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Sunday, March 3, 2019

The week in theatre: Tartuffe; The Son; Equus; As You Like It – review by Kate Kellaway

Lyttelton; Kiln; Theatre Royal Stratford East, London; Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonMolière’s anti-hero is a dodgy Highgate hippy, Florian Zeller dazzles with the latest …

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The week in theatre: Macbeth; Pinter Three and Four; Don Quixote; A Small Place – review by Kate Kellaway

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Harold Pinter; Garrick; the GateThe domestic drama is especially close to home in the Globe’s Scottish play. Plus, more exceptional Pinter and a joyous West End re…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The week in theatre: Hadestown; The Watsons – review by Kate Kellaway

National Theatre, London; Minerva, Chichester A jazzy-poppy hybrid of Orpheus lacks depth, while an adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel is an unpredictable treatHadestown begins p…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Wise Children review – Emma Rice’s joyous Angela Carter adaptation by Kate Kellaway

Old Vic, LondonCarter’s riotous novel about a south London theatrical dynasty bursts on to the stage in this life-enhancing showAt the end of a programme essay, Emma Rice wonders what Ange…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24AM
Sunday, September 30, 2018

The week in theatre: Antony and Cleopatra; Touching the Void; Poet in da Corner – review by Kate Kellaway

Olivier, London; Bristol Old Vic; Royal Court, LondonRalph Fiennes’s Antony grapples with a midlife crisis while Sophie Okonedo’s Cleopatra is the ultimate diva in an outstanding product…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Monday, September 17, 2018

Jonathan Pryce: ‘I’d rather be Welsh than English, that’s for sure’ by Kate Kellaway

The award-winning actor on playing a narcissistic writer opposite Glenn Close in The Wife, his Welsh roots, and looking like the popeJonathan Pryce has played Shakespearean heroes (Hamlet, S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32AM
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Emma Rice: ‘I don’t know how I got to be so controversial’ by Kate Kellaway

Her stewardship of Shakespeare’s Globe ended in acrimony but a revitalised Emma Rice, now about to launch her own company Wise Children, couldn’t be happier“It was on Shakespeare’s b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32AM
Sunday, June 3, 2018

The week in theatre: Translations; Consent; The Biograph Girl by Kate Kellaway

Olivier; Harold Pinter; Finborough, LondonNot understanding speaks volumes in Ian Rickson’s tremendous new production of Brian Friel’s 1980 classic. And Nina Raine’s unflinching Consen…

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Laura Linney on making her British stage debut by Kate Kellaway

The US actor tells how a new adaption of Elizabeth Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton chimes with our uncertain timesid-morning in Brooklyn, New York and grey clouds are scudding across the s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Friday, May 18, 2018

Hay Fever – review by Kate Kellaway

Noël Coward theatre, LondonGoing to Howard Davies's glorious production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever is like being invited to an irregular house party; the relief is that, unlike the hapless…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Exit the King review – Alun Armstrong absurdly good in Ionesco’s drama by Kate Kellaway

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal BathAlun Armstrong rules in Ionesco’s absurdist dramaIonesco’s Exit the King was first performed in 1962, and the theatre of the absurd cannot boast any mor…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Abi Morgan: 'I don't look back. I am totally now' by Kate Kellaway

Thanks to The Hour, playwright Abi Morgan has enjoyed an incredibly prolific year. Next up, a Thatcher biopic starring Meryl Streep, a Steve McQueen film about sex and a play about GodAbi Mo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Sunday, May 6, 2018

State of play: David Hare and James Graham talk drama and politics by Kate Kellaway

The veteran playwright and the prolific young star, both masters of political theatre, reflect on the state of the nation – and contemporary culture – in the internet ageDavid Hare and J…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire review – arguments fought with fire by Kate Kellaway

The National’s magnificent production of Caryl Churchill’s English civil war play resonates powerfully todayCaryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire was written in 1976, is s…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The week in theatre: Macbeth; The Great Wave; The Plough and the Stars; Agnes Colander – review by Kate Kellaway

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; Dorfman, National Theatre; Lyric Hammersmith, London; Theatre Royal, BathTragedy meets levity in the RSC’s Scottish play. Plus, a captivatin…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The week in theatre: The Cherry Orchard; Frankenstein; Buggy Baby – review by Kate Kellaway

