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Network, National Theatre

News as showbiz, entire networks and even a reality TV President fuelled by articulating popular rage, and gradual corporate dehumanisation: we are now living Paddy Chayefsky’s satirical dystopia. Lee Hall’s astute adaptation recognises that the 1976 movie needs little updating … Continue reading

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Obsession, Barbican

“Everybody wants passion,” says Ivo Van Hove in the programme interview for his latest show, but in both tone and aesthetic, his take on this doomed romance is less red-hot fire of ardour, more the cold, grey ash left in … Continue reading

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Lazarus, King’s Cross Theatre

Like David Bowie himself, this is a show that defies definition. It’s both all and none of a musical, a play, a gig, performance art, philosophical meditation, a fever dream, a collective trip into the unknown. It’s aesthetically ravishing, musically … Continue reading

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Shattering soliloquy of grief and isolation

The anticipated union of in-vogue director Ivo van Hove and playwright Simon Stephens at theatrical hotspot the Young Vic is surprisingly low-key, but this 75-minute monologue lingers long after the event. Read my full Ham & High review of Song from Far Away … Continue reading

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Song from Far Away, Young Vic

“My brother died.” That’s the reality New York-based banker Willem struggles to inhabit when he returns to his estranged family in Amsterdam. There is no sense in Pauli’s loss – a sudden heart attack at 20, cradled by a stranger … Continue reading

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Olivier Awards 2015: Young Vic triumph heralds the era of the giant-killer

The Young Vic’s victory parade came as no surprise after a bumper year, but, in an impressive night for studio and publicly funded theatre, the egalitarian 2015 Oliviers also showered affection upon the Hampstead, Donmar, RSC, Chichester, Royal Court and … Continue reading

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Moody and modern Greek tragedy lacks emotional core

The triumph of director Ivo van Hove’s revolutionary A View from the Bridge raised expectations sky-high for its successor: Sophocles’ enduring tragedy, starring French luminary Juliette Binoche. Yet this Antigone is frustratingly less than the sum of its illustrious parts. Read my full Islington Gazette review here

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Pick of the Week

Juliette Binoche’s Antigone, Rebecca Ferguson’s Billie Holiday and horse play on the Fourth Plinth. Marianka Swain looks forward to next week on theartsdesk Read my full preview here

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