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Friday, June 18, 2021

The Last Abbot of Reading review – Tudor history goes back where it came from by Mark Lawson

Reading Abbey RuinsBeth Flintoff’s atmospheric Reformation drama casts Henry VIII as a Boris-like bully, and is staged amid the ruins of his Catholic frenemy’s abbey With so many people …

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Shaw Shorts review – a double dose of delightful comedy by Mark Lawson

Orange Tree, LondonTwo plays explore George Bernard Shaw’s questioning of social values, directed by Paul Miller as a pointer towards Pinter Great Irish playwrights born two years apart in…

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The case of the Covid-compliant murder: how The Mousetrap is snapping back to life by Mark Lawson

Agatha Christie’s snowbound whodunnit is the world’s longest-running play. Now it’s leading the big reopening – with a double cast and no kissing The London West End is filled with g…

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Helen McCrory: engaging, enthralling, always magnetically watchable by Mark Lawson

The exquisitely talented actor shone at playing complex, intelligent women with a seemingly effortless skill Helen McCrory dies aged 52 It seems fitting that one of Helen McCrory’s final s…

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Sadie review – lockdown Belfast drama is hilarious and harrowing by Mark Lawson

Available on BBC iPlayerProvocative playwright David Ireland returns with a slow-burn character study screened as part of the BBC’s Lights Up festival In Cyprus Avenue (2016) and Ulster Am…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

David Ireland: 'As a writer, I want to be socially irresponsible' by Mark Lawson

He’s no stranger to walk-outs and trigger warnings. So the daring dramatist is amazed the BBC is broadcasting his dark new play about a Belfast woman’s lockdown crisis A decade ago, Davi…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

True Born Englishman: did the BBC ban this Buckingham Palace play? by Mark Lawson

Peter Barnes’ monologue about a royal footman was commissioned for radio but never broadcast until now. Director Philip Franks and others unravel its mystery The most celebrated set of dra…

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Love Letters review – Jenny Seagrove and Martin Shaw are superbly matched by Mark Lawson

Theatre Royal Haymarket, LondonThe emotional and physical distance of this epistolary novel for the stage is ideal for Covid-era theatre, performed here with power and finesse Pandemic theat…

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Betrayal review: Pinter's love triangle offers fresh pleasures and shorter pauses by Mark Lawson

Theatre Royal BathStaged in a Covid-safe auditorium, this rattling revival of Harold Pinter’s mind-stretching drama is enjoyably brisk Harold Pinter came to regret his frequent speech dire…

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Songs for a New World review – singers face forwards in bold, Covid-safe show by Mark Lawson

London PalladiumJason Robert Brown’s song cycle on the theme of life choices adapts well to social distancing, with a cast whose big voices make the huge auditorium feel small Balancing dr…

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Incidental Moments of the Day review – a feast for Covid historians by Mark Lawson

Available online In Richard Nelson’s third play about a US white liberal family Zooming through the pandemic, the Apples are forced to confront whether they are racist In the Guardian on S…

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Diana Rigg: star with an independent streak to match her glamour by Mark Lawson

From kick-ass screen roles to award-winning theatre and TV ones, with a curious sideline in nuns, the Yorkshire-born actor’s class and spirit earned her a magnificent career Diana Rigg, A…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

'There's something special in every show': 40 years at the stage door by Mark Lawson

Harry Gabriel, gatekeeper of London’s Shaftesbury theatre, recalls greeting the stars, his bond with Peter O’Toole and how the Harlem Globetrotters launched his West End career The staff…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Think you love musicals? Meet the fan who has seen Les Mis 977 times by Mark Lawson

What makes Wicked and Starlight Express so addictive? A new documentary, Repeat Attenders, chronicles the reasons superfans return to see their favourites You might guess that the Australian…

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

A Separate Peace review – Stoppard gem earns an ovation from the sofa by Mark Lawson

The Remote ReadDavid Morrissey headed up a cast united on Zoom for a show that took on poignant new meaning and exuded theatrical joy The countdown to the play beginning was on screen rather…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Lovely jubbly! How theatre tuned into classic TV sitcoms by Mark Lawson

