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Monday, March 30, 2020

The experts’ experts: Observer critics on the cultural voices they trust by Laura Cumming, Mark Kermode, Bidisha, Miranda Sawyer, Susannah Clapp, Kitty Empire, Fiona Maddocks and Rowan Moore

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Seven Streams of the River Ota review – magic in motion by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton, LondonRobert Lepage’s extraordinary, seven-hour fusion of horror, romance and French farce made for a fitting final show before London’s theatres went into lockdown This was t…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The week in theatre: On Blueberry Hill; Shoe Lady; Crongton Knights – review by Susannah Clapp

Trafalgar Studios; Royal Court, London; Theatre Royal BrightonSebastian Barry’s tale of two cellmates succeeds despite plausibility issues, while Katherine Parkinson is magnetic in a flims…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

The week in theatre: Oliver Twist; I Think We Are Alone; Women Beware Women – review by Susannah Clapp

Leeds Playhouse; Stratford East; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonOliver is both deaf and poor in a sign-language version of Dickens’s tale that speaks to 21st-century London. And Frantic As…

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

The week in theatre: A Number; The Visit; Alone in Berlin – review by Susannah Clapp

Bridge; Olivier, London; Royal & Derngate, NorthamptonCloned siblings cast fleeting shadows in a vivid Caryl Churchill revival, while Lesley Manville dazzles in an unwieldy revenge drama…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

The week in theatre: Leopoldstadt; Death of England; Far Away – review by Susannah Clapp

Wyndham’s; Dorfman; Donmar Warehouse, LondonTom Stoppard explores his Jewish heritage in what may be his final play; Rafe Spall delivers a career-changing study in rage; and Caryl Churchil…

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

The week in theatre: Uncle Vanya, Night of the Living Dead – Remix; Faustus: That Damned Woman by Susannah Clapp

Harold Pinter, London; Leeds Playhouse; Lyric Hammersmith, LondonToby Jones and Rosalind Eleazar make light work of Ian Rickson’s overfreighted new Chekhov. Plus, wall-to-wall zombie horro…

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Susannah Clapp’s best theatre of 2019 by Susannah Clapp

There was fearless new work, revelatory sound design and a seismic shift in the tussle between Chekhov and Ibsen. The Observer’s theatre critic introduces her 10 best shows of the year My …

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

The week in theatre: The Ocean at the End of the Lane; Swive [Elizabeth]; Teenage Dick – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Donmar Warehouse, LondonA Neil Gaiman adaptation delivers spooky childhood spectacle; and the teenage years of Elizabeth I and Richard III Sometimes it is n…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

The week in theatre: Cyrano de Bergerac; The Duchess of Malfi; Three Sisters – review by Susannah Clapp

Playhouse; Almeida; Lyttelton, LondonGone is the big nose, while the fighting’s a poetry slam in Martin Crimp’s ingenious new rapping Cyrano. Plus, The Duchess of Malfi reimagined, and T…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

The week in theatre: The Boy in the Dress; The Arrival; Richard III – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; Bush; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonA new musical adaptation of David Walliams’s book scores on all counts; director Bijan Sheibani makes a…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

The week in theatre: Dear Evan Hansen; Touching the Void; #WeAreArrested – review by Susannah Clapp

Noël Coward; Duke of York’s; Arcola, LondonA dazzling West End debut lights up a newly arrived Broadway hit, while Joe Simpson’s Andes ordeal is all too real on stage, and a jailed repo…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

The week in theatre: Ghost Quartet; High Fidelity; When the Crows Visit – review by Susannah Clapp

Boulevard; Turbine; Kiln, LondonTwo recently opened London theatres make their mark, with love and loss round the camp fire, and a sparky reworking of High Fidelity that just needs a few goo…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

The week in theatre: Light Falls; The Antipodes; Botticelli in the Fire – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Exchange, Manchester; Dorfman; Hampstead, LondonSarah Frankcom signs off in Manchester with elegiac Simon Stephens and a little bit of Jarvis Cocker. Plus, Annie Baker’s latest and t…

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

The week in theatre: [Blank]; Lungs; Vassa – review by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse; Old Vic; Almeida, LondonAlice Birch searches for hope in the criminal justice system, Claire Foy and Matt Smith bring wit to eco angst, and Siobhan Redmond makes a fine Gor…

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

The week in theatre: There Are No Beginnings; Solaris; A History of Water in the Middle East – review by Susannah Clapp

