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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
November 22, 2017

This new British musical, transferring from Sheffield to the Apollo Theatre, is an inclusive, joyful, homegrown hit.

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Venus in Fur
October 18, 2017

Pain and pleasure in David Ives’s steamy two-hander at Theatre Royal Haymarket, starring Natalie Dormer and David Oakes.

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The Lie
October 9, 2017

The war on facts takes marital form in Florian Zeller’s comedy, the latest import to Menier Chocolate Factory.

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Committee
July 4, 2017

Kids Company’s downfall is slickly dramatised in a Donmar Warehouse musical that puts us all on trial.

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
May 16, 2017

Lee Hall’s sublimely foul-mouthed choristers storm the Duke of York’s in a pitch-perfect transfer.

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
May 3, 2017

Lenny Henry covers Donald Trump’s greatest hits in the Donmar Warehouse’s comedy roast of a revival.

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The Wild Party
February 21, 2017

Gin, skin and sin in Drew McOnie’s scorching production of a slight musical, opening the revamped The Other Palace.

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Death Takes A Holiday
January 24, 2017

Thom Southerland revives Maury Yeston’s lush but ludicrous musical at Charing Cross Theatre.

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November 26, 2016

Mark Rylance is waiting for cod-ot in this absurdist trifle at Harold Pinter Theatre.

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November 1, 2016

A flawed work about conjoined twins at Southwark Playhouse is redeemed by its central pair.

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October 7, 2016

A starry cast elevates an insubstantial new rock musical at the Arts Theatre.

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September 21, 2016

Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart combine with Pinter for a haunting, unforgettable production, now at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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September 17, 2016

Love hurts in Andrew Bovell’s shattering family portrait at Lyric Hammersmith.

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poldarkPick of the Week
September 1, 2016

Poldark, Woody Allen, Proms pleasures and Blackpool illuminations.

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Carley Stenson (Bobbi) and Charles Dorfman (Guy) in Buckland Theatre Company's Some Girl(s) at Park Theatre. Credit Claire Bilyard (15)Some Girl(s)
July 20, 2016

Neil LaBute’s masochistic odyssey at Park Theatre is sporadically thought-provoking.

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July 12, 2016

A musical take on pulp noir at St James Theatre is frustratingly uneven.

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Bugsy Malone
June 30, 2016

Generation-bridging joy with the return of the mobster musical pastiche at Lyric Hammersmith.

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1464724222843_Harry-Potter-Ginny-Weasley-Albus-Potter-First-PhotosOpinion: Post-Brexit, we need theatre more than ever
June 26, 2016

The arts hold the key to our collective humanity.

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WJK_1272Macbeth
June 24, 2016

Incoherent vision results in a (Mac)duff Globe production.

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Henry V
June 23, 2016

Michelle Terry anchors a reflective exploration of leadership and nationhood at Regent’s Park Open Air.

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Wild
June 21, 2016

Mike Bartlett’s ponderous Snowden drama at Hampstead Theatre is animated by an astonishing finale.

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June 11, 2016

Gareth Farr produces an agonising portrait of fertility struggle at Park Theatre.

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Alfie Allen, Jesse EisenbergThe Spoils
June 3, 2016

Jesse Eisenberg writes himself another narcissistic misfit, this one landing on Trafalgar Studios.

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Simon Harrison (Jacks) Daniel Weyman (Miles)Sideways
May 6, 2016

Stage version of trip through Californian wine country at St James Theatre is quaffable, if lacking acidity.

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May 26, 2016

Kenneth Branagh’s la dolce vita at Garrick Theatre is ravishing, but superficial.

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The Philanderer
May 18, 2016

Modern-dress George Bernard Shaw at Orange Tree Theatre is resonant but long-winded.

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The Globe Dream-ST2_7184_captioned copyA Midsummer Night’s Dream
May 6, 2016

New Globe artistic director Emma Rice makes a joyfully irreverent start.

