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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Andrzej Lukowski: Oliviers have avoided the diversity rows of other awards, but for how long? by Andrzej Lukowski

Diversity – or lack thereof – has never flared into a major issue at the Olivier Awards. This is perhaps surprising: in

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Andrzej Lukowski: Is Troubadour White City a cautionary tale for London’s theatre mini-boom? by Andrzej Lukowski

For the past few months, London’s two Troubadour Theatres have been a growing obsession of mine. It started out innocently enough: I

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Andrzej Lukowski: Recent collapses show immersive theatre is hard to get right by Andrzej Lukowski

Last week, the extremely troubled immersive theatre show The Wolf of Wall Street closed. The show’s official Twitter at one point declared

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Reviewing my son’s nativity – weak dramaturgy, bad sight lines and confusion by Andrzej Lukowski

As a theatre critic, I see a lot of weird stuff on stage, but I’d never given serious thought to the dramatic

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Where were all the zeitgeist-grabbing plays in 2019? by Andrzej Lukowski

After last year’s bumper crop of headline-grabbing new works that caught the spirit of the times and stormed the West End, Andrzej

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Thriller Live has had a good run, but post-Leaving Neverland its time has come by Andrzej Lukowski

It was recently announced that Thriller Live, the venerable Michael Jackson jukebox musical, would be departing from the Lyric Theatre, its home

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Paperless tickets are the future, so why aren’t they catching on? by Andrzej Lukowski

Paper theatre tickets will not single-handedly doom our planet if not stopped immediately. But they are part of a wider problem of

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Playwright Alice Birch: ‘I’m terrified of getting it wrong – writing is a solitary process’ by Andrzej Lukowski

Never one to shy away from a challenge, playwright Alice Birch portrays women and children separated by the criminal justice system in

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: The Guardian’s list of best shows of the century is a deranged hodge-podge by Andrzej Lukowski

Everybody likes to moan about a list, and this week everyone has been moaning about the Guardian’s list of the 50 best

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Critic Andrzej Lukowski: Gentrification has brought in new theatres, but what is their vision? by Andrzej Lukowski

When it was announced that the Troubadour White City Theatre’s inaugural production – a revival of the National Theatre’s 2016 Christmas hit

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

At Edinburgh Festivals, Climate Awareness Comes at a Cost by Andrzej Lukowski

International arts events are a platform to discuss the planet’s future. But traveling performers and visiting audiences arrive with their own environmental baggage.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Brexit is the topic that never was at Edinburgh, where a bigger issue dominates by Andrzej Lukowski

The ‘Edinburgh bubble’ is a very real phenomenon. The relentless 24-hour mania of the Scottish capital during festival season provides almost total

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Content advisories are fine – just don’t call them ‘trigger warnings’ by Andrzej Lukowski

It is rare that stories about theatre make the mainstream news. ‘Celebrity to star in a play’ is reasonably common, with ‘Mobile

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Have London’s venues left middlebrow plays without a home? by Andrzej Lukowski

In 2007, Dominic Cooke said he intended to stage ‘middle-class dramas’ at London’s Royal Court – but where is that fare now?

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Newspaper theatre criticism is bloodied, but unlikely to disappear by Andrzej Lukowski

Let’s be clear: there is no upside or silver lining to the Evening Standard’s decision to let go of its theatre critics

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Get over the idea of The Great Brexit Play – we don’t need it by Andrzej Lukowski

And so we head to the polling booths for Thursday’s European elections. Parliamentary democracy has still failed to sort out Brexit. But

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: How Game of Thrones has been great for British theatre by Andrzej Lukowski

I’ve never watched Game of Thrones. Not because I have any problem with topless dragon fighting and whatnot, it’s just there are

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: From Glenda Jackson to Jerusalem – the Olivier Awards’ biggest misses? by Andrzej Lukowski

Over the years, I have been nothing if not critical of the Oliviers, especially how the shortlists are compiled for the UK’s

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: The National screwed up when it announced an all-male programme, but not for the reason people think by Andrzej Lukowski

Four times a year, the National Theatre puts out a standard press release saying what will be playing in its repertory system

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Overnight print reviews have long passed their own deadline by Andrzej Lukowski

There is something thrilling when a play has been deemed of significant interest to the population at large that critics all write

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: I can exclusively reveal the Olivier nominees for best comedy, a category that’s a bit of a joke by Andrzej Lukowski

Look away now if you’re chronically averse to spoilers, but I can exclusively announce the shortlist for the best new comedy category

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: The West End is better for Pinter at the Pinter. I am sad to see it go by Andrzej Lukowski

Recently, I became the tiniest bit emotional when I opened up my programme for Pinter Seven, the final part of Jamie Lloyd’s

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Married With Children: New Gay Options, Explored Onstage by Andrzej Lukowski

Two new theater productions in London give fresh perspectives on marriage and parenthood, by looking at them from a gay point of view.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: Shakespeare’s works reflect the best of times and the worst of times by Andrzej Lukowski

Last year, Macbeth was all the rage. The year before that it was Julius Caesar. In 2019, it’s going to be wall-to-wall

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Andrzej Lukowski: The troubling numbers behind this year’s West End box office records by Andrzej Lukowski

The annual Society of London Theatre box office figures are generally about as predictable as a Kazakhstani election result. Just as the

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Andrzej Lukowski: Theatre’s Instagram experiment stumbles over its analogue roots by Andrzej Lukowski

Say what you like about Ed Hall – and plenty have – but his tenure at Hampstead Theatre has seen some serious

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Andrzej Lukowski: With Quentin Letts leaving the Daily Mail, is criticism losing its panto villain? by Andrzej Lukowski

For 14 years, the chief bogeyman of British theatre’s critical fraternity has been the Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts. And now, at last,

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Andrzej Lukowski: Ticket prices show theatre’s class divide is widening by Andrzej Lukowski

Let’s start with the good news from The Stage’s ticketing survey: it is genuinely terrific that the bottom ticket price for West

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Andrzej Lukowski: Why hasn’t the Bridge Theatre delivered a new-writing hit? by Andrzej Lukowski

A year-and-a-bit on, London’s Bridge Theatre has established itself as a significant part of the capital’s landscape. But here’s the thing: has

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Has Rufus Norris helped us reach Peak Understudy? by Andrzej Lukowski

National Theatre head honcho Rufus Norris has endured an occasionally ‘difficult’ relationship with elements of the nation’s press. But it was nothing

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Andrzej Lukowski: Edward Hall leaves Hampstead a success – on his own terms if not always ours by Andrzej Lukowski

I recently interviewed Sean Holmes about his departure from the Lyric Hammersmith. He mused that as his reign wore on, mainstream theatre

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