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Friday, January 18, 2019

Abigail’s Party review at Theatre Royal, Brighton – ‘time-capsule theatre’ by Natasha Tripney

Beverly, the suburban hostess of Mike Leigh’s 1977 comic drama, is one of theatre’s great monsters. She’s toweringly awful, controlling, aggressive and

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Our Lady of Kibeho review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘engaging and strongly-performed’ by Natasha Tripney

In 1981, a group of girls at a Catholic school in Rwanda claimed to have had visions of the Virgin Mary. Over

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 14-20) by Natasha Tripney

Approaching Empty – Kiln Theatre, London Kiln Theatre joins forces with Tamasha and Live Theatre to present the premiere of Ishy Din’s new

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Friday, January 11, 2019

The War of the Worlds review at New Diorama, London – ‘engagingly layered’ by Natasha Tripney

Physical theatre company Rhum and Clay’s new show is inspired by Orson Welles’ notorious 1938 radio broadcast. Welles’ famously retold HG Wells’

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 7-11) by Natasha Tripney

Time Is Love – Finborough Theatre, London The Finborough kicks off its year with Che Walker’s Time Is Love, starring and featuring music

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Pinter Six review at Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘a prescient double-bill’ by Natasha Tripney

One of the most enjoyable things about this run of Pinter’s short plays is the way they have been programmed – not

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Pinter Five review at Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘an intriguing triple bill’ by Natasha Tripney

We’ve reached the fifth instalment of Jamie Lloyd’s season of Pinter’s one-act plays, but only now do we arrive at The Room,

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Top five theatre shows to see (December 24-January 6) by Natasha Tripney

Orpheus – Battersea Arts Centre, London Little Bulb’s jazz club re-imagining of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the most

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Sweat review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘nuanced and moving’ by Natasha Tripney

Lynn Nottage’s prescient American play demonstrates how little it takes to stir up racial unrest and anti-immigrant feeling when people’s livelihoods are

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2018: Best plays of the year by Natasha Tripney

It was a year of rebirth and re-imagining, cultural transformation, hits such as The Lost O’Casey and Nine Night and misses: step

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (December 17-23) by Natasha Tripney

Caroline, Or Change – Playhouse Theatre, London Sharon D Clarke reprises her acclaimed performance in Michael Longhurst’s production of Tony Kushner’s musical,

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Film review: Love on BBC2 – ‘Alexander Zeldin’s raw and unsparing play on screen’ by Natasha Tripney

On December 8, Alexander Zeldin’s play Love, first performed in 2016 at the National Theatre, was broadcast as part of the BBC’s

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Timon of Athens review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – by Natasha Tripney

While David Edgar’s take on A Christmas Carol plays on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s main stage, the Swan is home to Shakespeare’s

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Tell-Tale Heart review at National Theatre, London – ‘schlocky fun’ by Natasha Tripney

The National Theatre has bravely chosen to give one of its festive December slots to Anthony Neilson for a stage adaptation of

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (December 10-16) by Natasha Tripney

The Scarlet Pimpernel – The Egg, Theatre Royal, Bath Created by the team behind last year’s Little Mermaid – winner of the best

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

What are the best pantomimes of 2018? by Natasha Tripney

With panto season now underway, here’s a list of the best shows of the year so far, as reviewed by The Stage’s

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Top five theatre shows to see this week (December 2-9) by Natasha Tripney

True West, Vaudeville Theatre, London Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn – so wonderfully menacing in Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen – star in Matthew Dunster’s

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Summer and Smoke star Patsy Ferran: ‘I enjoy being goofy, manly, ugly on stage, it’s liberating’ by Natasha Tripney

As Tennessee Williams’ little-revived play Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End, its star, Patsy Ferran, tells Natasha Tripney how she

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Dick Whittington review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘colourful and warm-hearted’ by Natasha Tripney

This year’s Lyric Hammersmith pantomime, now in its 10th year, rather hearteningly takes the form of a celebration of the welcome that

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Top five theatre shows to see this week (November 25-December 2) by Natasha Tripney

Torch – St Helens town centre ANU Productions makes immersive, unsettling site-responsive performance work. Previous production The Lost O’Casey was a highlight of

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Maids review at Home, Manchester – ‘striking imagery’ by Natasha Tripney

Jean Genet’s psychosexual three-hander The Maids is a spectacularly elastic play. Inspired by a notorious real-life murder from the 1930s in which

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Summer and Smoke review at Duke of York’s Theatre, London – ‘Patsy Ferran’s extraordinary performance’ by Natasha Tripney

Rebecca Frecknall’s emotionally rich production of Tennessee Williams’ previously unloved play loses very little of the intimacy or delicacy in its transfer

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (November 19-25) by Natasha Tripney

The Kneebone Cadillac – Theatre Royal Plymouth Simon Stokes’ last production at Theatre Royal Plymouth will be the new play by Carl Grose, recently

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Rendezvous in Bratislava review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘fascinating and affectionate’ by Natasha Tripney

Miriam Sherwood’s late grandfather Laco Kalina lived a life large enough to fill five volumes of autobiography. Born in 1913, under the

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

New Diorama artistic director David Byrne: ‘If we don’t take risks, there’s no point in us existing’ by Natasha Tripney

Despite opening less than a decade ago and having a capacity of only 80 seats, the New Diorama Theatre in central London

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Pinter Four review at Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘an intriguing double-bill’ by Natasha Tripney

The fourth instalment in Jamie Lloyd’s ambitious anthology of Harold Pinter’s shorter works consists of an intriguing if uneven double-bill of one-act

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (November 12-18) by Natasha Tripney

Hadestown – National Theatre, London Created by singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin, and starring Eva Noblezada, this musical reworking of the

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Pinter Three review at Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘thrilling performances’ by Natasha Tripney

Jamie Lloyd’s dauntingly ambitious and carefully curated season of Harold Pinter’s entire body of shorter works continues with a series of pieces

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Don Quixote review at Garrick Theatre, London – ‘entertaining and poignant’ by Natasha Tripney

First staged in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ death, James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote compresses the sprawling novel into just

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Exorcism review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘funny, eerie, and formally playful’ by Natasha Tripney

Poet and performer Ross Sutherland relishes an experiment. He’s written palindrome plays and interactive comedy gigs, as well as the sublime fusion

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The Madness of George III starring Mark Gatiss review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘Gatiss rises to the challenge’ by Natasha Tripney

Announced well over a year ago, this production was always intended to be a high point in Adam Penford’s first year as

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