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Review: The Hard Problem

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Stoppard, now 77, is still spinning the plates of philosophical enquiry and discourse in the world premiere of his latest play, but it presents hard dramatic, as well as intellectual, problems that director Nicholas Hytner’s sparse and elegantly inhabited production can’t fully solve.






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Hello/goodbye to Hello/Goodbye?

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Today Lyn Gardner delivered one of her blistering one-star pans for Hello/Goodbye at Hampstead Theatre, which has newly transferred this week to the mainhouse after its earlier premiere downstairs in 2013. Dubbing it an “inoffensive but entirely pointless two-hour romcom”, she went on to say that Shaun Evans and Miranda Raison “have all the allure of two slightly defrosted chicken nuggets.






MY NIGHT WITH REG Apollo, WC1

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REMEMBERING REG…A REVIEW WORTH A  REMIX     Thought I should see how it feels in a bigger theatre, after writing at the Donmar that Kevin Elyot’s 1994 play is “pretty much perfect: a twist on the traditional drawing-room, single-set … Continue reading →