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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Night of the Iguana review at Noel Coward Theatre, London – ‘Lia Williams is magnificent’ by Natasha Tripney

Written in 1961, Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana was inspired by a rum-fuelled night in 1940 when the playwright was

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Monday, July 15, 2019

The Nico Project review at Stoller Hall, Manchester – ‘part concert, part haunting’ by Natasha Tripney

Clad in a long, black coat and heavy wig, Maxine Peake looks agitated and uneasy in her skin. “I’m so hot,” she

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The Fountainhead review at the Lowry, Salford – ‘hard to stomach’ by Natasha Tripney

There’s little in the way of irony and subversion in Ivo van Hove’s take on Ayn Rand’s hymn to individualism. This 2014

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Tree review at Campfield Market Hall, Manchester – ‘energetic but jumbled’ by Natasha Tripney

Music is playing as you enter the space. People are dancing and the room is bathed in purple light. A party is

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Equus – Trafalgar Studios, London First seen at Theatre Royal Stratford East earlier this year, Ned Bennett’s acclaimed production of Peter Shaffer’s

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Friday, July 12, 2019

10 years of BE: the Birmingham festival of European theatre where dinner is political by Natasha Tripney

The act of artists eating with audiences has been at the heart of the BE Festival, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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Invisible Cities review at Mayfield, Manchester – ‘thrilling visuals’ by Natasha Tripney

Having previously tackled Paul Auster’s metaphysical novella City of Glass, 59 Productions joins forces with Rambert and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Peter Gynt review at National Theatre, London – ‘David Hare’s clunky satire’ by Natasha Tripney

While David Hare’s satirical update of Ibsen’s sprawling, richly mythic and dramatically cumbersome verse drama contains some witty lines and a magnetic

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (July 8-14) by Natasha Tripney

Life of Pi – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Max Webster directs Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s fable-like bestseller about a young boy

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Dark Sublime review at Trafalgar Studios, London – ‘endearing, if overstretched play about fandom and friendship’ by Natasha Tripney

Back in the 1980s, Marianne (Marina Sirtis) starred in a sci-fi series called Dark Sublime. It wasn’t a global smash like Star

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (July 1-7) by Natasha Tripney

The End of History – Royal Court, London Prolific playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany – aka the Harry Potter and

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Europe review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘powerful and timely revival’ by Natasha Tripney

Michael Longhurst begins his inaugural season as artistic director at the Donmar Warehouse with a devastatingly timely revival of David Greig’s 1994

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Jellyfish: a sexy romcom that finally reflects real life by Natasha Tripney

The heroine of Ben Weatherill’s play is strong, witty and learning disabled. So is Sarah Gordy who portrays her. About time too, say the writer and actor When Ben Weatherill set out to wri…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Present Laughter review at Old Vic, London – ‘Andrew Scott is magnificent’ by Natasha Tripney

A dark undercurrent often lurks beneath the surface of Noel Coward’s comedies. Present Laughter, his semi-autobiographical play about a puffed-up actor, is

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 24-30) by Natasha Tripney

Incoming Festival – New Diorama Theatre, London; Home, Manchester; Tobacco Factory, Bristol The festival of emerging work continues to expand, now playing

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Natasha Tripney: By using assault as a punchline, David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat is not a satire but a sad reflection of the culture by Natasha Tripney

By the far the most galling thing about David Mamet’s new play Bitter Wheat – and, believe me, there are many galling

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Citysong review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘poignant, lyrical and gorgeously written’ by Natasha Tripney

Time, and its passing, loom large in Dylan Coburn Gray’s Verity Bargate award-winning ‘play for voices.’ It zooms in on one Dublin

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Monday, June 17, 2019

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

Strange Fruit – Bush Theatre, London Nancy Medina directs a revival of Caryl Phillips’ powerful 1981 debut play as part of the

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Plenty review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘engaging, if chilly revival’ by Natasha Tripney

The title of David Hare’s 1978 play has never felt more ironic. Visible signs of the impact of austerity can be seen

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Playwright Dylan Coburn Gray: ‘Poetry is stillness, drama is rupture’ by Natasha Tripney

Citysong, Dylan Coburn Gray’s Verity Bargate award-winning play, is coming to Soho Theatre. Natasha Tripney talks to the playwright about his inspirations,

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Pope review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘compellingly performed character study’ by Natasha Tripney

When Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, he was the first pope to do so in over 700 years. Screenwriter and novelist

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at the Bridge Theatre, London – ‘circus thrills and muted magic’ by Natasha Tripney

Nicholas Hytner’s promenade production of Julius Caesar, staged at the Bridge Theatre early last year, put the audience at its heart. Those

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Monday, June 10, 2019

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

One Night in Miami – Nottingham Playhouse Kemp Powers’ play about a pivotal night in the life of Muhammad Ali, spent in

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Friday, June 7, 2019

The Knight of the Burning Pestle review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘metatheatrical playfulness’ by Natasha Tripney

A group of stylish actors, immaculately clad in black, glide around a stark stage. Declan Donnellan’s updated take on Francis Beaumont’s 1607

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Hobson’s Choice review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘buoyant and enjoyable’ by Natasha Tripney

In 2003, the Young Vic staged Tanika Gupta’s Salford update of Harold Brighouse’s robust play – originally written in 1915, and set

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Armadillo review at Yard Theatre, London – ‘appealingly strange play about gun love’ by Natasha Tripney

When Sam (Michelle Fox) was 13 she was kidnapped. Salvation took the shape of a man with a gun. As an adult

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 3-9) by Natasha Tripney

Armadillo – the Yard, London American playwright Sarah Kosar wrote the distinctive Mumburger – a skewed study of the ways in which

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Rutherford and Son review at National Theatre, London – ‘Strongly performed, occasionally melodramatic revival’ by Natasha Tripney

Rutherford, the domineering patriarch in Githa Sowerby’s 1912 play, is a man for whom the family business is everything. He has sweated

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Michelle Terry: ‘This job has taught me that democracy is really hard’ by Natasha Tripney

Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Michelle Terry tells Natasha Tripney about taking over from Emma Rice during a period of trauma for the

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (May 27-June 2) by Natasha Tripney

Rutherford and Son – National Theatre, London Roger Allam takes the title role of the domineering patriarch in Polly Findlay’s production of Githa

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week ( May 20-26) by Natasha Tripney

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil – Eden Court, Inverness A new National Theatre of Scotland tour of this

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