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Yerma, Young Vic

Australian theatre’s ‘enfant terrible’ Simon Stone, whose 2014 version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck at the Barbican memorably starred a live duck, has returned to take on Lorca’s 1934 “tragic poem”. If some of the elemental lyricism has been lost … Continue reading

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The Quiet House, Park Theatre

Infertility affects one in six couples, but it’s still something of a taboo subject. Gareth Farr’s new play throws welcome light on the challenges of conception, and is accompanied by a Fertility Fest that brings together artists and medical experts … Continue reading

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The Audience, Apollo Theatre

As The Queen gains an audience with the latest royal addition, her theatrical alter ego returns to the West End, with Kristin Scott Thomas inheriting Tony-nominated Helen Mirren’s role in Peter Morgan’s updated revival. Callaghan is out; au courant gags … Continue reading

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Little Light, Orange Tree Theatre

The Orange Tree’s renaissance continues with this searing piece from playwright of the moment Alice Birch, who will shortly follow up last year’s subversive Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again with an interrogation of the porn industry for Rufus Norris’s debut … Continue reading

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Comedy about lesbians’ quest for a child needs to be more daring

How enlightened are we when it comes to unconventional families? Ben Ockrent’s topical piece suggests there are variations that still have the power to shock, but Breeders, though frank and funny, is ultimately too nice to do its provocative subject … Continue reading

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Breeders, St James Theatre

There is a moment in Breeders when Ben Ockrent appears to be channelling Dennis Kelly’s chilling Utopia. Never mind the topical issue of homosexual parenting – should we even have children at all? Surely, argues Jemima Rooper’s eco-warrior Sharon, we would … Continue reading

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The female of the species

If there is one difference between the sexes that can generally be agreed upon, it is that men tend to focus on one thing, while women are natural multi-taskers. Playwright Hannah Patterson is a prime example of the latter, aiming to … Continue reading

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A royal wave goodbye

The results are in… Thanks for all your votes in the monarchy poll. A whopping 71.4% believe the institution is outmoded and we should scrap it, while 14.2% don’t mind it, but don’t want to pay for it. Just 14% … Continue reading

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The Queen and I

Peter Morgan’s The Audience may be a retrospective, but it also boasts several witty up-to-the-minute additions, from the Pope’s defection to the grim march to world domination of the irrepressible ‘Gangnam Style’. Notably absent is any reaction to Hilary Mantel’s much-debated views on … Continue reading

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