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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

One Night in Miami review – Ali goes toe-to-toe with Malcolm X and Sam Cooke by Mark Lawson

Nottingham PlayhousePitch-perfect performances enliven Kemp Powers’ impressive play, punchily debating racial tensions in 1960s America The night he beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to become wor…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell review – Soho boozer's pint-sized revival by Mark Lawson

Norman’s Coach & Horses, LondonRobert Bathurst stars in an hour-long version of the comedy, staged in the pub where Keith Waterhouse sought inspiration In Keith Waterhouse’s 1989 com…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Freddie Starr: a troubled, talented comic defined by one famous headline by Mark Lawson

The performer – who died this week – found fame as a musician and an impressionist, but could never escape a notorious Sun front page The career of the comedian and singer Freddie Starr,…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Shadowlands review – Bonneville dazzles as CS Lewis in divine revival by Mark Lawson

Chichester Festival theatreQuestions of faith and loss drive a masterly story of the Narnia author in Rachel Kavanaugh’s deeply poignant production The first three speeches of Shadowlands …

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

This Is My Family review – terrifically funny musical is a triumph by Mark Lawson

Minerva, ChichesterJames Nesbitt and Sheila Hancock star in Tim Firth’s touching comedy about a dysfunctional group of relatives Musicals head inexorably towards big ensemble numbers, a c…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Rob Brydon Probes Barry Humphries review – in defence of offence by Mark Lawson

London PalladiumThis chatshow canter through the career and comedy loves of Humphries proved he is an unrepentant controversialist The television chatshow spread to theatre as a way of getti…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Crown Dual review – inventive, fun parody of Netflix original by Mark Lawson

King’s Head, LondonSkilfully combining play-that-goes-wrong antics with a potted history of the royals, this has fringe festival hit written all over it From the National Theatre of Brent …

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Only Fools and Horses – The Musical review: vintage gags need better tunes by Mark Lawson

Theatre Royal Haymarket, LondonAmid the delightful comic dialogue, some of the musical numbers can feel like padding The smooth transition from dialogue to songs in musicals is the genre’s…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

David Ireland: 'I find it hard to end my plays without violence' by Mark Lawson

His plays have shocked audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Is David Ireland bothered about the walk-outs? Will he give in to demands for trigger warnings?Cradling his grandchild for the…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

At home with the Ibsens: the play unfolding at the writer's Oslo address by Mark Lawson

The Lady From the Sea, a powerful drama about loss and longing, is being rehearsed at the very flat where Ibsen ended his years in exile. Our writer pops byOn Oslo’s Victoria Terrasse ther…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Jeremy Hardy: a ferocious talent who radicalised radio comedy by Mark Lawson

Provocative and political, the stand-up – who has died aged 57 – shook up Radio 4 at a time when it was in danger of resembling a Rotary Club quiz night Although generally excluded from …

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fake News review – Trumped-up story fuels punchy media satire by Mark Lawson

Theatre 503, LondonA catastrophic fact-checking error that nearly breaks the internet cues Osman Baig’s expressive and energetic one-man piece about digital journalismThe narrator-protagon…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Convert review – thrilling and troubling war of words by Mark Lawson

Young Vic Theatre, LondonPaapa Essiedu and Black Panther’s Letitia Wright are captivating in Danai Gurira’s story of religious and linguistic colonialismEnglish-speaking missionaries in …

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Chasing Bono review – charming portrait of a wannabe rock star by Mark Lawson

Soho theatre, LondonNeil McCormick’s memoir about schoolmates-turned-rock stars is brought to raucous lifeThe story of a talented composer whose hopes of fame are broken when a local conte…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Fiddler on the Roof review – Trevor Nunn's magnificent revival by Mark Lawson

Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonWith antisemitism on the rise, Tevye’s struggles with the tsar’s thugs are powerfully topical in this note-perfect productionAlthough much-loved and often…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Kneebone Cadillac review – anarchy at the demolition derby by Mark Lawson

Theatre Royal Plymouth A daughter inherits her dad’s diary and prized car in Carl Grose’s tightly plotted episode of farcical intrigueThe bequests and effects of the dead are reliably dr…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The vital return of David Edgar's Maydays – and the best plays about the left by Mark Lawson