Bristol Old Vic; Royal Exchange, Manchester; The Yard, London The Cherry Orchard springs to life in Michael Boyd’s thrillingly vital Bristol Old Vic production. In Manchester, April De Ang…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The week in theatre: Long Day’s Journey Into Night; The Captive Queen; Dry Powder – review by Kate Kellaway

Wyndham’s; Shakespeare’s Globe; Hampstead, LondonLesley Manville glitters as desperate mother Mary in O’Neill’s grim family portrait. Plus, Barrie Rutter’s valedictory Captive Quee…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hanna review – an emotional tug-of-war by Kate Kellaway

Arcola theatre, LondonSharp moral conundrums arise in Sam Potter’s compelling monologue about babies swapped at birthHanna, a new play by Sam Potter, is like overhearing talk outside the s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Anoushka Warden: ‘My mum just asked if twat was a real word’ by Kate Kellaway

As her monologue My Mum’s a Twat opens at the Royal Court, PR turned playwright Anoushka Warden talks about her big break – and how she survived a difficult childhoodAnoushka Warden did …

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Adrian Lester on Ira Aldridge: 'He was a pioneer for black actors' by Kate Kellaway

A new era is dawning at London's Tricycle theatre under Indhu Rubasingham, its first new artistic director in three decades. Her inaugural play – starring Adrian Lester, and written by his…

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Follies review – a stupendous Sondheim revival by Kate Kellaway

Olivier, LondonImelda Staunton leads an evening of star turns in this glittering, bittersweet dissection of midlife regret, brilliantly directed by Dominic CookeFollies is like a distinctive…

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One Day, Maybe review – time travel in a car park by Kate Kellaway

King William House, HullRevolt meets retail in 80s South Korea in this dazzling, thought-provoking production from dreamthinkspeakOne Day, Maybe is an unusual, intimidating and thought-provo…

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Knives in Hens – words illuminate life in the dark ages by Kate Kellaway

Donmar Warehouse, LondonDavid Harrower’s 1995 play explores the feral intensity of a marriage in medieval times, staged here with a fluid physicalityDavid Harrower’s Knives in Hens (1995…

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The Stepmother review – money and power in a man’s world by Kate Kellaway

Minerva, ChichesterGitha Sowerby’s superb 1924 play, with Ophelia Lovibond in the title role, reminds us that being a woman of means isn’t always enoughIn a house in Surrey in 1911, the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM

Against review – Ben Whishaw is outstanding as a tech messiah by Kate Kellaway

Almeida, LondonChristopher Shinn’s elegant play about the nature of violence in the modern world asks intriguing questions but is short on answersChristopher Shinn’s Against, receiving i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Josette Bushell-Mingo: ‘Nina Simone is my GPS’ by Kate Kellaway

It was to celebrate Nina Simone’s political passion as much as her musical genius that Josette Bushell-Mingo created her one-woman show about the singer. Here, the acclaimed actor talks ab…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hamlet review – an all-consuming marvel by Kate Kellaway

Harold Pinter theatre, LondonAndrew Scott’s prince proves a brilliant communicator as Robert Icke’s acclaimed Almeida production transfers to the West EndAfter a sell-out run at the Alme…

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Gloria review – a really bad day at the office by Kate Kellaway

Hampstead theatre, LondonBranden Jacobs-Jenkins’s tale of vicious infighting at a New York magazine should make most of us value our own workplacesGloria, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, was sh…

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Terror review – intriguing but laboured by Kate Kellaway

Lyric Hammersmith, LondonFerdinand von Schirach’s morally perplexing legal drama puts the fate of a German fighter pilot at the audience’s mercySince it opened in Berlin in 2015, Terror,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Antigone review – Juliette Binoche is more hysteric than heroine by Kate Kellaway

Barbican, LondonThere is perhaps unfair pressure on Binoche to pull off miracles in Ivo van Hove’s eagerly anticipated take on SophoclesIt’s an ill wind that blows at the beginning of An…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:04AM
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tony Kushner: ‘To love someone puts you at the risk of loss’ by Kate Kellaway

Tony Kushner’s 1991 play Angels in America broke the silence about Aids. As a revival wows audiences at the National, he talks about how the world has changedTony Kushner flew in to London…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM