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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Mary Said What She Said review – Isabelle Huppert dazzles in a one-woman tour de force by Claire Armitstead

Barbican, LondonThe final hours of Mary, Queen of Scots are enacted with hypnotic precision in Robert Wilson’s collaboration with Théâtre de la Ville–Paris In the grand soap opera of 1…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Wuthering fights: the play that shows the Brontës were bigger backstabbers than the Kardashians by Claire Armitstead

Rivalries, putdowns, betrayals … director Natalie Ibu explains why she is thrilled to be making her National Theatre debut with an award-winning play about the famous writing sisters Natal…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:32PM
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

‘I have big ambitions’: Bridgerton’s Charithra Chandran on her West End shocker – and building solar-powered factories by Claire Armitstead

One minute, she decided to try acting. The next, she had a plum role in Netflix’s Regency hit. And now she’s blazing into the West End. But that’s not nearly enough for this unstoppabl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42PM

‘I have big ambitions’: Bridgerton’s Charitha Chandran on her West End shocker – and building solar-powered factories by Claire Armitstead

One minute, she decided to try acting. The next, she had a plum role in Netflix’s Regency hit. And now she’s blazing into the West End. But that’s not nearly enough for this unstoppabl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:32PM

Edward Bond, blazingly original British playwright, dies aged 89 by Claire Armitstead

Death announced of writer whose searing and controversial plays included Saved and Early Morning Michael Billington on Edward Bond: a phenomenal talent who upturned theatre Edward Bond, the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Friday, January 26, 2024

Northanger Abbey review – Janeites, be warned! Austen gets a fanfic makeover by Claire Armitstead

Orange Tree theatre, LondonWriter Zoe Cooper and director Tessa Walker reignite Jane Austen’s early novel with hilarious physical storytelling and a fizzing cast, though the romance sputte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

‘Is my play still relevant? I don’t care!’ Tom Stoppard on his Gaza quandary and reviving Rock ’n’ Roll by Claire Armitstead

As his Velvet Revolution drama returns, the great writer talks about his mounting Israel-Gaza uncertainties, the epiphanies he has in every hot shower – and our one-star ‘corker’ revie…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:36PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2023

‘My privacy is gone’: Brian Cox on Succession’s toll, spurning Game of Thrones – and his new role as Bach by Claire Armitstead

As he returns to the stage to play JS Bach, the actor sounds off about the mess Britain’s in, explains why he turned down Game of Thrones – and reveals the price he has paid for Successi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:37AM
Tuesday, October 17, 2023

The Flea review – royal scandal becomes a satirical pantomime by Claire Armitstead

The Yard, LondonJames Fritz frames a Victorian story as folk tragedy and political interrogation – exuberant in its ambition, just occasionally not quite fulfilling its potential In July 1…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:13PM
Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends review – merrily they roll along by Claire Armitstead

Gielgud theatre, LondonA cleverly cast tribute, featuring Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga and Bonnie Langford, reflects on the passing of time with comedy and melancholy For those who know al…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19PM
Friday, June 16, 2023

The Crucible review – a witch hunt for truth-denying times by Claire Armitstead

Gielgud theatre, LondonHarnessing horror film conventions, Lyndsey Turner’s intelligent revival conjures places where truth is a political inconvenience Seventy years after its premiere, A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:37AM
Thursday, June 15, 2023

Glenda Jackson, fearless actor and politician, dies aged 87 by Claire Armitstead

Her singular passion lit up performances from Women in Love to King Lear and drove her 23-year middle career as an MP Michael Billington: Glenda Jackson was piercingly intelligent and unafra…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM
Wednesday, June 7, 2023

‘I do like a shock’: Martin McDonagh on why casting Lily Allen in The Pillowman makes it even more electrifying by Claire Armitstead

His 2003 play about child torture and freedom of speech became a global phenomenon. But will it offend today’s audiences? The writer-director explains why he won’t be changing a thing Ir…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:55PM
Friday, May 5, 2023

We Need New Names review – playful staging of NoViolet Bulawayo’s novel by Claire Armitstead

Brixton House, LondonDirector Monique Touko keeps the tone lively with this tough story of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe in which the actors switch race, age and gender with ease In a place called Par…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Josie Lawrence: ‘As soon as I could speak, I was putting on shows’ by Claire Armitstead

The actor looks back over a four-decade career balancing ‘serious’ drama and improv comedy, describes the making of her wholly improvised new film, and explains why we don’t see her on…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Sunday, April 2, 2023

Hamnet on stage: Maggie O’Farrell and Lolita Chakrabarti on adapting the hit novel for the RSC by Claire Armitstead

