero – review by Susannah Clapp

Barbican, London; Minerva, ChichesterA beloved Studio Ghibli anime is brought to magical life in Phelim McDermott’s new RSC production, while the 1983 film Local Hero finds fresh resonance…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM
Sunday, October 16, 2022

The week in theatre: Good; The Band’s Visit; The Boy With Two Hearts – review by Susannah Clapp

Harold Pinter; Donmar Warehouse; Dorfman, LondonAs a mild-mannered German academic who drifts into becoming an SS officer, David Tennant is transfixing; a vibrant oddball musical bridges the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Sunday, October 9, 2022

The week in theatre: Blues for an Alabama Sky; The Crucible; Dido’s Bar – review by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton; Olivier; Royal Docks, LondonThirties Harlem is vibrantly alive at the National, while mob rule meets Little House on the Prairie in an assured revival of The Crucible. Elsewhere, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:43AM
Sunday, October 2, 2022

The week in theatre: John Gabriel Borkman; Eureka Day – review by Susannah Clapp

Bridge; Old Vic, LondonSimon Russell Beale is doubly commanding as Ibsen’s charismatic banker in a problem-raising revival, while a new anti-vax satire needs more than a shot of Helen Hunt…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:19AM
Sunday, September 11, 2022

The week in theatre: I, Joan; The Glass Menagerie; Silence – review by Susannah Clapp

Shakespeare’s Globe, London; Royal Exchange, Manchester; Donmar Warehouse, LondonIsobel Thom’s non-binary Joan of Arc blazes on to the stage in Charlie Josephine’s eye-opening new play…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:43AM
Sunday, September 4, 2022

The week in theatre: The Narcissist; Into the Woods – review by Susannah Clapp

Minerva, Chichester; Theatre Royal BathChristopher Shinn’s new play of post-Trump politics finds complex characters lost in ego and addiction, while Terry Gilliam and Leah Hausman’s take…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Sunday, August 28, 2022

The week in theatre: A Little Life; Medea; Muster Station: Leith; Detention Dialogues by Susannah Clapp

Festival theatre; the Hub; Leith Academy; Studio, Potterrow, EdinburghThe hurt is all too real in Ivo van Hove’s visceral staging of Hanya Yanagihara’s bestseller; Liz Lochhead’s Scots…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:37AM
Sunday, August 21, 2022

The Trials review – a teenage jury call their climate-ruining elders to account by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse, LondonThe ‘dinosaur’ generation is put on trial in Dawn King’s near-future new play, graced by some nicely nuanced performances from its youthful cast The Trials is f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Sunday, August 14, 2022

The week in theatre: All of Us; Jarman – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; King’s Head, LondonDisablism, austerity and therapy-speak fuel Francesca Martinez’s jolting drama, while Mark Farrelly channels Derek Jarman in a rush of memories There are star…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Sunday, July 24, 2022

The week in theatre: Much Ado About Nothing; Jack Absolute Flies Again; Crazy for You by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton; Olivier, London; Chichester festival theatreShakespeare’s comedy is the gift that keeps on giving; Mrs Malaprop’s a loose cannon in Richard Bean’s Battle of Britain take on …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:37AM
Sunday, July 17, 2022

The week in theatre: Patriots; The Tempest; King Lear by Susannah Clapp

Almeida, London; Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath; Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonTom Hollander excels in Peter Morgan’s incisive oligarch drama; Deborah Warner directs a fine Tempest; an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42AM
Sunday, July 10, 2022

The week in theatre: The Seagull; The Southbury Child; Richard III by Susannah Clapp

Harold Pinter; Bridge, London; RSC, Stratford-upon-AvonThe action’s all in the detail in Jamie Lloyd’s spellbound Chekhov; Alex Jennings excels as a vicar refusing to find the common tou…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Sunday, July 3, 2022

The week in theatre: Rock/ Paper/ Scissors; The Fellowship by Susannah Clapp

Crucible/Lyceum/Studio theatre, Sheffield; Hampstead theatre, LondonTiming is everything in Chris Bush’s theatre-hopping trio of Sheffield plays; the same goes for Roy Williams’s ill-sta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, June 26, 2022

The week in theatre: A Doll’s House, Part 2; Jitney – review by Susannah Clapp

Donmar; Old Vic, LondonLucas Hnath’s sequel to the Ibsen classic is intriguing rather than revelatory; but August Wilson’s taxi-stand drama has developed new flavour with age Ibsen’s A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Sunday, June 19, 2022

The week in theatre: That Is Not Who I Am; The False Servant by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court, London; Orange Tree, RichmondA revelatory drama about identity theft is let down by its thriller plot, while translator Martin Crimp adds wit to an outsized Marivaux comedy The …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Sunday, June 5, 2022

The week in theatre: The Glass Menagerie; Girl on an Altar; We Started to Sing by Susannah Clapp

Duke of York’s; Kiln; Arcola, LondonAmy Adams’s star power fails to illuminate underpowered Tennessee Williams; Eileen Walsh burns bright as Clytemnestra; and Barbara Flynn and Robin Soa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM
Sunday, May 29, 2022

The week in theatre: The Father and the Assassin; Celebrated Virgins; Legally Blonde by Susannah Clapp

Olivier, London; Theatre Clwyd, Mold; Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonGandhi’s murderer turns on the charm in an extraordinary production; the ladies of Llangollen come to vibrant …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Sunday, May 22, 2022

The week in theatre: The House of Shades; My Fair Lady; The Breach by Susannah Clapp

Almeida; Coliseum; Hampstead, LondonAnne-Marie Duff’s aspiring singer transfixes in a didactic family saga; My Fair Lady feels strangely vacant. Plus, a stifling tale of dysfunctional sibl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Sunday, May 15, 2022

The week in theatre: Oklahoma!; Unchain Me; House of Ife by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic, London; Brighton festival; Bush, LondonRodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical is roughed up; dreamthinkspeak amble around Brighton; and a first for Amharic on the British stage…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Sunday, May 8, 2022

The week in theatre: Middle; Prima Facie; Much Ado About Nothing by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; Harold Pinter; Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonA couple struggle to connect – or touch – in David Eldridge’s latest; Jodie Comer owns the courtroom; and Lucy Bailey directs a spa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Sunday, May 1, 2022

The week in theatre: Jerusalem; The Corn Is Green; Marys Seacole by Susannah Clapp

Apollo; Lyttelton; Donmar Warehouse, LondonSpellbinding Mark Rylance returns as the anarchic Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron; Nicola Walker hits the mark in Dominic Cooke’s brilliant Emlyn Will…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM

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