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Sunday, May 15, 2022

The week in theatre: Oklahoma!; Unchain Me; House of Ife by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic, London; Brighton festival; Bush, LondonRodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical is roughed up; dreamthinkspeak amble around Brighton; and a first for Amharic on the British stage…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Sunday, May 8, 2022

The week in theatre: Middle; Prima Facie; Much Ado About Nothing by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; Harold Pinter; Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonA couple struggle to connect – or touch – in David Eldridge’s latest; Jodie Comer owns the courtroom; and Lucy Bailey directs a spa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Sunday, May 1, 2022

The week in theatre: Jerusalem; The Corn Is Green; Marys Seacole by Susannah Clapp

Apollo; Lyttelton; Donmar Warehouse, LondonSpellbinding Mark Rylance returns as the anarchic Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron; Nicola Walker hits the mark in Dominic Cooke’s brilliant Emlyn Will…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM
Sunday, April 24, 2022

The week in theatre: Punchdrunk: The Burnt City; Scandaltown by Susannah Clapp

One Cartridge Place; Lyric Hammersmith, LondonThe immersive theatre trailblazers return with an all-consuming vision of the siege of Troy, while Mike Bartlett’s neo-Restoration farce can…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

The week in theatre: The Great Middlemarch Mystery; The 47th; For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide… by Susannah Clapp

Various venues, Coventry; Old Vic; Royal Court, LondonA site-specific quest gets to the heart of George Eliot’s novel; Mike Bartlett makes a Shakespearean tragedy of Trump; and six young b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

The week in theatre: Daddy; Black Love; The Fever Syndrome by Susannah Clapp

Almeida; Kiln; Hampstead, LondonJeremy O Harris’s trance-like study of power play sizzles; Chinonyerem Odimba tells a complex sibling story; and Robert Lindsay stars in a predictable famil…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Sunday, April 3, 2022

The week in theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird; The Mozart Question; Clybourne Park – review by Susannah Clapp

Gielgud, London; Barn, Cirencester; Park, LondonRafe Spall is a fine Atticus in Aaron Sorkin’s somewhat awkward spin on Harper Lee; Jessica Daniels steers a sublime adaptation of Michael M…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Sunday, March 27, 2022

The week in theatre: Straight Line Crazy; The Human Voice – review by Susannah Clapp

Bridge; Harold Pinter theatre, LondonRalph Fiennes is firing on all cylinders in David Hare’s new play about a New York highway builder; and Ruth Wilson is beguiling in an unsubtle staging…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, March 6, 2022

The week in theatre: Henry V; Our Generation – review by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse; Dorfman, LondonKit Harington’s a natural as Shakespeare’s military monarch, while Alecky Blythe’s long-awaited new verbatim play captures five years of teenage intros…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Sunday, February 27, 2022

The week in theatre: The Collaboration; Good Fun by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic; King’s Head, LondonWarhol and Basquiat prove fertile inspiration for writer Anthony McCarten, while a rare airing of an early play by Victoria Wood reveals more than a glimpse o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:13AM
Sunday, February 20, 2022

The week in theatre: Two Billion Beats; Running With Lions; The Forest; The Chairs – review by Susannah Clapp

Orange Tree, Richmond; Lyric Hammersmith; Hampstead; Almeida, LondonA Hindu schoolgirl challenges all around her; Toby Stephens and Gina McKee star in Florian Zeller’s sketchy new play; an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Sunday, February 13, 2022

Hamlet review – a prince of wheeze by Susannah Clapp

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonThough standup George Fouracres brings pugnacious energy to the role, Shakespeare’s tragedy is rendered way too glib The best thing about Sean Holmes’s cha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Sunday, February 6, 2022

The week in theatre: A Number; The Glow – review by Susannah Clapp

Old Vic; Royal Court, LondonLennie James and Paapa Essiedu illuminate Caryl Churchill’s great cloning play, while a fine cast lift Alistair McDowall’s wordy new dystopia It is proving to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Sunday, January 30, 2022

The week in theatre: Dr Semmelweis; Ava: The Secret Conversations – review by Susannah Clapp

Bristol Old Vic; Riverside Studios, LondonMark Rylance mines more drama from the 19th-century doctor driven mad by his work on hygiene than Elizabeth McGovern finds in the faded glamour of A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Sunday, January 23, 2022

The week in theatre: Moulin Rouge! The Musical; Conundrum – review by Susannah Clapp

