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Monday, March 27, 2017

Big Guns review – fear and self-loathing in Nina Segal's horror show by Lyn Gardner

The Yard, London The bogeyman is everywhere in this nervy play whose characters present a series of attitudes that reflect ourselves back to usNina Segal is anxious. But then who isn’t ale…

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

One Love: the Bob Marley Musical review – tricky tribute to a mighty talent by Lyn Gardner

Birmingham RepTerrific performances turn Marley’s songs into a great night out, despite the elusive singer emerging as an ambivalent characterClearly made with love by writer and director,…

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The Missing Light – widow's plight takes flight in fantastical live film by Lyn Gardner

Old Vic, LondonCrafted in real-time using puppets and animation, Mark Arends’ family tale of a fisherman lost at sea has an unhurried charmMark Arends’ miniature masterpieces, in which t…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Young actors to perform play about the child killer Marc Dutroux by Lyn Gardner

Five Easy Pieces, staged at Manchester’s Sick! festival, explores the case of the Belgian paedophile and murderer. Director Milo Rau explains why he chose to let children tell the storyWhe…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tamburlaine review – stylish take on Marlowe's tale of toxic masculinity by Lyn Gardner

Arcola, London A predominantly female cast return the story to its Asian origins in Yellow Earth’s adaptation of the Elizabethan epicAn outsize play about an outsize personality, Christoph…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Re-Member Me review – a seance of Hamlets from O'Toole to Day-Lewis by Lyn Gardner

Almeida, LondonDickie Beau’s remarkable show examines memory and mortality as he conjures the actors who have played Shakespeare’s tragic prince“Remember me,” demands the ghost in Ha…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Roman Tragedies review – Ivo van Hove's magnificent take on the spectacle of politics by Lyn Gardner

Barbican, LondonThe condensed staging of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra is as electrifying and relevant as ever Hans Kesting is about to give his funeral oration as Mark…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Grapes of Wrath review – Steinbeck's dustbowl refugees find no relief by Lyn Gardner

Nuffield, SouthamptonSome impressive visual moments fail to rescue this ambitious adaptation from its intrusive use of music, cumbersome design and lack of momemtumIt begins with the plainti…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Why every day should be Baby Day at the theatre by Lyn Gardner

Too often theatres neglect younger audiences, but Belfast’s Young at Art festival shows how vital new recruits are to the future of the artsIt’s Sunday afternoon on a bright spring day, …

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Stepping Out review – laughter on tap in feelgood musical with Amanda Holden by Lyn Gardner

Vaudeville, LondonThere are some spot-on performances in this West End revival of Richard Harris’s likable play about budding hoofers in a church hallThe great tap-dance musical 42nd Stree…

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Sheep Pig Goat: theatre for an audience of animals by Lyn Gardner

How can you tell if a sheep likes theatre? Or a pig is into dance? Fevered Sleep are staging a show for farmyard creatures – while humans decide if they’re bleating for moreAlmost 10 yea…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Plan your week’s theatre: top tickets by Lyn Gardner

David Tennant’s Don Juan saunters into Soho, Cardiff hosts a Cock and Bull story and Mark Thomas’s tale of activism and memory heads to NewcastleJack Thorne and Stephen Warbeck’s lovea…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Break an egg! A theatre critic reviews Leon’s singing staff by Lyn Gardner

Employees at the West End branch of the restaurant now sing showtunes for customers. Will it lead to empty chairs at empty tables?Charlotte Chalkey and Aaron Rahn have only recently graduate…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

It's boom time for older actors but how realistic are their roles? by Lyn Gardner

From Silver Lining to Roundelay, a handful of new shows focus on elderly people. Let’s hope it leads to lasting change in the way they’re represented on stageIn Sandi Toksvig’s Silver …

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City of Glass review – Paul Auster's meta-mystery gets a stunning staging by Lyn Gardner

Home, ManchesterDuncan Macmillan’s adaptation of Auster’s story becomes a jaw-dropping spectacle, but the cunning visuals come at the expense of emotional engagementIn Paul Auster’s 19…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Faust x2 review – Ian McDiarmid's Goethe drama is a devil of a time by Lyn Gardner

