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Saturday, July 11, 2020

“Jane Clegg” at Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Edwardian dramatist St John Ervine was once, along with Arthur Wing Pinero, Henry Arthur Jones, Harley Granville Barker and George Bernard Shaw, hailed as a British Ibsen. They wrote problem…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

‘This is a play that certainly repays interest’: JANE CLEGG – Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

A rediscovered Edwardian problem play gives a clear picture of marriage and morals in a bygone era.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sea Wall: A Profound Performance By Andrew Scott by Aleks Sierz

Lockdown occasionally spawns some real delights. Like the surprise appearance of a strange creature from the most profound depths. One of these must be Andrew Scott’s superb performance in…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

“Continuity”, Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Yesterday, I took a break from my sunny local park and turned a room in my house into the Finborough fringe theatre. You know the kind of thing: very small, very dark, very hot and airless, …

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

‘Psychologically convincing & fiercely compelling’: CONTINUITY – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

In Continuity, Gerry Moynihan explores the men’s fanaticism and the effects of their frustrated masculinity on their political beliefs.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

‘Theatre is rarely so forceful or so urgent’: THE PROTEST – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

This venue's urgent response to the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter campaign is powerfully realised.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

‘Mark Gatiss’ mesmerising acting dominates the play’: THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III – Nottingham Playhouse (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Alan Bennett writes that “I’ve always had a soft spot for George III”, for no better reason than that he had studied the monarch’s reign at secondary school and then again at uni.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Reasons To Be Cheerful, Theatre Royal Stratford East by Aleks Sierz

If any musical can attempt to live up to this title in these troubled times, it must be this show from Graeae, a theatre company whose mission is to champion the work of Deaf and disabled ar…

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Caretaker: An Unnecessary Art Installation? by Aleks Sierz

We are living, I have frequently been told, through weird times. Maybe. But do weird times necessarily require weird art? Do bad times provoke bad art? Well, one of the most unusual response…

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

‘A real gem’: Philip Ridley’s online series The Beast Will Rise is ‘sublime storytelling’ by Aleks Sierz

The problem with creating theatre in an era of lockdown is that the constraints of working online tend towards a uniformity of creativity

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Unprecedented or uninteresting? Do bad times provoke bad art? by Aleks Sierz

We are living, I have frequently been told, through weird times. Maybe. But do weird times necessarily require weird art? Do bad times provoke bad art?

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Brief Notes Towards A Definition Of Leftfield Theatre by Aleks Sierz

In his wide-ranging, and widely read, survey of postwar British theatre, called State of the Nation, the Guardian critic Michael Billington sets out his stall: in the introduction to the …

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

‘Diana Quick gives a bravura performance’: MIDNIGHT YOUR TIME – Donmar Warehouse (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

This revival of a 2011 HighTide hit, reconceived for streaming, stars Diana Quick and is intimate and quietly moving.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Zoom Play: “Midnight Your Time” at The Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

During the lockdown, the best online theatre, more or less, are shows that are specially created for this digital format. Much better than dull records of dramas that might have worked well …

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

‘Gillian Anderson’s performance is a scorcher’: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – Young Vic Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

World on fire: The NT Live recording of this classic Young Vic production stars Gillian Anderson and is genuinely unmissable.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Curve Leicester’s “What the Butler Saw”: A Review by Aleks Sierz

Over the past couple of months, theatre reviewing has become film reviewing, and venues all over the country have struggled to make material available for watching online. The biggest instit…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Revisiting the National Theatre’s 2011 “Frankenstein” by Aleks Sierz

So far, it could be said that the National Theatre is having a good lockdown. Every week, this flagship streams one of its stock of NT Live films, which are always a welcome reminder of the …

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‘This is our humanity. And sheer genius’ – Andrew Scott in SEA WALL by Aleks Sierz

Lockdown occasionally spawns some real delights. Like the surprise appearance of a strange creature from the profoundest depths. One of these must be Andrew Scott’s superb performance in S…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

‘The camera captures Benedict Wong’s perfectly nuanced performance’: THE ARREST OF AI WEIWEI – Hampstead Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Howard Brenton's docu-drama about the harassment of the Chinese artist is imbued with fresh urgency and relevance.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

‘It is also about the elemental longing of all of us for human connection’: FRANKENSTEIN – National Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The megahit NT Live version of this iconic tale of creative hubris features a dynamic acting duo, but it is not perfect.

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

“Gators” at Tramp Productions by Aleks Sierz

She’s an ordinary young woman, and she really doesn’t know what to think. After all, things are way out of control. Out of order. She knows that the natural world is pretty fucked and th…

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Friday, May 1, 2020

“Wise Children” at York Theatre Royal by Aleks Sierz

Reviewing theatre now means reviewing the film. Knowing that Emma Rice’s Old Vic 2018 production of Wise Children, her typically rambunctious version of Angela Carter’s last novel, publi…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Alice Birch and Katie Mitchell’s “Orlando” at the Schaubühne Theatre: Queer Desire on the Big Screen by Aleks Sierz

Virginia Woolf’s reputation has closely followed British cultural trends: in the interwar years she was a beacon of modernism, austere and difficult; by the 1970s a feminist icon; in the 1…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

‘A joyous celebration of the magic of theatre’: WISE CHILDREN – York Theatre Royal (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Emma Rice's version of Angela Carter's last novel is a beautifully bizarre celebration of alternative families.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

‘A powerfully resonant, relevant & riveting watch’: It’s True, It’s True, It’s True – Breach Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The BBC film version of a Renaissance rape trial is powerfully resonant, relevant and a riveting watch.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

“One Man, Two Guvnors” at The National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Armchair theatre-lovers rejoice. During the lockdown, the National Theatre is streaming a selection of its past hits for free for one week at a time. These shows, originally filmed as part o…

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

‘Philip Ridley’s masterly monologue explores the anxieties of our current culture of fear’: GATORS (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Gloriously surreal monologue about everyday anxieties in extraordinary circumstances: welcome back the glittering dark!

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

“Bubble” is Digital Performance for the Political Viewer by Aleks Sierz

It’s only been a week since London’s West End went dark and theatres closed all over the UK, but it feels like months. Really. Like many others, I’m in self-isolation, stressed by work…

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Family and Community and Isolation in “The Croft” by Aleks Sierz

With everyone in lockdown, observing physical if not social distancing, a story about isolation can have a particular resonance. And there are few places in the UK that are as isolated as so…

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Monday, April 6, 2020

‘This proves that staying in really does have its compensation’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – National Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

These shows, originally filmed as part of the flagship’s NT Live project, are now available on its YouTube channel. The first is Richard Bean’s gloriously silly farce, One Man, Two, Guvn…

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

‘A story about isolation has a particular resonance’: THE CROFT – Original Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

This touring theatre's new tartan gothic thriller is complex, but also a bit overwrought and conventional.

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