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Friday, May 25, 2018

What to see this week in the UK by Steve Rose, Harriet Gibsone, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

From Zama to Tacita Dean, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Creation (Pictures for Dorian) review – woozy walk on the Wilde side by Lyn Gardner

Attenborough Centre, BrightonInviting guest performers of all ages to serve as art objects, Gob Squad’s show is a meditation on beauty and decay Beauty, creativity and decay are neatly ent…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Winsome Pinnock: 'I used to think we needed change – now we need a revolution' by Lyn Gardner

As her 1986 drama Leave Taking is revived at the Bush, the playwright talks about the pain of being neglected, the barriers faced by writers of colour – and her new play about London‘I a…

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Fat Blokes review – angry and joyful cabaret created by plus-size men by Lyn Gardner

Home, Manchester Scottee’s show is an act of ‘fat rebellion’ with a cast who share their stories and consider their identities through dance A large bearded man is dancing centre stage…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

#BeMoreMartyn review – heartfelt tribute to a best friend lost in terror attack by Lyn Gardner

Hope Mill, ManchesterThis verbatim piece about Martyn Hett, one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, is a joyous meditation on friendshipVictoria Melody once described funerals as…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Lyn Gardner: On leaving the Guardian – and where next for criticism by Lyn Gardner

Every night that I am at the theatre, I marvel at the talent on display. And I often muse why one particular

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Shift review – circus squad put each other to the test by Lyn Gardner

Norfolk and Norwich festivalThe breakdancing Barely Methodical Troupe prove truly inventive as they transform each other into human marionettesEveryone gets tied up in knots at times. Or wan…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Unexploded Ordnances review – enter the doomsday duo's Strangelove situation room by Lyn Gardner

Barbican, LondonThis two-hander draws the audience right into the action in a surreal yet moving look at mortalityWe all know we will die. But we bury our heads in the sand. Lois Weaver and …

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Rattle Snake review – real-life stories of coercive abuse in raw two-hander by Lyn Gardner

Soho theatre, London Open Clasp’s hard-hitting and sophisticated production shines a light on all-too invisible domestic abuseYou might meet James anywhere. In a bar, like Suzy (Christina …

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Lyn Gardner: Chekhov and Shakespeare do not need ‘protecting’ by Lyn Gardner

“Dear William. You are so lucky to be dead.” That was just one of the hundred or so comments underneath my Guardian

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Random/Generations review – moving double bill probes the depths of grief by Lyn Gardner

Minerva, ChichesterThe stage becomes a memorial as two families a continent apart confront unimaginable loss in this vivid revival of debbie tucker green’s prescient works‘The worst is n…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Three Sisters review – RashDash's gloriously playful take on Chekhov by Lyn Gardner

Royal Exchange Studio, ManchesterThis brilliantly witty show asks who the classics are for – and what Chekhov’s play means for young women todayA woman in a wedding-cake dress twirls, a …

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Lexicon review – circus juggles first-class turns with a dollop of nostalgia by Lyn Gardner

Brighton festivalNoFit State’s new show mixes skill, humour and physical poetry but sidelines the womenSwapping their trademark promenade-style circus for a retro seated show in a big top,…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Let’s celebrate theatre festivals as unique hotbeds of grassroots talent by Lyn Gardner

The festival season is upon us. The Brighton Festival is blooming on the south coast, Mayfest starts shortly in Bristol with a

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Othello review – lesbian Moor boldly puts gender under microscope by Lyn Gardner

Everyman, LiverpoolPlaying a female Othello who has bedded Desdemona, Golda Rosheuvel casts new light on both Shakespeare and societySamuel Taylor Coleridge famously talked of Iago’s “mo…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Chess review – Benny and Björn's cold war musical no match for tiddlywinks by Lyn Gardner

London ColiseumEven Alexandra Burke can’t save this lumbering story told with tracks by the Abba songwritersMusicals are the toughest of mediums, requiring the score, book and production t…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

One Green Bottle review – apocalyptic farce mixes Beckett with kabuki by Lyn Gardner

Soho theatre, LondonKathryn Hunter is the patriarch in Hideki Noda’s strange, yet ultimately moving, family tale that draws on Japanese traditionHideki Noda is a master of the theatrical e…

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Lyn Gardner: Theatre’s dinosaur leaders need to be dragged into the 21st century over diversity by Lyn Gardner

On Friday, The Stage published two news stories reporting on different events, but I believe they are connected. One reported Madani Younis,

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Theatres must support emerging writers with residencies by Lyn Gardner

It has been a good year for first-time playwrights, which bodes well for the The Stage Debut Awards in 2018. First, at

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Masterpieces review – misogyny is a badge of pride in 80s sexual violence drama by Lyn Gardner

Finborough, LondonMen openly tell rape jokes in Sarah Daniels’ 1983 play, which has renewed impact in the era of #MeToo, even if this revival could be sharperWhen Trump was caught on tape …

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Friday, April 27, 2018

The Assassination of Katie Hopkins review – a musical savaging of social media by Lyn Gardner

Theatr Clwyd, MoldAn inventive score and an intelligent script combine in this smart satire with nods to Jerry Springer: The OperaThe most provocative thing about this show is the title. Chr…

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The Phlebotomist review – a gasp-worthy dystopian thriller by Lyn Gardner

Hampstead Downstairs, LondonBlack Mirror meets Brave New World in a chilling debut play by Ella Road starring the terrific Jade AnoukaBea (Jade Anouka), a phlebotomist, falls head over heels…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Prudes review – a couple's very public attempt to revive their sex life by Lyn Gardner

Royal Court Upstairs, LondonAnthony Neilson considers the male reaction to #MeToo in a well-meaning yet toothless two-handerJess and Jimmy are in their late 30s and have been together for ni…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mayfly review – a heartbreakingly funny debut by Lyn Gardner

Orange Tree, Richmond Set in a Shropshire village, Joe White’s tender and wise play is suffused with grief, loss – and unexpected laughsIt’s cold comfort down on the pig farm in this h…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Rasheeda Speaking review – a sharp comedy about workplace racism by Lyn Gardner

Trafalgar Studios, LondonThere is much to enjoy and to squirm about in Joel Drake Johnson’s dissection of the office politics of some highly manipulative, racist characters The meaning of …

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Lyn Gardner: We have a Shakespeare problem by Lyn Gardner

Many happy returns to William Shakespeare: 454 years after his birth the playwright still dominates British theatre and culture. He is one

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

An Officer and a Gentleman review – jukebox musical never takes off by Lyn Gardner

Curve, LeicesterThe hit movie romance has been adapted into a musical, but its gender politics have dated and it lacks gritThe 80s have already generated a slew of screen-to-stage hits inclu…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Is honesty always the best policy? by Lyn Gardner

We’ve all been there. A friend has written, or directed, or has a role in a new production. You’ve been to see

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Reared review – secrets and surprises in skittish family comedy by Lyn Gardner

Theatre 503, LondonJohn Fitzpatrick’s play about a family with a wonky moral compass swings between all-out farce and truth-telling dramaIt is possible to really enjoy a play without ever …

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Is immersive theatre growing up or growing too big, too quickly? by Lyn Gardner

Immersive hit the mainstream in the past decade with audiences flocking to work by pioneering companies such as Punchdrunk, Coney and Shunt.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Holes review – deeply felt drama brings landmark novel to life by Lyn Gardner

Nottingham PlayhouseAdult realism fuses with youthful fantasy in this rollicking adaptation of Louis Sachar’s much-loved detention camp taleAdam Penford’s tenure as artistic director at …

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