Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket

A hit on Broadway, David Ives’s steamy two-hander now boasts Natalie Dormer and David Oakes, well-known for their screen work, in its West End cast, with Patrick Marber on directing duties. That plus the tabloid panting over Dormer’s skimpy S&M attire should certainly sell tickets, but Ives’s piece has also gained spikiness from recent interrogation of the casting couch and the murky intertwining of sex and power.

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A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville Theatre

Dominic Dromgoole’s new company Classic Spring kicks off its year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde with lesser-known 1893 work A Woman of No Importance. A starry cast, led by the incandescent Eve Best, makes a strong case for the play, though Dromgoole’s reclaiming of Wilde in the proscenium arch theatre space for which he originally wrote is more of a mixed affair.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 4

No theme this week, thank the Strictly gods, unless you count the tidal wave of emotion that saw a nation reaching for more Kleenex. If an overcome Alexandra wishing her late mother could have seen her 10s-scoring jive didn’t get you, how about Jonnie’s shoutout to the surgeon who saved his life, or Susan acing a jubilant number set to her wedding dance music in front of her parents? If none of the above worked, you may be a replicant.

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Beginning, National Theatre

It seems to be the week for notable romcom two-handers. Joining Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg and David Ireland’s The End of Hope is David Eldridge’s meditation on the loneliness and halting longing of modern relationships.

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BWW Interview: Emma Fielding

The actress discusses Dominic Dromgoole’s production of Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance at Vaudeville Theatre.

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Designs of the Year, Dali and Duchamp, and Philip Pullman

On my October MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Pick of the month: Grand designs The Design Museum unveils Designs of the Year
  • Don’t miss: Rebel rebel Dali and Duchamp at the Royal Academy
  • Commuter corner Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust and podcast drama Within the Wires

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Degas, London Design Festival and Lisbeth Salander

On my September MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Pick of the month: By design Highlights of the 15th annual London Design Festival
  • Don’t miss: Last impression Burrell Collection Degas gems at the National Gallery
  • Commuter corner The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye and podcast Spirits

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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Wyndham’s Theatre

For the premiere work of new company Elliott & Harper Productions, director Marianne Elliott got the Curious Incident band back together, from playwright Simon Stephens to her acclaimed creative team. But it’s in service of a much more intimate piece that – while strikingly staged – at times feels like an odd fit for a West End house.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Ah, Movie Week, AKA Can You Remotely Recognise The Dance Under Ten Layers of Theming Week. This was no exception – I had to keep checking my notes to see which dance was supposedly being represented. Also: Trolls. I’m just leaving that there.

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The Lie, Menier Chocolate Factory

A year after premiering acclaimed French playwright Florian Zeller’s The Truth, London’s Menier Chocolate Factory now hosts The Lie – which, as the name suggests, acts as a companion piece of sorts. Once again, we’re in a slippery Pinteresque realm, the seemingly conventional domestic set-up teasingly deconstructed as Zeller challenges our conception of honesty and morality.

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