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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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Pick of the Week

Awards season hots up, the next Harry Potter headlines a Broadway classic, and epics are reimagined on both stage and screen.  Read my full theartsdesk newsletter here

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Skewering of tabloid excess packs an urgent topicality

Morris Honeyspoon is a monster. In editorial conference, he halts objections with a blast of his air horn, and when a puppyish staffer challenges his blanket anti-immigration policy, Roman helmet-clutching Morris takes sadistic pleasure in ritually humiliating him. It’s not … Continue reading

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Clarion, Arcola Theatre

“Fury Over Sharia Law For Toddlers!” No, not a prime example of spoof headline generator Daily Mail-o-matic, but the latest piece of fantastical scaremongering from the Clarion, a 125-year-old (semi-)fictional rag that’s upped sales by splashing on immigration every day … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Hello Claudia! Farewell Brucie!

It was nice to see you, to see you…nice! After 11 series, Sir Bruce Forsyth has handed over the Strictly Come Dancing presenting baton (sequin-covered, naturally) to the fabulous Claudia Winkleman, she of the quick wit, monochrome wardrobe and delicately balanced fringe-to-eyeliner ratio. Or, … Continue reading

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