Girls & Boys, Royal Court

“It just seems to be a thing that we do, this incomprehensible violence thing.” So says the narrator of Dennis Kelly’s new one-woman play, performed in a staggering tour-de-force from Carey Mulligan. She’s been reflecting on an American mass shooting (and the fact that yet another has taken place just this week is sickening) and wondering whether violence is innate, and if so, whether it’s a particularly male impulse.

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night leads February’s Top 10 new London shows

From O’Neill and flamenco to punk and Pippin.

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Andreas Gurky, Three Billboards, Pinter and mermaids

On my (new and improved!) February MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Exhibition The Hayward Gallery reopens in style with a retrospective of Andreas Gurky
  • Film Frances McDormand is riveting as the foul-mouthed avenging angel in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Theatre Sixty years on, Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party strikes the current mood of uncertainty and a past that slips out of our grasp
  • Commuter corner Imogen Hermes Gowar’s sumptuous debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is a heady period whirl with a magic realist twist

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Thank you for the music

A new exhibition celebrates ABBA – the band that gets everyone dancing.

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Wyndham’s Theatre

Though a long journey indeed, Richard Eyre’s is a vital revival, giving vigour to Eugene O’Neill’s mighty, semi-autobiographical work and making all the more poignant this tormented but fast-talking family’s gradual dwindling into a despairing silence.

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Brendan Cole chat on BBC Radio

I joined Gayle Lofthouse on her BBC radio show to discuss Brendan Cole’s exit from Strictly Come Dancing.

Click here to listen to the interview (I’m on at about 2hr 40min)

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Dry Powder, Hampstead Theatre

Inequality is a hot topic for dramatists, but Sarah Burgess’s deliciously dark comedy comes at it from a surprising perspective: allowing those high-finance gorgons to have their say. Of course, part of the strategy is giving them enough rope to hang themselves with, but this cynical satire argues that no one is clean here; we all have our price.

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Mary Stuart, Duke of York’s Theatre

“Heads.” One word, and one coin toss, decides which roles Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams will play on the night: Mary Queen of Scots, or her rival Elizabeth I. Last night Williams took the latter – the company immediately bowing to her. It was a comic moment that underlined a key theme: fortune is fickle, and power is a mirage.

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John, National Theatre

Pulitzer-winning American playwright Annie Baker returns to the National – where The Flick was a quiet triumph in 2016 – with another work that is epic in form (three hours and change), but similarly spellbinding in its ability to draw an audience close. Though Baker flirts with horror tropes here, it’s not in service of big spooks or jump scares; instead, the smallest of interactions and realisations are writ large.

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Futuristic visions, Cézanne’s portraits and Film Review

On my January MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Pick of the month: The future is bright The capital’s prospects explored through bold creative work at the Museum of London
  • Don’t miss: Portrait of an artist The National Portrait Gallery celebrates Cézanne
  • Commuter corner Stephen Fry’s Mythos, and get caught up on awards season via Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review

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