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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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Kitchen drama fails to connect

Torben Betts maintains the fine tradition of mentor Alan Ayckbourn by analysing social divisions and modern malaise via the dinner party from hell in his fiery 2012 comedy. North London urbanite hosts Jess (Annabel Bates) and Mat (Jack Johns) boast … Continue reading

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Muswell Hill, Park Theatre

Has there ever been a successful dinner party on stage? It seems no sooner has the table been set than domestic disharmony erupts: opposing personalities obligingly clash, the veil of marital bliss is torn asunder, and terrible secrets are spilled … Continue reading

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