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The Height of the Storm, Wyndham’s Theatre

French playwright Florian Zeller returns, with another compelling puzzle box of a play – the only thing definite about it being the trademark definite article in the title. But anchoring the human side of this elliptical work is a pair of commanding … Continue reading

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Home, I’m Darling, National Theatre

The first thing we see is Anna Fleischle’s Fifties-tastic giant doll’s-house set: each period-perfect room bathed in a different twinkling hue, flowers painted onto the brick wall, and jaunty music setting the tone. But Katherine Parkinson’s Judy is able to open the … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 10

Another week, another “shock” dance-off entrant. Yes, nothing will quite match Aston’s exit, but this is still an enjoyably open series. Two more frontrunners (and judges’ favourites) have now landed in the bottom, while those of the genus dark horse … Continue reading

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The Lie, Menier Chocolate Factory

A year after premiering acclaimed French playwright Florian Zeller’s The Truth, London’s Menier Chocolate Factory now hosts The Lie – which, as the name suggests, acts as a companion piece of sorts. Once again, we’re in a slippery Pinteresque realm, the seemingly conventional domestic set-up teasingly deconstructed … 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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The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade/All On Her Own, Garrick Theatre

What exactly is the level of Kenneth Branagh’s self-awareness? He’s certainly conscious of inviting comparison with Olivier once again by presenting a year-long season of plays at the refurbished Garrick under the auspices of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company – … Continue reading

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Pit drama is grim but gripping

Three plays, three families, three hours of DH Lawrence. If that fills you with dread, I have good news: Ben Power’s skilled melding of this trio of mining dramas, unperformed in Lawrence’s lifetime, creates a spellbindingly intimate epic. Read my … Continue reading

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Dinner With Friends, Park Theatre

After 12 seemingly idyllic years, Tom and Beth’s marriage is over. That’s a concern for Gabe and Karen, partly because they care for their friends, and there’s the ugly business of choosing sides, but mainly because it causes them to … Continue reading

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Husbands & Sons, National Theatre

If the thought of three hours of DH Lawrence fills you with dread, fear not. Ben Powers’ inspired melding of Lawrence’s trio of mining plays births a spellbindingly intimate epic with atmosphere thick as the coal dust engulfing this cloistered … Continue reading

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When We Were Women, Orange Tree Theatre

Can you peg a whole play on a decent twist? When We Were Women’s narrative tease pays off interestingly, but takes a hell of a long time getting there. It leaves little space to explore the ramifications of an intriguing … Continue reading

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