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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Amsterdam review – actors squabble over story of Nazi occupation by Arifa Akbar

Orange Tree, LondonMaya Arad Yasur’s complex play about the consequences of war is obscured by a series of comic games Amsterdam is billed as an “audacious thriller” and the mystery at…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Anahera review – deft satire of class, race and family values by Arifa Akbar

Finborough, LondonAfter a boy runs away, a Maori social worker is sent to investigate the parents in Emma Kinane’s engaging if overlong New Zealand drama A young Maori social worker is sen…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Theatre and #MeToo: 'There's a new anger in women's stories' by Arifa Akbar

The Weinstein scandal has inspired several new plays ranging from sharp satire to crass comedy. As the mogul heads to trial, we gauge theatre’s response Katie Arnstein tells a story of a d…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Evita review – Argentina's queen of hearts as a high-school mean girl by Arifa Akbar

Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonAndrew Lloyd Webber’s epic gets a rock-concert revival that features pom-poms and twerking but lacks central chemistry It is no surprise that Evita …

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Shackleton's Carpenter review – forgotten hero tells his own tale by Arifa Akbar

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonMalcolm Rennie is stunning as Harry McNish, a carpenter on Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage, whose key part in the famous story has been overlooked The lights go …

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Uncle Vanya review – Rupert Everett is flamboyant in Hare's comic Chekhov by Arifa Akbar

Theatre Royal, BathA dark, growly Everett pushes the humour in David Hare’s absurdist adaptation of the classic drama of mid-life malaise Last year, Rupert Everett gave a heart-wrenching p…

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Rupert Everett: 'I'd have done anything to be a Hollywood star' by Arifa Akbar

He lit up the screen in the 80s – but things did not go as planned. As he takes on Chekhov, Everett speaks about stardom, midlife crises and penis padding Rupert Everett is directing his f…

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Peter Pan review – dark mischief and a wicked Tinkerbell steal the show by Arifa Akbar

Troubadour White City theatre, LondonSally Cookson’s stunning production brims with naughtiness, bloodlust and menace – recalling JM Barrie’s original intentions for the story Peter Pa…

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Malory Towers review – Emma Rice takes Blyton to the top of the class by Arifa Akbar

The Passenger Shed, BristolWith a diverse cast bringing an affectionate subversiveness to Enid Blyton’s postwar school tales, Rice’s musical is huge fun and surprisingly contemporary Emm…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Our Church review – quietly powerful parish abuse reckoning by Arifa Akbar

Watermill, NewburyMarietta Kirkbride’s play about a village torn over forgiving a sex offender convincingly channels older voices The #MeToo movement has inspired a number of plays giving…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Lunatic 19s: A Deportational Road Trip – powerful US immigration drama by Arifa Akbar

Finborough, LondonGabriela Garcia and Devon Anderson shine as a prisoner and her guard in a story where the lines are blurred Tegan McLeod’s drama about American citizenship, illegal immi…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner review – social media storm lit up by Arifa Akbar

Royal Court, LondonJasmine Lee-Jones’s play follows an online battle about the Instagram star and tackles racism, misogyny and colourism The lights are still dead when this play opens. A w…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Whitewash review – mother and son on the frontline of racial tension by Arifa Akbar

Soho theatre, LondonA young man plans to privatise the estate where he grew up in Gabriel Bisset-Smith’s quick-witted drama about identity and belonging Mary is mixed-race; her son Lysande…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Grey review – the racial politics of mental health by Arifa Akbar

Ovalhouse, LondonThe second instalment of Koko Brown’s colour trilogy is a darkly humorous piece about depression White, the first part of Koko Brown’s “colour” trilogy, was about gr…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Chasing Rainbows review – boldly going into the white, male space race by Arifa Akbar

Hoxton Hall, London Donna Berlin is intense as an astronaut in Oneness Sankara’s play about the emotional cost of female ambition ‘I would like to tell you a story about being the first,…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

'Your cat is watching you!' The fearless felines hidden by their author by Arifa Akbar

