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Monday, December 9, 2019

I Wanna Be Yours review – a love story with heady chemistry by Claire Armitstead

Bush theatre, LondonRagevan Vasan and Emily Stott star as a couple pulled apart by their backgrounds in this play by slam poet Zia Ahmed The question of how to build intimacy across the div…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

My Brilliant Friend review – Elena Ferrante's twisting tale of heroines for our age by Claire Armitstead

National Theatre, LondonNiamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack perform the central roles with magnetic force in this frenetically comic adaptation of Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet At the sta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Monday, September 9, 2019

The magicians trying to change the world – one card trick at a time by Claire Armitstead

Forget trying to saw Debbie McGee in half – some conjurers are using their skills to help surgeons, refugee children and even imagine a better future What image does the word “magic” c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48PM
Friday, August 2, 2019

'Kathy Acker was incredibly warm – but her writing was so aggressive' by Claire Armitstead

As she prepares to direct an unstaged script by the late pirate queen of counterculture, theatre-maker Kate Valk recalls how they met – and how she dealt with Acker’s challenging attitud…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Nico Project; The Fountainhead – review by Claire Armitstead

Stoller Hall, Manchester; The Lowry, SalfordMaxine Peake is a woman possessed in The Nico Project, while Ivo van Hove adapts Ayn Rand’s controversial novelHow can The Nico Project excavate…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Everything must show: the department store where reformed addicts speak up by Claire Armitstead

Survivors of addiction have taken over a shop in Bournemouth to stage Secret Voices. Their raw and harrowing stories show the holiday town in a new light Two men circle each other in a salt-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Come from Away review – surprisingly uplifting 9/11 musical by Claire Armitstead

Phoenix, LondonMaking a song and dance of how Newfoundland took in thousands of diverted passengers after the World Trade Center attack is fun up to a point There’s a lot to love about Com…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Sunday, March 10, 2019

The week in theatre: Richard II; Alys, Always; Inside Bitch – review by Claire Armitstead

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Bridge; Royal Court, LondonAdjoa Andoh leads a powerfully resonant Richard II; Harriet Lane’s bestseller thrills less on stage; and jolts mix with jollity in a wom…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:00AM
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ben Okri: 'I was nearly shot because I couldn’t speak my dad’s language' by Claire Armitstead

Why was Ben Okri so keen to adapt L’Étranger, Albert Camus’s dark novel about the killing of an Arab, for the stage? He talks about his battle with the French writer’s daughter, his d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Friday, June 22, 2018

The Town Hall Affair review – the day Germaine Greer took down Norman Mailer by Claire Armitstead

Barbican, LondonThe 1971 debate on feminism is deconstructed in an almost pitch-perfect Wooster Group productionOn 30 April 1971, Norman Mailer squared up to feminism in a public debate at N…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Monday, May 28, 2018

Unicorns, Almost review – poignant portrait of a tormented war poet by Claire Armitstead

The Swan Hotel, Hay-on-WyeOwen Sheers’ evocative one-hander paints a fascinating picture of Keith Douglas and places his breathtaking prose centre-stageSince playing Wilfred Owen in a 20th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24AM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What have the royals ever done for the arts? by Claire Armitstead

From the RSC to the ROH, Britain’s most prestigious arts institutions are all by royal appointment. But as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle, is it goodbye Royal Variety Show and hello Ro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36PM
Friday, April 20, 2018

Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice review – a triumphant roar from Hollywood royalty by Claire Armitstead

The Other Palace, LondonThe showbiz veteran recovers from a shaky start to deliver a heartrending solo cabaret that melds the personal and politicalNever has a show been more aptly named. Ka…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Smile Upon Us, Lord review – a comic epic 'Waiting for Jehovah' by Claire Armitstead

Barbican, LondonThe history of eastern Europe weighs heavily in this period piece in which three old Jewish men rage against life and GodA stonecutter, a water carrier and a bankrupt grocer …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:11AM
Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Grinning Man review – the greatest freakshow in town by Claire Armitstead

Trafalgar Studios, LondonBristol OId Vic’s bewitching musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s L’Homme qui rit makes a witty West End transferVictor Hugo was one of the great myth-makers of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM

White Fang review – in need of more lupine vigour by Claire Armitstead

Park theatre, LondonJethro Compton’s take on Jack London’s fable conjures up the snowswept Yukon but fails to focus on the central relationship between girl and wolfAn improvisation on J…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Grimly Handsome review – Santa’s grotto meets Starsky and Hutch by Claire Armitstead

The Site, Royal Court, LondonVictims, cops and robbers all come out to play in Julia Jarcho’s thrilling, chilling three-handerAround the side of the Royal Court, through a yard filled with…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Open House review – black humour in a beige living room by Claire Armitstead

Will Eno offers a telling vision of suburban horror as a nuclear family goes criticalWill Eno’s bleakly comic reflection on the nuclear family, The Open House, is set in the impeccably bei…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM

Goats review – an agonisingly bleak small-town Syrian tale by Claire Armitstead

This collaboration with writers from Syria and Lebanon offers no glib solutions to atrocities, and little hope eitherFathers are having a hard time of it at the Royal Court, where a generati…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM

A Christmas Carol review – a love song to Christmas by Claire Armitstead

Old Vic, LondonRhys Ifans stars in a joyous, psychoanalytical reading of Dickens that celebrates the redeeming power of theatreSince its publication as a novella in 1843, Charles Dickens’s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Daisy Pulls It Off: Pauline McLynn, Anna Shaffer and more on a spiffing school assembly by Claire Armitstead

Denise Deegan had a West End hit with her parody of 1920s boarding-school novels. Now, Paulette Randall is staging an age-blind revival with a crack cast of actors. They share their teenage …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Feast of words: Yomi Sode and the theatre poets stirring a new style by Claire Armitstead

Like Kate Tempest and Inua Ellams, the Nigerian-born performer is breaking new ground with Coat, his tale of two cultures, told while he cooks up a stew on stage‘It’s amazing how not-so-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Ferryman's Laura Donnelly on how her uncle's murder inspired the IRA drama by Claire Armitstead

The star of Jez Butterworth’s acclaimed play grew up thinking her uncle had died in a car crash. Then one day she was told the truth: he had been ‘disappeared’ by the IRAOn New Year’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:05AM
Monday, May 22, 2017

Diamond dame: Marcia Gay Harden on hellish roles, washed-up stars and nipple clamp tweets by Claire Armitstead

From Miller’s Crossing to Fifty Shades of Grey, Marcia Gay Harden has always played hard-boiled women. Her UK stage debut, in Sweet Bird of Youth, is no exceptionMarcia Gay Harden is a for…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06AM
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Edinburgh 2014 review: Letters Home reinvents the short story for the stage by Claire Armitstead

Edinburgh international book festivalChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kamila Shamsie and other authors push the theatrical boundaries of narrative Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Smile off Your Face - review by Claire Armitstead

Dunstan Playhouse, AdelaideAll over Adelaide whispered half-conversations have been taking place: how did you … ? What was it … ? So strong was the consensus against revealing what happ…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:16PM
Friday, March 1, 2013

Thursday - review by Claire Armitstead

Norwood Concert Hall, Adelaide FestivalHow do you dramatise an event so indescribably terrible as losing both legs in an underground bomb attack? In telling the story of Gill Hicks, an Austr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:02AM
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Who should play Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell? by Claire Armitstead

The RSC is set to stage Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. But who should play the ruthless master politician at the novels' core?So the deal is done and the Cromwellian bandwagon has embark…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM

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