Leeds Playhouse; Lyric Hammersmith; Royal Court, LondonA powerful verbatim portrayal of women’s lives during the Yorkshire Ripper years; a sci-fi classic reborn; and a musical imperialism …

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

The week in theatre: “Mr Harold”… and the boys; Blood Wedding; Macbeth – review by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton; Young Vic, London; Chichester Festival theatreAthol Fugard’s masterly apartheid drama still shocks, while compatriot Yaël Farber is transfixed by Marina Carr’s lyrical Irish …

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

The week in theatre: Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp; My Beautiful Laundrette – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court, London; Curve, LeicesterCaryl Churchill conjures four short, sharp, unconnected plays that add up to one remarkable whole. And a new spin on an 80s film classic What a rapt, int…

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

The week in theatre: Faith, Hope and Charity; The King of Hell’s Palace; Chiaroscuro – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; Hampstead; Bush, LondonAusterity bites at the National in Alexander Zeldin’s intense community centre drama, while a Chinese whistleblowing thriller is lost for words Alexander Ze…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

The week in theatre: A Very Expensive Poison; A Doll’s House; Hedda Tesman – review | Susannah Clapp by Susannah Clapp

Old Vic; Lyric Hammersmith, London; Minerva, Chichester Lucy Prebble’s take on the Litvinenko murder swivels brilliantly between tragedy and farce, while Ibsen’s women still have much to…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

The week in theatre: Hansard; The Son; Bartholomew Fair – review by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton; Duke of York’s; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonAlex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan snipe to perfection as an 80s Tory MP and his wife in a debut play that isn’t quite so sharp. P…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

The week in theatre: Fleabag; Appropriate; As You Like It – review by Susannah Clapp

Wyndham’s; Donmar Warehouse, London; Queen’s theatre, HornchurchPhoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag returns in singularly brilliant fashion. Plus, more electrifying drama from Branden Jacob…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

The week in theatre: The Doctor; Mythos: A Trilogy: Gods, Heroes, Men – review by Susannah Clapp

Almeida, London; Festival theatre, EdinburghRobert Icke concludes his dazzling run at the Almeida with another masterstroke. Plus, Stephen Fry’s one-man Greek myths Robert Icke’s time as…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

The week in theatre: The Night of the Iguana; Vienna 1934-Munich 1938; seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Susannah Clapp

Two star performances breathe life into Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgrave’s memories could do with an edit, while Jasmine Lee-Jones is someone to watchTennessee Williams can make the st…

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The week in theatre: Tree; Invisible Cities; Peter Gynt – review by Susannah Clapp

Manchester international festival; Olivier, LondonTree is less exciting than the row about its authorship, Lolita Chakrabarti works wonders with Italo Calvino’s tricky text, and David Hare…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

The week in theatre: Europe; The End of History; The Color Purple – review by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse; Royal Court, London; Curve, LeicesterDavid Greig’s play on continental movement still resonates, while the makers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can’t summon the …

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

The week in theatre: The Hunt; Present Laughter; The Damned – review by Susannah Clapp

Almeida; Old Vic; Barbican, LondonYoung performers shine in a riveting adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg’s film about a falsely accused teacher. And Andrew Scott is a Noël Coward natural It…

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

All change! Meet the new artistic directors shaking up British theatre by Susannah Clapp, With Interviews By Killian Fox and Lisa O'Kelly

Our critic reflects on the exciting developments sweeping our stages and below, some of the top new recruits share their stories and ways of working British theatre is in the process of a ma…

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The week in theatre: Bitter Wheat; Xanadu; Strange Fruit – review by Susannah Clapp

Garrick; Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; Bush, LondonJohn Malkovich cannot save David Mamet’s lame post-Weinstein satire. Thank heavens for Giffords’ groovy circus spectacular Any sex play…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The week in theatre: Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile; Education, Education, Education; Bronx Gothic – review by Susannah Clapp

Ambassador, Bradford; Trafalgar Studios; Young Vic, LondonThe short but vibrant life of playwright Andrea Dunbar is vividly recreated by an all-female cast, while the joys and trials of 90s …

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

The week in theatre: King Hedley II; Rutherford and Son; The Starry Messenger – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Theatre Stratford East; Lyttelton; Wyndham’s, LondonLenny Henry and Aaron Pierre are supercharged in August Wilson’s epic while Roger Allam excels as a stern Edwardian patriarch Au…

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