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The Lie, Menier Chocolate Factory

A year after premiering acclaimed French playwright Florian Zeller’s The Truth, London’s Menier Chocolate Factory now hosts The Lie – which, as the name suggests, acts as a companion piece of sorts. Once again, we’re in a slippery Pinteresque realm, the seemingly conventional domestic set-up teasingly deconstructed … Continue reading

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Savagely powerful play takes us inside dementia

At its best, theatre doesn’t just communicate ideas or invite distanced empathy. It completely immerses us in the experience of another human being. Florian Zeller won France’s top drama prize, the Molière Award, for 2014 play The Father, and Christopher … Continue reading

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The Armour, The Langham Hotel

The Langham has marked its 150th anniversary in theatrical fashion by commissioning an original drama spanning several decades – and floors – from emerging company Defibrillator, whose Tennessee Williams trio at this venue impressed last year. Now Ben Ellis checks … Continue reading

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Through the keyhole

Someone enters a strange house. Observes a family. Influences their actions. Toys with their emotions. Gathers their secrets and whispers them to the world. Voyeur? Stalker? Unfeeling sociopath? Or just a writer? This is the delicious premise of François Ozon’s … Continue reading

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