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Kwame Kwei-Armah interview

I spoke to the Young Vic’s Artistic Director about his theatre journey, ahead of a dedicated BBC imagine documentary. Read my full The i Paper interview here

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Hamilton, Disney+

The movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights was meant to hit cinemas this summer, but, in response to Covid-19, has been put back to 2021. Instead, we get the early release on Disney+ of Miranda’s Hamilton – filmed, NT Live style, with the original Broadway cast at three … Continue reading

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Rags: The Musical, Park Theatre

“Take our country back!” is the rallying cry of the self-identified “real” Americans gathered to protest the arrival of immigrants. It could be a contemporary Trump rally – or, indeed, the nastier side of current British political discourse – but in fact this scene … Continue reading

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Small Island, National Theatre

The 2004 prize-winning novel by Andrea Levy, who sadly passed away earlier this year, has been beautifully translated to stage by adaptor Helen Edmundson and NT head honcho Rufus Norris, using thrilling theatrical solutions to honour Levy’s epic – and still urgent – … Continue reading

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Fiddler on the Roof, Menier Chocolate Factory

There’s a welcome alternative to panto hijinks in this gem of a Trevor Nunn musical revival – more attuned to the biting hardships of winter, and to the elegiac aspect of change, than to festive jollies. Which is not to say that there … Continue reading

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White Teeth, Kiln Theatre

A few protestors might be doggedly hanging on outside the Kiln (was Tricycle) Theatre, but their complaints are firmly refuted by its current show: a vibrant adaptation of Zadie Smith’s award-winning novel that is not just about but firmly rooted in … Continue reading

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The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre

Through one family and one company, Italian playwright Stefano Massini tackles big topics: the development of Western capitalism, the immigrant experience, the American Dream. But this isn’t just any family – it’s the Lehman Brothers, the collapse of whose banking … Continue reading

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In the Heights, King’s Cross Theatre

Rents are going up, local businesses priced out, and the rich folk and hipsters are invading. That’s in Washington Heights, New York’s largely Dominican-American quarter, but it could as easily describe King’s Cross, one of multiple London areas undergoing gentrification. … Continue reading

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East is East, Richmond Theatre

The mark of a great revival is that compelling combination of recapturing the past and commenting on the present. Ayub Khan Din’s distinctive comedy/drama, which impressed on its searing 1996 debut and subsequent 1999 award-winning film adaptation, is reborn in … Continue reading

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Thriller asks big questions

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, David Edgar’s 1990s Iron Curtain Trilogy is staged together for the first time, offering wry, nuanced dramatisation of political and social upheaval. Middle play Pentecost addresses post-Soviet reconstruction and the complexity … Continue reading

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