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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Monday, May 15, 2017

From Medea to Posh: We spoke to the theatre directors whose all-female productions have caused a stir by Sarah Bradbury, Sarah Bradbury

With the all-female staging of 'Medea' which is currently on at the Bristol Old Vic', we take a look at what drives productions to be exclusive to women

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Room, Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, review: Both prurience and sentimentality are admirably kept at bay by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Emma Donoghue has adapted her book 'Room' which is triggered by the Josef Fritzl case in Austria for the stage

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Salomé, National Theatre, review: It's forever on the verge of toppling into bathos by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Yael Farber who also directed the Old Vic revival of 'The Crucible' and the NT's 'Les Blancs' last year, still proves that she does riveting ritual intensity better …

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Casanova, Sadler's Wells, London, review: A whirl of fluent choreography and atmospheric staging by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Kenneth Tindall's first evening-length ballet about the notorious lover is another success for Northern Ballet

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Occupational Hazards, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: A gripping, thought-provoking, sometimes gruesomely funny play by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This play is based on the memoir by the former British diplomat Rory Stewart who was posted to a province of the newly liberated Iraq to serve as governor

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Angels in America, National Theatre, London, review: This production sweeps you through the seven-and-a -half hour experience by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

A revival of Tony Kushner's two-part epic set in New York about gay rights amidst the AIDS crisis and a Conservative Reagan administration is directed by Marianne Elliott

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Toad Knew, Sadler's Wells, London, review: It's admiring its own free spirit a little too much by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Charlie Chaplin's grandson, James Thierrée, performs his latest rambling show with members of his own Compagnie du Hanneton, complete with acrobatics, clowning and music

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The Ferryman, Royal Court, London, review: It sold out in one day. All the fuss was largely justified by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Jez Butterworth's new play 'The Ferryman' which is directed by Sam Mendes is the fastest-selling play in Royal Court history

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Donmar Warehouse, London, review: Lenny Henry gives a powerful, well-paced performance as Ui by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Lenny Henry stars in Bertolt Brecht's satire about the rise of a demagogue in a new adaptation by Bruce Norris which includes persistent references to Donald Trump

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Late Company, Finborough Theatre, London, review: by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

After the suicide of their son, a grieving mother and father dine with his tormenter. Masochism, absolution, forgiveness, and revenge are unravelled in the intimacy of the Finborough Theatre.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017

Breakin' Convention, Sadler's Wells, London, review: The dancing is spectacular: one-handed hops, explosive, dizzying upside-down spins by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Jonzi D's annual international festival of hip hop dance included acrobatics from South Korea's Just Dance and B-Girl skill from the all-female Canadian crew Tentacle Tribe

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Mayerling, Royal Opera House, review: Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson look hypnotised by each other by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Watson and Osipova star in Kenneth MacMillan's 1978 ballet about obsession, sex and death

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The Treatment, Almeida Theatre, London, review: The performances have a mordant precision by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Martin Crimp's revival of his 1993 satire about the movie business is directed by Lyndsey Turner who returns to the Almeida following her award-winning production of 'Chimerica&apo…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Gypsy Queen, Mill at the Pier, Wigan, review: A worthy successor to gay footballer play Away Days by Paul Vallely, Paul Vallely

Hope Theatre Company's 'Gypsy Queen' by writer/actor Rob Ward about two professional boxers learning to love is a touching romance

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Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe, London, review: This is an emotionally fierce and fiery Romeo and Juliet by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Daniel Kramer's production which reinterprets the star-crossed lovers as modern-day teenagers and includes Village People's 'YMCA' as the main number at the Capulets&apos…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Obsession, Barbican, London, review: Jude Law is muscular and brooding but is wooden by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Law plays the handsome drifter Gino in a new stage adaptation of Visconti's sexually charged 1943 film 'Obsession' directed by Ivo van Hove

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Monday, April 24, 2017

How dance can be a force for political power: Requiem for Aleppo had recorded testimonials from Aleppans speaking of their memories of the city by Erin Whitcroft, Erin Whitcroft

Dance performances including 'Requiem for Aleppo' performed at Sadler's Wells and the upcoming 'Material Men Redux' at The Place show how inherently political the mo…

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Nuclear War, Jerwood Upstairs, Royal Court, London, review: Intriguing but truly satisfying only in snatches by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Simon Stephens joins forces with movement director Imogen Knight for this highly visual and physicalized play that uses the dramatic title 'Nuclear War' merely as a metaphor

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Spring Offensive, Clapham Omnibus, London, theatre review: Victoria Willing has created a brilliant update to Abigail's Party by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

A black comedy set in 'the best bed and breakfast on the Somme' delivers both on bleakness and glorious belly laughter.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studio 1, London, review: A strange play to unearth now by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Matt Berry and Lily Cole star in Simon Callow's revival of Christopher Hampton's 1969 play which is an inversion of Moliere's 'Misanthrope'

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Plague, Arcola, London, review: The play seems to be applicable to everything from Ebola to Syria and Brexit by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Director Neil Bartlett's adaptation of Albert Camus' dark story which was written in the aftermath of the Nazi's march across Europe is given a contemporary update

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Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre, London, review: Rajiv Joseph's excellent play seizes on some potent philosophical issues by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Jamie Lloyd directs this award-winning off-Broadway play from the Pulitzer Prize nominee that questions the price to be paid for creating supreme beauty

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