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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse

The bells, the bells! They’re ringing out at the Donmar – ushering girls into class, and nuns into cloister. It’s one of the creative ways in which director Polly Findlay reframes this beloved classic, although a new adaptation from David Harrower also rings … Continue reading

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Julie, National Theatre

Polly Stenham’s updating of Strindberg’s Miss Julie moves the action to contemporary London, and finds both contempt and sympathy for this new version of the idle rich. But, shorn of its 19th-century context, the play struggles to make the class transgression feel … Continue reading

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Rodin and Ancient Greece, An Ideal Husband, Tully and sharp women

On my June MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition The British Museum explores Rodin’s relationship with Ancient Greek sculpture Film An unflinching look at motherhood in Tully Theatre Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband – with double the Foxy charm Commuter corner Michelle Dean’s Sharp: The Women Who Made … Continue reading

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Fun Home leads June’s Top 10 new London shows

From a ground-breaking musical to a mighty modern classic. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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As You Like It/Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe

Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director of the Globe will be carefully scrutinised. Emma Rice’s contentious exit raised important questions about the venue’s purpose, its balancing of tradition and innovation, new and returning audiences, and about how we engage … Continue reading

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Describe the Night, Hampstead Theatre

American playwright Rajiv Joseph’s latest certainly doesn’t lack for ambition, spanning 90 years, three countries, and mixing history and fiction in its form to make a point about, well, mixing history and fiction. Storytelling through to the pertinent “fake news” … Continue reading

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An Ideal Husband, Vaudeville Theatre

Classic Spring’s third Oscar Wilde production gains extra piquancy from Amber Rudd’s resignation – dealing, as it does, with political scandal and social hypocrisy. It’s another facet for Jonathan Church’s well-balanced revival, which proves as handsome, witty and ultimately kindly … Continue reading

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Red leads May’s Top 10 new London shows

From meaty revivals to the open-air theatres opening their doors. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Monet, Black Panther, Brief Encounter and Medieval whodunnit

On my April MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition The National Gallery explores Monet’s relationship with architecture Film Marvel-ously diverse heroics in Black Panther Theatre Emma Rice’s gorgeously romantic take on Brief Encounter Commuter corner Medieval whodunnit in Samantha Harvey’s The Western Wind Read the full page … Continue reading

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Tina leads April’s Top 10 new London shows

From a buzzy new musical to returning favourites. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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