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BWW Interview: Dawn Sievewright

The actress discusses the West End transfer of hit show Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Speech & Debate, Trafalgar Studios

The misfits shall inherit the earth. This enjoyably offbeat play from Stephen Karam (whose The Humans won the Tony for Best Play last year) opened Off-Broadway a decade ago, but the arrival of a film adaptation in April is a … Continue reading

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre

“This is our show,” proclaims one of the musically angelic but devilishly foul-mouthed convent schoolgirls descending on Edinburgh for a choir competition. And by God it is. A cracking ensemble of six plays the vividly drawn gang, as well as … Continue reading

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Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Trafalgar Studios

Teenagers lie – that’s nothing new. But are the activities they’re concealing from anxious parents in this oversharing digital age more extreme, more likely to define their lives and those of the people around them? James Fritz’s 90-minute debut, the … Continue reading

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Martyr, Unicorn Theatre

Following a dangerously selective reading of a religious text, 15-year-old Benjamin has adopted a fundamentalist doctrine that espouses misogynist, homophobic and puritanical views and, at its extreme, violence. Neither his mum nor his teachers know how to handle him. The … 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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Listed: Precocious Writers

Once upon a time… Storytelling is an integral part of all human cultures, and a central pillar of an enlightened education. Some children get the hang of it quickly – they are, as the phrase has it, natural storytellers. This … Continue reading

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Bloodless

In 1988, the RSC’s critically mauled musical version of Stephen King’s iconic Carrie became one of Broadway’s most notorious flops, lasting just 21 performances and losing nearly $8 million. A heavily revised version now braves critics at the Southwark Playhouse, … Continue reading

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Ah, Wilderness!, Young Vic

Coming-of-age comedy, moonlit romance and a gentle folk soul: can this really be Eugene O’Neill? The master of darkness makes a surprising departure with semi-autobiographical 1933 work Ah, Wilderness!, which visits staple tropes – addiction, family strife, responsibility and regret … Continue reading

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Worthy but thin tale of broken Britain

Eighteen months on, and Ed Miliband is still intoning “Cost of living crisis” in the hope of persuading disillusioned voters that someone at Westminster understands their plight. Yet the gulf between rhetoric and experience seems ever widening, making art that … Continue reading

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