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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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The Beaux’ Stratagem, National Theatre

Farquhar the feminist – who knew? Simon Godwin’s nimble revival reclaims this 1707 Restoration comedy romp as a bold treatise on love, marriage and gender inequality. Patrick Marber’s judicious tweaking pairs its surprisingly pertinent discourse with equally contemporary humour – … 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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