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Saturday, November 9, 2019

The week in theatre: Ghost Quartet; High Fidelity; When the Crows Visit – review by Susannah Clapp

Boulevard; Turbine; Kiln, LondonTwo recently opened London theatres make their mark, with love and loss round the camp fire, and a sparky reworking of High Fidelity that just needs a few goo…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

The week in theatre: Light Falls; The Antipodes; Botticelli in the Fire – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Exchange, Manchester; Dorfman; Hampstead, LondonSarah Frankcom signs off in Manchester with elegiac Simon Stephens and a little bit of Jarvis Cocker. Plus, Annie Baker’s latest and t…

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

The week in theatre: [Blank]; Lungs; Vassa – review by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse; Old Vic; Almeida, LondonAlice Birch searches for hope in the criminal justice system, Claire Foy and Matt Smith bring wit to eco angst, and Siobhan Redmond makes a fine Gor…

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

The week in theatre: There Are No Beginnings; Solaris; A History of Water in the Middle East – review by Susannah Clapp

Leeds Playhouse; Lyric Hammersmith; Royal Court, LondonA powerful verbatim portrayal of women’s lives during the Yorkshire Ripper years; a sci-fi classic reborn; and a musical imperialism …

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

The week in theatre: “Mr Harold”… and the boys; Blood Wedding; Macbeth – review by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton; Young Vic, London; Chichester Festival theatreAthol Fugard’s masterly apartheid drama still shocks, while compatriot Yaël Farber is transfixed by Marina Carr’s lyrical Irish …

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

The week in theatre: Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp; My Beautiful Laundrette – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court, London; Curve, LeicesterCaryl Churchill conjures four short, sharp, unconnected plays that add up to one remarkable whole. And a new spin on an 80s film classic What a rapt, int…

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

The week in theatre: Faith, Hope and Charity; The King of Hell’s Palace; Chiaroscuro – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; Hampstead; Bush, LondonAusterity bites at the National in Alexander Zeldin’s intense community centre drama, while a Chinese whistleblowing thriller is lost for words Alexander Ze…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

The week in theatre: A Very Expensive Poison; A Doll’s House; Hedda Tesman – review | Susannah Clapp by Susannah Clapp

Old Vic; Lyric Hammersmith, London; Minerva, Chichester Lucy Prebble’s take on the Litvinenko murder swivels brilliantly between tragedy and farce, while Ibsen’s women still have much to…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

The week in theatre: Hansard; The Son; Bartholomew Fair – review by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton; Duke of York’s; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonAlex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan snipe to perfection as an 80s Tory MP and his wife in a debut play that isn’t quite so sharp. P…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

The week in theatre: Fleabag; Appropriate; As You Like It – review by Susannah Clapp

Wyndham’s; Donmar Warehouse, London; Queen’s theatre, HornchurchPhoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag returns in singularly brilliant fashion. Plus, more electrifying drama from Branden Jacob…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

The week in theatre: The Doctor; Mythos: A Trilogy: Gods, Heroes, Men – review by Susannah Clapp

Almeida, London; Festival theatre, EdinburghRobert Icke concludes his dazzling run at the Almeida with another masterstroke. Plus, Stephen Fry’s one-man Greek myths Robert Icke’s time as…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

The week in theatre: The Night of the Iguana; Vienna 1934-Munich 1938; seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Susannah Clapp

Two star performances breathe life into Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgrave’s memories could do with an edit, while Jasmine Lee-Jones is someone to watchTennessee Williams can make the st…

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The week in theatre: Tree; Invisible Cities; Peter Gynt – review by Susannah Clapp

Manchester international festival; Olivier, LondonTree is less exciting than the row about its authorship, Lolita Chakrabarti works wonders with Italo Calvino’s tricky text, and David Hare…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

The week in theatre: Europe; The End of History; The Color Purple – review by Susannah Clapp

Donmar Warehouse; Royal Court, London; Curve, LeicesterDavid Greig’s play on continental movement still resonates, while the makers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can’t summon the …

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

The week in theatre: The Hunt; Present Laughter; The Damned – review by Susannah Clapp

Almeida; Old Vic; Barbican, LondonYoung performers shine in a riveting adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg’s film about a falsely accused teacher. And Andrew Scott is a Noël Coward natural It…

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

All change! Meet the new artistic directors shaking up British theatre by Susannah Clapp, With Interviews By Killian Fox and Lisa O'Kelly

Our critic reflects on the exciting developments sweeping our stages and below, some of the top new recruits share their stories and ways of working British theatre is in the process of a ma…

