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The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios

Christopher Hampton’s 1969 take on Molière’s The Misanthrope is often played with actors older than their characters, but director Simon Callow has recruited some of TV’s bright young things to play the solipsistic academics. It may well attract new audiences … Continue reading

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The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket

The late, great Edward Albee is certainly having a West End ‘moment’, but it rather places this particular revival at a disadvantage, comparing unfavourably as it does with the shattering, unforgettable Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? a few streets away. … Continue reading

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Consent, National Theatre

Amidst the middle-class small talk between two couples, one reeling from the arrival of a new baby, comes a shocking confession: “I’ve been raping pensioners.” What kind of monsters are we dealing with here? Well, legal ones – it’s barrister … Continue reading

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42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The curtain rises just high enough to reveal a long line of tapping feet: a thoroughly appropriate intro, as those feet are the real stars of the show. The plot might centre around a leading lady battle, but this loving … Continue reading

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Posh, Pleasance Theatre

When Laura Wade’s Posh premiered at the Royal Court in 2010, its dark promise that these destructive student toffs – members of the Riot Club, a loosely fictional version of Oxford’s Bullington – would one day run the country had a … Continue reading

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Don Juan in Soho, Wyndham’s Theatre

The bad boy is back. Marber’s Molière update, which first appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in 2006, has been revived by the playwright for a West End run – David Tennant succeeding Rhys Ifans as the titular seducer. Read my … Continue reading

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The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court

While An American in Paris captures the dreamy glamour of old Hollywood, Simon McBurney rivetingly evokes its seedy, cynical underbelly, from backroom deals to drug busts and mobsters. Yet it is, in its own way, just as dazzling – a … Continue reading

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An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre

It’s 1945, and Paris is shakily emerging from Nazi occupation – celebrating, yes, with soldiers returning and families reuniting, but also confronting collaborators in their midst and post-war deprivation. Amidst this turmoil, two future lovers meet: an encounter of seismic … Continue reading

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Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory

In 1944, Terence Rattigan substantially revised Less Than Kind at the behest of star theatrical couple the Lunts; the result was the less political, more overtly comic play Love in Idleness. Now, Trevor Nunn, inspired by Dan Rebellato’s introduction in … Continue reading

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Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre

Never mind Stepping Out – the real wonder of this production is Anna-Jane Casey stepping in for the injured Tamzin Outhwaite at such short notice. It’s a plot twist worthy of the backstage shenanigans in Richard Harris’s genial 1984 play … Continue reading

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