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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hir review – Taylor Mac throws the kitchen sink at the American dream by Lyn Gardner

Bush theatre, LondonGender roles and domestic politics are the targets for fierce satire in this savagely funny drama about a soldier who returns to a broken home A marine returning weary fr…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

These Trees Are Made of Blood review – Argentina's dirty war becomes a cabaret by Lyn Gardner

Arcola, LondonA satire set in a seedy nightclub turns a revealing spotlight on the evil trickery of the 1970s junta and the scandal of the ‘disappeared’During Argentina’s rightwing dic…

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Lyn Gardner: Well done, David Lan – knowing when to step aside is the sign of a great leader by Lyn Gardner

“There is never an easy time to slip away, but I wanted to leave at a time of our greatest strength and

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Mighty Atoms review – female boxing champ inspires anti-austerity fight by Lyn Gardner

Hull Truck theatreAmanda Whittington pulls no punches with this rousing tale of solidarity that invokes the triumphs of 1950s fighter Barbara ButtrickBarbara Buttrick was a Hull pioneer: a f…

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Fatherland: look back in anger, love and pride by Lyn Gardner

Simon Stephens grew up in Stockport, and couldn’t wait to leave. Now he has built a verbatim show, with Underworld musician Karl Hyde and director Scott Graham, about returning home – an…

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Persuasion and Elixir festival: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Jane Austen’s novel is transported to a foam party in Lyme Regis, while the season that celebrates older dancers returns with an ambitious programme1 GolemSly wit and brilliant use of anim…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Julius Caesar review – populism's power reverberates in modern Rome by Lyn Gardner

Bristol Old VicJulian Glover’s ruler faces down youthful conspirators in a smart staging by Simon Dormandy that brings together veteran and student actorsWith the rise of populist movement…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kiss Me review – Richard Bean's tender two-hander keeps you guessing by Lyn Gardner

Trafalgar Studios, LondonThe One Man, Two Guvnors playwright has crafted a quietly funny, postwar drama about fertility, sex and survivalThere is the kiss of death and there is the kiss of l…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Lyn Gardner: The excellence of experience in community theatre by Lyn Gardner

In early career interviews with the wonderful Juliet Stevenson, the tale was often regurgitated of how she was working with a children’s theatre

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Working review – Lin-Manuel Miranda retunes Terkel's paen to American labour by Lyn Gardner

Southwark Playhouse, LondonThis musical revue – which originally flopped on Broadway – features exquisite performances and songs by Hamilton’s creator but still feels quaintly nostalgi…

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Infinity Pool and Ignition festival: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Bea Roberts reworks Madame Bovary for the modern age, while Henri Oguike, Dane Hurst and others bring new works to Kingston’s Rose theatre1 Angels in AmericaThere is something very satisfy…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Edinburgh festival 2017: what to see and where to go by Lyn Gardner

From Fleabag to Forced Entertainment, with Shakespearean puppet shows, a dance marathon and a love letter to Dolly Parton, here’s a look at some of this year’s fringe highlightsI’m loo…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Romeo and Juliet review – Liverpool brings zing and bling to gay love story by Lyn Gardner

Liverpool PlayhouseFrom a warehouse rave to a blistering brawl, this production is full of energy and turns Juliet into Julius but the tragedy fails to make an emotional impactThe sad truth …

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Monday, June 5, 2017

The Site review – all the building's a stage as the Royal Court puts place before play by Lyn Gardner

Royal Court, LondonDesigner Chloe Lamford’s inventive space for experimental works shakes up the process of making – and seeing – theatreThe Royal Court theatre space the Site is so bl…

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Lyn Gardner: Should the arts accept oil money? by Lyn Gardner

Mid-way through Matt Hartley and Kirsty Housely’s Myth, part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Mischief Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, a comedy about a

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1984 – review by Lyn Gardner

Nottingham PlayhouseThis George Orwell adaptation is a superbly handled multimedia speculation on the nature of truthThe Party plays plenty of mind games in George Orwell's novel about …

