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Apologia, Trafalgar Studios

Back in 2009, Alexi Kaye Campbell followed up his bold first play The Pride with Apologia, which takes the well-trodden path of a fraught family reunion where past grievances stalk the present. If more conventional, it’s still an enjoyable combination of big ideas, sharp … Continue reading

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Swinging Sixties, watercolours and Bridget Jones

On my October MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Still waters run deep London as seen by the Royal Watercolour Society Don’t miss: Swinging Sixties From The Beatles to riots and Woodstock, the V&A explores how that pivotal decade shaped us … Continue reading

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The Red Barn, National Theatre

It was a dark and stormy night. Two couples are caught in a snowstorm on their way back from a party. Three of them arrive at a remote Connecticut farmhouse. One disappears. There’s a definite pleasure in this familiar story, … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Hope Davis

The American actress talks thrillers, escaping to London and David Hare’s The Red Barn. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Hangmen, Wyndham’s Theatre

Just what constitutes reasonable behaviour in an enlightened society? Not long ago, the death penalty fell under that umbrella in Britain, and state-sanctioned killing as punishment for the crime of, well, killing is just the kind of twisted irony that … Continue reading

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The Homecoming, Trafalgar Studios

Welcome to the hellmouth. In Jamie Lloyd’s startling 50th anniversary revival, the seething, primal hinterland of Pinter’s domestic conflict is made flesh: the metal cage surrounding an innocuous living room glows a devilish red, sulphur-like smoke belches from the ether, … Continue reading

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Casa Valentina, Southwark Playhouse

The “femmepersonators” of Harvey Fierstein’s 1962-set drama would be flabbergasted by today’s level of trans visibility, from Grayson Perry and Caitlyn Jenner to Transparent and Eddie Redmayne’s new film The Danish Girl. Yet it’s the still pertinent issue of private … Continue reading

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Swinging Sixties

If you didn’t know the Kinks hailed from Muswell Hill, you certainly will by the end of the Hampstead Theatre’s first musical, which basks in the glory of the local boys made good. It’s also an apt venue in which … Continue reading

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