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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Norfolk and Norwich Festival announces 2017 programme by Tim Bano

A new verse play by Luke Wright leads the theatre programme for this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Frankie Vah is set

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Game of Thrones actor to star in all-female Posh by Tim Bano

Skins and Game of Thrones actor Hannah Murray is to lead the cast of an all-female production of Laura Wade’s Posh. The

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Stiles and Drewe musical Honk! to have 20th anniversary revival by Tim Bano

A new production of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical Honk! is to run at the Union Theatre in London, marking the

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Tempest review at Springhead Primary School – ‘raucous introduction to Shakespeare’ by Tim Bano

This condensed version of The Tempest for young people, touring schools around the country, begins with some friendly introductions. “Good afternoon Prospero”,

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

La Ronde review at the Bunker, London – ‘fortune is fickle’ by Tim Bano

In Max Gill’s aleatoric update of Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 classic, it’s up to luck whether a particular character be a lady or

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Marzo review at Barbican Centre, London – ‘savage and strange’ by Tim Bano

For the Romans the month of March – named for Mars, the god of war – marked the start of the season

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Nature of Forgetting review at Shoreditch Town Hall – ‘a moving montage’ by Tim Bano

Dementia. It’s when we become children again, but slowly and painfully and with enough awareness of it to feel the helplessness, the

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Birthday Suit review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘mercilessly tense’ by Tim Bano

This contemporary drawing room comedy by David K Barnes might not break new ground but it is a properly funny. Birthday Suit

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Abigail review at the Bunker, London – ‘slight and unconvincing’ by Tim Bano

What once was an underground car park has now firmly established itself as a trendy and artistically shrewd fringe theatre, but after

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Ricky Whittington and His Cat review at New Diorama Theatre, London – ‘parodied and updated’ by Tim Bano

Pantomime is already quite self aware as an art form. There’s barely a fourth wall, and shows can expand and contract, reacting

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Patrick Marber: ‘I’m a bit of a traditionalist. To me, theatre is posh showbiz’ by Tim Bano

High up in the warren of the National Theatre’s offices, Patrick Marber, blue eyes blazing and shoulders characteristically hunched, seems excited. He’s

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cinderella review at Beck Theatre, Hayes – ‘mostly soulless’ by Tim Bano

With Linda Robson in 2014’s panto and Pauline Quirke this year, all the Beck Theatre needs is Lesley Joseph for a Birds

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Wind in the Willows review at the Rose Theatre, Kingston – ‘surprisingly political’ by Tim Bano

It may not be the biggest Wind In The Willows to open this year – that honour goes to Stiles and Drewe’s

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Wild Honey review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘fun but inconsistent’ by Tim Bano

To most it’s called Platonov; to Michael Frayn this early untitled Chekhov play, which Frayn adapted in 1984, is Wild Honey. It

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales review at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – ‘knowing and irreverent’ by Tim Bano

We don’t get a happy ending in the Globe’s Christmas show, adapted by Joel Horwood from stories by Hans Christian Andersen. Instead,

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Fantastic Mr Fox review at Nuffield Theatre, Southampton – ‘enjoyable but uneven’ by Tim Bano

Roald Dahl’s 100th anniversary year comes to an end with a colourful adaptation of his farmyard yarn, Fantastic Mr Fox, set to

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sheppey review at the Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘strikes a festive note’ by Tim Bano

No man is an island, even if he’s named after one, but in Somerset Maugham’s 1932 play Joseph “Sheppey” Miller feels the

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Archive: How Buried Child dug at roots of US family trees by Tim Bano

Back in 1979, US producer Alexander Cohen observed: “The theater is going in a different direction. Buried Child just won the Pulitzer

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Sewing Group review at the Royal Court Theatre, London – ‘thrilling’ by Tim Bano

The expanse EV Crowe’s play covers is dazzling. A mother destroys herself as she measures her successes and faces up to her

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I Call My Brothers review at the Gate Theatre, London – ‘fractured’ by Tim Bano

This rambling, fractured narrative by bestselling Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri, following a young man in the 24 hours after a bomb

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bits of Me Are Falling Apart review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘a bittersweet monologue’ by Tim Bano

There’s little of the anarchy of The Young Ones and Bottom here, Adrian Edmondson’s most famous TV creations. Instead, in this adaptation

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Playwright Zoe Cooper: 'I want to write about the people I know' by Tim Bano

After plays about office politics and dockers, Zoe Cooper has delivered an adolescent drama that finds magic in the mundane. She says Jess and Joe Forever is the most honest thing she’s wr…

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Kenneth Branagh’s The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre – review round-up by Tim Bano

Kenneth Branagh doesn’t make life easy for himself. After a 13-month residency of six plays at the Garrick Theatre, whose stars have

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

How can new voices make themselves heard at Edinburgh Festival Fringe? by Tim Bano

It’s the ultimate Edinburgh Fringe fairytale: in 1966 a student company called the Oxford Theatre Group mounted a one-act play by a

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Rebel Wilson in Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre – review round-up by Tim Bano

Chichester Festival Theatre’s revival of Frank Loesser’s classic musical seems to be in several places at once, splitting into a West End

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

A future made of virtual reality? by Tim Bano

Virtual reality is nothing new. The term was, in fact, coined in 1938 by legendary theatre director Antonin Artaud. He used it

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Erica Whyman: ‘We don’t need more women at the top – just more feminists’ by Tim Bano

If Shakespeare were alive today, what sort of playwright would he be? A James Graham, taking the temperature of the nation with

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

UK theatre festival guide 2016 by Tim Bano

Buzzcut Festival, Glasgow When: April 6-10 What: A pay-what-you-can melting pot of the finest performance art in the country, now in its

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Friday, March 18, 2016

NSDF at 60: still a vital breeding ground for theatre by Tim Bano

Scarborough in March is an unlikely place to find the Caryl Churchills, the Jamie Lloyds and the Antony Shers of tomorrow. But

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The Archive: Tennessee Williams’ ‘stoned age’ play by Tim Bano

In 1961, when Tennessee Williams turned 50, he had two Pulitzer prizes and four New York Critics’ Circle awards under his belt,

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Florian Zeller: ‘Theatre is the place for questions, not answers’ by Tim Bano

Aside from Broadway invasions, long-dead Greeks and Chekhov, it’s rare to see work by non-British playwrights in London. Florian Zeller is an

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