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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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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Oklahoma! review – oh, what a beautifully dark evening by Mark Lawson

Chichester Festival theatreJosie Lawrence stars in a revival that perfectly delivers both the jolly and sombre elements of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Although it begins with someon…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Edinburgh fringe 2019: 10 essential shows by Brian Logan, Miriam Gillinson, Mark Lawson, Mark Fisher, Judith Mackrell, Bridget Minamore and Lyndsey Winship

Jessie Cave’s intimate standup, a beatbox Frankenstein and a twist on the star-crossed lovers are among the Edinburgh shows we’ve previously reviewed. Here’s what we said … Pleasance…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

One Night in Miami review – Ali goes toe-to-toe with Malcolm X and Sam Cooke by Mark Lawson

Nottingham PlayhousePitch-perfect performances enliven Kemp Powers’ impressive play, punchily debating racial tensions in 1960s America The night he beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to become wor…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell review – Soho boozer's pint-sized revival by Mark Lawson

Norman’s Coach & Horses, LondonRobert Bathurst stars in an hour-long version of the comedy, staged in the pub where Keith Waterhouse sought inspiration In Keith Waterhouse’s 1989 com…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Freddie Starr: a troubled, talented comic defined by one famous headline by Mark Lawson

The performer – who died this week – found fame as a musician and an impressionist, but could never escape a notorious Sun front page The career of the comedian and singer Freddie Starr,…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Shadowlands review – Bonneville dazzles as CS Lewis in divine revival by Mark Lawson

Chichester Festival theatreQuestions of faith and loss drive a masterly story of the Narnia author in Rachel Kavanaugh’s deeply poignant production The first three speeches of Shadowlands …

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

This Is My Family review – terrifically funny musical is a triumph by Mark Lawson

Minerva, ChichesterJames Nesbitt and Sheila Hancock star in Tim Firth’s touching comedy about a dysfunctional group of relatives Musicals head inexorably towards big ensemble numbers, a c…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Rob Brydon Probes Barry Humphries review – in defence of offence by Mark Lawson

London PalladiumThis chatshow canter through the career and comedy loves of Humphries proved he is an unrepentant controversialist The television chatshow spread to theatre as a way of getti…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Crown Dual review – inventive, fun parody of Netflix original by Mark Lawson

King’s Head, LondonSkilfully combining play-that-goes-wrong antics with a potted history of the royals, this has fringe festival hit written all over it From the National Theatre of Brent …

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Only Fools and Horses – The Musical review: vintage gags need better tunes by Mark Lawson

Theatre Royal Haymarket, LondonAmid the delightful comic dialogue, some of the musical numbers can feel like padding The smooth transition from dialogue to songs in musicals is the genre’s…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

David Ireland: 'I find it hard to end my plays without violence' by Mark Lawson

His plays have shocked audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Is David Ireland bothered about the walk-outs? Will he give in to demands for trigger warnings?Cradling his grandchild for the…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

At home with the Ibsens: the play unfolding at the writer's Oslo address by Mark Lawson

The Lady From the Sea, a powerful drama about loss and longing, is being rehearsed at the very flat where Ibsen ended his years in exile. Our writer pops byOn Oslo’s Victoria Terrasse ther…

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