Piccadilly theatre; Young Vic, LondonA razzle-dazzle take on Baz Luhrmann’s Parisian pop jukebox triumphs through force of glitz, while a new play about race gets lost in abstraction There…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Saturday, December 25, 2021

Susannah Clapp’s best theatre of 2021 by Susannah Clapp

Little Amal stirred hearts, Chaucer hit Willesden, Cush Jumbo was a perfect prince, and once again James Graham said it all Read the Observer critics’ review of 2021 in full here It was a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Sunday, December 19, 2021

The week in theatre: Cabaret, Best of Enemies, Trouble in Mind – review by Susannah Clapp

Playhouse; Young Vic; National Theatre, LondonRebecca Frecknall’s Weimar glamfest with Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley goes big and nails it (nearly); James Graham brilliantly revives a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Sunday, December 12, 2021

The week in theatre: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage; Life of Pi; Measure for Measure by Susannah Clapp

Bridge; Wyndham’s; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonThe familiar and the fantastic are as one in the Bridge’s Philip Pullman spectacular; more puppet magic powers Life of Pi; and a coolly …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Yes So I Said Yes review – an angry loyalist’s dog’s life by Susannah Clapp

Finborough, LondonThis crackling production of David Ireland’s caustic portrait of a troubled former gunman is close up and in your face Hurrah for the first London staging of this play by…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, November 28, 2021

The week in theatre: Manor; The Drifters Girl; Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton; Garrick; Criterion, LondonRising tides and clunking dialogue overwhelm Moira Buffini’s new play; Beverley Knight and co excel in the latest jukebox musical. Plus, the joys of ka…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, November 21, 2021

The week in theatre: The Wife of Willesden; Rare Earth Mettle – review by Susannah Clapp

Kiln; Royal Court, LondonThe Wife of Bath is wonderfully at home in 21st-century Brent in Zadie Smith’s inspired reworking of Chaucer. Meanwhile, the troubles of the Royal Court’s big ne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Sunday, November 7, 2021

The week in theatre: The Magician’s Elephant, Mum, ’Night Mother by Susannah Clapp

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; Soho theatre, Hampstead theatre, LondonThe RSC’s Christmas spectacular lacks a little magic touch, while two maternally themed plays offer v…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, October 31, 2021

The week in theatre: The Walk; Wuthering Heights – review by Susannah Clapp

Various venues, London; Bristol Old VicLittle Amal makes human hearts beat faster, while compassion fuels Emma Rice’s great whirl of a Brontë adaptation In Arabic, Amal means “hope”. …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Sunday, October 24, 2021

The week in theatre: Get Up, Stand Up!; Value Engineering: Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry; Love and Other Acts of Violence by Susannah Clapp

Lyric; Tabernacle; Donmar Warehouse LondonMagnetic Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley powers the West End’s latest jukebox musical. And a verbatim play drawn from the Grenfell inquiry bears unstin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

The week in theatre: Maryland; The Tragedy of Macbeth; White Noise by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court Upstairs; Almeida; Bridge, LondonLucy Kirkwood’s raw response to the murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard captures a moment of terrible rage. And Saoirse Ronan commands as…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

The week in theatre: Hamlet; The Mirror and the Light; What If If Only by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic; Gielgud; Royal Court, LondonCush Jumbo is a perfect prince, Ben Miles bows out as Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell, while Caryl Churchill gets to the heart of love and loss in under 20 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

The week in theatre: The Normal Heart; Shining City by Susannah Clapp

Olivier; Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonLarry Kramer’s 1985 response to the Aids crisis resonates with new force. And Dublin ghost stories unfurl slowly in a fine Conor McPherson revi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

The week in theatre: Frozen; Rockets and Blue Lights – review by Susannah Clapp

Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Dorfman, LondonWill the West End ever let go of this glinting new adaptation of the beloved Disney film. Back in the real world, a telling historical mashup from Wi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Sunday, September 5, 2021

Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia review – stiff with humorous intent by Susannah Clapp

Almeida, LondonMirth and menace fight it out in Josh Azouz’s play of shifting alliances, with Adrian Edmondson on fine form as a knitting Nazi officer The action is tragic; the dialogue fr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Song Project review – five playwrights, one compelling voice by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court Upstairs, LondonAs delivered by the Dutch singer Wende, the diffuse nature of assorted words that “can only be sung” take on the force of nature I often wish I had been in Pa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

The week in theatre: Cinderella; Carousel – review by Susannah Clapp

Gillian Lynne theatre; Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonAndrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, sparkily scripted by Emerald Fennell, goes to the ball at last. And Carousel gets a salty …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM