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The Birthday Party leads January’s Top 10 new London shows

From a major Pinter revival to Wilde, Schiller and some exciting transfers. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here Advertisements

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No Man’s Land, Wyndham’s Theatre

We are lost in the wood. In the limbo state between dream and reality, memory and present, youth and age, companionship and seclusion, life and death, struggle and success, fame and obscurity. Pinter often visits that place of in between, … Continue reading

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The Caretaker, Old Vic

It’s raining. Well, of course – it’s April in London. But it’s also pouring down on the Old Vic stage, hammering an already battered slate roof. When it lifts to reveal the semi-derelict attic, site of Harold Pinter’s groundbreaking 1960 … Continue reading

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Kit Harington, Glenn Close and Timothy Spall Lead April’s Top 10 New London Shows

From Jamie Lloyd’s reinvention of Marlowe’s Faustus and Glenn Close’s Norma Desmond to Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winner and a new heist farce, here are some of this month’s most eye-catching openings. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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The Truth, Menier Chocolate Factory

Infidelity, hypocrisy, disillusionment, betrayal – and yet this is by far the lightest of French playwright Florian Zeller’s current London hat trick. Premiering in 2011, and thus sandwiched chronologically between the bleak pair of The Mother (2010) andThe Father (2012), … Continue reading

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The Mother, Tricycle Theatre

Anne longs for 23-year-old son Nicholas to return home. One night, he appears. Or does he? Welcome back to the queasily elliptical world of Florian Zeller, where certainty fractures as familiar elements are repeated, dissected, made strange and menacing. Zeller … Continue reading

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Hangmen, Wyndham’s Theatre

Just what constitutes reasonable behaviour in an enlightened society? Not long ago, the death penalty fell under that umbrella in Britain, and state-sanctioned killing as punishment for the crime of, well, killing is just the kind of twisted irony that … Continue reading

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The Homecoming, Trafalgar Studios

Welcome to the hellmouth. In Jamie Lloyd’s startling 50th anniversary revival, the seething, primal hinterland of Pinter’s domestic conflict is made flesh: the metal cage surrounding an innocuous living room glows a devilish red, sulphur-like smoke belches from the ether, … Continue reading

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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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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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