O’Farrell’s novel about Shakespeare losing his young son to the plague struck a powerful chord in lockdown. She and Chakrabarti discuss exploring class, place and creativity for a play t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Akedah review – sisters at sea in taut but frustrating Troubles drama by Claire Armitstead

Hampstead theatre, LondonTwo women disinter a trauma from their past in Michael John O’Neill’s allegorical play set in an evangelical church Two sisters circle each other in the antecham…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:57AM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Linck & Mülhahn review – queer costume drama echoes through the ages by Claire Armitstead

Hampstead theatre, LondonRuby Thomas’s play, based on a true story about a married couple in 18th-century Prussia who were tried for sodomy, is tender, musical and funny From Gentleman Jac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Thursday, February 2, 2023

Titus Andronicus review – a patriarchy hellbent on self-destruction by Claire Armitstead

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonHeirs and spares fight under a sleazeball Roman emperor and candles take a hammering in a brilliantly provocative show with an all-female ensemble What do you …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:49AM
Saturday, January 21, 2023

Director Simon Stone: ‘My heroes are women’ by Claire Armitstead

The innovative Australian director who gained acclaim for his version of Yerma starring Billie Piper is now reframing Phaedra as a postmenopausal love story with Janet McTeer Simon Stone doe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:00PM
Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Fay Weldon obituary by Claire Armitstead

Novelist and screenwriter whose tales of women taking control of their own destinies included The Life and Loves of a She-Devil • Writer Fay Weldon dies aged 91 The novelist Fay Weldon, wh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Sunday, December 18, 2022

Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights review – Scheherazade’s storytellers step out of the shadows by Claire Armitstead

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonThis co-production between the Globe and Tamasha gives voice to five fluent, witty and graceful women, allowing them to reshape the ancient tales as their own …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

Liz Kingsman: ‘Who is this woman who feels she can go on stage and make people laugh?’ by Claire Armitstead

The comedian-writer’s One Woman Show takes hilarious issue with the Fleabag-style ‘messy woman’ trope. As it transfers to London’s West End, she says she feels ‘at odds’ with its…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

‘It’s relatable’ … The Crown’s Emma Corrin on playing gender-swapping, time-travelling Orlando by Claire Armitstead

The actor and the director Michael Grandage talk about how relevant their staging of Virginia Woolf’s classic work of gender fluidity feels – and remember their own queer battles Emma Co…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32PM
Monday, October 24, 2022

Mud, murder and homemade schnapps: eco-thriller Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead roars back by Claire Armitstead

As Complicité’s Simon McBurney brings Olga Tokarczuk’s feminist detective story to the stage, the pair discuss its eccentric sleuth, isolated landscape and climate alarm Time feels out …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:49AM
Friday, October 21, 2022

David Farr: ‘The 60s generation created the most selfish age there has ever been’ by Claire Armitstead

In his new play, the screenwriter and author investigates ideas of individualism, sexual freedom and mortality through a woman who recreates herself as a cyborg David Farr is perplexed by tw…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:19AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Blues for an Alabama Sky review – Harlem renaissance drama is a tale for our times by Claire Armitstead

Lyttelton theatre, LondonA group of friends in 1930s New York pursue diverging dreams in a transfixing production of Pearl Cleage’s play directed by Lynette Linton ‘You’re a genius wit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Edinburgh fringe 2022: 20 theatre, comedy and dance shows you shouldn’t miss by Brian Logan, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher, Anya Ryan, Rachael Healy, Kate Wyver, Claire Armitstead, Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

In the first of our festival previews, we round up some of the best offerings we’ve already reviewed – including Tim Key, Liz Kingsman, La Clique and Hungry This searing, sweaty disco is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Friday, May 20, 2022

The Father and the Assassin review – gripping tale of the man who killed Gandhi by Claire Armitstead

Olivier theatre, LondonAnupama Chandrasekhar artfully unpicks the forces of history with a tale of violence and colonialism that echoes into today When it comes to taboo-busting, Anupama Cha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Monday, April 18, 2022

‘Don’t tell actors how to act, Mum!’: Kate Mosse on how her debut play was a family affair by Claire Armitstead

How did the novelist adapt her bestseller The Taxidermist’s Daughter for the stage? By stripping out the gore, ratcheting up the revenge – and asking her actor son for tips ‘I’ve ver…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Key Workers Cycle review – a tender collaboration to keep the darkness at bay by Claire Armitstead

Almeida theatre, LondonA cycle of nine community pieces that use black comedy and cautionary tales to celebrate the people who keep things going For its latest show, the Almeida, in Islingto…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards