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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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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Town Hall Affair, Barbican, London, review: Germaine Greer and Norman Mailer brought vividly to life in a restaging of a debate on feminism by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

New York's experimental Wooster Group revisits and deconstructs the infamous Town Hall debate of 1971

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Kiss Me, Kate, Coliseum, London, review: A magnificent revival from Opera North by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

It's a joy to hear this orchestra do justice to lusciousness and comic sass of Cole Porter's score

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Beirut, Park Theatre, London, review: This 1987 AIDS allegory play is more an interesting curiosity than a valuable find by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Robin Lefevre's highly charged revival of Alan Bowne's dystopian play features two lovers torn apart by a sexually-transmitted disease epidemic

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Notes from the Field, Royal Court, London, review: Anna Deavere Smith's powerful expose of America's criminal justice system by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The West Wing actress and verbatim theatre pioneer spoke to over 250 people for this harrowing show about the US's school-to-prison pipeline

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Pressure, Ambassadors Theatre, London, review: A tense, funny and moving play – about weather forecasting by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

David Haig stars in his own play about a Scottish meteorologist who had to forecast the D-Day landings

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse, London, review: Lia Williams is revelatory in this new Muriel Spark adaptation by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

A comic yet complex central performances animates David Harrower's dynamic new adaptation

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Machinal, Almeida Theatre, London, review: Feels like it could have been written last week by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The restlessness and desperation of a young woman forced into an unhappy marriage are superbly caught by Emily Berrington in this revival of Sophie Treadwell's Expressionist classic

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Julie, National Theatre, London, review: Vanessa Kirby shines, but the dramatic stakes are lowered in Polly Stenham's update of Strindberg by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The play looks at the hypocrisies of middle class liberals in relation to the ill-paid immigrant work-force on whom their moneyed lives depend

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

My Name is Lucy Barton, Bridge Theatre, London, review: Laura Linney is luminous in this one-woman show by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The Oscar-nominee gives a deeply affecting performance of real directness in Rona Munro's adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's best-selling novel

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Killer Joe, Trafalgar Studios, London, review: Orlando Bloom has full command of the stage – but the play itself is queasily dated by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The film star play against type as a psychotic hitman in Tracy Letts' Texan trailer-park Gothic

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Translations, National Theatre, London, review: A rich production of Brian Friel's classic by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This magnificent revival stretches out in the Olivier, but still finds the subtleties within the play

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tartuffe, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, review: A dual-language, modern updating does not fulfil its promise by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Christopher Hampton's French and English production is relocated to Trump's America, but the setting rarely resonates

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Gronholm Method, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, review: A clever exercise in audience manipulation but not a whole lot more by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Jordi Galceran's black comedy about the group interview from hell has been produced in 60 countries around the world

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