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Monday, June 10, 2024

Sanaz Toossi’s English at the Kiln Theatre: Pulitzer Prize-winning play shows the impacts of a second language on identity by Aleks Sierz

Sanaz Toossi’s English at the Kiln Theatre: Pulitzer Prize-winning play shows the impacts of a second language on identity The full version of the article Sanaz Toossi’s English at the …

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Tim Price’s “Nye” at the National Theatre: A Fun Life of the Creator of the National Health Service by Aleks Sierz

For me, this is the most emotional show on the London stage. Why’s that? Because it’s about Nye Bevan, who as Minister of Health in the postwar socialist Labour government set up the Nat…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Human Body” at the Donmar Warehouse: Twin Tales of Illicit Love and the Founding of the National Health Service by Aleks Sierz

It’s election year so the gaze of British theatre turns towards the National Health Service. But, no, this month’s plays do not examine the parlous state of doctors and hospitals today, …

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Marius von Mayenburg’s Nachtland at the Young Vic: Satire on Art and Anti-Semitism Is Both Absurdist and Unsettling by Aleks Sierz

We’ve all heard of the metaphorical madwoman in the attic, but what about the symbolic unexploded bomb under the roof, tucked away among the junk, accumulating dust and lying quietly undis…

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Monday, February 26, 2024

Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York’s Theatre: Thomas Ostermeier’s West End Debut Has Starry Cast And Punk Aesthetics by Aleks Sierz

It’s a sign of the times that German director Thomas Ostermeier’s West End debut is his production of An Enemy of the People, which has been rep at his Schaubühne theatre for over a dec…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Sergio Blanco’s “When You Pass Over My Tomb” at the Arcola Theatre: Exquisite Meta-Theatrical Exploration Of Death and Necrophilia by Aleks Sierz

Nowadays it seems that it’s the fringe and Off-West End venues that are keeping the spirit of international theatre alive in London. Whereas much mainstream big-name theatre feels increasi…

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Jez Butterworth’s “The Hills of California” at the Harold Pinter Theatre: Warm Evocation of 1950s Pop Culture Is Fun, But Lacks Dramatic Resolut by Aleks Sierz

In West End theatre, the cliché that nothing succeeds like success keeps the wheels of commerce turning merrily. But just because a show is selling lots of tickets, and has generated loads …

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Zoe Cooper’s Northanger Abbey at the Orange Tree Theatre: High Energy and Queer-eyed Adaptation of Jane Austen Classic by Aleks Sierz

Jane Austen is not just a classic novelist — she’s a cultural institution and a national treasure. Since the 1990s there has been an avalanche not only of straight adaptations of her nov…

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Monday, January 1, 2024

Jack Thorne’s “The Motive and the Cue” at the Noël Coward Theatre: Jack Thorne’s History Play About Gielgud And Burton Transfers To The West by Aleks Sierz

This transfer of Jack Thorne’s hit National Theatre play to the West End has been hailed as meta-theatre on steroids. The St Martin’s Lane venue, which was once called the New Theatre, h…

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Roxy Cook’s A Woman Walks into a Bank at Theatre 503: Sublimely Beguiling Account of Everyday Life in Twenty-First Century Moscow by Aleks Sierz

The recent news that Russia’s Supreme Court has banned the “international LGBT movement”, describing it as an “extremist organisation” and raiding nightclubs frequented by gay peop…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

“That Face” at Orange Tree Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Playwright Polly Stenham had a meteoric rise with this play, her award-winning 2007 debut which she wrote aged 19 and whose original Royal Court cast featured Lyndsay Duncan and Matt Smith,…

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Lauren Gunderson’s Anthropology at the Hampstead Theatre: Interesting Digital Thriller Falters On The Edge of Darkness by Aleks Sierz

Androids no longer dream of electric sheep — instead they inhabit our dreams. Whether it is novels such as Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun or Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me, or films…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Anupama Chandrasekhar’s “The Father And The Assassin” At The National Theatre: Vastly Compelling And Darkly Comic History Play About Indian Inde by Aleks Sierz

Nobodies who kill somebodies: let’s make a list. Okay, there’s Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK), James Earl Ray (MLK) and Mark Chapman (John Lennon). But what about the man who shot Mahatma Gandh…

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Miriam Battye’s Strategic Love Play At The Soho Theatre: Mixture Of Laughter, Pain Ad Insight Into Contemporary Romance by Aleks Sierz

Remember what a first date feels like? Awkward. Exciting. Awkward. Intriguing. Awkward. Difficult. Yes, it’s a mixture of emotions, often between the desire to be liked and the frustration…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Tim Fraser’s Candy At Park Theatre: Moving Account Of Gender Identity And Masculinity by Aleks Sierz

Okay, let’s start with a definition: it is said that sex is what you have between your legs, and gender is what you have between your ears. Certainly, the emotional experience of falling i…