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April 28, 2016

Oscar-winning Son of Saul, Nick Payne’s latest and Line of Duty‘s nail-biting climax.

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April 26, 2016

Jamie Lloyd’s contemporary take on Marlowe at Duke of York’s Theatre is crowded, lurid and weightless.

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Funny Girl
April 21, 2016

Sheridan Smith is the greatest star in a winning West End transfer.

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WJK_0534The Flick
April 20, 2016

Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize winner at the National Theatre makes the ordinary extraordinary.

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Guys and Dolls
April 15, 2016

The all-time Broadway great, now at Phoenix Theatre, remains a reassuringly safe bet.

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The Brink
April 12, 2016

Brad Birch offers an expressionistic lesson in acute millennial anxiety at the Orange Tree.

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Timothy Spall (Davies) in The Caretaker at The Old Vic. Photo by Manuel Harlan (5)The Caretaker
April 7, 2016

Timothy Spall leads an empathetic but overly broad Pinter revival at the Old Vic.

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April 6, 2016

Alistair McDowall’s journey through time and space at the Royal Court is beguiling and maddening.

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March 30, 2016

James Norton and Kate Fleetwood share delusions in an intimate Tracy Letts revival at Found111.

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Lauren O'Neil (Steph) and Tom Burke (Greg) in Reasons to be Happy at Hampstead Theatre. Photos by Manuel Harlan. (1)Reasons to Be Happy
March 25, 2016

Neil LaBute’s reunion with old friends at Hampstead Theatre strays into soap.

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People, Places & Things
March 24, 2016

Denise Gough reprises her tour-de-force performance as a recalcitrant recovering addict at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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The Painkiller
March 17, 2016

Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon’s double act elevates Sean Foley’s goofy throwback farce at the Garrick.

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Frances O'Connor (Alice)and Alexander Hanson (Michel) (Photo Credit Marc Brenner)The Truth
March 16, 2016

French playwright Florian Zeller offers a witty challenge to the virtue of honesty at Menier Chocolate Factory.

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March 3, 2016

A new Coen caper, Hermione’s directing debut, ENO’s strike battle, and revolution in the music industry.

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Laura Carmichael, Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton in The Maids CREDIT Marc BrennerThe Maids
February 29, 2016

Macabre savagery meets existentialist thought in Genet’s vision, brought to Trafalgar Studios by Jamie Lloyd.

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February 27, 2016

Jonathan Lynn offers a plodding appraisal of divisive French leaders de Gaulle and Pétain at Park Theatre.

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February 21, 2016

Set designer and architect Ric Lipson on creating work for U2, Madonna, Chinese theatre and a new West End version of The War of the Worlds.

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MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS. Tracie Bennett 'Mrs Laura Henderson'. Photo by Paul Coltas (2)Mrs Henderson Presents
February 17, 2016

A cosily escapist new British musical, now at Noël Coward Theatre, salutes Blitz spirit and patriotic nudity.

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L-R - Harry Melling (Jason), Tyrone and Jemima Rooper (Jessica)Hand to God
February 16, 2016

Robert Askins’ raucous puppet farce at Vaudeville Theatre is frequently hilarious, but too scattershot.

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L-R Jennifer Mudge (Stephanie) & Matthew Perry (Jack) - The End Of Longing - Playhouse Theatre - Photo By Helen Maybanks (019)The End of Longing
February 12, 2016

The one where Matthew Perry writes a fatally artificial play, debuting at the Playhouse Theatre.

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Claire Skinner (Becca) and Georgina Rich (Izzy) in Rabbit Hole at Hampstead Theatre. Photos by Manuel Harlan.Rabbit Hole
February 5, 2016

David Lindsay-Abaire’s examination of grief, now playing at Hampstead Theatre, is smart and sincere, but too studied.

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February 3, 2016

Adrian Lester is a blazing triumph as pioneering Ira Aldridge in the deserving transfer of Lolita Chakrabarti’s debut.

