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Opinion: Post-Brexit, we need theatre more than ever

In seeking to understand the historic, divisive and to some bewildering Brexit vote, I will turn to theatre. Through my regular exposure to it, I can number among my ever-widening acquaintance a young king, a whistleblower, a minimum-wage movie usher, … Continue reading

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Sunset at the Villa Thalia, National Theatre

A new play about Greek political turmoil should feel thoroughly topical, but Alexi Kaye Campbell both illuminates and regrettably sidesteps the current European crisis by setting his in the mid 20th century. Part morality tale, part history lesson and part … 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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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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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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Crisp winters tale of family

London-based Croatian writer Tena Štivičić’s National Theatre debut keeps it in the family, with 70 years of history refracted through one Zagreb house and one bloodline. Ambitious, exquisitely constructed 3 Winters shifts seamlessly between three time periods: 1945, birth of Communist … Continue reading

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Lost in translation

Thirty years ago, Andy Warhol gathered together 300,000 disparate possessions in cardboard boxes, creating a makeshift time capsule for the edification of future generations. There is another time capsule of sorts playing at Richmond Theatre, where John Godber’s revival of … Continue reading

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A womb of one’s own

It’s not often you find yourself sympathising with both Communist and Nazi social policy, but that’s the unusual position one might be forced to take when viewing the compelling A Time to Reap at the Royal Court. Burgeoning Polish playwright … Continue reading

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