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This is NOT a review of The Winter’s Tale but thank god for Judi Dench

In Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays by Victoria SadlerLeave a Comment

I had tickets to see The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick. I got them pretty sharpish when they were released – obvs Kenneth Branagh a pretty big draw as actor and director. Almost as big a draw as Judi Dench, who is also starring. I didn’t have any problems getting to the theatre either – got to my seat in plenty of time for curtains up. But this can’t be a review of the show, and it isn’t, for the simple fact that I left at the interval.






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NEWS: Nick Hytner receives Critics Circle Award for Services to the Arts

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Nick Hytner has been awarded the Critics Circle Award for Services to the Arts. The former Director of the National Theatre was presented with the award – an engraved crystal rose bowl – by Jeffery Taylor, President of the Critics Circle, at a celebration lunch at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1 on September 23, attended by critics …

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NEWS: NT’s Hytner and Starr unveil plans for new 900-seat riverside theatre

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Today (Thursday 20 August 2015) plans are announced for a new 900-seat theatre at Tower Bridge. Situated at the heart of Berkeley Homes’ landmark One Tower Bridge development, the venue will be the flagship theatre for the London Theatre Company, the new independent producing company founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, following their departure from the National Theatre after …

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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.






THE HARD PROBLEM Dorfman, NT SE1

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SIR TOM STOPPARD’S NEW PLAY. WOW.   Is there more to human beings than organic goo? Can brain imaging explain why we judge, reason, imagine, generate metaphor and language? That is the “hard problem’ of the title. To the evo-bio-psychology … Continue reading →






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The best of the best of #theatre2015 preview highlights

In Awards, Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Photos, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

We’ve looked back ad nauseum over the past fortnight at the best of #theatre2014; now it’s time to look forward. And there’s SO much to look forward to theatrically. To help you keep track of all the new year picks and predictions, here’s a handy 2015 recommendations round-up. Having perused them all, let me summarise […]






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Hacked off: Bean and Hytner put the Great back into Britain with political satire

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The News of the World phone hacking trial may have ended yesterday, but the drama continues at the National Theatre where, less than 24 hours after the end of the eight-month trial at the Old Bailey, outgoing artistic director Nicholas Hytner this morning finally confirmed rumours that Richard Bean has indeed been working on a […]