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Emma Dennis-Edwards has created a character that gets under your skin in Funeral Flowers at The Bunker Theatre. You laugh with her, feel for her and desperately want someone to ask the right…
Sounds Like Chaos is a youth theatre group co-founded by Roisin Feeny and Gemma Rowan and their latest piece, Wow Everything Is Amazing, imagines the digital world in 50 years time.
Cillian Murphy and writer Enda Walsh’s collaborations on stage tend to lean towards the surreal and avant-garde and Grief Is The Thing With Feathers is no exception.
Is it part of the irony within Joshua Harmon's Admissions that a play about white privilege and the hypocrisy of white liberals has only white characters?
Tom Coash's play is inspired by his time living in Egypt and learning of how a gay man had been arrested and tortured by police.
I've read reviews of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play Emilia that describe its feminist message as ‘unsubtle’ and the titular character’s suffering as overblown. It’s comments like that…
Following a five-star run at the Traverse Theatre, Fringe First winner Kieran Hurley brings Mouthpiece to Soho Theatre next month. Here he talks about the play, the point of theatre and maki…
Downstate is a challenging, difficult play with humour and wit inflected with wisdom, carefully balancing entertainment without detracting from the seriousness of the subject matter.
Random Selfies by award-winning writer Mike Kenny (The Railway Children) is the story of child loneliness in a busy world.
Hiddleston, Ashton and Cox deliver precise, layered performances in a production that grips with tension. I think Lloyd has saved the best to last in his Pinter at the Pinter season.
There’s a lot we don’t know about death and a lot we don’t know about the characters in Kathryn Gardner’s play Dead End.
Ivo van Hove's production and stage adaptation of the film All About Eve is trademark van Hove and that is a good and bad thing.
Mixing the more colourful and camp with the harsh realities of inequality and creative restraint for Iranian women is a powerful storytelling device in Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran at the …
There is a heartbreaking inevitability to Florian Zeller’s play The Son which is currently on at the Kiln Theatre. Nicolas (Laurie Kynaston), a once bubbly teenager, has become withdrawn s…
Despite committed performances by Blanchett and Dillane, there is something cold and mechanical to what is going on in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other at the National Theatre.
Jean Anouilh’s The Orchestra is an interesting snapshot of a period of social history that is often overlooked.
Cost of Living is a refreshingly bold play, it presents disability in a matter of fact way focusing on relationships while challenging inhibitions.
The 2010 ‘spy in the bag’ murder is the inspiration behind Kompromat, a new play by David Thame which imagines the murderer using a honey trap to ensnare his victim.
Jean Anouilh’s play The Orchestra tells the story of a third-rate orchestra in France just after the Second World War and it is a play that made a big impression on director Kristine Lando…
Peter Darney is currently directing gay crime thriller Kompromat by David Thame, which was inspired by the 2010 ‘spy in the bag’ murders and opens at the Vault Festival this week.
A Bodin Saphir’s play Rosenbaum’s Rescue, directed by Kate Fahy, is an engaging look at the nature of truth and whether it is merely a matter of perspective or personal belief.
Pinter Six of the Pinter at the Pinter season is the first that I can say I quite enjoyed but it didn’t stop a nagging question I’ve had for a while: Was Pinter a misogynist? I’m not a…
Liv Warden’s play Anomaly, inspired by the Weinstein scandal, focuses on the family of a media mogul who’s been caught up in a scandal that can't be hushed up by PR.
Starting off 2019 with plenty of theatre in the diary, these are the nine plays Rev Stan is particularly looking forward to seeing.
A theatre announces that a classic male role will be played by a woman and gets a plethora of headlines as a result. While giving a woman a meaty, lead role is something to be applauded, it …
It’s time for Rev Stan’s best plays of 2018 overall, gleaned from everything I’ve seen – large productions and small, commercial theatres, subsidised and fringe.
Seven years ago playwright Lynn Nottage started spending time in Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest towns in America and wrote Sweat based on her experiences there.
When tickets went on sale for the concluding play in Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season – Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston – those who had already booked tickets for other, argu…
Hole, by Ellie Kendrick, is a mixture of speech, song, movement and music exploring female anger through a series of stories, themes and metaphors.
Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn prove themselves agile performers with quick-fire dialogue and sharp comic timing in True West at the Vaudeville Theatre.
The Night Before Christmas is adult Christmas fare, counter-programming to the Dr Seuss musical which is on next door at the Southwark Playhouse.