Thursday, March 15, 2018

Brief Encounter, Empire Cinema, Haymarket, London, review: It comes across as dated rather than romantic by Kaleem Aftab, Kaleem Aftab

This award-winning Kneehigh production returns to the West End after 10 years, having toured the globe and triumphing on Broadway

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Buggy Baby, Yard Theatre, London, review: A play full of ideas but without a central tenet by Kaleem Aftab, Kaleem Aftab

Ned Bennett's directed comedy-horror, which focuses on a baby, a single mother, and a traumatised refugee, embraces every hot-topic subject that it can find

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Summer and Smoke, Almeida, London, review: Patsy Ferran is a genuine marvel, as hilarious as she is heart-breaking by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Rebecca Frecknall's production of Tennessee Williams' rarely performed ' 'Summer and Smoke' is almost unbearably tense

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Maliphantworks, Coronet Print Room, London, review: Fluid, elegant and self-possessed choreography by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

A collection of contemporary dance works curated by choreographer Russell Maliphant includes the 1998 'Critical Mass', as well as a new dance for Maliphant and his longtime muse, D…

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Macbeth, National Theatre, London, review: Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff are no dream pairing by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Rufus Norris's production which stars Kinnear and Duff as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, strays a little close to comic horror movie, but stays just on the side of chilling

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Rory Kinnear on playing Macbeth at the National Theatre: 'It doesn't really get any better than this' by Sarah Bradbury, Sarah Bradbury

The actor, who played Bill Tanner in the James Bond films 'Quantum of Solace', 'Skyfall', and 'Spectre', as well won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his ro…

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Olivier awards 2018: Hamilton scores record-breaking number of nominations by Jack Shepherd, Jack Shepherd

Besting Hairspray and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Ballet British Columbia, Sadler's Wells, review: Gorgeous energy to the triple bill by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The programme of works by female choreographers, includes a superb work by star choreographer Crystal Pite

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

​The Best Man, The Playhouse, London, review: It pales in comparison to current White House melodramas by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

The return of Gore Vidal's presidential drama stars Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey and Maureen Lipman as well as Honeysuckle Weeks and Glynis Barber

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Sasha Waltz & Guests, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Waltz crosses art/dance boundaries by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

'Körper' shows the Berlin-based choreographer looks at her dancers' bodies and vulnerabilities in a mix of speech, dance and physical theatre

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Fanny & Alexander, Old Vic, London, review: Penelope Wilton is superb by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Stephen Beresford, who wrote the film 'Pride', has scripted a stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's semi-autobiographical family saga 'Fanny & Alexander'

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First 'Animal Farm' Gets Banned In China, And Then The Letter 'N' by Artsjournal2

Also: "Search terms blocked on Sino Weibo, a microblogging site which is China’s equivalent of Twitter, include 'disagree', 'personality cult', 'lifelong', 'immortality', 'emigrate', and '…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Smile Upon Us, Lord, Barbican, London, review: A dreamy, ruminative road-trip by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia return after their sell-out 'Eugene Onegin' in 2015, with this play about the precarious fortunes of poor Jews in Eastern Europe at …

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A Princess Undone, Park Theatre, London, review: Uneven, but worth a visit by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This play about Princess Margaret, played by Felicity Dean, is inspired by real events and continues our fascination with one of the most controversial members of the Royal Family, after Net…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Glenda Jackson on quitting Parliament, playing Lear and returning to Broadway by Ben Brantley, Ben Brantley

After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she's tackling an Edward Albee classic on Broadway. But she insists, "I lead a very dull …

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Picnic at Hanging Rock, Barbican, London, review: I admired the production's uncompromising clout by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

There is no hint of costume-drama nostalgia for the past in this minimalist production - a far cry from the dreamy 1975 Peter Weir film

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jubilee, Lyric, Hammersmith, London, review: In the Lyric Hammersmith's fine tradition of reanimating controversial classics by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Chris Goode's stage adaptation of Derek Jarman's 1977 punk classic 'Jubilee', recasts Toyah Willcox who played Mad in the film, as Queen Elizabeth I, who time-travels to …

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Frozen, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, review: Suranne Jones wrenches the heart in central performance by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The 'Doctor Foster' actress stars in Bryony Lavery's play about child abduction and murder in Jonathan Munby's revival

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Why the sudden rash of movies onstage now? by Roslyn Sulcas, Roslyn Sulcas

Ivo van Hove's adaptation of the 1976 film 'Network' is playing to packed houses at the National Theatre - but it's just one in a long line of screen-to-stage adaptations…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Juliet and Romeo, Battersea Arts Centre, London, review: A glorious mix of speech, dance and comedy by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Romeo and Juliet have survived into adulthood and are having a mid-life crisis in Ben Duke's show, 'Juliet and Romeo: A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage'

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The B*easts, Bush Theatre, London, review: A remarkably combative and thought-provoking piece about the sexualisation of our culture by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This one-woman show is written and performed by Monica Dolan who won a BAFTA for her role as Rosemary West in 'Appropriate Adult'

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber reveals battle with mental health issues: 'It was utterly despairing' by Roisin O'Connor, Roisin O'Connor

Impresario behind works such as Evita and Phantom of the Opera opens up about his mental health struggles in a new book

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Girls & Boys, Royal Court, London, review: A remarkable return for Carey Mulligan by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The 'Great Gatsby' star returns to the West End stage in Dennis Kelly's solo show about a disintegrating marriage which is directed by 'Posh' and 'Chimerica&apo…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The York Realist, Donmar Warehouse, London, review: A pitch-perfect, impeccably acted production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Peter Gill's tender gay love story is about the conflicting aspirations of the lovers rather than societal prejudice that drives the two men apart

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The Winter's Tale, Royal Opera House, London, review: It's a marvellous ballet by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

This third revival of Christopher Wheeldon's 2014 ballet with music by Joby Talbot is stronger than ever

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - Viktor, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Well over three hours – and sometimes gruelling by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Pina Bausch's 'Viktor' is inspired by the city of Rome and is the first of her large-scale works responding to locations from Hong Kong to Brazil

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The Captive Queen, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: Daringly conceived, but a touch undercooked in its execution by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Barrie Rutter's swansong as artistic director of Northern Broadsides is a re-imagining of John Dryden's 1675 tragedy 'Aureng-zebe'

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Gundog, Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, London, review: Finely acted and beautifully paced by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Simon Logan's debut Royal Court play, directed by Vicky Featherstone, about two sisters fighting for survival on a rural farm, shows him to be a playwright of distinct promise

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