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Thursday, November 24, 2022

A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic review - more poignant, and more joyous than ever by Demetrios Matheou

This annual rendering of the Dickens classic feels particularly resonant during the economic crisis It’s been five years since I saw the Old Vic’s first Christmas Carol, adapted by Jack…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:06AM
Thursday, September 29, 2022

John Gabriel Borkman, Bridge Theatre review – amusing tale of awful people by Demetrios Matheou

Simon Russell Beale is the unapologetically corrupt banker, in Ibsen's chilly tragicomedy It always feels special when a play speaks so directly to an audience that you feel and hear the rip…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:33PM
Saturday, September 10, 2022

Walking with Ghosts, Apollo Theatre review – a beguiling Gabriel Byrne opens up by Demetrios Matheou

The acclaimed Irish actor adapts his memoir into a stirring one-man show Gabriel Byrne isn’t a typical film star. From his breakthrough as the lustful and doomed Uther Pendragon in Excali…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:19AM
Friday, July 15, 2022

Jack Absolute Flies Again, Olivier Theatre review - fluffy as a cloud but hugely engaging by Demetrios Matheou

Caroline Quentin leads a sparkling cast in Richard Bean’s latest comedy romp Can a comedy have too many jokes? That may seem an odd question, but one that applies to this latest high-octa…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 07:03AM
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Straight Line Crazy review – in desperate need of a curve ball by Demetrios Matheou

Ralph Fiennes plays infamous New York planner Robert Moses, in David Hare’s new play A few years ago Ralph Fiennes starred as the narcissistic, belligerently ambitious, ultimately tragic a…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:36PM
Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Collaboration, Young Vic Theatre review – artistic giants, wigs, warts and all by Demetrios Matheou

Engaging recreation of one of the art world’s most intriguing partnerships At first glance, it was the most unlikely of friendships, even for the solipsistic milieu of the New York art sce…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 11:18PM
Friday, February 11, 2022

The Chairs, Almeida review - a tragi-comic double act for the ages by Demetrios Matheou

A new translation is uproariously funny, if a little too clever for its own good By all accounts, whenever The Chairs is dusted off for a new production it manages to resonate for audience…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:12AM
Sunday, December 16, 2018

'The Convert': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Playwright Danai Gurira returns to London with her award-winning 2012 drama set in colonial Africa, starring her 'Black Panther' castmate Letitia Wright.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:30AM
Thursday, March 29, 2018

'The Inheritance': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Stephen Daldry directs Matthew Lopez's sprawling comedy-drama about gay love after the AIDS crisis, inspired by 'Howards End' and featuring Vanessa Redgrave.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:26PM
Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Hamilton': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize- and multi-Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon lands in London's West End, two years after it stormed Broadway.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:43PM
Saturday, November 5, 2016

'King Lear': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson returns to the stage after a quarter-century in Shakespeare's most demanding role, at an age when Lear wouldn’t be the only one thinking of putting his…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 04:25PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

'The Red Barn': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Mark Strong stars as a New England lawyer dangerously drawn to the widow of his recently deceased best friend in 'The Red Barn,' David Hare's adaptation of the George Simenon novel 'La Main,…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 02:15PM
Friday, October 9, 2015

Measure for Measure, Young Vic by Demetrios Matheou

If one definition of Shakespeare’s problem plays is that they can’t easily be categorised in the canon, being neither tragedy nor comedy, than that issue is swept aside by this radical Y…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:20AM
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Sting, Wilton's Music Hall by Demetrios Matheou

One of the oldest and most striking venues in London lends itself to immersive theatrical experiences. A few years ago the Victorian interior of Wilton’s Music Hall was infused with pre-sh…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:58PM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

American Buffalo, Wyndham's Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

From the great, gasp-inducing rush of colour when the curtain opens on American Buffalo to the embrace that closes it, this revival of David Mamet’s career-making rummage through the junky…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:11PM
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oppenheimer, RSC, Vaudeville by Demetrios Matheou

“Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” J Robert Oppenheimer’s quote from Hindu scripture is often used to signify the scientist’s rueful realisation of what he had created…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:00PM
Friday, March 6, 2015

Antigone, Barbican by Demetrios Matheou

Last year the London stage was treated to an electrifying Medea and an intelligent, refreshing Electra, at The National and the Old Vic respectively. Now it’s the turn of the Barbican to u…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:00AM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studios by Demetrios Matheou

Now that the national self-delusion of the classless society has been laid to rest by the double whammy of economic crisis and the Cameron-Osborne-Johnson era of Bullingdon Club governance, …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:23PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Electra, Old Vic by Demetrios Matheou

As revered as the Greek tragedies may be, I have to admit to feeling a little weary of all that conspicuous, over-ripe angst, and the expectation of our sympathy, even empathy for matricides…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 08:38PM
Friday, September 26, 2014

The James Plays, National Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

Rona Munro’s trilogy of plays about Scotland’s Stuart kings premiered at the Edinburgh Festival when Scottish independence was, for many, still a cherished possibility; it transfers to L…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:08PM
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

True West, Tricycle Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

Time doesn’t take any of the edge off Sam Shepard’s rollicking reflection on the dichotomy of America, the tussle between the myth and the dream, represented by two warring brothers trap…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:35PM
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Streetcar Named Desire, The Young Vic by Demetrios Matheou

The latest production of Tennessee Williams’s sultry, brutal yet poetic masterpiece is mainstream theatre that dares to go out on a limb. Directed by Benedict Andrews, it may occasionally …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:17AM
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Richard III, Trafalgar Studios by Demetrios Matheou

Imagine Dr Watson trying his hand at Moriarty? That’s not the challenge of this Richard III, but the exciting prospect – to see an actor usually called upon to be the sidekick and nice g…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:00PM
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fathers and Sons, Donmar Warehouse by Demetrios Matheou

Brian Friel’s affinity with Russian writers, notably Chekhov and Turgenev, is central to his work, his seeing similarities between their tragi-comic characters, hanging onto “old certain…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 03:59AM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fatal Attraction, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Demetrios Matheou

Just before the curtain came up for the second half of Fatal Attraction, a chap sitting behind me told his companion, “All I remember is that it ends quite badly.” It may seem like a che…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:20AM
Friday, December 13, 2013

Richard II, Barbican by Demetrios Matheou

Richard II arrives in London after a highly successful Stratford run, and while the glow of David Tennant’s Hamlet resides still in the memory. Surprisingly, the pleasure of the production…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:00AM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Strangers on a Train, Gielgud Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

Whether you’re partial to Highsmith or Hitchcock, or both, there’s something deliciously exciting about the prospect of Strangers on a Train. Much of that anticipation lies in the intrig…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 02:34AM
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Race, Hampstead Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

We know that David Mamet doesn’t beat about the bush; he tackles sensitive issues and the least attractive aspects of human nature head on, while his characters use language as weapons aga…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 03:00AM
Thursday, May 23, 2013

To Kill A Mockingbird, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

Every May the townspeople of Monroeville, Alabama, the home of Harper Lee, perform Christopher Sergel’s theatrical adaptation of Lee’s acclaimed, much beloved novel, on the grounds of th…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:47AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

These Shining Lives, Park Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

North London has a splendid new theatre, The Park, whose £2.5 million existence – without a penny of government subsidy – is something  of a miracle given our cash-strapped times. …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 11:00PM

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