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My theatre diary: From tears to laughter with The Crucible, The Events, Invincible and Shakespeare in Love

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I’m really doing well for play choices in July. Don’t let the warm weather put you off catching these compelling productions, which scale great heights and depths of emotion. (Apart from the entertainment, most of these theatres were lovely and cool on the hot summer evenings I attended. So you’ll get a respite from the […]

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Why is Jamie Lloyd and Martin Freeman’s Richard III set in a 1970s open-plan office?

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When the production shots for Richard III were first released earlier this week, showing that director Jamie Lloyd had located the Bard’s bloody history play in a 1970s office block, my interest was piqued. After seeing the show at Tuesday’s opening night, my first reaction was to describe the resulting effect as “Get Carter meets […]

Photos and podcast: The Frida Kahlo of Penge West post-show Q&A

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I had a great time last night (3 July 2014) hosting the post-show Q&A at the hilarious new “two-woman comedy about putting on a one-woman show”, The Frida Kahlo of Penge West. I was joined by writer/director Chris Larner and the show’s two stars, Cecily Nash and Laura Kirman. Amongst the topics discussed were: comedy […]

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Who owns Shakespeare? Phyllida Lloyd and Harriet Walter lay claim for women

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“Julius Caesar rocked my world,” says Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke. She isn’t talking about the play alone, but rather Phyllida Lloyd’s acclaimed all-female production, which Rourke programmed at the Donmar Warehouse in late 2012-early 2013 before transferring it to New York for a run at St Ann’s Warehouse. Now director Lloyd is reuniting with star […]

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Musicals to make you laugh: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Urinetown

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The Book of Mormon now has two major contenders for the title of funniest musical in London. But why just coronate one?! Let’s go ahead and give them all crowns (or tiaras, if they prefer). In any case, rest assured, if you enjoyed the South Park creators’ naughty humour, you will love these two as […]

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Saskia Reeves’ two contrasting roles: The Mistress Contract and A Disappearing Number

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Two things kept coming to mind as I watched The Mistress Contract at the Royal Court. The two-hander, starring Saskia Reeves and Danny Webb, is based on a memoir, authored by the anonymous She and He and published last year. The book, and subsequent play by Abi Morgan, details the couple’s three-decade consensual and contractual […]