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The Mother at The Tricycle Theatre. William Postlethwaite as The Son, Nicholas and Gina McKee as The Mother, Anne. Photo by Mark Douet. C31B2742 (2)The Mother
January 27, 2016

Gina McKee provides a memorable portrait of maternal breakdown in Florian Zeller’s desolate farce at Tricycle Theatre.

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January 7, 2016

Awards season hots up, the next Harry Potter headlines a Broadway classic, and epics are reimagined on stage and screen.

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HangmenHangmen
December 7, 2015

Gallows humour galore in Martin McDonagh’s triumphant return, now at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Members of the cast of Macbeth. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith. (4)Macbeth
December 4, 2015

Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin’s interpretative production at the Young Vic is queasily topical.

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Ben Hur
November 25, 2015

Patrick Barlow’s epic in miniature follow-up to The 39 Steps brings sublime silliness to Tricycle Theatre.

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John Simm and Gary Kemp in The Homecoming. Photography by Marc BrennerThe Homecoming
November 24, 2015

Jamie Lloyd’s bold Trafalgar Studios production makes this familiar Pinter play freshly unsettling.

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November 15, 2015

Waiting out leopards, being chased by elephants and campaigning with the WWF.

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November 13, 2015

Revenge porn and modern parenting tackled in James Fritz’s compelling but contrived debut at Trafalgar Studios.

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Pick of the Week
November 12, 2015

Maggie Smith on the big screen, London Jazz Festival, Dawn French, Derren Brown and a four-person Ben Hur.

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The Winter’s Tale, All On Her Own/Harlequinade
November 9, 2015

Kenneth Branagh’s new Garrick season opens with flawed Shakespeare, riotous Rattigan and a boozy unburdening.

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Elf
November 5, 2015

This syrupy and overpriced family Christmas musical at the Dominion Theatre is instantly forgettable.

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Carly Anderson and the company of Xanadu (2)Xanadu
November 2, 2015

The 1980 movie flop-turned-retro roller-skating musical comedy at Southwark Playhouse is divinely bonkers.

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October 30, 2015

Donald Margulies’s astute but limited play puts marriage and friendship under the microscope at Park Theatre.

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October 27, 2015

Ben Power’s inspired melding of three DH Lawrence mining plays at the National Theatre creates a quiet triumph.

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October 24, 2015

As the series draws to a close, we list its mostly unintentional hilarity, from the entail and the Turkish corpse to the death-by-political-correctness of Isis the dog.

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Downton Abbey: Alien vs. Dowager
October 18, 2015

Julian Fellowes channels James Cameron in a gory end to His Lordship’s heavily signposted mystery illness.

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JOET-000233 David Lan Photo by Simon AnnandAn Open Book: David Lan
October 17, 2015

The Young Vic’s artistic director shares his favourite reads, from Steinbeck and social history to the only theatre book ‘that really matters’.

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October 15, 2015

Marcus Gardley sacrifices Molière’s subversion for Deep South slapstick in a broad Tricycle production.

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Sam Mackay as Usnavi and the cast of In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan PerssonIn the Heights
October 13, 2015

Swagger, salsa and soul in this exhilarating production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, transferred to King’s Cross Theatre.

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October 12, 2015

Death row unlocks family secrets in Paul Andrew Williams’ blunt but grippingly played thriller at Trafalgar Studios.

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SuffragetteListed: Suffragettes portrayed
October 11, 2015

As the film Suffragette opens, we examine the women’s movement in art, from drama and novels to documentary and song.

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Dark Tourism
October 1, 2015

Daniel Dingsdale’s debut at Park Theatre is as vacuous and mean-spirited as the celebrity culture it’s attempting to satirise.

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Tipping the Velvet
September 29, 2015

Laura Wade gives Sarah Waters’ Victorian Sapphic novel an inventive postmodern reframing at Lyric Hammersmith.

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September 24, 2015

Nell’s story is reclaimed, but sold short, in Jessica Swale’s merry romp at the Globe.

