ANTIGONE Barbican, WC2

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ANCIENT GRIEF, A TERRIBLE BEAUTY There are some trademarks here: shaven heads, bare feet, bleak staging, immense and timeless dooms and subtle, insistent soundscape. Ivo van Hove, the Belgian director from Toneelgroep Amsterdam, stunned us lately with Arthur Miller’s A … Continue reading →

THE ARMOUR Langham Hotel, W1

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ONE HOTEL, 150 YEARS, THREE PLAYS Plays in hotel rooms are in vogue: there’s a voyeuristic intimacy and a pleasing sense of dislocation about them. And a grand hotel – the Langham was Europe’s first – is theatre in itself, … Continue reading →

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You’re invited: Join my post-show panel debates at The Father

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Updated 1 April: New speakers now added for “Women in the Arts” debate on Tuesday 7 April – London Evening Standard chief arts correspondent Louise Jury and writer-director-feminist Fiona Laird … I just love a good post-show Q&A and, frankly, I miss doing them as often as I used to in my WhatsOnStage days. My firm belief is that a […]

GAME Almeida, N1

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GAMES WE NEARLY PLAY It’s the Almeida, Jim, but not as we know it. Hunched on benches in four uneasily intimate soundproofed zones padded with camouflage-print, summoned by a robotic voice and issued with headphones, we watch screens . Then … Continue reading →

My theatre diary: Multitudes, Gods and Monsters, Kill Me Now, How I Learned to Drive and Boa

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The Off-West End play has very much been the thing for me in the past few weeks of theatregoing. Here are five (four of them brand-new plays) worth squeezing into your theatregoing calendar this month – and when I say this month, I do mean this month. As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order, […]

MAN AND SUPERMAN Lyttelton, SE1

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BRAVADO, BRIGANDS, FABIANS, LIFE-FORCES….. It is a truth universally acknowledged that George Bernard Shaw was a bit of a windbag. At no point did the words “Less is more”, or “Show don’t tell” impinge on his exuberant, contrarian torrents of … Continue reading →

Press pass: Everything you need to know about Carole King’s Beautiful

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Two-time Tony Award-winning bio-musical Beautiful, based on the early life and career of singer-songwriter Carole King, received its West End premiere at the Aldwych Theatre last night. What did the critics and other press say about the show, leading lady Katie Brayben and King’s own emotional curtain call? All here – plus my own thoughts… […]

KILL ME NOW Park Theatre

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GRIMLY COMIC, NOBLY TOUGH For a young actor to play a severely disabled, facially twisted, speech-impaired young man in an electric wheelchair cannot – in this week of Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar – fail to evoke comparisons. Here, close up for … Continue reading →

CLOSER DONMAR WC2

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NEW-GENERATION GUEST REVIEWER LUKE JONES UNIMPRESSED BY MARBER REVIVAL There were a lot of jokes about strippers’ arseholes.  Almost entirely for the joy of saying ‘strippers’ arseholes’. Was that funny in 1997? Half the audience seemed to remember why. But, … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Damian Lewis on 7 reasons you should see American Buffalo and co-stars John Goodman and Tom Sturridge

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I’m getting just a tad excited about this revival of David Mamet‘s 1977 classic American Buffalo. In this interview trailer, star Damian Lewis talks more about Mamet, the play, his co-stars John Goodman and Tom Sturridge, and director, and former drama school classmate, Daniel Evans. Damian Lewis on American Buffalo in 7 key quotes Damian […]

HOW TO HOLD YOUR BREATH Royal Court, SW1

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EUROPE COLLAPSES, DEMONS ROAM FREE, WHO CARES? Capitalism, consumerism, the banking system, the transactional heartlessness of modern relationships, the illusory comfort of a deluded Europe. Dreadful. We have all had been screwed senseless by a pitiless demon with black semen … Continue reading →

DI AND VIV AND ROSE Vaudeville, WC1

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THE GIRLS ARE BACK… There are not many all-woman plays around, nor many about female friendship; nor do many reflect the particular, unique long-term comradeship which begins in the cheerful domestic squalor of university sharers, and stretches over decades of … Continue reading →

BOA Trafalgar 2, SW1

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THIRTY YEARS OF TURBULENCE: A MARRIAGE There is no snake. It’s a nickname for “Belinda”, the female half of Clara Brennan’s new two-hander, a 90-minute portrait of an 30-year marriage between a dancer and a war correspondent. On the other … Continue reading →

My theatre diary: Dramas Taken at Midnight, The Changeling, Out of the Cage and The Separation

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The infinite variety of theatre in London means you can be laughing at the theatre one night, crying the next night. Or, when it’s really powerful, alternating between both on the same night. In my companion Theatre Diary piece, I shared some of the comedies I’ve enjoyed recently. Now I turn to the top-notch drama […]