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New docu-drama The King of Hell’s Palace about the Chinese blood-contamination scandal of 1990s is about corruption and cover-up.
Lucy Prebble’s latest tells the story of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in A Very Expensive Poison, but prefers buffoonery over analysis.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk. Favourite stage direction: “There are two printed versions …
Lively gig theatre revival of Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuroa, a 1980s account of the black lesbian experience doesn’t quite work.
Tim Crouch returns! And Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation at the Royal Court, his experimental exploration of belief and determinism, is touched by genius.
Simon Woods’ debut play Hansard, about the parliamentary ruling class is timely, and amusingly preceptive, but ultimately unsatisfying.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play Appropriate is a brilliantly acute and entertaining, if a bit depressing, deconstruction of the great American family drama.
One from the archives: In 1988, excavations began on the site of Shakespeare’s Globe and the occasion called for a symbolic moment.
In The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre Juliet Stevenson is mesmerising in a brilliantly written ethical debate that is both thrilling and challenging.
Warheads, a new play about PTSD, features its co-author on stage in a powerful production which is basically a medical case study.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Rare Philip King play tries to turn a farcical situation into a serious drama - and it doesn't quite work.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk...
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk. One from the archives...
Star cast delivers a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece The Night of the Iguana at the Noel Coward Theatre.
The Harry Potter team presents a hyped up state-of-the-family play in The End Of History and it just falls flat on its face.
Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner at the Royal Court Theatre, a bright new two-hander about an internet troll being trolled is intelligent, lively, provocative and funny.
Michael Frayn’s meta-comic masterpiece Noises Off easily stands the test of time; even when things go wrong!
Europe at the Donmar Warehouse is a magnificent revival of David Greig’s 1990s visionary classic which is timely, tough and tender, brutal and brilliant.
The Hunt, a striking stage version of Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm’s 2012 film, is full of intensity.
Bitter Wheat, the most controversial play of the year, is almost certainly also going to be the worst.
Citysong at the Soho Theatre is a beautifully written, poetic journey through time and space in Dublin.
Caryl Phillips’ 1980 Windrush classic Strange Fruit is a bit too masculinist and verbose, and poorly staged.
Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama Sweat vigorously massages the wounded heart of rustbelt America.
Long-overdue revival of a wartime classic, Terence Rattigan’s While the Sun Shines offers an evening that is full of hilarity and insight.