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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Why Donald Trump's tragic, terrifying rallies make a strange case for the importance of theatre by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

In their lack of chanciness and spontaneity, Trump's rallies are a systematic negation of the theatrical spirit, writes Paul Taylor. And so they constitute, by default, an eloquent defence o…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Swive [Elizabeth] review, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: Clever, funny and indignant by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Ella Hickson has joined forces with director Natalie Abrahami, whose production shifts between grimly gleeful anachronism and historical empathy

SOURCE: The Independent at 11:54AM
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Cyrano de Bergerac review, Playhouse: A very good James McAvoy stars in a piercingly perceptive production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

A season of Jamie Lloyd productions at the Playhouse kicks off with an inspired revival... even if McAvoy's modestly over-endowed nose could be a tad more bulbous

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:06PM
Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Boy in the Dress review, Royal Shakespeare Theatre: A wonderfully warm-hearted and well-cast show by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

David Walliams's best selling children's book is given a theatrical makeover by the Royal Shakespeare Company for its main-stage Christmas attraction

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:12PM
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dear Evan Hansen review, Noel Coward Theatre: A superb, unmissable musical by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Sam Tutty gives a star-making performance in a story of grief, deception, and the conscienceless juggernaut of the internet

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:48PM
Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Antipodes review, National Theatre: Marvellous acting pervades deftly paced production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Playwright Annie Baker has been rightly praised for the ways in which this anticipates the age of Trump and the #MeToo movement

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:18PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Will the new West End revival of Mary Poppins prove to be 'ahead of the #MeToo curve'? by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

First seen at this address 15 years ago, the production arrives after a spate of works have complicated and enriched the Mary Poppins phenomenon, writes Paul Taylor

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:54AM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Vassa, Almeida Theatre review: A vivid, horribly vital production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Siobhan Redmond shines in this disgracefully funny adaptation of Maxim Gorky's 1910 play

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:42AM
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp review: Caryl Churchill play is haunting and audacious by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Churchill's approach has her distinctively inspired stamp in its almost laconic outrageousness

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:36AM
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Could Caryl Churchill's new play be the first to do justice to the Weinstein scandal? by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Attempts to give theatrical space to the #MeToo movement have not been encouraging, writes Paul Taylor. Could 'Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.' be the answer?

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:34AM
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Doctor, Almeida Theatre review: Juliet Stevenson is magnificent in provocative, wonderfully upsetting production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

As his leaving present to the Almeida, Robert Icke brilliantly re-imagines Arthur Schnitzler's Professor Pernhardi

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:42AM
Thursday, August 8, 2019

8 Hotels, Minerva Theatre review: Elegantly provocative and alive with wiry delicacy by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

In an era of virulently born-again 'white supremacy' in the US, we have Nicholas Wright to thank for coming to the topic of Othello, show business, and race anew

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:32AM
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Bridges of Madison County, Menier Chocolate Factory review: A note-perfect Jenna Russell gives a genius performance by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Jason Robert Brown's musical take on this beloved story is beautifully orchestrated and occasionally sublime

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:54AM
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Night of the Iguana, Noel Coward Theatre review: A brave, magnificently modulated revival by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Starring Clive Owen and directed by James Macdonald, this is a brilliant reminder of what an extraordinary feat Tennesse Williams pulled off here

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:03AM
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Peter Gynt, National Theatre review: A mighty achievement – but with strings attached by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

James McArdle is dazzling in this laugh-out-loud, feel-bad production of Henrik Ibsen's 1867 play

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:36PM
Thursday, July 4, 2019

The End of History, The Royal Court review: Lesley Sharp is painfully funny in this clever, intriguing production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Moving through three decidedly awkward family dinners over the course of three decades, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany's new play is both satire and celebration

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:06AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Midsummer Night's Dream review: Nicholas Hytner's take on the Bard comedy is another mould-breaker by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This production, which reunites the team responsible for last year's smash hit 'Julius Caesar', stars Gwendoline Christie from 'Game of Thrones' as Titania

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:18AM
Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Starry Messenger, Wyndham's Theatre, review: Matthew Broderick excels in Kenneth Lonergan's play by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The actors play characters that range from laugh-out-loud funny to twisty, wrong-footing ambivalence

SOURCE: The Independent at 10:54AM
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Maggie Smith: A career of outstanding performances, from Othello to Downton Abbey by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

It has been 12 years since the dame last appeared on stage – but now she's back with 'A German Life', a one-woman play about Goebbels secretary Brunhilde Pomsel. Paul Taylor charts the act…

SOURCE: The Independent at 11:43AM
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Top Girls review, Lyttelton: 'A work of genius that will never date' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Both Caryl Churchill's classic and Ibsen's 'A Doll's House' woke their audiences up to the necessity of a feminist movement and also to the pain inescapable from progress

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:58AM
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

From Joni Mitchell to James Taylor: How singing voices can get better with age by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Recent theatre productions starring mature singers have inspired theatre critic Paul Taylor to pay tribute to the nuances and joys – rather than fear – to be found in ageing voices

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:57PM
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Betrayal review: Tom Hiddleston excels in a brilliant performance by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Jamie Lloyd directs an exceptionally thoughtful and searching revival of this time-reverse play

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:17AM
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

From Harold Pinter's Betrayal to Christopher Nolan's Memento: why create art that goes backwards? by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

As 'Betrayal' returns to the stage, starring Tom Hiddleston, Paul Taylor looks at the vast body of art in which people are shown living their lives backwards – to arresting and revealing e…

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:17AM
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Waitress, Adelphi Theatre, review: 'This show is the real deal' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This is both a romcom set in the workplace and a feminist drama

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:11AM
Monday, February 18, 2019

Come from Away, Phoenix Theatre, review: Drama thrives on conflict and this musical about 9/11 has very little of that by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

It would be impossible to imagine a more complete antidote to Neil LaBute's 2002 play 'The Mercy Seat' than this warm musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:54PM
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre, review: Gillian Anderson is arresting in emphatically successful update of classic film by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The supporting cast are hit-and-miss, but Anderson and Lily James deliver strong performances in production of Joseph Mankiewicz's 1950 masterpiece

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:54AM
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Pinter 7, Harold Pinter Theatre, London review: This season will be much missed by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

It's hard to credit the profusion of top talent that has been involved in this project over the past six months

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:12AM
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second review, Almeida, London: A fresh and challenging evening by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Simon Russell Beale proves himself our foremost Shakespearean actor

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:12AM
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

True West, Vaudeville Theatre, review: An engaging dose of visceral elation by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

While Harington impresses, it's Johnny Flynn whose comic perfection elevates this wonderfully warped production

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:36AM

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