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BWW Interview: Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary

The musical theatre writing partnership talk The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ at Menier Chocolate Factory. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here Advertisements

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BWW Interview: Madani Younis

The Bush Theatre’s Artistic Director discusses its redevelopment and future plans. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Sex with Strangers, Hampstead Theatre

This is pure titular titillation – a strategy that backfires with this dated, laboured and distinctly unsexy piece. “Serious” writer Olivia (Emilia Fox) at one point bemoans the fact that her failed first novel was falsely marketed as a chick-lit … 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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Nell Gwynn, Shakespeare’s Globe

“Comedy, love and a bit with a dog,” counselled Henslowe in Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love, and his populist advice is taken to heart in this broad, bawdy, big-hearted farce untroubled by nuanced characterisation or context. Jessica Swale’s modern-language Restoration romp ensures a … Continue reading

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An Open Book: Bruce McCall

Polo played in surplus First World War tanks; zeppelin shooting as a gentlemanly leisure pursuit; mighty vessel RMS Tyrannic, proud host of the Grand Ballroom Chariot Race and so safe “that she carries no insurance”. These are just some of … Continue reading

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Listed: Precocious Writers

Once upon a time… Storytelling is an integral part of all human cultures, and a central pillar of an enlightened education. Some children get the hang of it quickly – they are, as the phrase has it, natural storytellers. This … Continue reading

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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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Stop! The Play, Trafalgar Studios

The play’s the thing, once again, in the latest backstage comedy, an affable if limited dig at luvvie pretensions. Noises Off still reigns supreme in this genre, with successors unable to match the bravura precision of Michael Frayn’s masterful multitasking … Continue reading

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