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Degas, London Design Festival and Lisbeth Salander

On my September MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: By design Highlights of the 15th annual London Design Festival Don’t miss: Last impression Burrell Collection Degas gems at the National Gallery Commuter corner The Girl Who Takes an Eye for … Continue reading

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The Maids, Trafalgar Studios

“Murder is hilarious,” quips Zawe Ashton’s scheming maid, and in Jamie Lloyd’s high-octane, queasily comic revival of Jean Genet’s radical 1947 play, it really is. It’s also lurid, strange, bleak and powerfully transcendent, as befits a piece that locates hunger … Continue reading

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Calder, Serial and London after dark

On my February MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Night watch London Transport Museum explores the city’s nocturnal history. Don’t miss: Moving on up Alexander Calder, pioneer of kinetic sculpture, is celebrated at Tate Modern. Commuter corner The best podcast for amateur … Continue reading

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Hangmen, Wyndham’s Theatre

Just what constitutes reasonable behaviour in an enlightened society? Not long ago, the death penalty fell under that umbrella in Britain, and state-sanctioned killing as punishment for the crime of, well, killing is just the kind of twisted irony that … 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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Pomona, National Theatre

Last year, new Orange Tree artistic director Paul Miller electrified his theatre by programming Alistair McDowall’s brilliant and brutal dystopian thriller. Now it occupies the National’s Temporary space, with most of its excellent original cast intact. Read my full Ham & … Continue reading

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The Trial, Young Vic

Judgement is inescapable in Richard Jones’s punishing version of Kafka’s novel. Miriam Buether’s striking design makes the audience a voyeuristic jury, ranged on benches in the queasily lit courtroom, with the accused toiling before us on a rolling travelator. It’s … Continue reading

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Savile victims honoured in chilling story

How did he get away with it? That’s the question Jonathan Maitland’s controversial new play addresses, juxtaposing national treasure Sir Jimmy Savile, feted by monarchs, prime ministers and cardinals, with the thuggish serial abuser. Savile’s cheeky asides – the knighthood … Continue reading

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An Audience With Jimmy Savile, Park Theatre

Seldom has there been such impassioned debate about whether a play has a right to exist. Writer Jonathan Maitland faced a barrage of criticism, with many accusing him of exploitation; others felt it was too soon for freshly unveiled horror … Continue reading

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Communicating Doors, Menier Chocolate Factory

Genre mixing is a perilous business. Successful hybrids use duelling forms to re-contextualise or revolutionise; others wind up fatally diluting their disparate elements. Ayckbourn’s 1994 sci fi comedy thriller – featuring, at its nadir, a farcical defenestration mistaken for a … Continue reading

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