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The week in theatre: Bitter Wheat; Xanadu; Strange Fruit – review by Susannah Clapp

Garrick; Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; Bush, LondonJohn Malkovich cannot save David Mamet’s lame post-Weinstein satire. Thank heavens for Giffords’ groovy circus spectacular Any sex play…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The week in theatre: Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile; Education, Education, Education; Bronx Gothic – review by Susannah Clapp

Ambassador, Bradford; Trafalgar Studios; Young Vic, LondonThe short but vibrant life of playwright Andrea Dunbar is vividly recreated by an all-female cast, while the joys and trials of 90s …

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

The week in theatre: King Hedley II; Rutherford and Son; The Starry Messenger – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Theatre Stratford East; Lyttelton; Wyndham’s, LondonLenny Henry and Aaron Pierre are supercharged in August Wilson’s epic while Roger Allam excels as a stern Edwardian patriarch Au…

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

The week in theatre: Anna, Operation Mincemeat; Our Town; White Pearl – review by Susannah Clapp

Dorfman; New Diorama; Regent’s Park; Royal Court, LondonA startlingly innovative play turns the audience into East German snoopers and a clever musical tackles a wartime ruse What a whirli…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

The week in theatre: Death of a Salesman; Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2; Henry V – review by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic; Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonAn outstanding cast portray a family stuck together while falling apart in the Young Vic’s Death of a Salesman. At the Globe, enter Falstaff, Harry …

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

The week in theatre: Rosmersholm; Human Jam; Jude – review by Susannah Clapp

Duke of York’s; Camden People’s theatre; Hampstead, LondonHayley Atwell excels in a dazzling new Ibsen adaptation, while Thomas Hardy has a hand in dramas about HS2 and a Syrian cleaner …

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

The week in theatre: A German Life; Sweet Charity; Three Sisters – review by Susannah Clapp

Bridge; Donmar Warehouse; Almeida, LondonMaggie Smith makes a triumphant return to the stage as Joseph Goebbels’s former personal secretary, while Anne-Marie Duff hits the high notes “Le…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

The week in theatre: West Side Story; Little Miss Sunshine; Ghost Stories – review by Susannah Clapp

Royal Exchange, Manchester; Arcola; Lyric Hammersmith, LondonOut go the finger clicks but the knife crime stays in Sarah Frankcom’s vital reworking of West Side Story. And Little Miss Suns…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

The week in theatre: Kunene and the King; Top Girls; Grief Is the Thing With Feathers – review by Susannah Clapp

Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon; Lyttelton; Barbican, LondonJohn Kani and Antony Sher are reunited in Kani’s powerful new drama. Plus, a timely revival of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls and Enda …

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The week in theatre: The Phlebotomist; The Bay at Nice; Emilia – review by Susannah Clapp

Hampstead; Menier Chocolate Factor; Vaudeville, London Debut playwright Ella Road conjures a potent dystopia, Penelope Wilton is perfection in a sharp David Hare revival, and Shakespeare’s…

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

The week in theatre: Standing at the Sky’s Edge; Downstate; Richard III – review by Susannah Clapp

Crucible, Sheffield; National Theatre; Alexandra Palace theatre, LondonA new musical with songs by Richard Hawley is rooted in Sheffield but richly resonant for all, while Bruce Norris and J…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

The week in theatre: Betrayal; Waitress – review by Susannah Clapp

Harold Pinter; Adelphi, LondonTom Hiddleston leads a fine Pinter revival, while a housewife’s flights of fondant fancy fail to rise What a clever idea: to follow the triumph of Pinter at t…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

The week in theatre: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train; Shipwreck; Berberian Sound Studio – review by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic; Almeida; Donmar Warehouse, LondonTwo prisoners confront each other and God in a vital revival, Trump gets off lightly, and a clever tale of a sound engineer packs some real reverb…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

The week in theatre: All About Eve; The American Clock; Superhoe – review by Susannah Clapp

Noël Coward; Old Vic; Royal Court, LondonGillian Anderson is the steely centre of Ivo van Hove’s glitzy adaptation of All About Eve, while Nicôle Lecky’s Superhoe storms the Royal Cour…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The week in theatre: Noughts & Crosses; The Cherry Orchard; Cost of Living – review by Susannah Clapp

Derby theatre; Barbican; Hampstead, LondonMalorie Blackman’s bestseller leaps off the stage in a fine new adaptation. Plus, Chekhov without the samovars and 2018’s Pulitzer prize winnerI…

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