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ANNA, National Theatre

The audience plays surveillance state in this pioneering collaboration between playwright Ella Hickson and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham. We experience the action through individual sets of headphones, corresponding to a hidden mic on our protagonist Anna – listening … Continue reading

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Stepping Out

Marianka Swain looks back on a busy year and previews 2016 Same-sex dance made headlines again in 2015 with the Strictly debate, but the real news was on the dancefloor, with improvements in outreach and visibility leading to exciting competitions … Continue reading

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Moderate Soprano is a moderate success

Following Farinelli and the King, here’s another gently aimless drama about opera and – more circuitously – the inestimable value of art. David Hare takes us back to 1934 and the birth of Glyndebourne, with Rae Smith’s design illustrating its … Continue reading

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Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse

“I want to be alone,” Greta Garbo famously announced in the Oscar-winning film adaptation of Vicki Baum’s Menschen im Hotel, set in 1928 Berlin. The portmanteau novel has had a bumpier road to stage success, with Luther Davis, Robert Wright … Continue reading

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Practice, nudity and the German Open

My articles in the July issue of Dance Today, out now: Practice makes perfect How to master the art of practising The naked truth Is flashing the flesh a necessary part of dance? Stepping Out The Brits impress at the competitive German Open Championships New in … Continue reading

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Beyond Bollywood, London Palladium

It seems almost redundant to critique a show that so ably – if unconsciously – critiques itself. “The power of Bollywood is it’s unique!” cries one character, before squandering that uniqueness in tired East/West fusion; and “Dance should have feeling!” … Continue reading

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Listed: Wall Flowers – The Best of Berlin

It divided a city, but the Wall produced great stories, dramas and films. We pick our favourites. Read the full post on theartsdesk

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Sommer 14 – A Dance of Death, Finborough Theatre

For those who have spent the past few months nodding along to World War I conversations while desperately trying to remember who killed that archduke and why, Rolf Hochhuth has kindly supplied a solution in the form of a dramatised … Continue reading

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A Bright Room Called Day, Southwark Playhouse

The pivotal early 1930s period in which Herr Hitler overcame strong if fractured left-wing opposition should make for meaty drama, but the sluggish polemic currently occupying Southwark Playhouse will leave carnivorous viewers unsatiated. American playwright Tony Kusher is rightly celebrated … Continue reading

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Playing politics

It seems almost unnecessary to criticise Tony Kushner’s insufferable polemic when he does so regularly within the text of A Bright Room Called Day. Characters rebuke one another for their “bad romantic posturing”, “elegant despair” and “carefully constructed but immobile” … Continue reading

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