Angels in America, National Theatre

Tony Kushner’s landmark two-part play begins at a funeral, with a rabbi solemnly naming a woman’s surviving relatives; partway through the interminable list of grandchildren, he stops and sighs. It’s a witty opener for a piece that’s epic in every conceivable sense of the word, taking almost eight hours to tackle not just state of the nation, but state of humanity and the divine. Though there’s the odd lull, particularly in Kushner’s baggier, wilder second part, Marianne Elliott’s revival – 25 years after the influential National Theatre production ­- is a monumental achievement.

Read my full BroadwayWorld review here

Posted in Journalism, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Donmar Warehouse

It’s a bigly Trump-fest over at the Donmar, with adaptor Bruce Norris determined to make Brecht great again – or at least pointedly contemporary. Despite a legal disclaimer in the knowing prologue, the current tangerine regime looms large, replacing (or indeed merging with) Hitler as the main target in this parable of emerging demagoguery, set in Thirties gangland Chicago.

Read my full theartsdesk review here

Posted in Journalism, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Woyzeck leads May’s Top 10 new London shows

From new takes on Brecht and Büchner to Jez Butterworth’s latest and a classic musical.

Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

Posted in Journalism, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BWW Interview: Dawn Sievewright

The actress discusses the West End transfer of hit show Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour.

Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

Posted in Journalism, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obsession, Barbican

“Everybody wants passion,” says Ivo Van Hove in the programme interview for his latest show, but in both tone and aesthetic, his take on this doomed romance is less red-hot fire of ardour, more the cold, grey ash left in the wake of a consuming flame. It’s intermittently beautiful and thoughtful, but lacks the necessary fervour that binds lover to lover, and audience to material.

Read my full BroadwayWorld review here

Posted in Journalism, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BWW Interview: Carrie Hope Fletcher

The actress talks playing Wednesday Addams in a new UK tour of The Addams Family musical.

Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

Posted in Journalism, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios

Christopher Hampton’s 1969 take on Molière’s The Misanthrope is often played with actors older than their characters, but director Simon Callow has recruited some of TV’s bright young things to play the solipsistic academics. It may well attract new audiences to the West End, but this uncomfortable revival is unlikely to capitalise on that influx.

Read my full BroadwayWorld review here

Posted in Journalism, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BWW Interview: Kirsty Bushell

The actress discusses playing Juliet in Daniel Kramer’s production at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

Posted in Journalism, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audra McDonald, Leicester Square Theatre

Six-time Tony winner and reigning Queen of Broadway – plus “Olivier Award…presenter”, jokes partner-in-crime Seth Rudetsky in his introduction (though surely that’s just a matter of time, with her Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill coming to Wyndham’s this summer) – lauded actress and singer Audra McDonald is the consummate pro. If further proof were needed, she’s currently at Leicester Square Theatre offering a veritable masterclass in cabaret.

Read my full BroadwayWorld review here

Posted in Journalism, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russian phantoms, American identity and S-Town

On my April MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Pick of the month: Russian phantoms The Design Museum resurrects utopian Soviet architecture
  • Don’t miss: American abyss From Edward Hopper to Grant Wood: 1930s Americana at the Royal Academy
  • Commuter corner Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream and new podcast S-Town

Read the full page here

Read the latest edition of MoveTo Town and Country here

Posted in Art, Fiction, Journalism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment