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BWW Interview: Bunny Christie and Tony Grech-Smith

The designer and NT Live broadcast director on, respectively, creating Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre and translating it to screen. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here Advertisements

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Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre

Does Hamilton live up the hype – and will it appeal to British audiences? Yes, and yes again. It’s not like America has a monopoly on national identity crisis, leadership, immigration, parenthood, grief, sex scandals and political rivalries. But beyond … Continue reading

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Young Marx, Bridge Theatre

Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr’s enterprise is certainly an historic one: The Bridge is London’s first new wholly commercial theatre in 80 years. If its opening play isn’t the same landmark work, it’s nevertheless an auspicious start to a promising … Continue reading

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Ten great plays within plays

To coincide with the opening of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good at the National Theatre, here are 10 great examples of the play-within-a-play, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy to groundbreaking work from Stoppard, Pirandello, Weiss and Brecht. Read my full National Theatre article here

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The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco, Gate Theatre

The quest for liberation is popular dramatic terrain, but the Gate Theatre’s “Freedom Burning” season shifts focus to the aftermath. What do you do when the fight is over, and how can you be sure the sacrifice was worthwhile? It’s … Continue reading

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Crisp winters tale of family

London-based Croatian writer Tena Štivičić’s National Theatre debut keeps it in the family, with 70 years of history refracted through one Zagreb house and one bloodline. Ambitious, exquisitely constructed 3 Winters shifts seamlessly between three time periods: 1945, birth of Communist … Continue reading

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The Cherry Orchard, Young Vic

Ghosts are walking at the Young Vic. Katie Mitchell’s stark, startling production of Chekhov’s final lament is not just an evocation of a lost era, but a summoning of the spirits haunting Vicki Mortimer’s chilling sepulchral mansion. This is a … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s Globe

For those who believe spin is if not a modern invention, then at least a modern fascination, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar offers a sharp rejoinder. Interpretation, manipulation and persuasion pervade this incisive drama about the assassination of the Roman ruler, with the company … Continue reading

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Past mortem

We need narrative. It is our way of making sense of events, whether a minor inconvenience reshaped into a witty anecdote, a seemingly random occurrence later understood as a pivotal turning point, or a comforting explanation for a horrifying, senseless … Continue reading

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