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Martyr
September 23, 2015

Marius von Mayenburg offers an impassioned but tonally uncertain take on religious extremism at Unicorn Theatre.

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September 20, 2015

Harvey Fierstein’s Sixties cross-dressing drama at Southwark Playhouse is heartfelt, but overloaded.

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September 17, 2015

A feast of theatrical openings, plus Ai Weiwei, Courtney Pine, and a TV costume drama battle royale.

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Mouthful
September 14, 2015

An evening of short plays at Trafalgar Studios responding to the global food crisis are efficient, but too didactic.

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Rob Brydon (Crane) in Future Conditional. Photo credit Manuel Harlan (2)Future conditional
September 10, 2015

Matthew Warchus kicks off his Old Vic tenure with Tamsin Oglesby’s flawed but provocative examination of education.

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Lorraine Pilkington and Abigail Lawrie in When We Were Women - Orange Tree Theatre - photo by Ben BroomfieldWhen We Were Women
September 7, 2015

Sharman Macdonald’s Scottish World War Two play, revived at the Orange Tree, flirts awkwardly with formal experimentation.

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September 6, 2015

Sanitised Lawrence is more soppily sentimental than scandalous in Jed Mercurio’s revisionist BBC adaptation.

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September 4, 2015

Simon Stephens’ raw meditation on grief at the Young Vic creeps under the skin.

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August 27, 2015

A keen cast of up-and-comers just about salvage this jumbled, inane revue at St James Theatre.

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Bruce McCall Author Photo 2015An Open Book: Bruce McCall
August 15, 2015

The renowned satirical writer and artist talks compensatory learning and the lure of Atlantic liners.

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STA06BRIDGET_1078908kPick of the Week
August 13, 2015

The latest from Edinburgh, Green Man Festival and will The Man From U.N.C.L.E will be a Cold War hit?

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Dear Lupin. James Fox (Roger Mortimer) and Jack Fox (Charlie Mortimer). Photo credit Manuel Harlan (3)Dear Lupin
August 3, 2015

Michael Simkins transposes Roger Mortimer’s waspish letters to his son into cosy semi-drama at Apollo Theatre.

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writersListed: Precocious Writers
July 18, 2015

As the Royal Court launches new plays by children, we celebrate great youthful authors, from Austen to Caitlin Moran.

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ConstellationsConstellations
July 14, 2015

Nick Payne’s dazzlingly inventive theoretical physics romcom, revived at Trafalgar Studios, is out of this world.

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July 6, 2015

Austin Pendleton’s dramatisation of Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier’s 1960 backstage feud at Southwark Playhouse is for superfans only.

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June 25, 2015

Torben Betts’s sparky free adaptation and Matthew Dunster’s striking staging reinvigorate Chekhov’s classic at Regent’s Park Open Air.

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June 24, 2015

Tim Crouch’s experimental meditation on performance at the National Theatre is indelibly powerful.

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Luna-18Luna Gale
June 23, 2015

Rebecca Gilman’s socially conscious drama about child protection at Hampstead Theatre is hampered by sensational twists.

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We Want You To Watch
June 16, 2015

RashDash and Alice Birch’s dance theatre attack on pornography at the National is too scattered and superficial to have real impact.

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Untitled-24We Made It: Hauser & Wirth Somerset
June 13, 2015

Gallery director Anna Workman explains how a derelict West Country farm became a world-class contemporary art gallery.

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June 12, 2015

Jonathan Maitland’s responsible theatrical reconstruction at Park Theatre honours the victims, but lacks real drama.

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June 7, 2015

Sydney Theatre Company provides a humane if occasionally too cosy take on Beckett’s classic at the Barbican.

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Adam Riches, Charlie Cameron and Hatty Preston Photo matthumphreyStop!…The Play
June 4, 2015

David Spicer’s comedy of theatrical disaster at Trafalgar Studios doesn’t match up to Noises Off, but offers amusing antics.

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WJK_8104As You Like It
May 20, 2015

Blanche McIntyre’s warming traditional production at Shakespeare’s Globe needs more theatrical magic.

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95494Pick of the Week
May 14, 2015

With big drama on stage and television, from Death of a Salesman to the latest Scandi must-watch, there are no austerity measures in theartsdesk’s coverage.

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May 13, 2015

Ayckbourn produces fusion confusion with his time travel comedy thriller, revived at Menier Chocolate Factory.

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The FatherThe Father at the Tricycle Theatre. Kenneth Cranham (Andre) and Claire Skinner (Anne). Photo credit Simon Annand (1)
May 12, 2015

Florian Zeller’s brutally honest portrait of dementia, transferred to the Tricycle, is unmissable theatre.

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Beyond BollywoodMohit Mathur as Raghav
May 11, 2015

New musical at the Palladium is nothing more than tourist bait, couching energetic routines in an execrable script.

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The AudienceTHE AUDIENCE
May 6, 2015

Kristin Scott Thomas proves a worthy successor in Peter Morgan’s rejigged, but fatally limited, revival at the Apollo.

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April 30, 2015

Carol Ann Duffy’s take on the morality play, stylishly presented by new National head Rufus Norris, needs more subversion.

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April 22, 2015

Mark Jagasia’s insider tabloid takedown at Arcola Theatre has real pre-election heft.

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April 21, 2015

A rare comedy from Eugene O’Neill at Young Vic, forming the blueprint for greater works, is charming but insubstantial.

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WHAT, WHEREAlice’s Adventures Underground
April 17, 2015

Les Enfants Terribles offer an engaging if flawed alternative journey through The Vaults with their immersive new work.

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Alexander Hulme as Jackson and David Butler as PatrickThe Glass Protégé
April 15, 2015

Dylan Costello’s revisiting of Golden Age Hollywood’s repression at Park Theatre is mired in cliché.

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Stephen Meartheartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Stephen Mear
April 11, 2015

The theatrical dance dynamo talks striptease, triple threats and the power of escapism.

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WJK_2455Dead Sheep
April 2, 2015

Jonathan Maitland’s  witty insider look at Howe’s betrayal of Thatcher at Park Theatre is solid vote-winner.

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March 25, 2015

Joshua Harmon’s searing study of identity, transferred to the Arts Theatre, is the Rocky of comedies.

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David Bamber as William R Chumley and James Dreyfus as Elwood P Dowd in Harvey. Photo by Manuel Harlan (2)Harvey
March 23, 2015

The appeal of Mary Chase’s dated comedy at Theatre Royal Haymarket is as elusive as its giant invisible rabbit.

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March 19, 2015

Jonathan Tolins’ riotous romp at Menier Chocolate Factory deliciously skewers Barbra Streisand and acquisition culture.

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March 16, 2015

Hugh Whitemore’s writerly biographical drama about poet Stevie Smith at Hampstead Theatre lacks dramatic thrust.

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WJK_7237The Armour
March 6, 2015

Ben Ellis’s flawed site-specific drama exploring The Langham hotel’s history gains substance the further back it reaches.

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March 5, 2015

An action-packed week includes experimental indie-pop, Juliette Binoche taking on Antigone, and the latest incarnation of Poldark.

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March 3, 2015

Andrew Whaley’s richly allegorical exploration of Zimbabwe’s history at Gate Theatre needs sharper elucidation.

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February 28, 2015

Bush Moukarzel and Dead Centre’s absurdist piece at the Young Vic is an onerous journey into the unknown.

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February 19, 2015

Torben Betts interrogates First World malaise via an entertaining dinner party from hell at Park Theatre.

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February 10, 2015

Real-life theatrical couple Harriet Walter and Guy Paul add frisson to Clara Brennan’s two-hander at Trafalgar Studios.

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Cast : Lorna Brown (Alice) Paul Rattray (Teddy) Yolanda Kettle (Clarissa) Paul Hickey (Simon)Little Light
February 8, 2015

Tragic loss devastates in Alice Birch’s gut punch of a play, which continues a great run at the reborn Orange Tree Theatre.

