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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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Chess, London Coliseum

Chess, by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, hasn’t had a major West End revival since its Eighties heyday, but it’s back with a bang in a semi-staged production that features aerial silk acrobatics, cheerleading stunts and drunken Cossack dancing. But … Continue reading

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Cell Mates, Hampstead Theatre

Offstage drama infamously hijacked the 1995 premiere of Simon Gray’s play, with star Stephen Fry walking out mid-run – hastening the production’s early closing. Here, then, is a chance to put the focus back on the work itself in Edward … Continue reading

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Wild, Hampstead Theatre

Who do you trust? The EU Referendum campaign has exposed a mounting suspicion of the establishment, from financial institutions to press and politicians, and our sense of nationhood has never been murkier. But if we cease to believe in anything, … Continue reading

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Uncle Vanya, Almeida Theatre

After putting a modern spin on the Oresteia, with memorable results, director Robert Icke takes on another classic. No samovars here: Icke has stripped back, anglicised and revitalised Chekhov, obliterating the space between story and spectator. His zoomed-in vision offers … Continue reading

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Three Days in the Country, National Theatre

A month in the country is shortened to 72 hours in Patrick Marber’s sardonic, hazily erotic 135-minute distillation of a Russian classic. The influence of Turgenev’s 1850s country-house tragicomedy on fellow countryman Chekhov is clear, with its aristocratic family suffering … Continue reading

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Ten great plays set in summer

To coincide with the opening of Three Days in The Country, Patrick Marber’s new adaption of Turgenev, I’ve rounded up 10 other great plays set in the summer, from bucolic romance and adolescent yearning to fiery conflict and family combustion. Read my … Continue reading

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Bold Chekhov for our times

Art imitates life in Chekhov’s tale of parasitic creatives, and on opening night in Regent’s Park, the reverse also came to pass when a resident moorhen waddled over to greet the dead seagull. It’s a compliment to Matthew Dunster, who … Continue reading

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The Seagull, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Hamlet instructs his players to hold “the mirror up to nature”, advice taken literally in this arresting 120-year anniversary staging of Chekhov’s homage to the Bard. Jon Bausor’s set is dominated by a vast angled mirror, offering an appropriately bird’s-eye … Continue reading

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Listed: Wall Flowers – The Best of Berlin

It divided a city, but the Wall produced great stories, dramas and films. We pick our favourites. Read the full post on theartsdesk

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