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Against, Almeida Theatre

The incident tent, the police tape: a sickeningly familiar sight, made fresh yet again by the tragic events of this week. But that very familiarity, and the tendency of one event to be swiftly superseded by another in the public … Continue reading

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Doctor Faustus, Duke of York’s Theatre

Blood, sexual violence, power games and lashings of nudity. Not Game of Thrones, whose new season has just premiered (yes, he’s really dead. Well, for now) – and whose shadow Kit Harington is trying to escape – but Jamie Lloyd’s graphic … Continue reading

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A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Tricycle Theatre

Molière’s 1664 comedy Tartuffe transplanted to present-day Atlanta, Georgia: it sounds like an inspired idea. The hypocritical religious devotee becomes a charlatan preacher fleecing his flock, offering salvation in exchange for hard cash and a distinctly unpriestly grope. But Marcus … Continue reading

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Martyr, Unicorn Theatre

Following a dangerously selective reading of a religious text, 15-year-old Benjamin has adopted a fundamentalist doctrine that espouses misogynist, homophobic and puritanical views and, at its extreme, violence. Neither his mum nor his teachers know how to handle him. The … Continue reading

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When We Were Women, Orange Tree Theatre

Can you peg a whole play on a decent twist? When We Were Women’s narrative tease pays off interestingly, but takes a hell of a long time getting there. It leaves little space to explore the ramifications of an intriguing … Continue reading

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A poignant take on a post-apocalytic world

The Sydney Theatre Company team had an appropriately Beckettian experience while mounting this new production: the first few weeks of rehearsal were spent waiting for a director who never appeared. Company director Andrew Upton eventually took over from absent Tamás … Continue reading

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Waiting for Godot, Barbican

In a peculiarly Beckettian development, the creative team of this Sydney Theatre Company production spent several weeks of rehearsal waiting not for Godot, but for their director. Tamás Ascher – who spotted the casting potential of Uncle Vanya co-stars Hugo … Continue reading

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Everyman, National Theatre

As we stagger towards electoral chaos, isn’t it comforting to think there might be a master plan at work? That Russell Brand’s meddling is preordained, or Cameron’s ‘brain fade’ an act of divine intervention? The second play in Rufus Norris’s … Continue reading

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Strange tale of odd couple is ambitious but elusive work

Robert Holman’s influence is evident in the work of a number of today’s leading playwrights, and his talent for uncovering the arresting in the ordinary is encapsulated by the memorably strange Jonah and Otto, which premiered at Manchester’s Royal Exchange … Continue reading

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The rationalists have all the fun

‘Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People’ at the Bloomsbury Theatre provides an alternative take on seasonal entertainment with a jam-packed, humorous and hugely inspirational feast of ideas Robin Ince will see your carol service and raise you chaos theory, ironing … Continue reading

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