Tag Archives: chekhov

Preludes, Southwark Playhouse

Where does music come from? That’s the vital question posed to Sergei Rachmaninoff in Dave Malloy’s extraordinary 2015 chamber work, as the great late-Romantic Russian composer – stuck in his third year of harrowing writer’s block – tries to relocate his gift. It comes … Continue reading

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Three Sisters, Almeida Theatre

Director Rebecca Frecknall and actress Patsy Ferran recently picked up deserved Olivier Awards for their revelatory revival of Summer and Smoke. Now, they’re back at the Almeida, bringing that fresh approach to well-known Chekhov instead of obscure Tennessee Williams. Read … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Peter Wight

The actor discusses the 60th-anniversary revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Albion, Almeida Theatre

The urge to present state-of-the-nation plays following the Brexit vote is understandable, even vital, but has produced decidedly mixed results. Thankfully, Mike Bartlett’s empathetic Chekhovian response is a real winner: rich in loamy metaphor, yes, but also a gripping family drama … Continue reading

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Labour of Love leads October’s Top 10 new London shows

From James Graham’s political drama to immersive Agatha Christie and the unveiling of a new venue. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Take Five! Spend your tea break with Zoe Wanamaker

As Elegy opens at Donmar Warehouse, here are five of Zoe Wanamaker’s indelible performances. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Uncle Vanya, Almeida Theatre

After putting a modern spin on the Oresteia, with memorable results, director Robert Icke takes on another classic. No samovars here: Icke has stripped back, anglicised and revitalised Chekhov, obliterating the space between story and spectator. His zoomed-in vision offers … Continue reading

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An Open Book: David Lan

The Young Vic’s artistic director shares his favourite reads, from Steinbeck and social history to Henry James and Stanislavsky. Read my full theartsdesk interview here

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Ten great plays within plays

To coincide with the opening of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good at the National Theatre, here are 10 great examples of the play-within-a-play, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy to groundbreaking work from Stoppard, Pirandello, Weiss and Brecht. Read my full National Theatre article here

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Three Days in the Country, National Theatre

A month in the country is shortened to 72 hours in Patrick Marber’s sardonic, hazily erotic 135-minute distillation of a Russian classic. The influence of Turgenev’s 1850s country-house tragicomedy on fellow countryman Chekhov is clear, with its aristocratic family suffering … Continue reading

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