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The Bridges of Madison County, Menier Chocolate Factory

Robert James Waller’s bestselling, though critically panned, 1992 romance novel was reincarnated in the Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep-starring film, and then again in Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s Tony-winning 2013 musical – both adaptations wisely sloughing off some of the … Continue reading

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The Starry Messenger, Wyndham’s Theatre

A decade after originating the lead role Off Broadway, Matthew Broderick returns to Kenneth Lonergan’s play to make his West End debut. His devotion to the material is certainly understandable, as the part is tailor-made for his signature brand of self-effacing deadpan – … Continue reading

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Betrayal, Harold Pinter Theatre

The grand finale to Jamie Lloyd’s remarkable Pinter at the Pinter season is this starry production of one of the writer’s greatest – and certainly most personal – works, inspired by his extramarital affair with Joan Bakewell. The 1978 play is famous for … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Ah, Movie Week – two words about as likely to deliver satisfaction as “Southern Rail”, “Theresa May” or “Topshop feminism”. So, it comes as little surprise (though sinking disappointment) to see couples slathered in Minions yellow or trying to jam … Continue reading

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Pinter One and Pinter Two, Harold Pinter Theatre

Jamie Lloyd is marking the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter’s death in remarkable style with his Pinter at the Pinter season, staging all the great man’s 20 short plays, plus some sketches and poetry – grouped into seven productions – at the … Continue reading

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The Lie, Menier Chocolate Factory

A year after premiering acclaimed French playwright Florian Zeller’s The Truth, London’s Menier Chocolate Factory now hosts The Lie – which, as the name suggests, acts as a companion piece of sorts. Once again, we’re in a slippery Pinteresque realm, the seemingly conventional domestic set-up teasingly deconstructed … Continue reading

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Consent, National Theatre

Amidst the middle-class small talk between two couples, one reeling from the arrival of a new baby, comes a shocking confession: “I’ve been raping pensioners.” What kind of monsters are we dealing with here? Well, legal ones – it’s barrister … Continue reading

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The Truth, Menier Chocolate Factory

Infidelity, hypocrisy, disillusionment, betrayal – and yet this is by far the lightest of French playwright Florian Zeller’s current London hat trick. Premiering in 2011, and thus sandwiched chronologically between the bleak pair of The Mother (2010) andThe Father (2012), … Continue reading

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Waste, National Theatre

A principled reformer destroyed by a combination of sex scandal, religious hypocrisy and machine politics: Harvey Granville Barker’s drama, banned by the Lord Chamberlain in 1907, still feels eerily pertinent. However, in Roger Michell’s arid production of this overlong play, … Continue reading

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Dinner With Friends, Park Theatre

After 12 seemingly idyllic years, Tom and Beth’s marriage is over. That’s a concern for Gabe and Karen, partly because they care for their friends, and there’s the ugly business of choosing sides, but mainly because it causes them to … Continue reading

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