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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Macbeth, National Theatre, London, review: Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff are no dream pairing by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Rufus Norris's production which stars Kinnear and Duff as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, strays a little close to comic horror movie, but stays just on the side of chilling

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:08AM
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Night at the Bombay Roxy, Dishoom Kensington, review: 'a delicious night out' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

An immersive Indian Noir launches a new Dishoom restaurant, and while the show may be less memorable than the food, the evening adds up to more than the sum of its parts

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:36AM
Friday, November 17, 2017

Inside Pussy Riot, Saatchi Gallery, London, review: I wasn't quite clear what it was hoping to evoke or why by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Audience members join a fictional totalitarian dystopia in The Les Enfants Terrible's production about Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova's ordeal as she is sent to jail for pla…

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:06AM
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Network, National Theatre, London, review: A magnetic yet weighty performance by Bryan Cranston by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The 'Breaking Bad' star plays news anchorman Howard Beale in the stage adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 film, walking the line between anger and madness perfectly

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:18AM
Monday, November 13, 2017

Glengarry Glen Ross, Playhouse Theatre, London, review: Christian Slater is simply superb by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

David Mamet's play which he adapted into a 1992 film starring Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino, now stars Slater in its first major stage revival in over a decade

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:18AM
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hair, The Vaults, London, review: A full-throttle production by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The Vaults is turned into an immersive Sixties venue for this big-hearted production of 'Hair The Musical' which is celebrating its 50th anniversary

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:12AM
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Victory Condition, Royal Court, London, review: A fairly chilly theatrical encounter by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Both monologues are delivered in a monotone that makes it hard to stay tuned in Chris Thorpe's short two-hander

SOURCE: The Independent at 12:48PM
Monday, October 9, 2017

Macbeth, Barbican, London, review: It's beautiful but this Macbeth never grabbed me by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

A revival of the late Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa's 'Macbeth', which sets the action in a 16th century samurai world, is performed in Japanese with English surtitles

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:54AM
Friday, October 6, 2017

Labour of Love, Noel Coward Theatre, London, review: It's rare that five minutes go past without a proper roar of laughter by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

James Graham, who also wrote 'Ink' about 'The Sun' newspaper, pulls it off again with his latest play, a political rom-com, which stars Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:54AM
Monday, August 14, 2017

I went to the maddest interactive shows on the Fringe so you don't have to by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

From speed-dating to gambling, rifling through suitcases to find terrorist activity and having a cucumber between her thighs, Holly Williams braves some of Edinburgh Fringe's interactiv…

SOURCE: The Independent at 10:18AM
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ink, Almeida, London, review: An impressively unpreachy look at the red tops' circulation wars by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

James Graham's new play about the rise of 'The Sun' newspaper which stars Bertie Carvell as Rupert Murdoch is directed by Rupert Goold

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:12PM
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How the play Rotterdam has led the way for transgender stories on stage by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

After its triumphant win at the 2017 Olivier Awards, and a sell-out run in New York, Jon Brittain's critically acclaimed 'Rotterdam' returns to the West End with more trans dr…

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:18AM
Monday, March 27, 2017

Urbain Hayo talks about black deaths in British police custody in his play: 'People think it's an American issue but it's not. We just by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The actor who goes under the stage name of Urbain Wolf has created his first play 'Custody' with writer Tom Wainwright which looks at real-life cases of police brutality and black …

SOURCE: The Independent at 12:24PM
Monday, October 31, 2016

Pop stars scoring theatre: Lazarus was evidently an artistic swan song rather than a cash-cow by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

With the transatlantic transfer of the David Bowie musical, Lazarus, as well as the Young Vic's production of The Nest with a score by PJ Harvey, is the theatre-pop marriage a dream tic…

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:36PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Anne-Marie Duff: 'People want to watch interesting women characters' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The English actor stars in Almeida theatre's production of Oil from this Friday

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:13PM
Monday, October 10, 2016

Letters Live, Freemason's Hall, London, review: 'Here's just the right blend of funny, acid, noble, moving, uplifting missives' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Artists and celebrities including Alison Steadman and Sophie Dahl read aloud important letters from history

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:40AM
Friday, September 23, 2016

Good Canary, Rose Theatre, Kingston, review: Patchy in its detail but ultimately packs a visceral punch by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

John Malkovich's play never feels like a Hollywood-star-does-serious-theatre vanity project

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:20AM
Thursday, September 1, 2016

In his centenary year, Roald Dahl is everywhere - but should kids just go back to the books? by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

His stories might seem like a golden ticket, but endless stage and screen versions risk over-exposure

SOURCE: The Independent at 12:25PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Edinburgh Festival: Two Man Show, Summerhall, review: 'A terrifically generous piece of writing' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

A look at masculinity and patriarchy, Two Man Show is played by two women

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:19PM
Monday, August 15, 2016

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Animal (Are you a proper person?), Gilded Balloon, review: 'A shot of uncomplicated joy' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Using spirit animals as a way into talking about accepting who you really are is the charming conceit at the centre of Animal (Are you a proper person?)

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:43PM

Edinburgh Fringe: Electric Eden, Electric Circus/Pleasance Pop-up, review: 'Never quite electrifying' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Last year, Not Too Tame had a hit with a show in a pub; now the young ensemble are doing a site-specific 'party-theatre' in a disused house

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:43PM

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Heads Up, Summerhall, review: 'An absolute highlight of the fringe' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Kieran Hurley had a big fringe hit with Beats, a one-man show about rave culture. Heads Up is about what would happen if the apocalypse hit our city, right now

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:40PM
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Edinburgh Fringe: Tell Me Anything, Summerhall - 'Crisp, fresh writing delivers but this is a strange perspective on dealing with an eating disor by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Isn't it slightly self-indulgent to make a play about how you suffered when your girlfriend had anorexia?

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:00AM
Monday, August 8, 2016

Edinburgh Fringe review: Travesty, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh - A millennial, anti-gender take on the boy-meets-girl trope by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Stand-up Liam Williams's sharply comic debut play forces you to notice how coded and gendered both language and gesture can be

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:07AM
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, The Hub, Edinburgh: Hankies at the ready for a torrent of squelchy, soggy songs by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

It's his autobiographical and shamelessly showbiz anecdotes in-between numbers which really delight

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:57PM
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Breakfast at Tiffany's review, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London: Pixie Lott's magnetism shines in seedier take on classic by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

She's famous for her little black dress, but Holly Golightly's shoes are what you've got to worry about filling. Because they're already firmly occupied in most people&ap…

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:22PM

The Plough and the Stars, National Theatre, Lyttelton, review: 'A centenary is not enough to justify this revival' by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Sean O'Casey's 1926 play tells the story of the Easter Rising, when Irish nationalist rebels were quashed by British army forces in 1916

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:46AM
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: The 12 most promising shows at this year's festival by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Edinburgh is always a treasure trove but it can be hard to find the gold among the glitter. Holly Williams offers up her top picks to delight, surprise, move or provoke

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:55AM
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bottom: What it's like playing Shakespeare's most famous ass by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Local amateurs are stepping in to play the role of Bottom alongside the professionals in the Royal Shakespeare Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream

SOURCE: The Independent at 10:22AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Romeo and Juliet, The Garrick Theatre, London: Teenage high drama, but Kenneth Branagh's show never plumbs the full depths of tragedy by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The setting of 1950s Verona is mucho, mucho Italiano, but it also proves an effective backdrop for the star-crossed lovers

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:18PM
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Gender-blind Shakespeare: classic roles to be taken by women by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Actresses to play King Lear, Henry V and Malvolio

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:56AM

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