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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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Sunday, May 26, 2019

The week in theatre: Anna, Operation Mincemeat; Our Town; White Pearl – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; New Diorama; Regent’s Park; Royal Court, LondonA startlingly innovative play turns the audience into East German snoopers and a clever musical tackles a wartime ruse What a whirli…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

The week in theatre: Death of a Salesman; Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2; Henry V – review by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic; Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonAn outstanding cast portray a family stuck together while falling apart in the Young Vic’s Death of a Salesman. At the Globe, enter Falstaff, Harry …

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

The week in theatre: Rosmersholm; Human Jam; Jude – review by Susannah Clapp

Duke of York’s; Camden People’s theatre; Hampstead, LondonHayley Atwell excels in a dazzling new Ibsen adaptation, while Thomas Hardy has a hand in dramas about HS2 and a Syrian cleaner …

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

The week in theatre: A German Life; Sweet Charity; Three Sisters – review by Susannah Clapp

Bridge; Donmar Warehouse; Almeida, LondonMaggie Smith makes a triumphant return to the stage as Joseph Goebbels’s former personal secretary, while Anne-Marie Duff hits the high notes “Le…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

The week in theatre: West Side Story; Little Miss Sunshine; Ghost Stories – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Exchange, Manchester; Arcola; Lyric Hammersmith, LondonOut go the finger clicks but the knife crime stays in Sarah Frankcom’s vital reworking of West Side Story. And Little Miss Suns…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

The week in theatre: Kunene and the King; Top Girls; Grief Is the Thing With Feathers – review by Susannah Clapp

Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon; Lyttelton; Barbican, LondonJohn Kani and Antony Sher are reunited in Kani’s powerful new drama. Plus, a timely revival of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls and Enda …

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The week in theatre: The Phlebotomist; The Bay at Nice; Emilia – review by Susannah Clapp

Hampstead; Menier Chocolate Factor; Vaudeville, London Debut playwright Ella Road conjures a potent dystopia, Penelope Wilton is perfection in a sharp David Hare revival, and Shakespeare’s…

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

The week in theatre: Standing at the Sky’s Edge; Downstate; Richard III – review by Susannah Clapp

Crucible, Sheffield; National Theatre; Alexandra Palace theatre, LondonA new musical with songs by Richard Hawley is rooted in Sheffield but richly resonant for all, while Bruce Norris and J…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

The week in theatre: Betrayal; Waitress – review by Susannah Clapp

Harold Pinter; Adelphi, LondonTom Hiddleston leads a fine Pinter revival, while a housewife’s flights of fondant fancy fail to rise What a clever idea: to follow the triumph of Pinter at t…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

The week in theatre: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train; Shipwreck; Berberian Sound Studio – review by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic; Almeida; Donmar Warehouse, LondonTwo prisoners confront each other and God in a vital revival, Trump gets off lightly, and a clever tale of a sound engineer packs some real reverb…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

The week in theatre: All About Eve; The American Clock; Superhoe – review by Susannah Clapp

Noël Coward; Old Vic; Royal Court, LondonGillian Anderson is the steely centre of Ivo van Hove’s glitzy adaptation of All About Eve, while Nicôle Lecky’s Superhoe storms the Royal Cour…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The week in theatre: Noughts & Crosses; The Cherry Orchard; Cost of Living – review by Susannah Clapp

Derby theatre; Barbican; Hampstead, LondonMalorie Blackman’s bestseller leaps off the stage in a fine new adaptation. Plus, Chekhov without the samovars and 2018’s Pulitzer prize winnerI…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

The week in theatre: Vault festival; No Show review – bright sparks for dark days by Susannah Clapp

Vault festival; Soho theatre, London Waterloo’s tunnels buzz with sharp new writing. And the joy and pain of a night at the circusIn Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester, festivals light up su…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

The week in theatre: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other and more – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; Gate; New Diorama, LondonCate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane can’t save a clunky S&M study of sexual politics, but thrills are to be had in a vivid account of poetic friendship…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

The week in theatre: Our Lady of Kibeho; Stop and Search; Approaching Empty – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal & Derngate, Northampton; Arcola; Kiln, LondonIn a trio of new plays, three young Rwandans are moved by the spirit, a lorry driver and a refugee share a watchful journey, and two fr…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The week in theatre: Pinter at the Pinter; Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor – review by Susannah Clapp

Harold Pinter theatre; Finborough, LondonThe surprises continue in an extraordinary Pinter season. Plus, the rise and rise of Sheila AtimIt has been hard to guess where lightning will strike…

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Susannah Clapp’s best theatre of 2018 by Susannah Clapp

People of colour finally moved centre stage, young performers shone, and two veterans gave an acting masterclass. See our top 10 list below• Read the Observer critics’ reviews of the yea…

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

The week in theatre: Sweat; The Convert; The Tragedy of King Richard the Second – review by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse; Young Vic; Almeida, LondonLynn Nottage brilliantly dramatises industrial unrest in small-town America in the year’s most powerful playA tremendous theatrical week culmina…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

The week in theatre: The Cane; The Tell-Tale Heart; Uncle Vanya – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court; Dorfman; Hampstead, London Corporal punishment still hurts in Mark Ravenhill’s haunting new play, Poe is channelled for festive creepiness, and fine performances spruce up Ch…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

The week in theatre: True West; Hole; Fiddler on the Roof – review by Susannah Clapp

Vaudeville; Royal Court; Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonKit Harington and Johnny Flynn slug it out as Sam Shepard’s feuding brothers, women rabble-rouse at the Royal Court, and Trevor Nun…

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

The week in theatre: A Christmas Carol; Angelo; Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales – review by Susannah Clapp

Chickenshed; Little Angel; Unicorn, LondonThree festive shows for young and old serve up Dickens with attitude, ticklish puppets and Philip Pullman’s grisly Grimms’ fairytalesThe future …

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

The week in theatre: White Teeth; Dealing With Clair – review by Susannah Clapp

Kiln, London; Orange Tree, RichmondZadie Smith’s White Teeth bounds on to the stage leaving some of the novel’s subtleties behind. And 30 years on, Martin Crimp’s Dealing With Clair ha…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

The week in theatre: ear for eye; The Wolves; I and You – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court; Theatre Royal Stratford East; Hampstead, Londondebbie tucker green delivers blistering insights into racism in the west. Elsewhere, joyous teenage kicks and a gasp-out-loud deno…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

The week in theatre: The Wild Duck; A Very Very Very Dark Matter – review by Susannah Clapp

Almeida; Bridge, LondonAll becomes beautifully clear in Robert Icke’s pared down Ibsen, while Martin McDonagh overloads his dark, dizzying fairytaleAh, Robert Icke and his theatrical revel…

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

The week in theatre: Company; Measure for Measure; Stories – review by Susannah Clapp

Gielgud; Donmar Warehouse; Dorfman, LondonMarianne Elliott dazzlingly remakes Sondheim, Josie Rourke adds a Shakespearean twist, and from Nina Raine, a sperm donor comedy…How marvellous th…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The week in theatre: Twelfth Night; I’m Not Running; The Height of the Storm – review by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic; Lyttleton; Wyndham’s, LondonA musical Twelfth Night flies, while David Hare’s party games never take off. Plus, a masterclass from Eileen Atkins and Jonathan PryceKwame Kwei-A…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The week in theatre: Pinter at the Pinter; Sketching – review by Susannah Clapp

Harold Pinter theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonA double helping of short Pinter plays delivers the playwright’s trademark punch, while a series of London tales offers Dickens in the a…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

The week in theatre: Queen Margaret; The Village; Misty – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Exchange, Manchester; Theatre Royal East Stratford; Trafalgar Studios, LondonJade Anouka is compelling in Jeanie O’Hare’s bold take on Shakespeare and the life of Margaret of Anjou…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

The week in theatre: Missing; Holy Sh!t; The Humans – review by Susannah Clapp

Battersea Arts Centre; Kiln; Hampstead, LondonMissing reappears three years after fire interrupted its run at the Battersea Arts Centre, while the Kiln opens with some topical grievancesThes…

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