Category Archives: Theatre

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse

The bells, the bells! They’re ringing out at the Donmar – ushering girls into class, and nuns into cloister. It’s one of the creative ways in which director Polly Findlay reframes this beloved classic, although a new adaptation from David Harrower also rings … Continue reading

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Julie, National Theatre

Polly Stenham’s updating of Strindberg’s Miss Julie moves the action to contemporary London, and finds both contempt and sympathy for this new version of the idle rich. But, shorn of its 19th-century context, the play struggles to make the class transgression feel … Continue reading

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Rodin and Ancient Greece, An Ideal Husband, Tully and sharp women

On my June MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition The British Museum explores Rodin’s relationship with Ancient Greek sculpture Film An unflinching look at motherhood in Tully Theatre Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband – with double the Foxy charm Commuter corner Michelle Dean’s Sharp: The Women Who Made … Continue reading

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Translations, National Theatre

It begins with deep breathing, in order to access words that hold unimaginable power. And Ian Rickson’s exquisite production of Brian Friel’s masterpiece maintains that space throughout: for words to breathe and simmer, to hang in the air, and for us to … Continue reading

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Fun Home leads June’s Top 10 new London shows

From a ground-breaking musical to a mighty modern classic. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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As You Like It/Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe

Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director of the Globe will be carefully scrutinised. Emma Rice’s contentious exit raised important questions about the venue’s purpose, its balancing of tradition and innovation, new and returning audiences, and about how we engage … Continue reading

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Red, Wyndham’s Theatre

The band’s back together. Alfred Molina plays Rothko for the third time in Michael Grandage’s revisiting of John Logan’s richly textured two-hander, first seen at the Donmar in 2009 and then bypassing the West End for Broadway. Another excellent Alfred – Alfred Enoch, of … Continue reading

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Describe the Night, Hampstead Theatre

American playwright Rajiv Joseph’s latest certainly doesn’t lack for ambition, spanning 90 years, three countries, and mixing history and fiction in its form to make a point about, well, mixing history and fiction. Storytelling through to the pertinent “fake news” … Continue reading

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An Ideal Husband, Vaudeville Theatre

Classic Spring’s third Oscar Wilde production gains extra piquancy from Amber Rudd’s resignation – dealing, as it does, with political scandal and social hypocrisy. It’s another facet for Jonathan Church’s well-balanced revival, which proves as handsome, witty and ultimately kindly … Continue reading

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Mood Music, Old Vic

Gendered power dynamics, the commodification of art, and abuse in the creative industries: Joe Penhall’s new play certainly feels of the moment, and there’s a particular frisson in seeing such subject matter explored at the Old Vic, which is dealing with the … Continue reading

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