Father Comes Home From The Wars, Royal Court

374788_770_previewThe current racial crisis in America might seem too urgent, too horrific, for us to be constantly seeking historical stories, but Suzan-Lori Parks’s play cycle makes a vividly articulate case for the long thread running from 19th-century slavery to 2016 debate over entrenched ethnic hierarchies and the nature of freedom. Originally staged at New York’s Public Theater in 2014, Jo Bonney’s acclaimed production now makes a welcome visit to the Court, where this intimate epic unspools unhurriedly and mesmerisingly.

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BWW Interview: Andy Moss

ghost-the-musical-uk-tour-optimised-sarah-harding-as-molly-and-andrew-moss-as-saThe actor talks touring, social media backlash and Ghost The Musical.

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BWW Interview: Sean Holmes

lyric-artistic-director-sean-holmes-photo-by-joe-dilworthThe Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith talks reviving Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and F***ing.

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No Man’s Land, Wyndham’s Theatre

ian-mckellen-as-spoonerpatrick-stewart-as-hirst-in-no-mans-land-credit-johan-persson-jpgWe are lost in the wood. In the limbo state between dream and reality, memory and present, youth and age, companionship and seclusion, life and death, struggle and success, fame and obscurity. Pinter often visits that place of in between, but the elusive and haunting No Man’s Land – electrifyingly presented by two of our greatest thespians – dwells deep within it.

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Starry alumni, sharp satire and hope for the future in National Youth Theatre’s 60th celebrations

thumb_galaSixty years young, last night the National Youth Theatre celebrated its storied past, buoyant present and – with a heartfelt plea for more financial support – essential future in a star-studded diamond gala at Shaftesbury Theatre. Those NYT participants who joined the company in this glittering anniversary year really lucked out, noted my companion, but it was hard to find a dull moment in decades of pioneering, diverse and life-changing work, as illustrated by this affectionate revue.

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BWW Interview: Hope Davis

hope-davisThe American actress talks thrillers, escaping to London and David Hare’s The Red Barn.

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Things I Know To Be True, Lyric Hammersmith

things-i-know-to-be-true-frantic-assembly-ewan-stewart-bob-price-natalie-casey-pip-price-credit-manuel-harlan-65Growing up is a kind of grief: losing the person you once were to embrace the person you will become. That loss can fracture familial relationships, forced to adjust and reform as offspring alter, challenge, question and move away – physically, emotionally or both.

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Spellbinding story of Selassie

kathryn-hunter-and-temesgen-zeleke-in-the-emperor-at-the-young-vicphotColin Teevan has created an extraordinary showcase for the chameleonic Kathryn Hunter in this adaptation of Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski’s book about the fall of Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, in 1974. Hunter embodies a dozen of Selassie’s loyal flunkeys, magically switching between them with just the removal of a hat or slump of the shoulders.

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A financial thriller to get blood pumping

cszarovxgaasly5Beth Steel, returning to the Hampstead after 2014’s Wonderland, dips back into history for a resonant financial drama. It’s 1978, and Wall Street is lending staggering sums to developing Latin American countries for infrastructure projects that are never completed – money instead lining the pockets of despots.

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BWW Interview: Gina Beck

29cfaf481-fc2f-9c22-48411a118f941a19The actresses teases this year’s West End Bares.

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