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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

People, Places and Things review: Denise Gough’s extraordinary performance has only got better by Jessie Thompson

Returning to the West End eight years after its premiere, Duncan Macmillan’s play about an actress in recovery now feels like a classic, with a wrenching act two scene that will shred your…

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:54AM
Saturday, February 10, 2024

Meet Laura Donnelly: Jez Butterworth’s leading lady and star of West End smash The Hills of California by Jessie Thompson

Laura Donnelly is the muse and star of her partner Jez Butterworth’s plays. As his latest show, ‘The Hills of California’, opens in the West End with her in the lead role, the Olivier …

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:54AM
Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Sending emails during Hamlet: Obsession with ‘theatre etiquette’ could turn audiences away by Jessie Thompson

This week Andrew Scott revealed he stopped performing Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy on stage when he spotted an audience member doing his emails. But is the relentless debate on ‘audien…

SOURCE: The Independent at 12:24PM
Sunday, December 31, 2023

The best theatre to see in 2024: from Sarah Jessica Parker’s West End debut to Sarah Snook’s one-woman show by Jessie Thompson

A-listers are treading the boards in force and your favourite films are being transformed for the stage. Jessie Thompson brings you our ultimate guide to what to see at the theatre in 2024

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:03AM
Thursday, June 15, 2023

Rufus Norris to step down as National Theatre director: ‘The greatest privilege of my career’ by Roisin O'Connor and Jessie Thompson

British director joked that he wanted to be remembered as ‘someone whose dress sense got better as time went on’

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:43AM
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Brokeback Mountain review: This unsubtle adaptation leaves its stars stranded by Jessie Thompson

Mike Faist and Lucas Hedges are underserved by a clunky production as Annie Proulx’s story reaches the stage

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:36PM
Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The Motive and the Cue review: Burton/Gielgud luvvie-off will give you goosebumps by Jessie Thompson

Mark Gatiss is superb as Sir John Gielgud in Jack Thorne’s affecting play about Hamlet rehearsals with Richard Burton

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:54AM
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Thursday, April 20, 2023

The Secret Life of Bees review: Sweet new musical is a joyful, inclusive crowd-pleaser by Jessie Thompson

Duncan Sheik’s score is the true pleasure of this adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s 2001 novel

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:48AM
Friday, April 14, 2023

Private Lives review: Dark, uptight Coward revival isn’t as revelatory as it thinks by Jessie Thompson

Rachael Stirling and Stephen Mangan play the sparring ex-lovers in a production that emphasises domestic violence

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:18AM
Saturday, April 1, 2023

James Norton’s nude scenes should have been respected – not violated by pervy photographers by Jessie Thompson

Leaked photographs of the ‘Happy Valley’ star performing nude in ‘A Little Life’ has plunged the theatre world into crisis mode. It speaks to a grotesque violation of the unspoken co…

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:32AM
Thursday, March 2, 2023

Shirley Valentine review: Sheridan Smith gives the performance of the year so far by Jessie Thompson

Willy Russell’s 1986 warm, wistful play about a bored housewife is the perfect vehicle for Smith’s return to the stage

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:30AM
Saturday, February 18, 2023

Gender-neutral categories aren’t enough – the entire awards structure needs to be changed by Jessie Thompson

Jodie Comer and Harry Styles have both won awards from gender-neutral categories, but much more needs to be done to make industries inclusive than simply renaming prizes, writes Jessie Thomp…

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:30AM
Sunday, February 5, 2023
Thursday, February 2, 2023

‘People behave appallingly when they’re dreadfully hurt’: Janet McTeer on Phaedra, female sexuality and avoiding fame by Jessie Thompson

The ‘Albert Nobbs’ and ‘Ozark’ star is about to play Phaedra in a new Simon Stone production. She talks to Jessie Thompson about ‘one of the most vilified anti-heroines ever’, em…

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:07AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons review: Aidan Turner and Jenna Coleman squeeze out the juice by Jessie Thompson

It’s nice that Sam Steiner’s 2015 fringe gem has been plucked out for the West End, but it doesn’t seem the best way to serve a bright new writing talent

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:15AM
Friday, January 13, 2023

