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Sunday, September 12, 2021

The week in theatre: Frozen; Rockets and Blue Lights – review by Susannah Clapp

Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Dorfman, LondonWill the West End ever let go of this glinting new adaptation of the beloved Disney film. Back in the real world, a telling historical mashup from Wi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Sunday, September 5, 2021

Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia review – stiff with humorous intent by Susannah Clapp

Almeida, LondonMirth and menace fight it out in Josh Azouz’s play of shifting alliances, with Adrian Edmondson on fine form as a knitting Nazi officer The action is tragic; the dialogue fr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Song Project review – five playwrights, one compelling voice by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court Upstairs, LondonAs delivered by the Dutch singer Wende, the diffuse nature of assorted words that “can only be sung” take on the force of nature I often wish I had been in Pa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

The week in theatre: Cinderella; Carousel – review by Susannah Clapp

Gillian Lynne theatre; Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonAndrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, sparkily scripted by Emerald Fennell, goes to the ball at last. And Carousel gets a salty …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Sunday, August 15, 2021

The week in theatre: Paradise; 2:22: A Ghost Story – review by Susannah Clapp

Olivier; Noël Coward theatre, LondonLesley Sharp is magnetic in Kae Tempest’s ferocious reworking of Sophocles, while Lily Allen makes a spookily quiet West End debut It is rare for an au…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Sunday, August 1, 2021

Bagdad Cafe review – magic and miracles in the desert by Susannah Clapp

Old Vic, LondonWarm, wily and gloriously playful, Emma Rice’s adaptation of the 1987 film is another motel-and-ballad show triumph for the Old Vic It is, says director Emma Rice, a story t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Sunday, July 25, 2021

The week in theatre: Hamlet; Anna X; Lava – review by Susannah Clapp

Theatre Royal Windsor; Harold Pinter theatre; Bush, LondonIan McKellen’s wonderfully assured Prince of Denmark is a double-edged sword; The Crown’s Emma Corrin can do far more than Diana…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

South Pacific review – a radical reappraisal by Susannah Clapp

Chichester Festival theatreDaniel Evans’s production bursts with energy as it foregrounds an anti-racist message in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic I have always flinched from the sedu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM
Sunday, July 11, 2021

The week in theatre: Constellations; Extinct review – the stars are aligned by Susannah Clapp

Vaudeville; Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonThe first two of four new casts work their magic differently in Nick Payne’s irresistible multiple realities play. And April De Angelis make…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

The week in theatre: Bach & Sons; Out West – review by Susannah Clapp

Bridge; Lyric Hammersmith, LondonSimon Russell Beale is Bach to his fingertips in Nina Raine’s intermittently brilliant tale of the great composer’s domestic labours. And a fine triple b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

The week in theatre: J’Ouvert; Under Milk Wood; Happy Days – review by Susannah Clapp

Notting Hill carnival and Dylan Thomas’s radio masterpiece come to the stage, while no one does lockdown like Beckett It is an unlikely phenomenon in the West End. Women slamming their arg…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Sunday, June 20, 2021

The Death of a Black Man review – an impassioned dispatch from 70s black Britain by Susannah Clapp

Hampstead theatre, LondonThe ingenious struggle of a new generation of entrepreneurs is charted in Dawn Walton’s bright revival of Alfred Fagon’s prescient 1975 play Alfred Fagon’s pla…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Sunday, June 13, 2021

The week in theatre: After Life; The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonGhosts confront bureaucracy and memory; and a murdered man’s spirit inspires his twin sister to tackle racial injustice Here are ghosts bringin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Sunday, June 6, 2021

The week in theatre: Walden; Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me; Queers by Susannah Clapp

Pinter; Kiln; Old Vic/online Gemma Arterton’s failed astronaut confronts her overachieving sister in Amy Berryman’s debut play; wheelchair user Amy Trigg transfixes with her witty monolo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Sunday, May 30, 2021

A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Cruise review – a tale of two audiences by Susannah Clapp

Shakespeare’s Globe; Duchess theatre, LondonSeated groundlings make history at the Globe’s carnivalesque Dream. And Jack Holden conjures memories of the onslaught of Aids As if by magic,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Sunday, May 23, 2021

Still Life review – nothing ordinary about these everyday Nottingham tales by Susannah Clapp

Available onlineJulie Hesmondalgh as a food bank volunteer and Frances de la Tour in glinting Alan Bennett headline this sharp set of five plays filmed in and around the city As theatres reo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Tennis Elbow review – a nonstop rally of jokes by Susannah Clapp

