Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Last Ones, Jermyn Street Theatre, London, review: Daragh O'Malley as Ivan is excellent by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The UK premiere of Maxim Gorky's play, which was banned in Russia due to its treatment of police corruption, is directed by Anthony Biggs

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How the play Rotterdam has led the way for transgender stories on stage by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

After its triumphant win at the 2017 Olivier Awards, and a sell-out run in New York, Jon Brittain's critically acclaimed 'Rotterdam' returns to the West End with more trans dr…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Richard Alston Dance Company, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Wonderful dancing, a sensitive response to music and performers by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Alston's triple bill includes his newest work 'Chacony' along with the popular 'Gypsy Mixture' and Martin Lawrance's 'Tangent'

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Tristan & Yseult, Shakespeare's Globe, London, review: Kneehigh's brilliantly offbeat retelling of the ancient Cornish legend by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This revival of Emma Rice's critically-acclaimed production for Kneehigh presents romantic love as a chemically enhanced state

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The Enchanted, the Bunker, London: A frustrating plot that presents a naive and blinkered perspective on murderers by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kiss Me, Trafalgar Studios, London, review: Claire Lams is enchanting as Stephanie by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Richard Bean's two-hander 'Kiss Me' about a woman in 1929 desperate for a baby who has a brief encounter with a sperm donor is strikingly different from his mega-hit 'One…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Richmond Theatre, review: A clumsily literal staging of the novel by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Daniel de Andrade's new staging of John Boyne's novel is part of Northern Ballet's generally successful push to widen its repertoire

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Julius Caesar production featuring assassination of Donald Trump sees sponsors drop out by Tom McElroy, Tom McElroy

Delta Air Lines and Bank of America withdraw support for New York staging of Shakespeare play recasting 'noblest Roman of them all' as tweet-happy President

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Anatomy of a Suicide, Royal Court, London, review: Hattie Morahan mesmerises as Carol by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Alice Birch's triptych of plays performed side by side and directed by Katie Mitchell is an unflinching look at a family afflicted with severe depression and mental illness

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre, London, review: Staged with an exhilarating dynamism by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The new play by Inua Ellams is set in barber shops in London, Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra, Kampala and Harare

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Andrew Scott on Hamlet, Sherlock and making Shakespeare fresh for younger audiences by Kaleem Aftab, Kaleem Aftab

The actor who is best known for playing Moriarty in BBC's 'Sherlock' reprises the role of the Hamlet in the West End transfer of Robert Icke's modern-dress production

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Common, Olivier, NT, London, review: You emerge reckoning that this requires a miracle rather than surgery by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

DC Moore's new dark and funny play set in early-Industrial England and starring Anne-Marie Duff is all over the place

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How Broadways' premier satirist knocked Hamilton down a peg by Sopan Dep, Sopan Dep

'Spamilton', the off-Broadway spoof of the blockbuster Broadway musical, has become a popular ticket for people who can't afford or can't get seats for 'Hamilton&apo…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

DESH, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Akram Khan's own dancing is extraordinary by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

This solo work created in 2011 by choreographer and performer Khan is his most personal yet

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Frederick Ashton/Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, review: Zenaida Yanowsky shows her quality as an actress, a dancer and a star by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The Royal Ballet celebrates its founder choreographer with a mixed programme of three of Ashton's works - 'The Dream', 'Symphonic Variations', 'Marguerite and A…

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887, Barbican Theatre, London, review: Robert Lepage's beautiful solo show about childhood by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Robert Lepage's one-man performance is his most autobiographical play to date

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Friday, June 2, 2017

On the Town, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, review: Drew McOnie's choreography is thrillingly alive by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The revival of the 1944 Leonard Bernstein musical which is performed in the amphitheatre in Regent's Park deserves to be a helluva hit

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Killology, Jerwood Upstairs, Royal Court, London, review: A tense, beautifully acted production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Gary Owen's play which delves into father-son relationships against a backdrop of a video-game violence is directed by Rachel O'Riordan

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Pepperland, Royal Court, Liverpool, review: It refuses to be a nostalgic romp by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Mark Morris dance Group's 'Pepperland' kicks off the Beatles celebration in Liverpool as part of the 'Sgt Pepper' at 50 season

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An Octoroon, Orange Tree, review: This is an energising production, unafraid of the necessary madcap messiness by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Black actors wear whiteface and white actors assume blackface in Branden Jacobs- Jenkins's play which deals with the issues of racial difference with playful provocativeness

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Old Vic theatre in London evacuated by police due to 'security alert' by Jacob Stolworthy, Jacob Stolworthy

London's Old Vic theatre has been evacuated during a performance of the play Woyzeck after police received word of an unspecified security threat.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's Globe, London, review: Gleefully defiant irreverence is the prevailing mood from the outset by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The Globe's production of 'Twelfth Night' which is set in 1979 is part of Emma Rice's Summer of Love season but it lacks emotional depth

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JB Shorts, 53:two, Manchester, review: It is now something of an institution on the Manchester theatre scene by Paul Vallely, Paul Vallely

Twice a year JB Shorts in Manchester presents six new 15-minute plays by top TV writers

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Woyzeck, Old Vic, London, review: John Boyega leaves you in no doubt about his stage chops by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Boyega who is better known for his role in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' stars in Joe Murphy's production of 'Woyzeck' revised by 'Harry Potter' script wr…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Symphonic Dances, The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, review: The choreography is full of activity but lacks weight by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The Royal Ballet's young Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett creates a new one-act ballet set to music by Rachmaninoff which fails to impress

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The Unknown Soldier, Rialto Theatre, Brighton Fringe Festival, review: Powerful, personal and affecting WWI evocation by Don Connigale, Don Connigale

Poignant one-man play written and performed by former soldier Ross Ericson does not shy from gore, but also offers wry humour and a welcome original perspective on the Great War

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Winter Hill, Bolton Octagon, review: It feels like bad 1970s agitprop by Paul Vallely, Paul Vallely

The world premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker's play about eight local women dealing with the consequences of a luxurious skyscraper hotel being built in Bolton feels too unbelievable

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ghost Dances, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Back after 14 years - it still works its spell by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Rambert's much loved 'Ghost Dances' by Christopher Bruce is inspired by the oppression of the Pinochet regime in Chile

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This is Not Culturally Significant, The Bunker, London, review: Intense and wonderfully disturbing by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Adam Scott-Prowley has brought his entirely naked and thoroughly exhilarating performance to one of London's newest theatres which will terrify audiences in this unmissable one-man show

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Life of Galileo, Young Vic, London, review: Brendan Cowell is magnificent in the title role by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The 'Atonement' film director Joe Wright returns to the Young Vic with this Bertolt Brecht play which is performed in-the-round with a dazzling planetarium design

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trevor Nunn: How the genius Terence Rattigan made a comeback years after his unjust rejection by Trevor Nunn, Trevor Nunn

Nunn who returned to Rattigan following the huge success of 'Flare Path' talks about his love of the British dramatist, as his new production of 'Love In Idleness' transf…

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