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The Starry Messenger, Wyndham’s Theatre

A decade after originating the lead role Off Broadway, Matthew Broderick returns to Kenneth Lonergan’s play to make his West End debut. His devotion to the material is certainly understandable, as the part is tailor-made for his signature brand of self-effacing deadpan – … Continue reading

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Rutherford and Son, National Theatre

Rain gushes down the front of the Lyttelton stage, a pitiless wall of water trapping and framing the Rutherfords – a clan very much defined by their environment. It’s an arresting image to open Polly Findlay’s sure revival of Githa … Continue reading

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ANNA, National Theatre

The audience plays surveillance state in this pioneering collaboration between playwright Ella Hickson and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham. We experience the action through individual sets of headphones, corresponding to a hidden mic on our protagonist Anna – listening … Continue reading

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No laughing matter: The challenges of reviewing comedy

BroadwayWorld reviewers share their thoughts. Read the full article here

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Death of a Salesman, Young Vic

Seventy years on from its Broadway opening, Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell present Arthur Miller’s masterpiece afresh in an inspired, shattering revival. One key change – making the 1940s Loman family African-American – gives the play a whole new texture, while retaining its searing condemnation … Continue reading

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Rosmersholm, Duke of York’s Theatre

As politicians and pundits dissect the local election results, Duncan Macmillan serves up a blistering new adaptation of an 1886 work that feels eerily like a 2019 commentary. Move over, James Graham – it turns out Ibsen has supplied the … Continue reading

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Small Island, National Theatre

The 2004 prize-winning novel by Andrea Levy, who sadly passed away earlier this year, has been beautifully translated to stage by adaptor Helen Edmundson and NT head honcho Rufus Norris, using thrilling theatrical solutions to honour Levy’s epic – and still urgent – … Continue reading

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Man of La Mancha, London Coliseum

English National Opera continues its run of semi-staged musicals, in commercial collaboration with Grade Linnit, with a revival of this vintage oddity. Mind, commercial might be a stretch, as Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh’s 1965 work – it quickly transpires … Continue reading

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Ain’t Misbehavin’, Southwark Playhouse

The joint is jumpin’ at Southwark Playhouse, now hosting an irresistible Fats Waller-inspired, Manhattan-set musical revue (a co-production with Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, where it opened last month). Though originating in the Seventies, this sizzling show benefits from a fresh infusion of talent, with actor … Continue reading

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All My Sons, Old Vic

London’s latest foray into Arthur Miller has serious transatlantic star power, with its leading quartet of Bill Pullman, two-time Oscar-winner Sally Field, Colin Morgan and Jenna Coleman. However, Jeremy Herrin’s Old Vic/Headlong co-production is surprisingly understated, with the play’s politics, … Continue reading

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