A Streetcar Named Desire: Paul Mescal’s cruel Stanley leaves Normal People’s gold chain in tatters by Jessie Thompson

The ‘Aftersun’ actor gives an entrancing performance in Rebecca Frecknall’s intense Tennessee Williams revival at the Almeida

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:42AM
Sunday, January 1, 2023

The best theatre to see in 2023, from A Little Life to The Pillowman by Culture Staff,jessie Thompson and Isobel Lewis

‘A Little Life’ comes to the stage, Sheridan Smith and Lily Allen return to the West End, and ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is transported to 1930s Cable Street – we bring you our guid…

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:08AM
Monday, December 19, 2022

Jodie Comer, a gen-Z Elle Woods and a giant swimming pool: The best theatre of 2022, ranked by Jessie Thompson,isobel Lewis,nicole Vassell and Annabel Nugent

The Independent’s theatre critics have chosen their top stage shows of 2022, a year in which fresh new writing and charming musicals reigned supreme

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:42AM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Orlando review: Emma Corrin is magnificent as Woolf’s punk rock protagonist by Jessie Thompson

Michael Grandage’s production has an inventiveness and creativity that’s true to the spirit of Virginia Woolf’s novel

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:36PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Tammy Faye review: Camp, cutesy and hard to resist by Jessie Thompson

Rupert Goold’s production at the Almeida about the televangelist, with music by Elton John, is gloriously OTT and packed with great performances

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:19AM
Saturday, October 22, 2022

A Michael Jackson musical that doesn’t look at the man in the mirror? No thanks by Jessie Thompson

With the hit Broadway show about Michael Jackson set to arrive on the West End, Jessie Thompson asks whether a production that completely avoids the more troubling questions of his legacy is…

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:03AM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Maryland writer Lucy Kirkwood: ‘The normalisation of violence against women is generationally handed down’ by Jessie Thompson

The Olivier award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s short play ‘Maryland’, written in response to the murders of several women, has been made into a BBC film. She talks to Jessie Thom…

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:03AM
Sunday, July 17, 2022

Katherine Parkinson: ‘I used to think it was not a big deal being sexually fulfilled... But it’s massively important to your entire being’ by Jessie Thompson

The ‘IT Crowd’ and ‘Here We Go’ star is playing Beatrice in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. She talks to Jessie Thompson about using wit as a defence, problematic Shakespeare plays and…

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:37AM
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Patriots review: Tom Hollander gives one of the performances of the year in Peter Morgan’s play by Jessie Thompson

Although written before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, this political play by the writer of ‘The Crown’, taps into current world events with masterful precision

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:37AM
Friday, July 8, 2022

The Seagull, Harold Pinter Theatre: Game of Thrones star’s West End debut doesn’t half drag-on by Jessie Thompson

Indira Varma is excellent, but this self-referential rewrite of Chekhov’s 1895 play feels slow and self-indulgent

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:48AM
Saturday, June 25, 2022

David Harbour: ‘I’ve had some issues with, you know, madness’ by Jessie Thompson

The versatile actor speaks to Jessie Thompson about how his experiences with mental health led to his new West End play, family life with pop star Lily Allen, and ‘the problem with James B…

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:54AM
Monday, June 20, 2022

That Is Not Who I Am review: This strange political mystery is a significant work by Jessie Thompson

The playwright’s identity was subject to frenzied speculation, which was fitting for a play about online conspiracy theory-ism

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:12AM
Friday, June 17, 2022

A Doll’s House, Part 2 review: A bit of Ibsen fanfic that’s more of a think-piece than a drama by Jessie Thompson

Noma Dumezweni stars in Lucas Hnath’s schematic Broadway hit about what Nora Helmer did next

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:03AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The House of Shades review: Beth Steel’s epic working-class family drama is full of proper politics by Jessie Thompson

Anne-Marie Duff is on spectacular form as the family matriarch in this century-spanning new play

SOURCE: The Independent at 10:06AM
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Spotlight on: Nathaniel Parker by Jessie Thompson

He’s just played Gordon Brown in the West End (in The Audience), and he’s now gearing up to play Henry VIII – complete with beard – in the RSC adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s novels…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 08:04AM

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