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Alys, Always, Bridge Theatre

Harriet Lane’s memorably unsettling 2012 novel, about an overlooked sub-editor who infiltrates the literary elite, has been adapted for stage by Lucinda Coxon. Its combination of psychological thriller and industry satire is decently translated, but a conservative production from Bridge … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre

Classic Spring’s year-long season ends with Wilde gone wild: a free love riot that yanks the queer subtext into text, with everyone from masters and servants to, er, the long-lost brothers sharing snogs and cigarettes. The famous passive aggressive tea … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Jeremy Swift talks The Importance of Being Earnest

The actor discusses appearing in the Wilde classic, plus Downton Abbey and the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Half a Sixpence, Noel Coward Theatre

This Sixties Tommy Steele vehicle is joyfully reborn in another Chichester Festival Theatre musical triumph, now comfortably ensconced in the West End. The unstoppable George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have seamlessly renewed and added to David Heneker’s original score, and Julian … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Phyllis Logan

The actress talks Secrets & Lies, Downton and her current role in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Ralph Fiennes’s Richard III Leads June’s Top 10 New London Shows

From starry Shakespeare and Rattigan productions to big musicals and resonant new plays. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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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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Pick of the Week

In a busy week on theartsdesk Maggie Smith hits the big screen, London Jazz Festival, Dawn French, Derren Brown and four-person Ben Hur. Read my full theartsdesk newsletter here

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Listed: The 100 Funniest Things about Downton Abbey

As the series draws to a close, we list its mostly unintentional hilarity, from the entail and the Turkish corpse to the death-by-political-correctness of Isis the dog. Read the full theartsdesk article here

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Downton Abbey, ITV: Alien vs. Dowager

It’s been the most heavily signposted illness in drama history. A twinge here. An “Oof” there. Chekhov’s roiling guts. And tonight, His Lordship’s mystery complaint finally took centre stage, in a scene that led one to wonder exactly how to … Continue reading

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