Pitlochry Festival theatre, onlineJohn Byrne revisits the terrain of his 1977 hit spoof Writer’s Cramp to follow the fortunes of artist Pamela Crichton Capers in this dizzy audio drama Pel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:33AM
Sunday, April 25, 2021

A Splinter of Ice review – Graham Greene and Kim Philby clink glasses by Susannah Clapp

Available onlineBen Brown’s new play imagining the author’s Moscow meeting with his former MI6 colleague fails to truly chill The theatre is rich in dramas about the Cambridge spies. Ala…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Sunday, April 11, 2021

Romeo & Juliet review – Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor are outstanding by Susannah Clapp

National Theatre/Sky ArtsBuckley and O’Connor head a terrific cast in this imaginatively pared down, made-for-TV production What an accomplished example of pandemic-style drama: a sleek fu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, March 28, 2021

The week in theatre: Angela; The Band Plays On; Hear Me Out reviews – shopping and ducking by Susannah Clapp

Pitlochry Festival theatre; Crucible Sheffield; podcast; all available onlineMark Ravenhill tenderly explores his mother’s life; monologues and music from Sheffield; and actors talk about …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Dream review – the RSC's hi-tech Shakespeare only goes so far by Susannah Clapp

RSC onlineA motion-captured Puck and computer-generated forest of fairies hint at possible futures for live performance At 7pm on Tuesday more than 7,000 people were watching. At a later per…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Sunday, March 14, 2021

Aisha (the black album); Putting a Face On review – more pointed monologues by Susannah Clapp

Old Vic, London; available onlineJade Anouka sprints through American history, while all is calmly, inexorably revealed in Kiri Pritchard-McLean’s subtle play about gaslighting The Old Vic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Sunday, March 7, 2021

One Hand Tied Behind Us: Betsy; Contactless review – emphatic monologues by Susannah Clapp

Old Vic, London; available onlineSolo voices reverberate in these archive performances of Maxine Peake’s play about a woman in prison, and Ella Hickson’s roaming story of escape I have o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM

Samuel West: 'On screen I mostly play evil members of the establishment or Victorian perverts' by Susannah Clapp

The actor on his pandemic poetry jukebox, life lessons of the Moomins, the pros and cons of Twitter, and how to reboot regional theatre Samuel West, 54, one of the best verse speakers of his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, February 28, 2021

The week in theatre: Hymn; Typical review – first-rate and perfectly balanced by Susannah Clapp

Almeida, London; Soho theatre, London; both available onlineAdrian Lester and Danny Sapani work as one in Lolita Chakrabarti’s brilliantly realised study of male friendship. And a breathle…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Sunday, February 21, 2021

All on Her Own Review – a curio of repressed emotion by Susannah Clapp

MZG Theatre Productions; available onlineJanie Dee impresses in a smart production of a Terence Rattigan solo work bound up in class issues Terence Rattigan has long been rescued from the th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Sunday, February 14, 2021

Good Grief review – tender tale of loss in a hybrid of stage and screen by Susannah Clapp

Original Theatre; available onlineSian Clifford and Nikesh Patel rehearsed for two days on Zoom before being filmed in a studio in Lorien Haynes’s impressively naturalistic bereavement sto…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, January 31, 2021

Weg met Eddy Bellegueule review – a four-way triumph by Susannah Clapp

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, live streamPlaying multiple roles – and all the music – four young actors dazzle in Eline Arbo’s superb staging of Édouard Louis’s brutal coming-of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, December 27, 2020

The week in theatre: Living Newspaper; Angels in Bristol review – quick thinking by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court, London, online; Bristol Old Vic onlineMore than 60 writers and 200 freelancers get to work on the Royal Court’s inspired latest venture, while the Bible gets a Bristol twist …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Theatre: Susannah Clapp's 10 best of 2020 by Susannah Clapp

Our critic looks back on dazzling state-of-the-nation monologues and valiant virtual reimaginings, Ovid and Oliver Twist Dance: Sarah Crompton’s five best of 2020 The Observer critics’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:32PM
Sunday, December 20, 2020

The week in theatre: The Comeback; Six by Susannah Clapp

Noël Coward; Lyric, London A brisk new backstage farce was overtaken by events, while Henry VIII’s splendid singing wives were silenced once more as London entered tier 3 All gone. And at…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM

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