The RSC’s revival of Edgar’s 1985 drama about leftwing politics coincides with David Hare’s latest study of the Labour partyTwo dramatists who share a generation and a first name – D…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A Kettle of Fish review – unnerving tale for an age of anxiety by Mark Lawson

The Yard, LondonBrad Birch’s play has a protagonist sharing space with huge projected images in an exploration of information overloadAfter an upsetting conversation with her dad, data ana…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Trial By Laughter review – Private Eye team's tribute to satirist by Mark Lawson

Watermill, NewburyThe ‘blasphemous’ 19th-century pamphleteer William Hone is at the sharp end of destructive libel action in Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s dramaIan Hislop and Nick Newma…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Touching the Void review – thrilling, chilling drama reaches dizzy heights by Mark Lawson

Bristol Old VicDavid Greig finds humour amid the horror in this triumphant stage adaptation of the mountaineering memoirClimbing high mountains is often used as a metaphor for other ominousl…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Arts Over Borders: Brian Friel festival puts Brexit centre-stage by Mark Lawson

From The Yalta Game to Living Quarters, the Irish playwright’s works have added resonance in this year’s FrielFestAlthough Ireland is famously cultured, it’s a shock to walk into a vil…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

£¥€$ (Lies) review – enjoy the thrill of a global banking crisis by Mark Lawson

Almeida, LondonThis ingenious high-stakes show uncovers the psychology of those whose financial flutters shook the worldIn place of the Almeida theatre’s rows of tip-back seats are 10 semi…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

John Cleese blasts the BBC in lecture on the rise of stupidity by Mark Lawson

The Fawlty Towers star rails against the government, the BBC and British newspapers in stage appearance for Hacked OffIt was hard to know what to expect of a solo show by John Cleese, organi…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

From Father Ted to Only Fools and Horses: the rise of the sitcom musical by Mark Lawson

A number of comedy classics are being reinterpreted for the stage as ‘joke-box’ musicals. Can they avoid the pitfalls of previous sitcom adaptations?Over the weekend, it has been reveale…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

'Trump is a Tartuffe': why Molière's banned blockbuster got an update by Mark Lawson

Star Audrey Fleurot and playwright Christopher Hampton talk about his reboot of the hard-hitting moral comedy set in post-Weinstein America“One of the marks of great plays,” says Christo…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

I Can't Sing closure: why Harry Hill's X Factor musical was voted off by Mark Lawson

Harry Hill and Steve Brown's show was staged too late – and felt conflicted. We were asked to laugh at the vacuousness of it all yet also care about the charactersWhereas the diaries of mu…

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense review - Robert Webb and Mark Heap are unflappably farcical by Mark Lawson

This clever PG Wodehouse tribute reproduces the manners of the Edwardian English upper classes, while cunningly sending them up• Bertie Wooster or Jez from Peep Show? Take our quiz• Mark…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Yanis Varoufakis: 'Macbeth is at the mercy of forces beyond his control, like Theresa May' by Mark Lawson

The Greek former finance minister talks about the lessons politicians could learn from Shakespeare, ahead of a lecture in LondonIs Theresa May Macbeth? Might King Lear agree with Jeremy Corb…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

'I didn't fancy being stuck in North Korea': the stormy thriller by a Japanese Ulsterman by Mark Lawson

In Francis Turnly’s trilogy one schoolgirl becomes a cat and another goes missing. The sheep farmer turned dramatist discusses The Great Wave, about North Koreans forced into prostitution…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Politics, star power and prison Shakespeare: how Josie Rourke rocked the Donmar by Mark Lawson

Rourke, who will leave the London theatre in 2019, staged perky experiments, rapid-fire responses and invigorating revivals. Who will take her place?When Josie Rourke leaves London’s Donma…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The new culture secretary: besides loving Galway Girl, what do we know about Matt Hancock? by Mark Lawson

He rides a racehorse, plays Arctic cricket and has already seen Hamilton. How will the new boss do at the DCMS – and will Ed Sheeran be invited to its Xmas party?In the BBC’s self-satire…

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