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Charlotte Powell (Janet De Mullin) and Alexandra Dowling (Bertha) in The Last Of The De Mullins credit Tristram KentonThe Last of the De Mullins
February 6, 2015

Rediscovered Edwardian play by St John Hankin offers surprisingly robust feminist discourse at Jermyn Street Theatre.

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DI AND VIV AND ROSE

Di and Viv and Rose
January 30, 2015

Amelia Bullmore’s powerful meditation on defining friendships impresses in its West End transfer.

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10Pick of the Week
January 29, 2015

Our verdict on Oscars-snubbed Selma, Jessie J hits Eventim Apollo, and Christian Marclay brings superhero sound effects to White Cube.

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January 27, 2015

Cupid takes the form of property dispute in Peter Souter’s deft romcom, promoted to Hampstead’s upstairs space.

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The Railway ChildrenThe Railway Children
January 17, 2015

Mike Kenny’s crisp adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s classic at King’s Cross Theatre offers spirited family entertainment.

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Debra Baker. Saxon Court. Photo by Richard Lakos (1)Saxon Court
November 25, 2014

At Southwark Playhouse, Daniel Andersen’s brassy office comedy recalls the early days of the financial crisis, with mixed results.

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WJK_4944Accolade
November 18, 2014

Blanche McIntyre produces a note-perfect revival of Emlyn Williams’ thoroughly modern masterpiece at St James Theatre.

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berlin wallListed: Wall Flowers – The Best of Berlin
November 8, 2014

On the 25th anniversary of its fall, theartsdesk salutes great stories, songs and dramas inspired by the Berlin Wall.

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Hannes Langolf, Laurent PhilippeJOHN
November 5, 2014

DV8’s verbatim physical theatre work at the National powerfully relates the life of a social outsider.

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November 1, 2014

Tom Littler’s affectionate revival of Rattigan’s lost play at Jermyn Street Theatre hints at greatness to come.

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Live Theatre production of WET HOUSEby Paddy Campbelldirected by Max RobertsWet House
October 24, 2014

Paddy Campbell gives the desperate fate of addicts and outcasts bracingly humorous treatment at Soho Theatre.

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NEVILLE'S ISLANDNeville’s Island
October 22, 2014

Transferred from Chichester to the Duke of York’s Theatre, Tim Firth’s comedy about stranded middle-managers is a damp squib.

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Ayesha Antoine (Agnes), Danusia Samal (Maude Lynn), Ronke Adekoluejo (Odette). by Mark DouetThe House That Will Not Stand
October 21, 2014

Marcus Gardley’s slice of reclaimed African-American history at Tricycle Theatre is most effective when it embraces the operatic.

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YOUNG VIC THEATRE: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, 2014The Cherry Orchard
October 17, 2014

Katie Mitchell delivers Chekhov’s masterpiece with devastating power at the Young Vic, supported by Simon Stephen’s taut adaptation.

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Simon Stephens in rehearsals of 10 Questions for Playwright Simon Stephens
October 16, 2014

The acclaimed dramatist discusses the challenges and rewards of taking on his idol Chekhov’s seminal work.

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Jox Dixon (Astrov) and Amanda Hale (Sonya) in Uncle Vanya. Credit Simon Annand.Uncle Vanya
October 14, 2014

Anya Reiss’s breezy updating of Chekhov at St James Theatre plays too safe in a production that lacks resonance.

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Omar Ibrahim (Ashfaq) and Shane Noone (Eddie). Warde Street at Park Theatre. Photo credit Chris Gardner for Rare Moustache. (3)Warde Street
October 7, 2014

A flawed new play at Park Theatre about the 7/7 London bombings trades reflection for sensationalism.

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Lindsay Lohan (Karen), Richard Schiff (Bobby Gould) STP-D-190 copySpeed-the-Plow
October 3, 2014

This much-hyped West End revival and its star Lindsay Lohan escape disaster, but fail to deliver a triumph.

