Follies

Follies

After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns in 2019. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished... 

Hadestown

Hadestown

Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, Hadestown comes to the National Theatre prior to Broadway. In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love... 

Antony & Cleopatra

Antony & Cleopatra

Shakespeare will always be Theatre Marmite. Those who hate will always hate. So for the National Theatre’s latest production of Antony and Cleopatra, there seems little point me saying Sophie Okonedo’s Cleopatra is in equal parts hysterical, sensual and frightening in a performance of such power she should be bathing in awards, not milk… Or in describing the epic and wondrous staging that whisks you between Egypt and Rome, via the ocean… All they will see – admittedly as did I – is a Shakespeare tragedy with a running time of 3½ hours and any remaining interest is gone… 

Exit the King

Exit the King

For those who pertain to be students of the Theatre of the Absurd movement prevalent in the 1950s and 60s, there is nothing of value to you in this review. Reading further would simply be a pointless waste of your time... 

Translations

Translations

It can’t be easy creating a programme that justifies the term National given to the theatres on London’s South Bank, when you know that your most frequent visitors of critics and ‘season ticket holders’ will be harsh and loud and hold you personally to account... 

St George and the Dragon

St George and the Dragon

A folk tale for an uneasy nation. A village. A dragon. A damsel in distress. Into the story walks George: wandering knight, freedom fighter, enemy of tyrants the world over. One epic battle later and a nation is born... 

Salome

Salome

"There is no language for what happened that night," states Salome in narration as her older self shortly after beginning this new, happily more feminist, retelling of the myth surrounding the woman who we think of as having lasciviously danced the dance of the seven veils before demanding the head of John the Baptist to be served to her on a silver plate... 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

It's said that one first eats with one's eyes. Applying that idea then, if the prospect of spending three hours watching a typically bawdy Shakespeare comedy filled with gender confusion-based misunderstanding turns your stomach, there is much on offer here to tickle your olfactory tastebuds in this – ultimately traditional – Twelfth Night at the National Theatre's Olivier... 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

There must be little more that can raise the spirits of young or old than the idea of flying free through the skies. And this production of Peter Pan brings that magic to life with aerobatic feats that are indeed a joy to behold...