William Baldwin concealed his 16th-century book Beware the Cat because of its satirical swipes at the Catholic church. Now, it’s celebrated on stage What was the first novel in the English…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Blithe Spirit review – Jennifer Saunders is spookily funny by Arifa Akbar

Theatre Royal BathSaunders is a fizzy delight as the medium in Richard Eyre’s revival of the Noël Coward comedy about a couple haunted by the ghost of the husband’s first wife Noël Cow…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Kill Climate Deniers review – eco-warriors turn up the heat by Arifa Akbar

Pleasance, LondonDavid Finnigan’s bold play about protesters who take an environment minister hostage is stalled by metatheatrics In London’s Parliament Square last October, teenage acti…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Glass Menagerie review – bold and bewitching take on Tennessee Williams by Arifa Akbar

Arcola, LondonFemi Elufowoju Jr’s engaging production puts an African American family at its centre but misses some of the play’s quietly heart-wringing moments Playwright August Wilson…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Audience review – Theresa May joins conveyor belt of PMs meeting the Queen by Arifa Akbar

NST City, SouthamptonUpdated to include Brexit, Peter Morgan’s 2013 drama about the Queen’s off-the-record conversations with her prime ministers seems underpowered Peter Morgan’s play…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Blueprint Medea review – Euripides explodes in modern London by Arifa Akbar

Finborough theatre, LondonJulia Pascal’s dynamic production sees Medea reborn as a former fighter against Isis who finds Jason in the British capital Euripides’ Medea is not just a blood…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Does My Bomb Look Big in This? review – fierce, witty study of radicalisation by Arifa Akbar

Soho theatre, LondonNyla Levy’s play about London schoolfriends, divided when one goes to Syria, is savvy, streetwise and energetic What makes a 15-year-old from Mitcham, south London, lea…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hoard review – emotional wreckage from a drive-by family visit by Arifa Akbar

Arcola theatre, LondonThere are entertaining performances in Bim Adewunmi’s lively debut play about a British-Nigerian family with a dinner guest The dinner party has served as the setting…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Firm review – pub drama overflows with banter and rage by Arifa Akbar

Hampstead theatre, LondonZingy repartee and energetic performances fail to enliven Roy Williams’ tale about a criminal gang’s unresolved grievances The Firm opens in high mood as four mi…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rejoicing at Her Wondrous Vulva … review – listen to this clitoris by Arifa Akbar

Ovalhouse, LondonNothing feels gratuitous in Bella Heesom’s bold and poetic play about female sexuality which ends in catharsis not climax More than 20 years ago, Eve Ensler dared to say t…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Thousand Splendid Suns review – comic fog clouds Hosseini drama by Arifa Akbar

Birmingham RepThis staging of the bestseller loses the story’s gut-wrenching power in a sea of lighthearted flourish Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling book The Kite Runner is about fathers, …

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Captain Corelli's Mandolin review – wartime weepy is shocking and wondrous by Arifa Akbar

Rose theatre, KingstonRona Munro’s adaptation of the Louis de Bernières classic cuts back the love story to drum home the bloody trauma of conflict Louis de Bernières’s Greek island ep…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Other People’s Money review – good capitalism goes to war with greed by Arifa Akbar

Southwark Playhouse, LondonUnfettered excess and predatory humour combine in a timely reflection on big business Jerry Sterner’s play about Wall Street avarice first opened off-Broadway tw…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Tumulus review – chemsex, murder and social satire in 'queer noir' thriller by Arifa Akbar

Soho theatre, LondonThere’s comedy and mystery but darker themes are under-explored in this original but tricksy meta-theatre production Anthony (Ciarán Owens) is a thirtysomething gay ma…

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Amélie the Musical review – sepia-toned surrealism that's high on imagination by Arifa Akbar

The Watermill Theatre, NewburyThe arrival of the kind-hearted and introverted Parisian on the UK stage is a magical and emotional triumph of adaptation The formidable success of Amélie the …

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Mrs Noah fights back: 'It's about extinction. There is no bigger story' by Arifa Akbar

Among the protesters heading for parliament are Noah’s family and Ade Adepitan as God in a suit. April De Angelis talks about turning the biblical flood into riotous drama On Monday, a day…

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