Watermill, BagnorAdapted by and starring McDiarmid, this account of the Faustian pact features a fine Mephisto but doesn’t succeed in bringing the play into the 21st centuryRegrets? We all…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shut down but not silenced: Isis play Homegrown demands to be staged by Lyn Gardner

Cancelled in 2015, a play about the radicalisation of young Muslims has now been published. It’s challenging, gloriously authentic and prompts grownup debate. So who is brave enough to put…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Othello review – brutal, candlelit tragedy in a man's world by Lyn Gardner

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonEllen McDougall’s claustrophobic staging of Shakespeare’s tragedy has moments that make you see the play afreshIn director Ellen McDougall’s Othello, Des…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Plan your week’s theatre: top tickets by Lyn Gardner

David Greig’s astounding Aeschylus rewrite reaches Manchester, while An American in Paris comes to the West End and the Menier Chocolate Factory revives RattiganThe Tony award-winning musi…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Plastic review – sneaky middle-class satire makes audience squirm by Lyn Gardner

Ustinov Studio, BathMarius von Mayenburg skewers pretensions and hypocrisies with this study of a self-involved familyNobody likes doing the chores. But Ulrike (Charlotte Randle) and Michael…

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Junkyard review – Jack Thorne's joyful musical for school misfits by Lyn Gardner

Thorne, composer Stephen Warbeck, director Jeremy Herrin and a fantastic ensemble deliver a show that celebrates young people’s sense of adventureFiz, Ginger, Tilly and the others aren’t…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sweeney Todd review: ‘All meat and no gristle’ by Lyn Gardner

Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, LondonThis clever pie-shop staging of Sondheim’s musical walks the tightrope between grisly and comic in its tiny chamber of horrorsWho knows if Harringto…

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Sia brings a mother and son together at Glasgow's startling new festival by Lyn Gardner

The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother stands out at a new celebration of performance, alongside a powerful take on black masculinityIn 21cc’s show The Ballad of the A…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Orpheus beneath a bridge, Macbeth in a cave: theatre's ever stranger locations by Lyn Gardner

A chamber below Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol is hosting a new version of Orpheus and Eurydice. When does a bold new setting become a gimmick?We knock on the red door. A bell rings. T…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Plan your week's theatre: top tickets by Lyn Gardner

The National Theatre’s My Country delivers a verbatim verdict on Brexit and Duncan Macmillan adapts Auster’s City of Glass in ManchesterLittle Bulb’s all-singing Wail, which is about w…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Nell Gwynn and Ballet Black: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Christopher Luscombe’s frisky production tackles male domination of the stage, while a new mixed bill at the Barbican features Annabelle Lopez Ochoa1 The Pitchfork DisneyExhilarating, tens…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fiddler on the Roof review – Liverpool delivers milkman musical for our times by Lyn Gardner

Everyman, LiverpoolGemma Bodinetz’s loving, elegant revival of the Russian villagers’ story is joyful and warm in the hands of the theatre’s versatile new repertory companyAn old Broad…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Othello review – thriller focuses on anti-Muslim prejudice and 'alternative facts' by Lyn Gardner

Tobacco Factory, Bristol Director Richard Twyman’s riveting production excels at depicting the racial and religious tensions underlying Othello and Desdemona’s peril“So much ado, so mu…

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No excuses necessary: why fringe theatre isn't playing the victim by Lyn Gardner

Theatre-makers are creating personal work that might be hard to deal with but that shouldn’t make it out of bounds for artists, critics or audiencesLast weekend’s The Sick of the Fringe …

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Low Level Panic review – sexual anxiety in the bathroom queue by Lyn Gardner

Orange Tree, Richmond Like 1980s precursors to Fleabag, young female flatmates confide their fantasies in a world where men seem to hold all the powerMore than a third of teenage girls suffe…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Plan your week’s theatre: top tickets by Lyn Gardner

Dolphins are taught to speak in a clever satire, Theatre 503 presents works by prisoners and Madame Bovary is relocated to a plumbing company – in a play with no actorsSinners Club, at the…

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