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Guardian profile: Sonia Friedman by Lyn Gardner

Tony nominations mark arrival for Sonia Friedman as force on BroadwayIt has been a great week for the Brits on Broadway, but in the jubilation over the seven Tony nominations for Alan Bennet…

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Roller Diner review – Polish immigrant brings mayhem to the menu by Lyn Gardner

Soho theatre, London Stephen Jackson’s zany musical comedy poses uncomfortable questions for little Englanders as it veers between hilarity and tragedyEddie (Joe Dixon) is 18 stone of mise…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Rose review – one-woman show takes on a century of Jewish history by Lyn Gardner

Home, Manchester Janet Suzman’s dignified performance as a woman mourning a little girl becomes unbearably poignant in a Manchester still reeling from the loss of its own childrenIn a Manc…

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Persuasion review – irreverent Jane Austen adaptation swaps bonnets for bikinis by Lyn Gardner

Royal Exchange, ManchesterThis convincing modern-day staging strips away the 19th-century trappings to reveal a story as relevant as ever‘Love is a dark and shifty creature. We cannot all …

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Killology and Scottish Ballet: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Gary Owen and Rachel O’Riordan tackle morality via a murderous game, while a double bill from Angelin Preljocaj and Crystal Pite comes to London1 KillologySometimes a playwright-and-direct…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sand in the Sandwiches review – Edward Fox's Betjeman is tediously tasteful by Lyn Gardner

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London Hugh Whitemore’s witty but dull homage to the quintessentially English poet lacks the cleverness and drama of his Stevie Smith play“Arbitrary and irreleva…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

On the Town review - it's a helluva lot of fun by Lyn Gardner

Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonThis revival of Leonard Bernstein’s frothy shore-leave romp is as delicious as ice-cream on a hot summer’s dayFrom Strictly Ballroom to An America…

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Earthworks/Myth review – when particle physics and romance collide by Lyn Gardner

The Other Place, Stratford-upon-AvonA funny encounter in the shadow of the Large Hadron Collider and a fractious dinner party feature in a double bill at the RSC’s Mischief festivalThe gro…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Spring Reign review – rough and ready account of the Syrian conflict by Lyn Gardner

Albany, LondonInspired by testimony from refugees, aid workers and journalists, Rob Johnston’s drama homes in on the streets of AleppoIt took thousands of years to build Aleppo and only a …

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Othello, Sirens and Desh: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Richard Twyman revives Shakespeare with style, Ontroerend Goed explore feminism and Akram Khan looks at the past through Bangladesh and Britain1 OthelloRichard Twyman’s revival is a real c…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Catch Me review – high-flying friends reunite for cartoonish circus tricks by Lyn Gardner

Underbelly festival, London Flip FabriQue’s circus skills dazzle as they deliver 75 minutes of pleasure but the show’s sole female performer is reduced to playing a stereotypical roleCir…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Deposit review – young couples pay the price in moving drama about generation rent by Lyn Gardner

Hampstead Downstairs, LondonMatt Hartley’s play about friends caught up in the London housing crisis laces comedy with some tough philosophisingThe streets of London are supposedly paved w…

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No Dogs, No Indians review – colonial ghosts haunt tale of India's independence by Lyn Gardner

Southbank Centre, LondonSiddhartha Bose’s multi-generational epic has grand ambitions and a laudable cast but is hamstrung by a meandering plotAfter 70 years of independence, how far has I…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tristan & Yseult and Pepperland: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Brighton festival hosts the offbeat retelling of a Cornish legend, while Mark Morris premieres a work set to songs from the Beatles’ album1 Tristan & YseultBrighton festival hosts the …

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Dyl review – flatshare comedy about facing up to fatherhood by Lyn Gardner

Old Red Lion, London An oil-rig worker exiled in Aberdeen comes to terms with parental responsibility in Mark Weinman’s odd-couple playJames (Scott Arthur) has exiled himself from his Wels…

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