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Monday, November 12, 2018

Pinter Three and Four, review: 'Surprisingly joyous. I can't wait for the next batch of shows' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Jamie Lloyd's six month season celebrating the complete corpus of Pinter's short plays continues

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

White Teeth, Kiln Theatre, London, review: The first ever stage adaptation of Zadie Smith's novel by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

You can't help but raise a cheer for Smith and for this lively, light-footed take on her work

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

'Ear for eye', Royal Court, review: An impassioned play about stalled progress by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

debbie tucker green's piece gives us snapshots of African American and black British experience at a time of deep frustration with the racist forces at the top

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Very Very Very Dark Matter review, Bridge Theatre, London: Martin McDonagh play lacks intellectual nuance by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

From the man who wrote and directed 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' comes this determinedly dark and twisted fable that fails to live up to expectations

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

David Hare's 'I'm Not Running', National Theatre, Lyttelton review: An absorbing, flawed evening by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Play starring Sian Brooke and Alex Hassell is a bemusing work that seems to be operating in a kind of vacuum or alternative past

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Antony & Cleopatra, Olivier, National Theatre review: Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo offer blazing star power by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Simon Godwin's production of the Shakespearian tragedy proves to be an astute and moving work

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Heathers, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, review: Packed with talent, but is this jollied-up version sufficiently unsettling? by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Part of the appeal of the cult 1989 movie is how it traces a fine line between satire and bad taste as it tackles peer pressure, bullying, body image, teen suicide and mass school shootings

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Holy Sh!t, Kiln Theatre, Kilburn, London review: A vigorously funny production of Alexis Zegerman's sharp play by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Zegerman's astringent comedy is in the theatre's best traditions of being provocatively topical

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Friday, September 7, 2018

The Humans, Hampstead Theatre, review: Remarkably daring production from Edward Hall by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Insecurities stalk this bitterly funny and piercingly sad play

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Love's Labour's Lost, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: Enchantingly daft and dexterous by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

There's real delicacy of feeling in this production as well as full-blooded fun

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Pericles, Olivier, National Theatre, London, review: 'An uplifting achievement' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

A company of 200 Londoners of all ages and backgrounds has joined forces with professional actors for this show

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Tamburlaine, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, review: A vivid and incisive version suggesting resonances with our own age of tyrants by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

A stimulating, fluent, and strongly cast production that's trenchantly alive to Christopher Marlowe's provocative black comedy

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Emilia, Shakespeare's Globe, London - review: a landmark moment for the theatre by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor reviews the stunning Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's extraordinarily rousing new play

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, review - The play has never felt so strongly feminist by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Shakespeare effectively invented the sitcom with the only play he set in England in his own times

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Little Shop of Horrors, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, review: 'You'd be mad to miss this uplifting revival' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's tongue-in-cheek 1982 musical tells the Faustian story of a hapless Skid Row florist who wins love, fame and fortune when he cultivates a rampantly bloodthirst…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Aristocrats, Donmar Warehouse, London, review: A fresh and arresting revival by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Lyndsey Turner, the director of the Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet and Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, directs the first major revival of Brian Friel's 1979 play since his death three years ago

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Little Shop of Horrors, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, review: 'You'd be mad to miss this uplifting revival' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Alan Mencken and Howard Ashman's tongue-in-cheek 1982 musical tells the Faustian story of a hapless Skid Row florist who wins love, fame and fortune when he cultivates a rampantly bloodthirs…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre: Manages to be subversive and conformist at the same time by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Does anybody need The Importance "decoding" in this heavy-handed, pseudo-radical way?

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Othello, Shakespeare's Globe, review: Mark Rylance is brilliant as Iago in a production that flares into glorious life by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Shakespeare's Globe's great founding artistic director stars as Iago in this production directed by his wife, Claire van Kampen

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Home, I'm Darling, National Theatre, London, review: Sharp, funny and sad - and well worth a ticket by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Laura Wade's first original play since Posh sees 38-year-old Judy's doomed attempt to achieve marital bliss by becoming a 1950s-style Domestic Goddess

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Spamilton, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, review: A relentlessly in-jokey spoof musical by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Broadway's arch-parodist Gerard Alessandrini takes a swipe at Lin-Manuel Miranda and 'Hamilton'

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Pity, Royal Court, London, review: Wearisome whimsy and wackiness by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Rory Mullarkey's absurdist cartoon about a society that topples into apocalyptic anarchy is not well served by Sam Pritchard's relentlessly jokey production

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Allelujah!, Bridge Theatre, London, review: Alan Bennett's new NHS play is a surprisingly high-spirited occasion by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This feels like bonus treat from the 84-year-old: a play about our imperilled National Health Service that somehow leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Monster Calls, Old Vic, London, review: Patrick Ness's novel is magnificently brought to life by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Sally Cookson's adaptation of this best-seller about a boy coming to terms with grief is a wondrous feat of communal story-telling

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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre, London, review: A powerful play directed by Sam Mendes with extraordinary elegance by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Magnificent performers multitask in this epic story of the Lehman Brothers family business

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Thursday, July 5, 2018
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Miss Littlewood, Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, review: A new musical reminds us of the pioneering Joan Littlewood (but lacks tunes) by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Is it ironic that this anti-establishment maverick should have her work celebrated at the other Stratford by the RSC? A bit – but you're soon swept up

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The King and I, Palladium, London, review: A nuanced, subtly updated revival by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

There's a smack of imperial condescension in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, but this is a culturally cogent account from Bartlett Sher

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Genesis Inc, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Harry Enfield stars in an over-egged comedy about the fertility industry by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Jemma Kennedy's ambitious play has Enfield playing both Marx and God, while Jenni Murray lends her voice to a talking womb

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fun Home, Young Vic, London, review: Another groundbreaking masterpiece from Jeanine Tesori by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

A sublime adaptation of Alison Bechdel's acclaimed graphic-novel memoir about growing up lesbian in small-town Pennsylvania with a closeted gay father

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