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Giacometti, Hokusai, Paula Hawkins and a feminist podcast

On my May MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Cutting a fine figure Giacometti’s full body of work revealed in a major Tate Modern retrospective Don’t miss: Making waves The British Museum goes beyond Hokusai’s iconic print Commuter corner Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water … Continue reading

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Obsession, Barbican

“Everybody wants passion,” says Ivo Van Hove in the programme interview for his latest show, but in both tone and aesthetic, his take on this doomed romance is less red-hot fire of ardour, more the cold, grey ash left in … 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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The Brink, Orange Tree Theatre

Generation Y are worriers. There’s certainly plenty to fuel that angst, from mounting debts, employment uncertainty and the ever-worsening housing crisis to international conflict and terrorism – as explored by a slew of recent articles (and the occasional “How anxious … Continue reading

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Calder, Serial and London after dark

On my February MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Night watch London Transport Museum explores the city’s nocturnal history. Don’t miss: Moving on up Alexander Calder, pioneer of kinetic sculpture, is celebrated at Tate Modern. Commuter corner The best podcast for amateur … Continue reading

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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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Xanadu, Southwark Playhouse

It trashed Olivia Newton-John’s film career, halted the movie-musical revival, and was so critically reviled it led to the creation of the Razzies. How, then, could the stage version of hubristic 1980 flop Xanadu become a 2007 Broadway hit? The answer, … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 6

Bitter experience has obliterated all possible hope for Strictly’s annual fright fest – best watched several dozen drinks in, when the more disturbing details begin to blur round the edges – but this was an abysmal show even by Halloween … Continue reading

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Communicating Doors, Menier Chocolate Factory

Genre mixing is a perilous business. Successful hybrids use duelling forms to re-contextualise or revolutionise; others wind up fatally diluting their disparate elements. Ayckbourn’s 1994 sci fi comedy thriller – featuring, at its nadir, a farcical defenestration mistaken for a … Continue reading

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