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The revered film director vowed never to touch theatre. So why is he staging the great Aids epic Angels in America? Apparently, it’s all a misunderstanding
Arnaud Desplechin looks surprisi…
Do you have to be British to get panto? We sent a French critic to three shows full of cross-dressing dames and adults playing cows. Will she ever forget the experience? Oh no she won’t!
The genre has long been seen as minor in the French capital, but a string of English-language productions is creating a pleasingly upbeat dynamic.
Several French theater productions are putting dark spins on everyday events.
In Paris, the mythological Greek character Electra can once again be found in a theater, while the heroine of a quirky new play is inspired by “Rocky III.”
Kate Mitchell’s adaptation of the 1928 novel is consistently one step behind Virginia Woolf’s mercurial prose.
The long-awaited spectacle that relaunched the Théâtre du Châtelet was cheerful, but disappointing.
There is a cross-dressing show for everyone in the city, from traditional cabarets to RuPaul-inspired productions.
Despite a history stretching to 1934, it feels like a David to the art exhibition’s Goliath. But its program is all the better for that.
The Northern-Irish choreographer’s raw and powerful work examines gender, identity and religion, but it all happens by accident, she says.
Oona Doherty is finding out about the law of unin…
An underwhelming official lineup led many festivalgoers to branch out into the less well-known complimentary program.
Two adaptations of works by the writer Marguerite Duras are playing as one-woman shows in Paris.
The Parisian theatre company is on a rare visit to the UK with Ivo van Hove’s The Damned. What are the secrets of the world’s oldest active troupe?
Companies like nothing more than to re…
The Printemps des Comédiens festival features productions uniquely crafted for, and occasionally by, their performers.
Tales of women losing their grip on reality don’t exist in a void. They fit into broader cultural narratives.
Two productions in Paris with their roots in the Greek playwright’s works explore the nature of human brutality. But without any CGI effects.
Simon Stone and Stanislas Nordey present productions in which their ambitions get the better of them.
Liam Scarlett’s raunchy staging of the novel for Queensland Ballet is partly a response to its distance from London, he says
It’s not often you see sex on top of a coffin on stage, but t…
The actor turned playwright is taking his work to the UK for the first time. He talks about his Shakespeare in Love-style comedy riffing on Cyrano de Bergerac
Alexis Michalik has much in com…
The annual Reims Scènes d’Europe festival showcases contemporary creation from around Europe. This year, it is focused on emerging artists from Spain.
A new theatrical work by Christophe Honoré and an adaptation of a novel by Didier Eribon see prominent French gay artists reclaim their origins with striking honesty.
The French writer-director talks about his highly personal new show, a ‘dance of the dead’ that pays tribute to artistic heroes including Jacques DemyDirector Christophe Honoré still lo…
Our three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey for the festive season.
The Canadian stage director has seen some of his productions derailed by accusations of cultural insensitivity. In a new show in Paris, he can’t resist pointing to his own suffering.
The “Japonismes 2018” season in Paris offers an intriguing, if occasionally puzzling, window onto Japan’s rich theater scene.
La Scala Paris opened with a production in which the playwright Yasmina Reza also acts. But a theater focused on new writing in French from abroad faces an uncertain future.
Staatsoper Unter den Linden, BerlinAlexei Ratmansky’s reconstruction of Marius Petipa’s problematic ballet raises an uncomfortable questionA quiet revolution has been under way in the ba…
Justice — its rhetoric and its travails — is at the heart of several new theater productions in Paris.
He has put an Isis fighter’s mother in the Ghent Altarpiece and restaged a murder. Now the Swiss director plans to get radicalWhen Milo Rau first saw the Ghent Altarpiece, one detail leapt…
Thomas Ostermeier and Krystian Lupa present works at the city’s major playhouses at the beginning of a new theater season.
Prague’s Letni Letna shows that circus, once dismissed as lowbrow entertainment, can be as potent as any performance genre.