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Friday, December 7, 2018

Doctor Faustus, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - female Faustus reaps rich rewards by Rachel Halliburton

A deceptive lightness of tone brings new resonance to the textWhat do you gain by casting Dr Faustus and Mephistopheles as women? In the programme for this often illuminating production, dir…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Jeannie, Finborough Theatre review - unusual romantic comedy builds to fast spin by Rachel Halliburton

Our heroine is torn between the charms of a washing-machine inventor and a CountThe convention-challenging sexually adventurous life of Glaswegian writer Aimée Stuart is worth a play all on…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Summer and Smoke, Duke of York's Theatre, review – Patsy Ferran's remarkable performance by Rachel Halliburton

West End transfer from the Almeida retains pressure-cooker intensityThis production of Tennessee Williams’ neglected classic, Summer and Smoke, arrives from the Almeida into the West End w…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Macbeth, Shakespeare's Globe review - sexually-charged production draws power from the shadows by Rachel Halliburton

A daring counterintuitive reading proves richly rewardingMacbeth has rarely seemed quite as metrosexual as in this gorgeous shadow-painted production that marks artistic director at the Glob…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Honour, Park Theatre review - an assault on complacency by Rachel Halliburton

This scalpel-sharp drama anatomises marital breakdown with cold-eyed clarityAdultery seldom looks less adult than in the form of the mild-life crisis – that much-satirised condition in whi…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

A Guide For The Homesick, Trafalgar Studios review - warmy funny and deeply moving by Rachel Halliburton

Ken Urban's play is a psychological thriller crossed with a love storyThis blisteringly intense evening at Trafalgar Studios begins with two strangers in an Amsterdam hotel bedroom and …

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Parents' Evening, Jermyn Street Theatre - chemistry so negligible it's antiseptic by Rachel Halliburton

A disappointing portrait of middle-class hypocrisyThe playwright Bathsheba Doran has blazed a stellar trail ever since graduating from Cambridge at the same time as David Mitchell and Robert…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Sketching, Wilton's Music Hall, review - less a dynamic babble than a disconsolate babel by Rachel Halliburton

James Graham's Dickens project is structurally ambitious but doesn't add upIt sounds like a marriage made in heaven. Charles Dickens and James Graham – both great chroniclers of…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Every Day I Make Greatness Happen, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs review - live-wire immediacy by Rachel Halliburton

Authentic performances hit the mark"I’m not a number, I’m not a grade, and I’m not a failure." The 17-year-old girl stands in front of the small class, who gaze at her goggle-eyed. "A …

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Outsider, Print Room at the Coronet review - power in restraint by Rachel Halliburton

The spirit of Magritte pervades this brand of existentialismAs the Syrian conflict enters its final convulsions, renewing memories of how the Sykes-Picot agreement – between an Englishman …

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Dance Nation, Almeida Theatre review - a tarantella through the convulsions of the teenage psyche by Rachel Halliburton

Humour used too often as a substitute for perceptionLycra, jealousy and pubescent ambition are put under the spotlight in Clare Barron’s provocative probe into the American competitive dan…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Pericles, National Theatre review - a fizzingly energetic production by Rachel Halliburton

Celebrates multicultural diversity with a zingA break-dancing mini Michael Jackson, a transvestite Neptune, and a hero who wears his hubris as proudly as his gold-tipped trainers, are unconv…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Exit the King, National Theatre review - a vivid, brilliant production that somehow leaves you feeling empty by Rachel Halliburton

As the manic, self-obsessed king, Rhys Ifans cuts an extraordinary presenceThe image of a raging, narcissistic tyrant, convinced that he can crush even death into oblivion, has all too many …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Monster Calls, Old Vic - wild, beautiful theatre that beguiles and bruises by Rachel Halliburton

A fearlessly experimental, physically ingenious exploration of the textA raw pagan vitality animates this extraordinary story about a teenage boy wrestling with tumultuous emotions in the fa…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Squares review - an exuberant celebration of the Summer of Love by Rachel Halliburton

Infectious fun delivered by a cast bursting with boisterous talentGender-bending, confused identities, and hedonistic anarchy go together as naturally in summer Shakespeare as strawberries a…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wilton's Music Hall review - a stereotype-smashing evening of pagan delights by Rachel Halliburton

The Faction brings fire and gumption to ShakespeareThe Faction’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a production in which women are more likely to kick ass than sleep with one – a muscular, …

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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Town Hall Affair, The Wooster Group, Barbican review - electric anarchy by Rachel Halliburton

Invigorating theatre: the 1971 Manhattan feminism vs Norman Mailer debate recreatedIconoclasm, orgasms, and rampant rhetoric are all on irrepressible display in The Wooster Group’s recreat…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Notes From the Field, Royal Court review - sobering report from the frontline of race by Rachel Halliburton

Anna Deavere Smith shines her singular light on American inequality and systemic injusticeAnna Deavere Smith contains multitudes. As the solo performance artist recounts the testimonies she …

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Isabelle Huppert reads Marquis de Sade, Queen Elizabeth Hall review - virtue twinned with vice by Rachel Halliburton

Isabelle Huppert brings her customary rigour to some notorious writingsIn an era marked by virtue-signalling, it's perhaps no surprise that Isabelle Huppert – a woman who has always gone …

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