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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
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
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
Casting existing partners is no guarantee of artistic success – for every Burton/Taylor, there is a Bennifer. Hannah Price has taken a risk, too, by pairing the revered Dame Harriet Walter with her comparatively unfamiliar American husband, Guy Paul, in … Continue reading
Even the most begrudging acquaintanceship with thematic foghorn Downton Abbey will have affirmed that the Edwardian era heralded momentous social change. Provocatively embedding this revolution in his work was now largely forgotten “New Drama” exponent St John Hankin, whose suicide … Continue reading
Bigger is better in the Tricycle’s latest piece of reclaimed black history. African-American writer Marcus Gardley’s stimulating play, which transports Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba to 1836 New Orleans and a significant shift in the evolving racial hierarchy, begins … Continue reading
When A Doll’s House premiered in 1879, actress Hedwig Niemann-Raabe refused to perform Ibsen’s ending as written, declaring: “I would never leave my children!” While Helen Baxendale can and does inhabit a similarly divisive role without complaint, that particular action … Continue reading
It begins sombrely, with the grave recounting of a shipwreck, but such emotive moments are fleeting: as the drama ratchets up, it only serves to fuel the splendid zaniness of Shakespeare’s 1594 farce. Granted, it’s not his most nuanced comedy … Continue reading
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