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Sunday, April 7, 2024

The week in theatre: Long Day’s Journey Into Night; The Lover/The Collection; The Divine Mrs S – review by Susannah Clapp

Wyndham’s London; Ustinov, Bath; Hampstead, LondonBrian Cox and, especially, Patricia Clarkson shine as dysfunctional parents in Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical play, David Morrissey…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Sunday, March 17, 2024

The week in theatre: Starter for Ten; Uncle Vanya review – fingers on buzzers, and samovars by Susannah Clapp

Bristol Old Vic; Orange Tree theatre, RichmondBamber goes to Bristol in a buoyant musical of David Nicholls’s University Challenge romcom, while Trevor Nunn’s impeccably traditional Chek…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02AM
Sunday, March 10, 2024

The week in theatre: Nye; The Lonely Londoners; Hadestown – review by Susannah Clapp

Olivier; Jermyn Street; Lyric, LondonLarkiness overtakes Tim Price’s hallucinatory new play about the founder of the NHS; Roy Williams’s adaptation of Sam Selvon’s great Windrush novel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32AM
Sunday, March 3, 2024

The week in theatre: Shifters; The Human Body; Nachtland – review by Susannah Clapp

Bush theatre; Donmar Warehouse; Young Vic, LondonBenedict Lombe’s new play about two almost-lovers is alive and unpredictable; Keeley Hawes and Jack Davenport have a glimmering brief encou…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Sunday, February 25, 2024

The week in theatre: An Enemy of the People; King Lear; Double Feature – review by Susannah Clapp

Duke of York’s; Almeida; Hampstead, LondonMatt Smith heads a rousing adaptation of Ibsen for a bruised world; Danny Sapani and co lean into the storm in Yaël Farber’s liberating Lear. P…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Sunday, February 11, 2024

The week in theatre: The Hills of California; Metamorphosis; Candace Bushnell: True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex in the City – review by Susannah Clapp

Harold Pinter theatre; Lyric Hammersmith; Palladium, LondonDreams of fame trap and inspire in Jez Butterworth’s female-centred, Blackpool-set new play; Lemn Sissay takes a personal approac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Saturday, February 3, 2024

The week in theatre: Till the Stars Come Down; Othello; Plaza Suite – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Savoy, LondonBeth Steel’s battling Notts wedding guests are a treat; Ola Ince’s Met police Othello makes horrible sense; and Matthew Broderick and Sarah…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Sunday, January 28, 2024

The week in theatre: Northanger Abbey; The Most Precious of Goods – review by Susannah Clapp

Orange Tree, Richmond; Marylebone theatre, LondonZoe Cooper’s vivaciously queer take on Jane Austen will make readers and audiences think twice. And Nicolas Kent distils a Holocaust fable …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Sunday, January 21, 2024

The week in theatre: Kim’s Convenience; Kin – review by Susannah Clapp

Park theatre; Lyttleton, LondonIns Choi’s disarming Korean corner store comedy makes a timely return to the stage; a show of migrant stories feels more like ritual than chronicle; and a ne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, January 14, 2024

The week in theatre: The Enfield Haunting; The Last Show Before We Die; Exhibitionists – review by Susannah Clapp

Ambassadors; Yard; King’s Head, LondonCatherine Tate and David Threlfall are stranded in a scarily dull ghost story; the end of a love affair looms over a lively two-hander; and the new Ki…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Sunday, December 24, 2023

Theatre: Susannah Clapp’s 10 best shows of 2023 by Susannah Clapp

In a thin year for musicals and political drama, an 11th hour Blanche DuBois, a flurry of young actors, two James Graham plays and a pair of Macbeths were among the standouts Read the Observ…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM

The week in theatre: Macbeth; Stranger Things: The First Shadow; Ulster American – review by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse; Phoenix theatre; Riverside Studios, LondonDavid Tennant and Cush Jumbo wire you into the Macbeths’ innermost thoughts; Stranger Things takes theatrical spectacle to the n…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Sunday, December 17, 2023

The week in theatre: The Little Matchgirl and Happier Tales; Cold War; Pandemonium – review by Susannah Clapp

The Lucky Chance, Frome; Almeida; Soho theatre, LondonThere’s a puppet but no happy ending at Emma Rice’s fine new Somerset venue; Elvis Costello soundtracks a postwar Polish love story;…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:02AM
Sunday, December 10, 2023

The week in theatre: Infinite Life; The Homecoming; Pacific Overtures – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; Young Vic; Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonChronic illness is captured to extraordinary effect in Annie Baker’s slow yet absorbing new play. Elsewhere, snarling Pinter lacks bite,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Sunday, December 3, 2023

The week in theatre: Macbeth; The House of Barnarda Alba – review by Susannah Clapp

The Depot, Liverpool; Lyttleton, London Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma are magnetic murderers in Simon Godwin’s bleakly immersive warehouse production, while Harriet Walter commands the st…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Sunday, November 19, 2023

The week in theatre: Knocking on the Wall; To Have and to Hold; Mates in Chelsea – review by Susannah Clapp

