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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Matt Trueman: I’m reviewing the situation – can a fellow be a critic all his life? by Matt Trueman

When I teach criticism, one of the first things I tell students is that it’s impossible. The very process of translating a

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Critic Matt Trueman: With reality up for grabs a new wave of inconsistency is sweeping theatre by Matt Trueman

There’s a car in Lord of the Rings, racing around Middle-earth. Gladiator has at least one gas-powered chariot and, going by a

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

'Coolest night in town': the club where Phoebe Waller-Bridge created Fleabag by Matt Trueman

Once based in a rundown boozer, DryWrite nights encouraged risk and giddy game-playing – their spirit is felt in Killing Eve and across British theatre today When Phoebe Waller-Bridge perf…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Matt Trueman: Edinburgh Fringe is bigger and better than ever – despite its flaws by Matt Trueman

Every year, the cry goes up: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in mortal danger. It has sacrificed its soul on the altar

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Dutch actor Hans Kesting: ‘The longer I play successful shows, the more nervous I get’ by Matt Trueman

From Othello to Oedipus via Richard III, Dutch actor Hans Kesting has played some of the biggest roles in theatre. He tells

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Monday, July 15, 2019

A light that never goes out: luddite rebellion returns to Manchester by Matt Trueman

Theatre company Kandinsky explore the city’s political identity and the legacy of luddism in an age of austerity and automation On 8 April 1812, there was a riot at the Royal Exchange buil…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Matt Trueman: A British farce of habit – but Molière is no joke by Matt Trueman

My friends – mes amis – I think we might have Molière all wrong. There are bigger problems, true, but I think

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Soho Theatre creative director David Luff: ‘We want our main space to be a playhouse again’ by Matt Trueman

Soho Theatre’s programme is a unique mix of live performance, moulded by collaboration between producers and associate artists. As the venue eyes

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Matt Trueman: Long-term programming is a problem for critics and artists by Matt Trueman

What’s the secret of success in theatre criticism? In my experience: Microsoft Excel. Forget carving out that neat turn of phrase. Don’t

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Matt Trueman: Critics need to regain confidence to shout beyond the echo chamber by Matt Trueman

Is it just me or are we losing lone voices? Read the review round-ups that roll out after big openings and, more

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Transform Festival: ‘Boldness is the way for us not only to survive, but to thrive’ by Matt Trueman

Amy Letman, the creative brains behind the Leeds event, talks to Matt Trueman about her mission to make the city a thriving

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Matt Trueman: Relevance is an ACE idea, but art needs to stay ahead of the curve by Matt Trueman

Good is no longer good enough. Arts Council England is changing its priorities ahead of its current strategic review. “Relevance is the

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Rupert Murdoch Liked Red Meat. So Bertie Carvel Takes His Steak Rare. by Matt Trueman

The son and grandson of journalists aims to complicate the “pantomime villain” he portrays in “Ink.”

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Actor Tom Mothersdale: ‘I feel like I’m cheating if I don’t find out how a character showers’ by Matt Trueman

Tom Mothersdale has played ‘lots of villains, lots of creeps’ and now he’s taking on the granddaddy of stage villainy: Richard III.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Designer Frankie Bradshaw: ‘I’ve always had a yearning for the beauty in the natural world’ by Matt Trueman

Rising designer Frankie Bradshaw has created deeply atmospheric onstage worlds for shows such as Orca and Sweat. She tells Matt Trueman how

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The really empty space: do you need actors to make theatre? by Matt Trueman

From Enda Walsh’s disembodied voices to a Royal Court escape room, experimental theatre is being made without performers ‘I don’t know if it is theatre,” Enda Walsh says of his new s…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Matt Trueman: Illogical Oliviers eligibility needs a serious shake-up by Matt Trueman

Every year, eyebrows are raised over the Olivier Awards’ eligibility criteria. What Theatreland’s top prizes boast in prestige, they sometimes seem to

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Trick’s Eve Leigh: ‘The more you enjoy your life, the better your work is going to be’ by Matt Trueman

Experimental playwright Eve Leigh is becoming an increasingly intriguing voice in UK theatre. She talks to Matt Trueman about her new play

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'A world to escape into': how theatre gives prisoners a way out by Matt Trueman

The show Inside Bitch, made by women with experience of the penal system, dismantles Bad Girls stereotypes, while new play The Jumper Factory explores fear behind men’s bravado ‘Deeply d…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Matt Trueman: C Venues isn’t just a villain of the fringe – it’s also a victim by Matt Trueman

Allow me, momentarily, to hold a candle for C Venues. Last week, the Scotsman revealed that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe operator had

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Ned Bennett: 'I want audiences to soil themselves and throw up' by Matt Trueman

He lit up An Octoroon, had a cult smash with Pomona and let loose deadly bunnies in Buggy Baby. Now the director is set to stun audiences with Peter Shaffer’s psychodrama Equus‘You have …

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Meet the German artists revolutionising UK stage design by Matt Trueman

While German theatre design has no single defining aesthetic, its exponents are known for being less reserved than their British counterparts. They

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Superhoe’s Nicole Lecky and Jade Lewis: ‘There are really exciting changes going on. What’s next?’ by Matt Trueman

Co-produced by Talawa Theatre and the Royal Court, Superhoe is a one-woman play bringing east London to west London. Matt Trueman meets

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Designer Vicki Mortimer: ‘If the set looks fake, you can’t expect the actor to be convincing’ by Matt Trueman

The Olivier winner has become the National Theatre’s go-to designer, creating the world of some of its most groundbreaking productions in the

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Matt Trueman: British theatre has its head in the sand over Brexit by Matt Trueman

As David Dimbleby called the result of the EU referendum, I was watching from a Travelodge toilet in Birmingham. How fitting. A

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Matt Trueman: Why the ICA’s past is a warning to theatres reliant on sponsorship by Matt Trueman

In a tough funding climate, arts organisations are seeking to boost their finances with private donations and corporate sponsorship. Matt Trueman warns

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Meet the man who brought through a generation of playwrights at the Royal Court by Matt Trueman

Last month, after more than eight years at the Royal Court, Chris Campbell left his job as literary manager to join indie

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Defacing Heart of Darkness: new plays tear down Conrad's colonialist tale by Matt Trueman

In two contrasting stagings of the novel, one renders it ridiculous while the other confronts the debate head onHeart of Darkness is, to use today’s parlance, problematic. More than 40 yea…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Matt Trueman: Post-Brexit, artists will need to speak up for freedom by Matt Trueman

“There are two elephants in this room”, the Polish director Jan Klata said to the audience assembled at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Playwright Moira Buffini: ‘Success was a bigger crisis for me than failure’ by Matt Trueman

With a series of well-received plays behind her, writer Moira Buffini deserves a heavyweight reputation but, as she tells Matt Trueman, she

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Matt Trueman: Austerity has left theatres in an impossible, contradictory position by Matt Trueman

A decade of austerity is, apparently, almost over. Believe it when you see it. Arts funding won’t go up any time soon.

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