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Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Christmas Carol review at Old Vic, London – ‘charming and atmospheric’ by Natasha Tripney

Returning to the Old Vic for the third year running, Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic morality tale manages to be

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (December 2-8) by Natasha Tripney

Strange Tales – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Grid Iron’s new show for the Traverse is based on the stories of Chinese writer Pu

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Friday, November 29, 2019

The top 10 alternative Christmas shows in 2019 (no pantomime included) by Natasha Tripney

The Snow Queen – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff The Sherman Theatre’s festive show is Tessa Walker’s production of Hans Christian Andersen’s seasonal favourite,

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Natasha Tripney: It’s not ‘tricky’, just programme more women writers by Natasha Tripney

Last year, a writer introduced me to the term ‘cul-de-sac-ing’. She used it to describe her frustration at the fact that, having

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe review at Bridge Theatre, London – ‘a wonder-filled production’ by Natasha Tripney

The Bridge Theatre transports its audience to Narnia for its Christmas show, itself transported from Leeds Playhouse where it opened in 2017.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Cinderella review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘heartfelt and joyous’ by Natasha Tripney

The Lyric Hammersmith pantomime has a tradition of getting new writing and directing talent to put a contemporary spin on the form.

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (November 25-December 1) by Natasha Tripney

The Arrival – Bush Theatre, London Olivier-winning director Bijan Sheibani – whose past productions include the majestic Barber Shop Chronicles – helms

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Richard III review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘splatter and swagger’ by Natasha Tripney

The candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, one of London’s most enchanting spaces, is made to feel menacing in this exhilarating conclusion to Shakespeare’s

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Henry VI review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘a lively and lucid staging’ by Natasha Tripney

Shakespeare’s Globe continues its cycle of history plays – which kicked off with an all-female version of Richard II in the Sam

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Land Without Dreams review at Gate Theatre, London – ‘a slippery thought experiment’ by Natasha Tripney

The house lights are up. The stage is bare. A woman enters the space. She smiles. She talks about the audience and

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (November 18-24) by Natasha Tripney

Dear Evan Hansen – Noel Coward Theatre, London Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s hit Broadway musical, about a teenage boy who writes

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Touching the Void review at Duke of York’s Theatre, London – ‘strikingly designed and excruciatingly tense’ by Natasha Tripney

The vertical often gets overlooked in theatre. Tom Morris’ production of Joe Simpson’s 1988 memoir about his against-all-odds survival of a mountaineering

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Kosovan firebrand Jeton Neziraj: 'Theatre should side with the victims' by Natasha Tripney

His plays have brought threats, vandalism – and international acclaim. Now the fearless dramatist is retooling Ibsen to lay bare corruption in his homeland Jeton Neziraj has clear views ab…

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Theatre in Kosovo – holding power to account and helping people heal by Natasha Tripney

There’s a tendency when writing about theatre to bandy about words like ‘necessary’ and ‘bold’, in a way that can dilute their

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Spiderfly review at Theatre503, London – ‘an intriguing and tense two-hander’ by Natasha Tripney

John Webber’s intriguing debut play bides its time. Esther (Lia Burge) and former cab driver Keith (Matt Whitchurch) sit across a table

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Voila! Europe review – ‘London’s festival of European theatre features an intriguing and eclectic range of work’ by Natasha Tripney

The Voila! Festival in London, now in its seventh year, provides audiences with an opportunity to see an eclectic range of work

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (November 11-17) by Natasha Tripney

Spiderfly – Theatre503, London Theatre503 has had an impressive hit rate of late when it comes to new writing. Next up is

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Top five theatre shows to see this week (November 4-10) by Natasha Tripney

Death of a Salesman – Piccadilly Theatre, London Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell’s acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s play transfers to the

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Top five theatre shows to see this week (October 29-November 5) by Natasha Tripney

Light Falls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Sarah Frankcom’s final production as the Royal Exchange’s artistic director sounds like a corker. A

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Botticelli in the Fire review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘a muddled mash-up’ by Natasha Tripney

Canadian writer Jordan Tannahill’s 2016 play is an intriguingly anachronistic mash-up that splices Renaissance Italy with the 21st-century art scene. The characters

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hedda Gabler review at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff – ‘a very human Hedda’ by Natasha Tripney

“Am I unnatural?” Hedda Gabler herself asks in tones most women will recognise. Chelsea Walker’s production of Ibsen’s play cuts to the

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Translations review at National Theatre, London – ‘atmospheric and richly performed’ by Natasha Tripney

Ian Rickson’s atmospheric staging of Brian Friel’s intricate and lyrical 1980 play about language, communication and colonialism returns to the National Theatre

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Top five theatre shows to see this week (October 21-28) by Natasha Tripney

Vassa – Almeida Theatre, London Tinuke Craig directs Mike Bartlett’s new adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s play about a family unravelling. A late

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Friday, October 18, 2019

[Blank] review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘written with exquisite precision’ by Natasha Tripney

As a text Alice Birch’s [Blank] is a phenomenal thing. The play began as a co-commission between National Theatre Connections and theatre

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

There Are No Beginnings review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘sensitively handled and warmly performed’ by Natasha Tripney

This, to be clear, is not a play about the Yorkshire Ripper. That story has been told often enough, his name is

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Out of Sorts review at Theatre503, London – ‘tender, well-observed and generous’ by Natasha Tripney

As is so often the case with the children of immigrants, Zara presents different versions of herself to the world. There’s the

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (October 14-20) by Natasha Tripney

The Panopticon – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh The National Theatre of Scotland brings Jenni Fagan’s novel about a 15-year-old girl in a young

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads review at Spiegeltent, Chichester – ‘resonant and timely’ by Natasha Tripney

First staged at the National Theatre in 2002, Roy Williams’ dissection of racism and xenophobia feels chillingly timely in Nicole Charles revival,

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Dancer and choreographer Oona Doherty: ‘We show our teeth and gums. The face is part of the movement’ by Natasha Tripney

As her groundbreaking show Hard to Be Soft opens in London after a global tour, choreographer Oona Doherty tells Natasha Tripney how

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The House of Yes review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘wickedly twisted’ by Natasha Tripney

Matthew Parker has a proven way with the strange, as demonstrated in his productions of Lovesong of the Electric Bear and Dennis

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Man in the White Suit review at Wyndham’s Theatre – ‘sparky performances in a laboured staging of the Ealing comedy’ by Natasha Tripney

There are some committed comic performances in this new stage version of 1951 Ealing comedy The Man in the White Suit. But

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