Finborough; Hampstead; Royal Court, LondonAn exemplary staging of short plays by overlooked Ena Lamont Stewart; Alun Armstrong is at his hangdog best in Richard Bean’s warm retirement dram…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Sunday, November 12, 2023

The week in theatre: Backstairs Billy; The Box of Delights; Brenda’s Got a Baby – review by Susannah Clapp

Duke of York’s, London; RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon; New Diorama, LondonThe puns ricochet between Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans in a frisky royal tale of mistress and servant; merriment disp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06AM
Sunday, November 5, 2023

The week in theatre: King Lear; Lyonesse; Pied Piper – review by Susannah Clapp

Wyndham’s; Harold Pinter; Battersea Arts Centre, LondonKenneth Branagh savours Lear’s words rather too much; Kristin Scott Thomas and co are left high and dry in Cornwall; but at BAC, a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Sunday, October 29, 2023

The week in theatre: Clyde’s; The Confessions; The Score – review by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse; Lyttelton, London; Theatre Royal BathLynn Nottage wires us into American life with her all-consuming truck-stop cafe drama; Alexander Zeldin weaves slow magic from his moth…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:04AM
Sunday, October 22, 2023

The week in theatre: Choir Boy; Portia Coughlan; The Flea – review by Susannah Clapp

Bristol Old Vic; Almeida; the Yard, LondonMoonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney’s elite school drama hits all the right notes; Marina Carr’s intense Irish play finds its ideal director.…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:19AM
Sunday, October 15, 2023

The week in theatre: Death of England: Closing Time; Sunset Boulevard – review by Susannah Clapp

National Theatre; Savoy theatre, LondonThe fourth in Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’s state-of-the-nation play series is precise, fierce and moving, while Nicole Scherzinger hammers home the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:25AM
Sunday, October 8, 2023

The week in theatre: Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends; Noises Off; Imposter 22 – review by Susannah Clapp

Gielgud; Theatre Royal Haymarket; Royal Court, LondonAn all-star tribute to the acid genius of the late composer offers a terrific medley of hits, Michael Frayn’s clever farce also proves …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:49AM
Sunday, October 1, 2023

The week in theatre: Boys from the Blackstuff; Vanya; Mlima’s Tale – review by Susannah Clapp

Liverpool’s Royal Court; Duke of York’s; Kiln, LondonAlan Bleasdale’s 80s TV classic about jobless workers hits home in James Graham’s adaptation; Andrew Scott is not alone in his on…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:49AM
Sunday, September 10, 2023

The week in theatre: Never Have I Ever; God of Carnage – review by Susannah Clapp

Minerva theatre, Chichester; Lyric Hammersmith, LondonAn evening of drinking turns dangerous in the sharply funny debut play from The Guilty Feminist’s Deborah Frances-White. And the set i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:25AM
Sunday, August 27, 2023

The week in theatre: A Mirror; Next to Normal – review by Susannah Clapp

Almeida; Donmar Warehouse, LondonSam Holcroft’s unsettling new play about censorship features a menacing performance from Jonny Lee Miller, while a musical drama exploring bipolar disorder…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33AM
Sunday, August 20, 2023

The week in theatre: The Effect; Makeshifts and Realities – reviews by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton, London; Finborough, LondonJamie Lloyd galvanises Lucy Prebble’s drama about two patients who on a drug trial, while a trilogy of pre-first world war playlets captures a forgotte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Sunday, August 13, 2023

The rise of actor Patsy Ferran: ‘I’m a bit of a duck: calm on the surface…’ by Susannah Clapp

She cancelled her honeymoon to star in A Streetcar Named Desire with four days’ notice – then won the 2023 Critics’ Circle best actress award. She talks to the Observer’s theatre cri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:55AM

The week in theatre: Thrown; Dusk; Food review – plenty of fervent grappling with big ideas by Susannah Clapp

Traverse; Lyceum; Studio, EdinburghNat McCleary’s new play gets to grips with Scottish identity; a French-language take on Lars von Trier glides between stage and screen; and dinner is ser…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:55AM
Sunday, August 6, 2023

The week in theatre: Rock Follies; The Crown Jewels – review by Susannah Clapp

Minerva, Chichester; Garrick, LondonThe wit and sharpness of the 70s TV series about a pioneering all-female band is partially captured in a spirited stage adaptation. As for Simon Nye’s n…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:49AM
Sunday, July 30, 2023

The week in theatre: Alter; Word-Play; Ride – review by Susannah Clapp

Secret location, Milton Keynes; Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court; Southwark Playhouse Elephant, London Catalan company Kamchàtka create an enticing piece of site-specific theatre in th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:13AM
Sunday, July 9, 2023

Manchester international festival theatre roundup – carnival, canals and the Milky Way by Susannah Clapp

Home; Versa Manchester Studios; Royal Exchange, ManchesterThe rigidity of othering is blown away, along with Asian stereotypes. Plus, a mixed reality celebration of Ryuichi Sakamoto and a wa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:19AM

All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards