The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions’ The Lehman Trilogy makes a triumphant return to London following an acclaimed season in Los Angeles and a highly lauded run on B…
All of Us is an attack on welfare state reform.
You wait ages for one Hamlet to come along.
One of the early factors that contributed to the massive success of the Lehman Brothers – the power they had in the US, their huge business growth and its eventual demise – was…
There’s a moral sense of the inevitable in Macbeth.
Here we have a play,
based on a film, about television, with heavy use of video (live, recorded and
even outside broadcasting), incorporating social media, onstage DJs and
For those who don’t know much about mid-20th
century Russian literature – I’m sure there must be one or two – satirical
playwright Evgeny Schwartz’s 1943 play, Drakon
The challenge with any
dramatisation of an historic moment is in trying to appeal to the people for
whom the event just ‘rings a bell’ right up to those whose lives were dire…
British audiences have had to wait a long time to finally
figure out what Sondheim’s backstage musical Follies is.
Let’s get something out of the way -
Olivia Colman is darn good at this acting malarkey isn’t she? It might actually
even be illegal to use her name without the prefix ‘Natio…
Within the first five or so minutes of Common, a large chorus of people wearing
shrubs, trees and animal heads over their faces chant menacingly, a woman in
her fineries introduc…
Decouple any romantic notion of sex as being
the physical demonstration of love and what is it other than just an act to
satiate a desire for power, ownership, closeness, or to m…
There must be little more that can raise the
spirits of young or old than the idea of flying free through the skies.
If you think The Red
Barn will be a nice relaxing audience experience think again and then have
“Why is Opera important? Because it’s
real-er than any play”.
Combining the bawdy naughtiness of St Trinian’s,
the desire to escape sobriety, language and depiction of true Scottishness of
Trainspotting, with beautiful choral harmonies and …
Spending a full day (11 hours from
first curtain up to last curtain call) watching three of Chekhov’s early plays
(hence the ‘Young’ of the title) may not sound like the most fun…
With its clipped accents, simmering tension,
undulating music and themes of mental anguish and sexual tension, Terence
Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea is quintessentially old-school…
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is a
highly entertaining, song-packed show with plenty of heart.
A common preconception of Brecht’s work is that
his political views, his ‘anti-theatre’ style and the didactic tag that
precedes any conversation about it, creates theatre that s…
Russian playwright Nikolai Erdman’s original
script for The Suicide was seen as
such a strong satirical attack on the Communist Russian Government that it was
Sarah Kane’s Cleansed is
a provocative, invasive and deeply discomforting piece of theatre, one that dazzles
and disgusts in equal measure.
We find the notion of the waste of anything in
life shameful, if not sinful – removing, as it does, any idea of success or
achievement by focusing instead on what could or shou…
It was 1958 that saw Sharagh Delaney’s first play hit the
stage, and it isn’t hard to imagine how totally stupefied the contemporary
audience must have been.
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