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Hamlet, Harold Pinter Theatre

Following a sold-out Almeida run, Robert Icke’s thoughtfully contemporary take on Shakespeare hits the West End, with its original cast mainly intact (Derbhle Crotty succeeds Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude on 4 July). The big draw, of course, is the superb … Continue reading

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Annie leads June’s Top 10 new London shows

From a classic musical and acclaimed Shakespeare to buzzy history plays. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Old Vic

Fifty years on, Tom Stoppard’s absurdist tragicomedy is back in the theatre where it had its professional premiere, and still just as dazzlingly virtuosic. If some of its gags, musings and metatheatrical tricks have since become overfamiliar through imitation, that’s … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? leads February’s Top 10 new London shows

From a major Albee revival to starry Shakespeare and a steamy musical. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Take Five! Spend Your Tea Break with Kenneth Branagh

Ahead of The Entertainer‘s opening at the Garrick, relive five of Kenneth Branagh’s great performances. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Take Five! Spend your tea break with Derek Jacobi

As Derek Jacobi opens in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet, relive five of his great performances. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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RSC collaborates on Shakespeare In Art exhibition at Compton Verney

As part of the Bard’s 400th anniversary celebrations, the gallery at Compton Verney in Warwickshire – which is just nine miles away from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon – has joined forces with the RSC to create a new exhibition. SHAKESPEARE IN … Continue reading

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Ten great plays within plays

To coincide with the opening of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good at the National Theatre, here are 10 great examples of the play-within-a-play, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy to groundbreaking work from Stoppard, Pirandello, Weiss and Brecht. Read my full National Theatre article here

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Bold Chekhov for our times

Art imitates life in Chekhov’s tale of parasitic creatives, and on opening night in Regent’s Park, the reverse also came to pass when a resident moorhen waddled over to greet the dead seagull. It’s a compliment to Matthew Dunster, who … Continue reading

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The Seagull, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Hamlet instructs his players to hold “the mirror up to nature”, advice taken literally in this arresting 120-year anniversary staging of Chekhov’s homage to the Bard. Jon Bausor’s set is dominated by a vast angled mirror, offering an appropriately bird’s-eye … Continue reading

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