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Jane Eyre, National Theatre at Home

The National Theatre’s online broadcasts got off to a storming start with One Man, Two Guvnors – watched by over 2.5 million people, either on the night or in the week since its live streaming, and raising around £66,000 in donations. Let’s hope … Continue reading

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Rumpelstiltskin, Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage

The latest in Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage programme – an impressively assembled online offering to keep audiences entertained during the shutdown – is balletLORENT’s family-friendly dance-theatre production Rumpelstiltskin. It was streamed as a “matinee” on Friday afternoon, and is available to watch for free on Sadler’s Wells’ Facebook … Continue reading

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Message in a Bottle, Sadler’s Wells

A penetrating theatrical response to the global refugee crisis might not seem like obvious terrain for ZooNation founder Kate Prince, creator of the exuberant hip-hop shows Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop – still less one soundtracked … Continue reading

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I and You, Hampstead Theatre

Now streaming online, this YA play is oddly pertinent. Head to Instagram for a 2018 production with plenty of 2020 shutdown wisdom. Read my full theartsdesk review here

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Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre

It’s the mark of a great show that it seems to speak directly to the present moment, even if that moment is years after its original creation. Come From Away passes that test with flying colours; in its depiction of … Continue reading

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Blithe Spirit, Duke of York’s Theatre

This is perhaps an odd time for Nöel Coward’s comedy about death and supernatural apparitions to land in the West End – Richard Eyre’s revival transferring from Theatre Royal Bath. On the other hand, there’s something comforting about Coward’s wartime … Continue reading

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The Last Five Years, Southwark Playhouse

There’s concept on top of concept in this revival of Jason Robert Brown’s beloved 2001 musical, which charts the ebb and flow of a relationship by juggling timelines: aspiring actress Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order, while aspiring writer Jamie’s moves … Continue reading

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The Prince of Egypt, Dominion Theatre

The theatre gods rained down not fire and pestilence, but a 45-minute techincal delay on opening night of this substantially revised musical – a stage adaptation of the 1998 DreamWorks animated movie. But nothing could entirely halt this juggernaut; fittingly, for a show that … Continue reading

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The Visit, National Theatre

Three years after the National’s enthralling revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, the playwright returns with his new adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s tragicomic 1956 parable – which has also been turned into an Ingrid Bergman-starring film and a Kander and Ebb musical. … Continue reading

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Leopoldstadt, Wyndham’s Theatre

Tom Stoppard’s latest – and possibly final – play has few of the dramatic hallmarks you might expect from him: the dazzling linguistic flourishes, the formal trickery, the knotty metaphors and giddy metatheatricality. Instead, we have a relatively straightforward, linear … Continue reading

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