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Sunday, December 8, 2019

The week in theatre: Fairview; The Boy Friend; The Wolf of Wall Street – review by Kate Kellaway

Young Vic; Menier Chocolate Factory; 5-15 Sun Street, LondonDon’t be fooled by the homely setting of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s dazzling, disconcerting Pulitzer prize-winner A woman is peel…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

The week in theatre: Mary Poppins; Murder in the Cathedral; Much Ado About Nothing – review by Kate Kellaway

Prince Edward theatre; Southwark Cathedral; Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonRichard Eyre’s Mary Poppins revival soars, TS Eliot’s verse drama struggles under the weight of its gravitas, and…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

The week in theatre: Mephisto [A Rhapsody]; A Day in the Death of Joe Egg; The Man in the White Suit – review by Kate Kellaway

Gate; Trafalgar Studios; Wyndham’s, London A stirring Faustian tale puts actors under the moral spotlight, a revival of Joe Egg is brave but bleak, and The Man in the White Suit fades fast…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Marcelino Sambé: ‘Ballet should not be just for elite kids’ by Kate Kellaway

It’s a fairytale: the young dancer in a poor Lisbon suburb who makes it to principal at a world class company. But more underprivileged children should get a chance, says the Royal Ballet…

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Edinburgh theatre roundup: Oedipus; Roots; Total Immediate Collective – review by Kate Kellaway

King’s theatre; Church Hill theatre; the Studio, EdinburghEmotion is pared to the bone in Robert Icke’s thrilling new real-time adaptation of Sophocles. Plus, folk tales that leap off th…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Peter Pan review – it’s all over the place, Darling by Kate Kellaway

Troubadour White City, LondonDespite a soaring lead and plenty of ideas, this production doesn’t quite get off the ground Although a new theatre ought to be a cause for celebration, the Tr…

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

The week in theatre: The Bridges of Madison County; Oklahoma!; Blues in the Night – review by Kate Kellaway

Menier Chocolate Factory, London; Chichester Festival theatre; Kiln, LondonThe Bridges of Madison County musical hits all the right notes in Trevor Nunn’s heartfelt production. Plus, an ir…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

The week in theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; While the Sun Shines; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – review by Kate Kellaway

Bridge, London; Orange Tree, Richmond; Theatre Royal BathNicholas Hytner pulls off a dazzling circus trick, and there’s some pleasing drawing-room drama for the less energetic A Midsummer …

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

The week in theatre: Small Island; Avalanche: A Love Story; The Half God of Rainfall – review by Kate Kellaway

Olivier; Barbican; Kiln, LondonRufus Norris’s epic adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Windrush novel is spectacular, while Maxine Peake excels in a moving portrayal of the trials of IVFSmall Is…

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

The week in theatre: All My Sons; Ghosts; The Play That Goes Wrong – review by Kate Kellaway

Old Vic, London; Royal and Derngate, Northampton; Duchess theatre, LondonTwo Hollywood actors bring skilful, unstarry performances to All My Sons, Lucy Bailey directs a fine, unstarchy produ…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Maxine Peake: ‘I’m sure people say: don’t hire that big red raving loony’ by Kate Kellaway

The actor on her new role as a woman undergoing IVF, the trouble with being outspoken and why she called her dog CastroMaxine Peake’s roles range from a transgender Hamlet to a sharp lawye…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

The week in theatre: Tartuffe; The Son; Equus; As You Like It – review by Kate Kellaway

Lyttelton; Kiln; Theatre Royal Stratford East, London; Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonMolière’s anti-hero is a dodgy Highgate hippy, Florian Zeller dazzles with the latest …

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The week in theatre: Macbeth; Pinter Three and Four; Don Quixote; A Small Place – review by Kate Kellaway

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Harold Pinter; Garrick; the GateThe domestic drama is especially close to home in the Globe’s Scottish play. Plus, more exceptional Pinter and a joyous West End re…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The week in theatre: Hadestown; The Watsons – review by Kate Kellaway

National Theatre, London; Minerva, Chichester A jazzy-poppy hybrid of Orpheus lacks depth, while an adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel is an unpredictable treatHadestown begins p…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Wise Children review – Emma Rice’s joyous Angela Carter adaptation by Kate Kellaway

Old Vic, LondonCarter’s riotous novel about a south London theatrical dynasty bursts on to the stage in this life-enhancing showAt the end of a programme essay, Emma Rice wonders what Ange…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