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Next Fall - Geoffrey Naufft - Southwark Playhouse - 24th September 2014Director - Luke SheppardDesigner - David WoodheadLighting Designer - Howard HudsonSound Designer - David GregoryCast - Charlie Condou, Nancy Crane, Ben Cura, Martin Delaney, Mitchell Mullen, Sirine Saba.Next Fall
October 1, 2014

Geoffrey Nauffts’ wry exploration of religion and homosexuality at Southwark Playhouse  lacks ferocity.

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Alan Cox as Max Newman MP, Joanna Bending as Eleanor Hopkirk MP, Laurence Dobiesz as Daniel Regan MPKingmaker
September 26, 2014

Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky’s Boris Johnson satire at St James Theatre unwisely attempts clichéd revenge thriller.

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imagePick of the Week
September 25, 2014

All the world’s a stage this week, with Sofie Gråbøl, Kristin Scott Thomas and Roger Allam treading the boards.

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Evita at the Dominion Theatre London until 1 Nov - Madalena Alberto as Eva - photographer credit Darren Bell (2)Evita
September 23, 2014

The operatic revival of Lloyd Webber and Rice’s musical at Dominion Theatre lacks satirical bite, but is elevated by a star turn.

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Kevin Bishop2 in Fully Committed. Photo credit Catherine AshmoreFully Committed
September 11, 2014

Kevin Bishop is a tour de force in Becky Mode’s merciless skewering of the swanky restaurant biz at Menier Chocolate Factory.

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Breeders by Ben Ockrent. Angela Griffin (Caroline), Nicholas Burns (Jimmy), Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea) and Jemima Rooper (Sharon). Credit Manuel Harlan. copyBreeders
September 9, 2014

Ben Ockrent’s frank and funny Breeders at St James Theatre is ultimately too nice to do its provocative subject matter justice.

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Matthew and JamieThe Comedy of Errors
September 5, 2014

Shakespeare’s relatively unsophisticated farce gets a boost from Blanche McIntyre’s spirited and inventive Globe production.

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Dogfight 6 Laura Jane Matthewson (Rose Fenney) Jamie Muscato (Eddie Birdlace) Photo Darren BellDogfight
August 16, 2014

This uneven jarhead musical at Southwark Playhouse is a lover, not a fighter, its odious premise redeemed by an artless romance.

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MAST Valerie O'Connor in in Rough Magic's JezebelJezebel
August 15, 2014

Mark Cantan’s Soho Theatre debut is genial but inconsequential screwball, relying too heavily on cosy sitcom laughs.

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MastSommer 14 – A Dance of Death
August 9, 2014

Rolf Hochhuth’s epic history lesson at the Finborough offers an incendiary view on the causes of World War I.

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bright room as day picA Bright Room Called Day
July 28, 2014

A revival of Tony Kushner’s sluggish polemic about political conflict in 1930s Berlin at Southwark Playhouse lacks punch.

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caroline and petra same sexBattle in the ballroom
July 18, 2014

An ill-conceived new ruling about same-sex couples could have disastrous effects on the dance community.

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Joanna Kirkland and Yolanda Kettle. The Deer. Photo credit Skirmantas Petraitis (3)Shutters
July 13, 2014

Three American short plays performed by an all-woman cast provide insight into the female experience at Park Theatre.

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JC Luke Thompson captioned 2Julius Caesar
July 3, 2014

Dominic Dromgoole’s fluent Globe production of Shakespeare’s great political play intelligently dissects tools of persuasion.

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carousel picCarousel
June 27, 2014

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic sings out with renewed vigour in Morphic Graffiti’s reimagining at the Arcola.

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DuckDeathAndTheTulip_OrangeTreeFestivalProgramme1_Ashleigh Cheadle and Tom Kirk_mediumOrange Tree Theatre Festival
June 14, 2014

Sam Walters bids farewell with a varied festival, the highlight of which is a puppetry adaptation of Duck, Death and the Tulip.

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