Tag Archives: eighties

Road, Royal Court

Thirty years on from its birth at the Royal Court, Jim Cartwright’s northern, working-class battle cry returns in a revival from John Tiffany which, though initially stodgy, has an accumulative and undeniable force. Read my full BroadwayWorld review here Advertisements

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Angels in America, National Theatre

Tony Kushner’s landmark two-part play begins at a funeral, with a rabbi solemnly naming a woman’s surviving relatives; partway through the interminable list of grandchildren, he stops and sighs. It’s a witty opener for a piece that’s epic in every … Continue reading

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Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre

Never mind Stepping Out – the real wonder of this production is Anna-Jane Casey stepping in for the injured Tamzin Outhwaite at such short notice. It’s a plot twist worthy of the backstage shenanigans in Richard Harris’s genial 1984 play … Continue reading

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Xanadu, Southwark Playhouse

It trashed Olivia Newton-John’s film career, halted the movie-musical revival, and was so critically reviled it led to the creation of the Razzies. How, then, could the stage version of hubristic 1980 flop Xanadu become a 2007 Broadway hit? The answer, … Continue reading

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Dead Sheep, Park Theatre

While seven-way debate rages, broadcaster and debuting playwright Jonathan Maitland takes us back 25 years to a radically different political landscape: a time of regents, and of regicide. It’s 1990 – Thatcher the leader claiming divine right to rule, Geoffrey … Continue reading

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Hidden treasures, war poets and Dracula

In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Discover hidden treasures with Heritage Open Days New play explores Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon’s lives and work Fist pump to ’80s-tastic Rock of Ages Scary Little Girls’ blood-curdling Dracula Revered printmaker Colin See-Paynton shares his nocturnal encounters … Continue reading

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