The week in theatre: Antony and Cleopatra; Touching the Void; Poet in da Corner – review by Kate Kellaway

Olivier, London; Bristol Old Vic; Royal Court, LondonRalph Fiennes’s Antony grapples with a midlife crisis while Sophie Okonedo’s Cleopatra is the ultimate diva in an outstanding product…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Jonathan Pryce: ‘I’d rather be Welsh than English, that’s for sure’ by Kate Kellaway

The award-winning actor on playing a narcissistic writer opposite Glenn Close in The Wife, his Welsh roots, and looking like the popeJonathan Pryce has played Shakespearean heroes (Hamlet, S…

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Emma Rice: ‘I don’t know how I got to be so controversial’ by Kate Kellaway

Her stewardship of Shakespeare’s Globe ended in acrimony but a revitalised Emma Rice, now about to launch her own company Wise Children, couldn’t be happier“It was on Shakespeare’s b…

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

The week in theatre: Translations; Consent; The Biograph Girl by Kate Kellaway

Olivier; Harold Pinter; Finborough, LondonNot understanding speaks volumes in Ian Rickson’s tremendous new production of Brian Friel’s 1980 classic. And Nina Raine’s unflinching Consen…

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Laura Linney on making her British stage debut by Kate Kellaway

The US actor tells how a new adaption of Elizabeth Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton chimes with our uncertain timesid-morning in Brooklyn, New York and grey clouds are scudding across the s…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Hay Fever – review by Kate Kellaway

Noël Coward theatre, LondonGoing to Howard Davies's glorious production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever is like being invited to an irregular house party; the relief is that, unlike the hapless…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Exit the King review – Alun Armstrong absurdly good in Ionesco’s drama by Kate Kellaway

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal BathAlun Armstrong rules in Ionesco’s absurdist dramaIonesco’s Exit the King was first performed in 1962, and the theatre of the absurd cannot boast any mor…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Abi Morgan: 'I don't look back. I am totally now' by Kate Kellaway

Thanks to The Hour, playwright Abi Morgan has enjoyed an incredibly prolific year. Next up, a Thatcher biopic starring Meryl Streep, a Steve McQueen film about sex and a play about GodAbi Mo…

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

State of play: David Hare and James Graham talk drama and politics by Kate Kellaway

The veteran playwright and the prolific young star, both masters of political theatre, reflect on the state of the nation – and contemporary culture – in the internet ageDavid Hare and J…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire review – arguments fought with fire by Kate Kellaway

The National’s magnificent production of Caryl Churchill’s English civil war play resonates powerfully todayCaryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire was written in 1976, is s…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The week in theatre: Macbeth; The Great Wave; The Plough and the Stars; Agnes Colander – review by Kate Kellaway

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; Dorfman, National Theatre; Lyric Hammersmith, London; Theatre Royal, BathTragedy meets levity in the RSC’s Scottish play. Plus, a captivatin…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The week in theatre: The Cherry Orchard; Frankenstein; Buggy Baby – review by Kate Kellaway

Bristol Old Vic; Royal Exchange, Manchester; The Yard, London The Cherry Orchard springs to life in Michael Boyd’s thrillingly vital Bristol Old Vic production. In Manchester, April De Ang…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The week in theatre: Long Day’s Journey Into Night; The Captive Queen; Dry Powder – review by Kate Kellaway

Wyndham’s; Shakespeare’s Globe; Hampstead, LondonLesley Manville glitters as desperate mother Mary in O’Neill’s grim family portrait. Plus, Barrie Rutter’s valedictory Captive Quee…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hanna review – an emotional tug-of-war by Kate Kellaway

Arcola theatre, LondonSharp moral conundrums arise in Sam Potter’s compelling monologue about babies swapped at birthHanna, a new play by Sam Potter, is like overhearing talk outside the s…

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Anoushka Warden: ‘My mum just asked if twat was a real word’ by Kate Kellaway

As her monologue My Mum’s a Twat opens at the Royal Court, PR turned playwright Anoushka Warden talks about her big break – and how she survived a difficult childhoodAnoushka Warden did …

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Adrian Lester on Ira Aldridge: 'He was a pioneer for black actors' by Kate Kellaway

A new era is dawning at London's Tricycle theatre under Indhu Rubasingham, its first new artistic director in three decades. Her inaugural play – starring Adrian Lester, and written by his…

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