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Monday, August 21, 2023

Lucy Prebble’s “The Effect” At The National Theatre: Non-White Cast Bring A New Energy To This Contemporary Classic by Aleks Sierz

Success always opens doors. Ever since the HBO drama Succession was lauded as a huge international hit, one of its writers and producers, Lucy Prebble, has been a hot property. Although I pe…

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Friday, August 4, 2023

“Beneatha’s Place,” Young Vic by Aleks Sierz

Trauma is the source of identity politics. In the case of African-Americans, the experience of brutal slavery, exploitative colonialism and violent racism are defining experiences in their h…

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Sarah Middleton’s “Shewolves” at the Southwark Playhouse: Energetic Teen Fairy Tale by Aleks Sierz

Climate-change activist Greta Thunberg is great at doing two things: irritating complacent adults and inspiring idealistic teens. In Sarah Middleton’s debut comedy, Shewolves, which was fi…

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Monday, July 3, 2023

James Graham’s “Dear England” At The National Theatre: Joseph Fiennes Plays A Mesmerizing Soccer Manager In This Sport-Of-The-Nation Drama by Aleks Sierz

James Graham’s Dear England at the National Theatre: Joseph Fiennes plays a mesmerizing soccer manager in this sport-of-the-nation drama The full version of the article James Graham’s �…

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Peter Morgan’s Patriots At The Noël Coward Theatre: Award-Winning Story Of Putin’s Triumph Is Vivid But Unreal by Aleks Sierz

Peter Morgan’s Patriots at the Noël Coward Theatre: award-winning story of Putin’s triumph is vivid but unreal The full version of the article Peter Morgan’s Patriots At The Noël Co…

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Danny Robins’s 2:22 A Ghost Story At The Apollo Theatre: Populist Shocker Is Pretty Chill Free by Aleks Sierz

Can you enjoy a ghost story during summer? Usually the idea of a haunted house suggests images of dark winter nights, thunder and lightning, and howling wolves. These atmospheric factors are…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead, Barbican Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Imagine yourself in a remote place: it could be a mountaintop, or a lost village, or the Amazon. These are the locations that Simon McBurney and his Complicité theater company take us to wi…

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Monday, May 1, 2023

Vinnie Heaven’s “Faun” at Theatre 503: queer show is both joyful and thought-provoking by Aleks Sierz

We are watching history being made: after decades of being in the shadows, queer drama is now singing and dancing into the mainstream. Theatre after theatre is staging stories about queer, t…

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Friday, April 28, 2023

“Sea Creatures,” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Is it possible to successfully challenge naturalism in British theatre today? At a time when audiences crave feelgood dramas, uplifting musicals and classic well-made plays, there is very li…

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” at the National Theatre: Josie Rourke’s Spirited Revival of This 1990 Classic Is More Fun than Subtle by Aleks Sierz

Brian Friel’s classic play about the blending of Paganism and Christianity in 1930s Ireland is more than 30 years old — and I remember seeing the original production from Dublin’s Abbe…

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Miriam Battye’s Little Scratch At The New Diorama Theatre: Restaged Adaptation Of Rebecca Watson’s Novel Is Powerfully Theatrical by Aleks Sierz

The popularity of plays that feature trauma is certainly a trend in British theatre today. But is this a good thing? On the one hand, staging stories of sexual assault might offer consolatio…

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Monday, April 17, 2023

‘It’s uncomfortable, but real’: LITTLE SCRATCH – New Diorama Theatre by Aleks Sierz

little scratch (deliberately styled in lower case) is adapted by Miriam Battye from Rebecca Watson’s 2020 debut novel, and was first staged at the Hampstead Theatre in 2021. It now transfe…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

‘Neither a straight play nor an absurdist drama’: SEA CREATURES – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The Downstairs studio space of the Hampstead Theatre manages to continue to offer an opportunity to go beyond the usual naturalism of traditional storytelling, and this is exemplified by Cor…

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Friday, April 7, 2023

‘Unrelentingly dark & dismal’: A LITTLE LIFE – Harold Pinter Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Wow! James Norton naked! Wow! New play by Ivo van Hove. Wow! It’s four hours long. Wow! Wow! Wow! The much anticipated play of the year, an adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s 700-page best…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

‘Too messy to fulfil its ambition’: BLACK SUPERHERO – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

In Olivier Award-nominated actor and activist Danny Lee Wynter’s Royal Court debut, the attractively titled Black Superhero, the ambitious theme of black queerness is explored through the …

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

‘A haunting story told in a magical way’: FURTHER THAN THE FURTHEST THING – Young Vic Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Empathetic revival of Zinnie Harris’s 2000 play about a lost world and small island longings The post Further Than the Furthest Thing, Young Vic appeared first on Aleks Sierz.

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