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‘It’s writing from the heart’: ALL OF US – National Theatre ★★★★

In London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by Alun HoodLeave a Comment

It would be unsurprising, indeed completely understandable, for a new state-of-the-nation play focusing on the treatment of, and opportunities for, disabled people in present-day UK, to fetch up on stage as a furious, ranty polemic. Francesca Martinez’s dramatic writing debut, All Of Us at the National, goes down a rather more unexpected and interesting route however.

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‘Informs, educates & entertains’: ALL OF US – National Theatre

In Comedy, London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

If the plotting is predictable, and the story arc unremarkable, the image of life represented is both strongly compassionate and often very pleasurable. In true welfare state style, comedian Francesca Martinez’s debut play All of Us at the National Theatre not only informs and educates, but also entertains.

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NEWS: Casting for Arthur Miller’s The American Clock at The Old Vic includes Josie Walker & Clare Burt

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The Old Vic has announced initial casting for Arthur Miller’s The American Clock at The Old Vic, directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Hadestown) with music by Justin Ellington from 4 February to 30 March 2019 (press night is 13 February). The cast includes: Amber Aga, Paul Bentall, Greg Bernstein, Clare Burt, Flora Dawson, Abhin …

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‘Dear Barrie Rutter. Come again to the Globe, do’: THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Barrie Rutter and the Globe are made for each other. Fresh out of his storming leadership with Northern Broadsides, he returns here under the new regime, this time as director of a pretty ridiculous Shakespeare collaboration with John Fletcher, loosely based on Chaucer.

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A PACIFIST’S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER – National Theatre

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A musical about cancer? As unlikely as it might seem, A Pacifist’s Guide To The War On Cancer isn’t even the first one that I’ve seen. That dubious honour goes to Happy Ending, one of the most misjudged shows I saw last year, but fortunately this Complicite and National Theatre co-production in association with HOME Manchester rejoices in a much stronger pedigree.