From a musical version of Only Fools and Horses to a stage show based on The Good Life, small-screen comedies are inspiring theatre-makers During the social confinements caused by coronaviru…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Revenger’s Tragedy review – gruesome tale with a touch of Berlusconi by Mark Lawson

Barbican, London Cheek By Jowl’s handsome Italian-language update of the cruel classic with Milan’s Piccolo Teatro delivers a harsh verdict on political corruption When Chekhov is perfor…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

The Upstart Crow review – authentically Shakespearean right down to the puffling pants by Mark Lawson

Gielgud theatre, LondonDavid Mitchell is engaging and confident as Ben Elton brings his hit TV sitcom to the stage – it’s the definite article Audiences unfamiliar with British TV will w…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Content warning: this play only lasts 40 minutes by Mark Lawson

Both the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court are staging plays that are under three-quarters of an hour long. Are theatregoers being short-changed? People do a double take at the advisory n…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

The Haystack review – brainy GCHQ surveillance thriller by Mark Lawson

Hampstead theatre, LondonAl Blyth’s debut play explores how far into the lives of citizens a state can pry, and the effects on the snoopers themselves After the movie Official Secrets, abo…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Endgame review – Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming await a riveting apocalypse by Mark Lawson

Old Vic, LondonDeftly bringing out the humour in Samuel Beckett’s lines, the two actors bring fresh life to a tale of imminent doom As a blind man and his valet swap evidence of personal a…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Brian Blessed: 'All my life, 90% of men have bored the arse off me' by Mark Lawson

Dressed in pyjamas and wellies, the great actor talks about his astronaut training in Russia, the original Cats – and putting his might behind his daughter Rosalind’s very personal plays…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Curtains review – the arresting case of Kander and Ebb's musical whodunnit by Mark Lawson

Wyndham’s, LondonJason Manford is a charming, showtune-obsessed homicide cop in this fun companion to Chicago and Cabaret Cabaret (1966) and Chicago (1975) became Broadway and West End per…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

The Vote 2019 review – James Graham's polling-station stunner by Mark Lawson

Bush House, King’s College LondonSimon Russell Beale, Mark Gatiss and Catherine Tate were on hilarious form in this new version of the state-of-the-nation comedy How is it possible that an…

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Peter Pan review – JM Barrie's adventure flies to modern-day Wales by Mark Lawson

Storyhouse, ChesterSet against the never-never-land of present-day austerity, Gary Owen’s production broadens the play’s appeal JM Barrie’s 1904 play about a boy who never ages gets ol…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Jonathan Miller: a master of all trades by Mark Lawson

The theatre and opera director, television producer, presenter, writer, comic and doctor had a special interest in the human mind – and a special example of one, too Sir Jonathan Miller d…

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Season review – musical romcom hits a feelgood festive note by Mark Lawson

Royal & Derngate, NorthamptonElectrifying performances light up a glittering New York Christmas story in this warm-hearted, tuneful two-hander On Christmas Eve, puppyish twentysomething…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Annie Baker: 'I like theatre because it’s so unprofitable!' by Mark Lawson

In a rare interview, Baker explains why she hates commercial theatre (except Hello, Dolly!) and how she anticipated Trump and #MeToo in her new work at the National, The Antipodes It is not …

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads review – a modern classic that displays a sense of danger by Mark Lawson

Chichester Festival theatreSet in a London pub during an England v Germany football match, the topical take on racism and nationalism shows Roy Williams’s 2002 play hasn’t dated It is un…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

An Enemy of the People review – Ibsen told as Scandi-noir with Alex Kingston by Mark Lawson

Nottingham PlayhouseSet in a contemporary Norwegian town, the classic is reworked by Rebecca Lenkiewicz to chime with Brexit divisions An accidental trilogy of updatings of Ibsen plays by fe…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Cracked actor: stage stars review Boris Johnson's debut as PM by Jon Culshaw, James Graham, Bridget Christie and Mark Lawson

Impressionist Jon Culshaw, playwright James Graham, comedian Bridget Christie and critic Mark Lawson on the prime minister’s opening week in Westminster I’ve been doing Boris impressions…

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