It initially hit the headlines for controversial reasons about artistic credit. Now that it’s opened, what have critics said about Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Tree? Premiered as part of the Manchester International Festival, it’s now transferred to London’s Young Vic Theatre, where it continues until 24 August 2019.
If a student disco is your personal nightmare, look away now. Tree starts and ends with a throbbing onstage party to wish the audience is persuasively invited. The last time this many Waitrose customers grooved awkwardly to African beats was on Paul Simon’s Graceland tour.
There is much to applaud in Tree but it feels like a play that is more about the spectacle and experience than a substantial exploration of meaty issues which is fine to a point.
Manchester International Festival (MIF), the Young Vic and Green Door Pictures have announced the full cast for Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s collaboration, Tree, which will receive its world premiere at Manchester International Festival, before transferring to London’s Young Vic.
This is not Yasmin Reza’s Art, rather it’s an intense, well-written and tightly directed drama that in 90 minutes provides a rare insight into a man whose work seems baffling to the untutored eye.
Alfred Enoch and Alfred Molina both shine in this revival of John Logan’s play Red, now playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Michael Grandage’s revival of Red may only be 90 minutes, but there is no sense of rush here, and instead the play – much like Mark Rothko’s creations – is given room to breath, to slowly come into focus as a true picture emerges.
Perfect. Red at the Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch, is a play of fire and poetry, laughter and rage. An imagined colloquy with its own kind of genius.
An exciting couple of months coming up on the Fringe – this month I’m checking out Theatre N16’s new venue for a couple of shows, for one thing, and next month The Bunker Theatre will be a bit of a hotbed for new writing.
Alfred Enoch and Alfred Molina spoke about the upcoming West End premiere of Michael Grandage’s production of Red, opening for previews at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 4 May to 28 July 2018.
Michael Grandage has today announced the full, all-Irish cast joining Aidan Turner for his upcoming revival of Martin McDonagh’s 2001 black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Talawa Theatre Company has been making theatre since 1986 and to mark their 30th anniversary year, and to commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare’s death artistic director Michael Buffong returns to the play he first directed in 1994, King Lear. In this co-production between Talawa Theatre, Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Birmingham Rep, Don Warrington steps into the royal breaches and takes on the title role.