Friday, February 24, 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic by Alexandra.coghlan

Shakespeare's comedy gets bogged down in this messy production“The nine men’s morris is filled up with mud, and the quaint mazes in the wanton green for lack of tread are undistingu…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Twelfth Night, National Theatre by Alexandra.coghlan

Tamsin Greig leads an superb cast in this giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedyEverybody’s a little bit gay in in Simon Godwin’s giddy new Twelfth Night at the National Theatre…

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The Girls, Phoenix Theatre by Matt.wolf

The, ahem, ladies do what they can with a show at once overfamiliar and overlong Why? That's the abiding question that hangs over The Girls, the sluggish and entirely pro forma Tim Firth-Gar…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

School Play, Southwark Playhouse by Will Rathbone

Debut play makes strong and worthwhile points but lacks depth Hot on the heels of Katherine Soper's award-winning Wish List, about the UK benefits system in crisis, and John Godber's This Mi…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Low Level Panic, Orange Tree Theatre by Aleks.sierz

Neat revival of 1980s feminist comedy is more curiosity than classicThe 1980s were a great decade for British women playwrights. During those Thatcher-dominated years, Caryl Churchill produc…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Wild Party, The Other Palace by Marianka Swain

THE WILD PARTY, THE OTHER PALACE Gin, skin and sin in a scorching production of a slight musicalGin, skin and sin in a scorching production of a slight musicalThe Other Palace’s housewarmi…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

See Me Now, Young Vic by Aleks.sierz

Real sex workers take the stage for a brilliantly devised showSex workers come in all shapes and sizes. Everyone knows that. But why do they do it? Why does anyone take the risk of being int…

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Richard III, Schaubühne Berlin, Barbican by David.nice

More or less a one-man show, but the denouement justifies everythingHated the Schaubühne Hamlet (same lead actor, same director as this latest Shakespeare auf Deutsch); loved Ivo van Hove's…

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The Winter's Tale, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

A wonder-filled, child's-eye view of Shakespeare from director Max WebsterIn the end, it’s all about Mamillius. It’s he – young son of Leontes of Sicily – who launches director …

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Clockwork Orange, Park Theatre by Aleks.sierz

Stage version of dystopian classic returns – lively but cartoonishThere are few modern literary fables that really resonate in the wider culture. And most that do are dystopias. Think of G…

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Travesties, Apollo Theatre by Ismene.brown

Adjust your brain, and give in to Tom Stoppard's howlingly funny playTom Stoppard’s humungously funny play Travesties was born out of a piece of James Joyce doggerel about how a Briti…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

10 Questions for Actor Conleth Hill by Jasper.rees

He's George to Imelda's Martha, Varys in 'Game of Thrones', and an acting genius Some know him only as Lord Varys the scheming eunuch, spymaster to the king of the Seven …

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Beware of Pity, Complicite & Schaubühne Berlin, Barbican by David.nice

Zweig's tale of moral equivocation becomes a tense radio-play with optional visual extrasProlific, fitfully great Austrian writer Stefan Zweig's two biggest popular biographies, Marie A…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

The private life of Stefan Zweig in England by Jasper.rees

His great novel 'Beware of Pity' is being staged at the Barbican. Who was Zweig, and the woman with whom he committed suicide?On 23 February 1942 at half past four in the afternoon…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

10 Questions for Actress Phoebe Fox by Jasper.rees

Cumberbatch's queen, Mark Strong's guilty secret, now she's pocket Olivia to Tamsin Greig's MalvoliaIn London and New York, Phoebe Fox (b. 1987) is known to theatregoers …

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Friday, February 3, 2017

The Pitchfork Disney, Shoreditch Town Hall by Aleks.sierz

Jamie Lloyd tackles Philip Ridley’s modern classic — with terrific resultsPlaywright Philip Ridley has one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary theatre. His imagination is lace…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Glass Menagerie, Duke of York's by Jenny Gilbert

Tennessee Williams' first masterpiece gets the John Tiffany touchThe writing of Tennessee Williams, said his contemporary Arthur Miller, planted “the flag of beauty on the shores of c…

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Sex with Strangers, Hampstead Theatre by Aleks.sierz

New drama about literary ambition is neat, but not nearly disturbing enoughOdd bedfellows are an ideal subject for comedy, and for passion — because opposites attract, right? Well this is …

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The White Devil, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Alexandra.coghlan

This pitch black production of Webster's revenge tragedy is pitch perfectIt was no accident that when the Globe's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opened in 2014 it was with The Duchess of Malfi…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dirty Great Love Story, Arts Theatre by Aleks.sierz

Hit rom-com show is LOL funny, but also a bit thinAs the only inhabitant of Planet Earth who wasn’t completely knocked senseless by La-La Land, it does occur to me that I might not be the …

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Death Takes A Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre by Marianka Swain

The Grim Reaper seeks the meaning of life in this lush but ludicrous musical“I’m Death.” “And you’re on holiday?” Well, there’s really no way to disguise the preposterousness o…

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Us/Them, National Theatre by Matt.wolf

Startling hour-long play mixes the poignant and the playful Unimaginable tragedy is given poignant, piquant form in Us/Them, the hour-long performance piece from Belgian theatre company BRON…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Top Trumps, Theatre 503 by Matt.wolf

America's new president gives rise to galvanic, sometimes scary theatreThere's an irony to be found in the fact that America's 45th president is already abolishing any and all things to…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Solstice, Orange Tree Theatre by Aleks.sierz

New play about the cultivated face of fascism is fascinating if flawedA day or so after Theresa May’s keynote speech about Brexit the words Europe and European carry an electric charge. Fo…

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Picnic at Hanging Rock, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh by David Kettle

Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptationWe probably think we know the story. From Peter Weir’s cult 1975 film, or even from the origina…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wish List, Royal Court Theatre by Aleks.sierz

New play about casual work is thinly written and lacks dramaYou could call it the Corbynisation of new writing. In the past couple of years, a series of plays have plumbed the lower depths, …

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Kite Runner, Wyndhams Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's bestseller is not built to soarKhaled Hosseini's 2003 bestseller ticks all the boxes as an A-level text. A personal story with epic sweep, it interweaves…

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Interview: Claire Foy, Netflix queen by Jasper.rees

Celebrating the great British actress who rules the waves (and the Golden Globes)It was a good night for British thespians at the 2016 Golden Globes. The stars of The Night Manager – Tom H…

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The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, Finborough Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Revival of Tony Harrison's satyr play remains virile, but shows its ageWhen a leading fringe theatre starts the year with a production whose gender ratio is 8:1 in favour of men, it had…

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best of 2016: Theatre by Matt.wolf

Several National Theatre knock-outs, a corker or three at the Court, and Billie Piper packed a wallop Life threw numerous, possibly irrevocable curveballs at us all during 2016, which in tur…

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Book: When Broadway Went to Hollywood by David.nice

Ethan Mordden's latest opinionated guide has plenty of entertainment valueTinseltown's relationship to its more sophisticated, older New York brother is analogous to Ethan Mordden's eng…

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