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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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Salome, National Theatre

Salome, that dancing seductress who demanded the head of John the Baptist, has been reclaimed by Yael Farber in this new feminist interpretation (the RSC stages Oscar Wilde’s more familiar take next month). Or at least that’s the intention, but … Continue reading

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Angels in America, National Theatre

Tony Kushner’s landmark two-part play begins at a funeral, with a rabbi solemnly naming a woman’s surviving relatives; partway through the interminable list of grandchildren, he stops and sighs. It’s a witty opener for a piece that’s epic in every … Continue reading

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Woyzeck leads May’s Top 10 new London shows

From new takes on Brecht and Büchner to Jez Butterworth’s latest and a classic musical. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Angels in America leads April’s Top 10 new London shows

From a mammoth Tony Kushner revival to an unusual Romeo and Juliet and tap-happy musical. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Consent, National Theatre

Amidst the middle-class small talk between two couples, one reeling from the arrival of a new baby, comes a shocking confession: “I’ve been raping pensioners.” What kind of monsters are we dealing with here? Well, legal ones – it’s barrister … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Michael Blakemore

The director discusses musical The Life, making its long-awaited London debut, and his stellar career. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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My Country; a work in progress, National Theatre

How quickly should art react? The National’s Great Britain opened right on the heels of the 2014 phone-hacking trial, and here again the theatre is speedy with this response to the EU referendum. But, as with Brexit itself, the piece … Continue reading

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Ugly Lies the Bone, National Theatre

Jess strolls through fresh powder. Behind her is a gleaming glass lake, ahead snow-capped mountains dotted with handsome fir trees. More snow twinkles in the inky heavens like jewelled stars, or falls from the sky in soft, fluttering feathers. Read … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night, National Theatre

Suffused with grief and unrequited love, Twelfth Night is often played as an anti-comedy – more melancholy than mirthful. Not so in Simon Godwin’s brash, gender-bending, utterly joyful rendering, which takes loss as a cue to embrace life. Read my … Continue reading

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