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Monday, October 4, 2021

Hamlet, Young Vic review - Cush Jumbo flares in a low-key production by Heather Neill

Youthful Elsinore reflects life in present-day London It is a truism that every Hamlet is different, depending more than any other play on the casting of the lead. Each production moulds it…

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Witness for the Prosecution, London County Hall review - return of Agatha Christie's gripping courtroom drama by Heather Neill

This serpentine classic is perfectly placed in every sense Lucy Bailey's production of Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, first staged at County Hall in 2017, has a few years to make up…

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Friday, July 9, 2021

The Dumb Waiter, Old Vic: in Camera theatre review - Pinter's two-hander more in sorrow than in anger by Heather Neill

Thoughtful and funny revival of a familiar classic Pinter wrote The Dumb Waiter in 1957 (although it wasn't seen in London until 1960) the year before The Birthday Party received its notorio…

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Romeo and Juliet, Creation Theatre online review - game version falls between stools by Heather Neill

Live performance, film and digital play combine in this misfired interactive experience There is a promising production struggling to get out of this muddled concept. Creation Theatre (here …

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Romeo and Juliet, National Theatre online review - a triumphant hybrid by Heather Neill

Simon Godwin's debut film is part dressed-down rehearsal, part cinematic flourish Shakespeare's enduring tale of star-crossed lovers is especially pertinent in a pandemic. The fatal plot twi…

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Romeo and Juliet online review - futuristic and timely by Heather Neill

Innovative technology places actors virtually in the Palace Theatre, Manchester The story of Romeo and Juliet is well known, worth revisiting endlessly and always relevant. But there is anot…

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Love in a Wood, Jermyn Street Theatre review - stars gather remotely for a lively online presentation by Heather Neill

Free reading for charity of Wycherley's first Restoration comedy Swaggering rakes, posturing fops, sexual intrigue, illicit encounters, wit, artifice, wigs, fans and beauty spots - these ar…

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's Globe online review - a seasonal treat by Heather Neill

Michelle Terry, John Light and Pearce Quigley lead an inventive cast relishing the comic potential of the Elizabethan stage What could be better for a lockdown summer night "out" than a virt…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Nora: A Doll's House, Young Vic review - Ibsen diced, sliced and reinvented with poetic precision by Heather Neill

Stef Smith brings exhilarating spirit to a familiar classic Ibsen's Nora slammed the door on her infantilising marriage in 1879 but the sound of it has continued to reverberate down the year…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Duchess of Malfi, Almeida Theatre review - a radically original perspective on Webster's tragedy by Heather Neill

Rebecca Frecknall directs a production which ultimately finds its heart This play can be a challenge for modern audiences: a woman who is ostensibly in a position of power, "a prince" in Ren…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Christmas Carol, Old Vic Theatre review - the festive favourite mixes gloom with merriment by Heather Neill

A vigorous Paterson Joseph meets the Christmas spirits "Dickensian" commonly means both sentimental Victorian, apple-cheeked family perfection (especially at Christmas) and abject poverty. …

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Friday, November 29, 2019

The Wind of Heaven, Finborough Theatre review - a welcome, if strange, Emlyn Williams rediscovery by Heather Neill

Welsh parable of the second coming makes unusual seasonal fare This is the third Emlyn Williams piece to be presented here in a decade: The Druid's Rest in 2009 was followed by the enormous …

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Friday, November 8, 2019

The Taming of the Shrew, Barbican review - different but still problematic by Heather Neill

Gender changes provide a new perspective on the balance of power This is one play by Shakespeare ripe for tinkering. It's well nigh impossible now to take it at face value and still find rom…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ian McKellen on stage, Harold Pinter Theatre review - a master relishes the joy of theatre by Heather Neill

Communicator par excellence on a journey from Gandalf to Macbeth via panto, Coronation Street and gender politics Reviewing Ian McKellen's show is, in one sense, like appraising the Taj Maha…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Blood Wedding, Young Vic review - inventive, poetic if over-stretched revival of Lorca's rural tragedy by Heather Neill

The Spanish classic with an Irish accent Earthiness, lyricism, fatalism, the undeniable force of passion, of ecstatic attraction, known as "duende": these are the familiar ingredients of Lor…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Doll's House, Lyric Hammersmith review - Ibsen tellingly transposed to colonial India by Heather Neill

