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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

'All black women are not the same': How femmes of colour are making a buzz about diversity by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Hot Brown Honey are an Australian cabaret sensation – now, they're staging a new show at the Roundhouse working with young British artists

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Friday, July 6, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream / Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, York, review: This pop-up is a welcome home for Shakespeare in the by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Two productions of open-air summer favourites prove enjoyably clear sighted, even if the performances are a mixed bag

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's Globe, London, review: Fails to capture the quick-changing moods of the play by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

A solid enough production, but it never quite meets the anguish or joy of Shakespeare's play of two halves

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Poet Caleb Femi was almost killed in gang violence. Now his new play reveals how reading Frankenstein gave him new life by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The former Young People's Laureate for London on how literature, poetry and theatre can change young people's lives

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Three Sisters, The Yard, London, review: RashDash's take on Chekhov is riotously fun by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Less a neat modern rewrite than a smashing up, a sending up, and a seeing what else might emerge. With songs.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Absolute Hell, National Theatre, London, review: Sparkling production captures post-war Soho by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Rodney Ackland's drama about the dissolute denizens of a nightclub caused a scandal in 1952 – and still feels fresh today

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

'Dismantle capitalism and overturn the patriarchy': Why The Writer is more than just a #MeToo play by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Romola Garai, playwright Ella Hickson and director Blanche McIntyre on how theatre needs to be fearless in both form and content

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: A Reimagining, The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: Isn't wildly gripping by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

'Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' comes to theatrical life with puppetry and a newly arranged score for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Summer and Smoke, Almeida, London, review: Patsy Ferran is a genuine marvel, as hilarious as she is heart-breaking by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Rebecca Frecknall's production of Tennessee Williams' rarely performed ' 'Summer and Smoke' is almost unbearably tense

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Macbeth, National Theatre, London, review: Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff are no dream pairing by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Rufus Norris's production which stars Kinnear and Duff as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, strays a little close to comic horror movie, but stays just on the side of chilling

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Night at the Bombay Roxy, Dishoom Kensington, review: 'a delicious night out' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

An immersive Indian Noir launches a new Dishoom restaurant, and while the show may be less memorable than the food, the evening adds up to more than the sum of its parts

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Inside Pussy Riot, Saatchi Gallery, London, review: I wasn't quite clear what it was hoping to evoke or why by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Audience members join a fictional totalitarian dystopia in The Les Enfants Terrible's production about Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova's ordeal as she is sent to jail for pla…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Network, National Theatre, London, review: A magnetic yet weighty performance by Bryan Cranston by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The 'Breaking Bad' star plays news anchorman Howard Beale in the stage adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 film, walking the line between anger and madness perfectly

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Glengarry Glen Ross, Playhouse Theatre, London, review: Christian Slater is simply superb by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

David Mamet's play which he adapted into a 1992 film starring Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino, now stars Slater in its first major stage revival in over a decade

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hair, The Vaults, London, review: A full-throttle production by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The Vaults is turned into an immersive Sixties venue for this big-hearted production of 'Hair The Musical' which is celebrating its 50th anniversary

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Victory Condition, Royal Court, London, review: A fairly chilly theatrical encounter by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Both monologues are delivered in a monotone that makes it hard to stay tuned in Chris Thorpe's short two-hander

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Macbeth, Barbican, London, review: It's beautiful but this Macbeth never grabbed me by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

A revival of the late Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa's 'Macbeth', which sets the action in a 16th century samurai world, is performed in Japanese with English surtitles

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Labour of Love, Noel Coward Theatre, London, review: It's rare that five minutes go past without a proper roar of laughter by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

James Graham, who also wrote 'Ink' about 'The Sun' newspaper, pulls it off again with his latest play, a political rom-com, which stars Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig

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Monday, August 14, 2017

I went to the maddest interactive shows on the Fringe so you don't have to by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

From speed-dating to gambling, rifling through suitcases to find terrorist activity and having a cucumber between her thighs, Holly Williams braves some of Edinburgh Fringe's interactiv…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ink, Almeida, London, review: An impressively unpreachy look at the red tops' circulation wars by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

James Graham's new play about the rise of 'The Sun' newspaper which stars Bertie Carvell as Rupert Murdoch is directed by Rupert Goold

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How the play Rotterdam has led the way for transgender stories on stage by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

After its triumphant win at the 2017 Olivier Awards, and a sell-out run in New York, Jon Brittain's critically acclaimed 'Rotterdam' returns to the West End with more trans dr…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Urbain Hayo talks about black deaths in British police custody in his play: 'People think it's an American issue but it's not. We just by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The actor who goes under the stage name of Urbain Wolf has created his first play 'Custody' with writer Tom Wainwright which looks at real-life cases of police brutality and black …

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Pop stars scoring theatre: Lazarus was evidently an artistic swan song rather than a cash-cow by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

With the transatlantic transfer of the David Bowie musical, Lazarus, as well as the Young Vic's production of The Nest with a score by PJ Harvey, is the theatre-pop marriage a dream tic…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Anne-Marie Duff: 'People want to watch interesting women characters' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The English actor stars in Almeida theatre's production of Oil from this Friday

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Letters Live, Freemason's Hall, London, review: 'Here's just the right blend of funny, acid, noble, moving, uplifting missives' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Artists and celebrities including Alison Steadman and Sophie Dahl read aloud important letters from history

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Good Canary, Rose Theatre, Kingston, review: Patchy in its detail but ultimately packs a visceral punch by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

John Malkovich's play never feels like a Hollywood-star-does-serious-theatre vanity project

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

In his centenary year, Roald Dahl is everywhere - but should kids just go back to the books? by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

His stories might seem like a golden ticket, but endless stage and screen versions risk over-exposure

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Edinburgh Festival: Two Man Show, Summerhall, review: 'A terrifically generous piece of writing' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

A look at masculinity and patriarchy, Two Man Show is played by two women

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Animal (Are you a proper person?), Gilded Balloon, review: 'A shot of uncomplicated joy' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Using spirit animals as a way into talking about accepting who you really are is the charming conceit at the centre of Animal (Are you a proper person?)

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Edinburgh Fringe: Electric Eden, Electric Circus/Pleasance Pop-up, review: 'Never quite electrifying' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Last year, Not Too Tame had a hit with a show in a pub; now the young ensemble are doing a site-specific 'party-theatre' in a disused house

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