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Apologia leads August’s Top 10 new London shows

From a starry drama to musical revivals and family-friendly fun. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here Advertisements

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David Bowie’s LAZARUS leads November’s Top 10 new London shows

From the late great Bowie’s musical to Glenda Jackson’s Lear and Mark Rylance’s return. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Savagely powerful play takes us inside dementia

At its best, theatre doesn’t just communicate ideas or invite distanced empathy. It completely immerses us in the experience of another human being. Florian Zeller won France’s top drama prize, the Molière Award, for 2014 play The Father, and Christopher … Continue reading

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10 Questions For Actress Pippa Bennett-Warner

At just 26, Pippa Bennett-Warner has already achieved many actors’ goals, from treading the boards at the National and having a part written specially for her to sharing scenes with luminaries like Derek Jacobi and Eddie Redmayne. She debuted aged … Continue reading

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Pick of the Week

With big drama on stage and television, from Death of a Salesman to the latest Scandi must-watch, there are no austerity measures in theartsdesk’s coverage. Read my full newsletter here

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The Father, Tricycle Theatre

André is losing time. It’s not just his perennially mislaid watch, but whole hours, weeks, years. Is he still living in his Paris flat, or did he move in with his daughter Anne? Is she married, divorced, leaving the country … Continue reading

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Theatre company defends culture in dark times

Reviewers like to believe we have power of influence, but those in Stalinist Russia had power of life and death: a bad write-up spelled doom for the subject. Yet their opinions could not contradict those of the ‘great leader’, and … 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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Going through the motions

There are two main paths you can take when staging a classic: honour its roots with a traditional production, or attempt to shed new light on it with a bold, novel interpretation. Darker Purpose Theatre’s King Lear at The Cockpit aims for … 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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