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Verse drama about deception is incoherent

How apt that Peter Oswald’s play should coincide with Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Undoubtedly, the Bard is a touchstone for this unwieldy epic. And yet the comparison does Lucifer Saved at the Lion & Unicorn no favours. The master communicates universal themes … Continue reading

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Razzle-dazzle treatment leaves smile on your face

Yet another classic film-turned-musical hits the West End with the arrival of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, but unlike recent turkey Fatal Attraction, this story of conmen peddling tall tales to heiresses in a fantasy French Riviera is ripe for the razzle-dazzle … Continue reading

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Solid but unremarkable Lear does what it says on the tin

Indefatigable character actor David Ryall, stalwart of Olivier’s Old Vic and Peter Hall’s National, now best known to youngsters as Dumbledore’s pal and Grandad in Outnumbered, finally graduates to leading man in Darker Purpose Theatre’s King Lear at The Cockpit. … Continue reading

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Wonderfully lucid Lear with a licence to thrill

Fresh from Skyfall triumph, Sam Mendes swaps Bond for the Bard and Daniel Craig for long-time collaborator Simon Russell Beale in a wonderfully lucid King Lear, certain to please aficionados and win over newcomers. Mendes’s Lear is the tyrant of … Continue reading

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Skimming the surface

Playwright Nick Payne set an astronomically high standard with last year’s award-winning quantum-physics romcom Constellations, but his follow-up, The Same Deep Water As Me, a jocular dig at the ‘no win, no fees’ claims culture, is disappointingly slight in comparison. Inspired by … Continue reading

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5 worst royal baby tie-ins

What are some of the most dubious links you’ve seen today? From party planning and overpriced showers to avenging spirits and Mills & Boon, here are my top five offenders. Read my Huffington Post blog here

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