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Sunday, January 23, 2022

The week in theatre: Moulin Rouge! The Musical; Conundrum – review by Susannah Clapp

Piccadilly theatre; Young Vic, LondonA razzle-dazzle take on Baz Luhrmann’s Parisian pop jukebox triumphs through force of glitz, while a new play about race gets lost in abstraction There…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Saturday, December 25, 2021

Susannah Clapp’s best theatre of 2021 by Susannah Clapp

Little Amal stirred hearts, Chaucer hit Willesden, Cush Jumbo was a perfect prince, and once again James Graham said it all Read the Observer critics’ review of 2021 in full here It was a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Sunday, December 19, 2021

The week in theatre: Cabaret, Best of Enemies, Trouble in Mind – review by Susannah Clapp

Playhouse; Young Vic; National Theatre, LondonRebecca Frecknall’s Weimar glamfest with Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley goes big and nails it (nearly); James Graham brilliantly revives a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Sunday, December 12, 2021

The week in theatre: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage; Life of Pi; Measure for Measure by Susannah Clapp

Bridge; Wyndham’s; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonThe familiar and the fantastic are as one in the Bridge’s Philip Pullman spectacular; more puppet magic powers Life of Pi; and a coolly …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Yes So I Said Yes review – an angry loyalist’s dog’s life by Susannah Clapp

Finborough, LondonThis crackling production of David Ireland’s caustic portrait of a troubled former gunman is close up and in your face Hurrah for the first London staging of this play by…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, November 28, 2021

The week in theatre: Manor; The Drifters Girl; Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) by Susannah Clapp

Lyttelton; Garrick; Criterion, LondonRising tides and clunking dialogue overwhelm Moira Buffini’s new play; Beverley Knight and co excel in the latest jukebox musical. Plus, the joys of ka…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, November 21, 2021

The week in theatre: The Wife of Willesden; Rare Earth Mettle – review by Susannah Clapp

Kiln; Royal Court, LondonThe Wife of Bath is wonderfully at home in 21st-century Brent in Zadie Smith’s inspired reworking of Chaucer. Meanwhile, the troubles of the Royal Court’s big ne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Sunday, November 7, 2021

The week in theatre: The Magician’s Elephant, Mum, ’Night Mother by Susannah Clapp

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; Soho theatre, Hampstead theatre, LondonThe RSC’s Christmas spectacular lacks a little magic touch, while two maternally themed plays offer v…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, October 31, 2021

The week in theatre: The Walk; Wuthering Heights – review by Susannah Clapp

Various venues, London; Bristol Old VicLittle Amal makes human hearts beat faster, while compassion fuels Emma Rice’s great whirl of a Brontë adaptation In Arabic, Amal means “hope”. …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Sunday, October 24, 2021

The week in theatre: Get Up, Stand Up!; Value Engineering: Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry; Love and Other Acts of Violence by Susannah Clapp

Lyric; Tabernacle; Donmar Warehouse LondonMagnetic Arinzé Kene as Bob Marley powers the West End’s latest jukebox musical. And a verbatim play drawn from the Grenfell inquiry bears unstin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

The week in theatre: Maryland; The Tragedy of Macbeth; White Noise by Susannah Clapp

Royal Court Upstairs; Almeida; Bridge, LondonLucy Kirkwood’s raw response to the murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard captures a moment of terrible rage. And Saoirse Ronan commands as…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

The week in theatre: Hamlet; The Mirror and the Light; What If If Only by Susannah Clapp

Young Vic; Gielgud; Royal Court, LondonCush Jumbo is a perfect prince, Ben Miles bows out as Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell, while Caryl Churchill gets to the heart of love and loss in under 20 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

The week in theatre: The Normal Heart; Shining City by Susannah Clapp

Olivier; Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonLarry Kramer’s 1985 response to the Aids crisis resonates with new force. And Dublin ghost stories unfurl slowly in a fine Conor McPherson revi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
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

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