Tag Archives: horror

Little Shop of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

The resplendent partnership of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman – which produced Disney hits Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid – first took root with this 1982 Off-Broadway musical, based on a low-budget Sixties film, about a man seeking love and fortune via a … Continue reading

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John, National Theatre

Pulitzer-winning American playwright Annie Baker returns to the National – where The Flick was a quiet triumph in 2016 – with another work that is epic in form (three hours and change), but similarly spellbinding in its ability to draw an audience close. Though … Continue reading

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Public art, Delacroix and multimedia horror

On my March MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Public display A new Historic England exhibition highlights exceptional post-war public art – much of which is disappearing. Don’t miss: Modern master The National Gallery illustrates Delacroix’s enduring influence. Commuter corner A multimedia … Continue reading

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The Homecoming, Trafalgar Studios

Welcome to the hellmouth. In Jamie Lloyd’s startling 50th anniversary revival, the seething, primal hinterland of Pinter’s domestic conflict is made flesh: the metal cage surrounding an innocuous living room glows a devilish red, sulphur-like smoke belches from the ether, … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey, ITV: Alien vs. Dowager

It’s been the most heavily signposted illness in drama history. A twinge here. An “Oof” there. Chekhov’s roiling guts. And tonight, His Lordship’s mystery complaint finally took centre stage, in a scene that led one to wonder exactly how to … Continue reading

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Pomona, National Theatre

Last year, new Orange Tree artistic director Paul Miller electrified his theatre by programming Alistair McDowall’s brilliant and brutal dystopian thriller. Now it occupies the National’s Temporary space, with most of its excellent original cast intact. Read my full Ham & … Continue reading

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Mouthful, Trafalgar Studios

Metta Theatre’s didactic short plays evening takes a rigorously Poppins approach: a spoonful of drama to help the medicine go down. The sobering facts – “We need to produce more food globally by 2050 than we have done in the whole … Continue reading

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Bloodless

In 1988, the RSC’s critically mauled musical version of Stephen King’s iconic Carrie became one of Broadway’s most notorious flops, lasting just 21 performances and losing nearly $8 million. A heavily revised version now braves critics at the Southwark Playhouse, … Continue reading

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Little Light, Orange Tree Theatre

The Orange Tree’s renaissance continues with this searing piece from playwright of the moment Alice Birch, who will shortly follow up last year’s subversive Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again with an interrogation of the porn industry for Rufus Norris’s debut … Continue reading

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Shock factor gone…but haunting tale is worth revisiting

Twenty years ago, Michael Billington decried the “pornographic” violence of Philip Ridley’s Ghost from a Perfect Place, archetypal in-yer-face theatre: brash, shocking, confrontational. This revival swaps Hampstead for, more appropriately, the Arcola, where its East End setting has particular resonance, … Continue reading

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