Tanika Gupta's layered version launches a new era Newly arrived from a much-lauded stint at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Rachel O'Riordan has undertaken to make "work of scale by women" du…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Girl on the Train, Duke of York's Theatre review - boozy psycho-thriller rolls clunkily into town by Heather Neill

Samantha Womack lurches valiantly through this scarcely credible crime drama It may help if you love the book. It was a runaway bestseller, so fans must be legion, but a suspenseful story wh…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

theartsdesk Q&A: Lia Williams on the challenges of theatre by Heather Neill

As The Night of the Iguana opens, the actor renowned for playing dual roles talks Tennessee Williams, Pinter - and Wallis Simpson Lia Williams is not an actor who looks for easy options. Twi…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Henry IV Parts 1 & 2/Henry V, Shakespeare's Globe review - helter-skelter ensemble history trilogy by Heather Neill and David Nice

Doubling, humour and an outstanding female Henry V Henry IV Part One (***)

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Death of a Salesman, Young Vic review - new-minted revival of a masterpiece by Heather Neill

Arthur Miller's tragedy from an African-American viewpoint The Young Vic, a welcoming theatre with a culturally diverse audience, has been home to memorable Miller revivals before, notably I…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

theartsdesk Q&A: William Nicholson by Heather Neill

The Shadowlands playwright talks about C S Lewis, love, pain and being a writer It is 30 years since Shadowlands, William Nicholson's much-loved play about C S Lewis's unexpected love affair…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Mary's Babies, Jermyn Street Theatre review - rollercoaster investigation of the results of early fertility treatment by Heather Neill

Two-hander provides multifarious acting opportunities but insufficient focus Obstetrician Dr Mary Barton had the best of intentions. As a missionary in India she had observed the poor treatm…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tartuffe, National Theatre review - morality-heavy version of the comedy classic by Heather Neill

★★ TARTUFFE, NATIONAL THEATRE Morality-heavy version of the comedy classic Brexit provides an unwelcome motor for John Donnelly's Molière-with-a-twist Here's a recipe for a successful N…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Agnes Colander: An Attempt at Life, Jermyn Street Theatre review - Naomi Frederick shines in 'new' Granville Barker by Heather Neill

A rediscovered early work by one of the giants of Twentieth Century theatre focuses on a woman's struggle for independenceRemembering meeting Harley Granville Barker when casting him as…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ralegh: the Treason Trial, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - gripping verbatim court case by Heather Neill

Jacobean and contemporary justice collide in audience-involving dramaForget the cloak in the puddle. Never mind potatoes and tobacco. The children's book cliché of Sir Walter Raleigh (or Ra…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Robert Hastie: 'a seam of love runs through the play' - interview by Heather Neill

The director talks about Macbeth in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, cross-gender casting and the director's roleRobert Hastie is a little late for our meeting. Directing Shakesp…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Don Quixote, Garrick Theatre review - riotous revival of Cervantes' much-loved chivalric tale by Heather Neill

RSC transfer presents a crowd-pleasing mix of metatheatrical comedy and music with, ultimately, a touch of melancholy Don Quixote and his paunchy sidekick long ago escaped the pages of Migue…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Macbeth, RSC, Barbican review - tense but flawed take on Shakespeare's blood-boltered tragedy by Heather Neill

Horror flick echoes fail to meet all the play's challengesIt has been said before: Macbeth's reputation for bad luck has more to do with the difficulty of bringing off a successful prod…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Pinter at the Pinter, Harold Pinter Theatre review - harrowing and comic short pieces from the master by Heather Neill

An ambitious celebratory series kicks off in fine fashionTen years after Pinter's death, Jamie Lloyd has set about honouring the Twentieth Century's outstanding British playwright in an ambi…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Square Rounds, Finborough Theatre review - the science behind warfare, told in verse by Heather Neill

Didactic theatre piece stronger on facts than dramaThe title of Tony Harrison's teacherly entertainment - it can't be called a play - refers to the square bullets invented by James Puckle to…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre, review - Sophie Thompson triumphantly tackles the handbag challenge by Heather Neill

Oscar Wilde's best-loved comedy with extra homo-erotic innuendoAny actor playing Lady Bracknell must dread the moment when she (or, indeed, he) has to deliver that unforgettable line ab…

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Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre