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Julie, National Theatre

Polly Stenham’s updating of Strindberg’s Miss Julie moves the action to contemporary London, and finds both contempt and sympathy for this new version of the idle rich. But, shorn of its 19th-century context, the play struggles to make the class transgression feel … Continue reading

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Rodin and Ancient Greece, An Ideal Husband, Tully and sharp women

On my June MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition The British Museum explores Rodin’s relationship with Ancient Greek sculpture Film An unflinching look at motherhood in Tully Theatre Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband – with double the Foxy charm Commuter corner Michelle Dean’s Sharp: The Women Who Made … Continue reading

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Translations, National Theatre

It begins with deep breathing, in order to access words that hold unimaginable power. And Ian Rickson’s exquisite production of Brian Friel’s masterpiece maintains that space throughout: for words to breathe and simmer, to hang in the air, and for us to … Continue reading

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Fun Home leads June’s Top 10 new London shows

From a ground-breaking musical to a mighty modern classic. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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As You Like It/Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe

Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director of the Globe will be carefully scrutinised. Emma Rice’s contentious exit raised important questions about the venue’s purpose, its balancing of tradition and innovation, new and returning audiences, and about how we engage … Continue reading

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An Ideal Husband, Vaudeville Theatre

Classic Spring’s third Oscar Wilde production gains extra piquancy from Amber Rudd’s resignation – dealing, as it does, with political scandal and social hypocrisy. It’s another facet for Jonathan Church’s well-balanced revival, which proves as handsome, witty and ultimately kindly … 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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Red leads May’s Top 10 new London shows

From meaty revivals to the open-air theatres opening their doors. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Monet, Black Panther, Brief Encounter and Medieval whodunnit

On my April MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition The National Gallery explores Monet’s relationship with architecture Film Marvel-ously diverse heroics in Black Panther Theatre Emma Rice’s gorgeously romantic take on Brief Encounter Commuter corner Medieval whodunnit in Samantha Harvey’s The Western Wind Read the full page … Continue reading

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre

Love is in the air, and revolution too. Baz Luhrmann’s beloved 1992 film (originally a student play, now back on stage as a musical) is even more adamantly anti-establishment in this latest incarnation, opening out a delicious satire of 1980s Australian … Continue reading

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