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Sunday, December 13, 2020

‘I crave flesh-and-blood actors, an audience that laughs and gasps as one’: the magic of Christmas theatre by Arifa Akbar Interviews By Lyndsey Winship and Andrew Dickson

After a tough year for theatre, our chief critic celebrates the joy of the Christmas show, while five festive performers reveal how it feels to be waiting in the wings Remember your first ev…

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Monday, December 7, 2020

'Holding their nerve': Almeida reopens with play devised during lockdown by Andrew Dickson

With auditions on Zoom, social distancing on stage and scenes that can be cut if an actor tests positive, Nine Lessons and Carols is a play for Covid times In the near-empty Almeida theatre …

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Shakespeare in lockdown: did he write King Lear in plague quarantine? by Andrew Dickson

Pestilence was rife in the Bard’s time, closing theatres and ravaging life. Did he write his bleak, desperate drama while self-isolating? We sift the evidence While those of us stuck in s…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Toby Jones: 'Actors talking about acting? It makes you scream!' by Andrew Dickson

He’s played everything from an elf in Harry Potter to Truman Capote and a harassed coach driver. Now, Jones is taking on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Just don’t call it the role of a lifetim…

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Bans, defiance and death blows: how theatre tore down the Berlin Wall by Andrew Dickson

They defied the Stasi and sparked a revolution. Our writer reveals the pivotal role East Germany’s dynamic theatre culture played in the fall of the GDR – and the collapse of European co…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

To BP or not BP … Would Shakespeare have taken oil company money? by Andrew Dickson

The RSC has finally turned its back on BP funding after actor Mark Rylance said it is what the Bard would have wanted. But as Simon Callow points out – the playwright was hardly a model of…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Bard stuff: actors reveal their favourite Shakespeare character by Andrew Dickson

To mark the Stratford playwright’s birthday, Ophelia Lovibond, Paapa Essiedu, Jade Anouka, Roger Allam and John Kani discuss the roles they love best The great thing about Shakespeare is t…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

The best Shakespeare films – ranked! by Andrew Dickson

Kenneth Branagh graduates from player to playwright this week for All is True, in which he plays an ailing Bard. But which big-screen Shakey is the greatest?Despite its hey-nonny-nonny reput…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Cate Blanchett on her S&M-themed play: 'I see theatre as a provocation' by Andrew Dickson

Cate Blanchett has played queens, vagabonds and Bob Dylan. Now the double Oscar-winner is hitting the London stage in an avant garde work about sexual domination – and hinting at a farewel…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

'Don't spit on the deck!' Arts bosses on how to hand over power by Andrew Dickson

When Indhu Rubasingham turned the Tricycle theatre into the Kiln earlier this year, there were protests and passionate defences. Vicky Featherstone, Richard Eyre and Charles Saumarez Smith d…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Rediscovering Queen Margaret: 'I tried to think of Shakespeare as my co-writer' by Andrew Dickson

A new work by Jeanie O’Hare distils four Shakespeare plays to retell the story of the Wars of the Roses, focusing on Margaret of Anjou, the formidable wife of Henry VIThe unmissable theatr…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

South Western review – pasties at dawn in a riotous wild west homage by Andrew Dickson

Tobacco Factory, BristolWardrobe Ensemble’s western pastiche is a diverting gallop through fake blood, feminist twists and Bristolian in-jokesIn 2015, boutique, Bristol-based collective th…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A is for 'ah well', F is for fish and chips: show delivers A-Z of Englishness by Andrew Dickson

English, created by National Theatre Wales and Quarantine, is a brainstorm about language and identity On either side of the stage, screens flash up words and phrases. “Accident of birth…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

King Lear – review by Andrew Dickson

Shakespeare's Globe, LondonA gaunt and arthritic king totters on stage, his head a thatch of matted white hair – then, grinning, he springs up like a jack-in-the-box and whisks off the wig…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Shakespeare timeline: follow the plot of the playwright's life by Andrew Dickson

From his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon to family tragedy, friendship with the monarch and success at the Globe, explore the twists and turns in Shakespeare’s own storyOn 26 April, Stratford…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

After ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear,’ Where Else Can Paapa Essiedu Go? by Andrew Dickson

One director said “the canon is wide open” for this young British actor, who is onstage at BAM this month and at the Kennedy Center in May.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

'Don't screw it up!' Artistic directors on the perils of regime change by Andrew Dickson

Rupert Goold was left an out-of-date bottle of cassis. Josie Rourke received wisdom – and a warning. Jackie Wylie banned talk of Black Watch. Three ADs on taking over the top jobThe Britis…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Turning a Ghoulish Children’s Book Into a Grand Opera by Andrew Dickson

Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” has been transformed into an opera in London, with music by Mark-Anthony Turnage. It goes to some genuinely disturbing places.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Is this a dagger dangling before me? Staging the strange world of Macbeth by Andrew Dickson

With Christopher Eccleston and Rory Kinnear taking a stab at Shakespeare’s thane, we look at the trouble with one of its most famous – and weirdest – momentsMacbeth is full of things t…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

'Tear it down and start again': playwright Elinor Cook on sexism in British theatre by Andrew Dickson

Her sharp and funny plays have feted female friendship. As Elinor Cook takes Ibsen to the Caribbean with her version of The Lady from the Sea, she talks about fighting against the industry…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Floods, locust farms and teens in charge: Blast Theory's vision of Hull in 2097 by Andrew Dickson

The experimental troupe are giving the UK city of culture a glimpse of what it might look like in 80 years’ time – and it isn’t pretty. Our writer travels to Denmark to meet the team b…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Blood and cherry blossom: Yukio Ninagawa's samurai Macbeth is back by Andrew Dickson

His bold take on Shakespeare’s tragedy features kabuki witches, Buddhist chants and a cello-playing Lady Macbeth. As it returns, Yukio Ninagawa’s collaborators remember how he enthralled…

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thelma Holt: 'I'll be honest, I thought: I'm never going to be as good as Vanessa Redgrave' by Andrew Dickson

The legendary stage producer talks to Andrew Dickson about marriage, Shakespeare and bloody-minded determination"My life and times?" says Thelma Holt. "I love talking, but" – her voic…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

'I wrote it in a frenzy': David Harrower on the play that saved him by Andrew Dickson

He was living with his mum and working as a dish-washer. But he threw all he had into a brutal play that became a Scottish classic. The dramatist talks about the return of Knives in Hens –…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Live webchat: Russell Kane answered your questions by Andrew Dickson

Comedian and Beyoncé impersonator Russell Kane was in at 3pm today to answer your questions. What did he have to say?There are few male comics of whom you could say that it's a close call w…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Balancing Acts by Nicholas Hytner review – secrets of the National Theatre by Andrew Dickson

The NT’s former artistic director digs up absorbing material, and argues that high-minded can also be showbiz goldImpressive though his time running the National Theatre was, in one respec…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How Punchdrunk breathed life into The Drowned Man by Andrew Dickson

Punchdrunk are staging their biggest show yet – a descent into the Hollywood dream factory – in a vast west London building. But have the interactive mavericks reached theatre's outer&nb…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spy report that criticised Marlowe for 'gay Christ' claim is revealed online by Andrew Dickson

British Library releases ‘Baines note’ in which playwright Christopher Marlowe scandalously suggests Christian communion should be smoked in a pipeA controversial document in which the p…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

From War Horse to Wolf Hall: the secret alchemy of stage lighting by Andrew Dickson

How a play is lit changes not only how it looks but how we feel about it. Top designers Paule Constable and Mark Henderson discuss mysteries of the craftIn the darkness of the Lyric theatre …

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Martin Crimp: ‘I wrote a play called Cruel and Tender – I hope to be both’ by Andrew Dickson

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley have starred in his bleakly funny, sometimes dowright horrible plays. As The Treatment is revived at the Almeida, Martin Crimp talks about how his wo…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Woman overboard! Hull unveils its spectacular floating city show by Andrew Dickson

The City of Culture is hitting the waves for Flood, its wildly ambitious flagship show – and even the boat gets a stunt doubleIn a quiet corner of Whitby harbour, Alan Lane, artistic direc…

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