Or Cleopatra and Antony as it turns out. Ralph Fiennes is plenty good in Simon Godwin’s modern-dress production of Antony & Cleopatra for the National Theatre, but Sophie Okonedo is sit-up, shut-up, stand-up amazing.
After a genuinely exhilarating Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre a few months ago, Shakespeare’s subsequent tale Antony and Cleopatra has arrived at the National starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo.
Antony & Cleopatra can be a bit of an ordeal. The last RSC one was. So I am happy to say that this time, and in the trickily vast Olivier, director Simon Godwin has absolutely pulled it off .
Have you booked yet to see Ian McDiarmid in “the performance of the year” as Enoch Powell in Chris Hannan’s explosive new drama What Shadows? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes and Twitter buzz for the show.
This timely production focusing on Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech raises a lot of questions about racism but leaves the audience with no real resolution.
What Shadows from Chris Hannan is a well-researched fiction that weaves its narrative around the closing chapters of the real life of Enoch Powell.
Chris Hannan’s critically acclaimed political drama What Shadows receives its London premiere tonight (3 October 2017), Check out new production photos of award-winning Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell with the 2017 cast at London’s Park Theatre
Ian McDiarmid’s extremely fine performance as Enoch Powell is resentful, fidgety and frustrated, either from feeling overlooked earlier in life or from illness later on.
Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid will play MP Enoch Powell in Chris Hannan’s searing play What Shadows when it transfers to London’s Park Theatre next month. Full London casting is now announced.
A day or so after Theresa May’s keynote speech about Brexit the words Europe and European carry an electric charge. For Leavers, they represent the evil empire; for Remainers, a world we have lost. In this context, seeing a play by Germany’s most performed playwright feels more than usually significant.
Roland Schimmelpfennig’s 2013 play Winter Solstice receives its British premiere at the Orange Tree in this Actors Touring Company production directed by Ramin Gray. And it is well worth the effort as though it may flirt with the experimental, it also cuts through to the elemental – as piercing an insight into the rise of the far right as we’ve seen on any stage.
Sharp and comic timing is needed to really make this Alan Ayckbourn play really work – thankfully, the cast keep things moving with great pace and energy.
Bill Kenwright’s West End production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps How The Other Half Loves is moving house. The comedy, which has enjoyed huge public and critical acclaim since it opened in March, will extend its West End run, transferring from the Theatre Royal Haymarket to the Duke of York’s from 7 July – 1 October 2016.
Written before he had become one of the nation’s most prolific playwrights, yet as ever focusing upon his hallmark theme of domestic dysfunctionality, How The Other Half Loves is Alan Ayckbourn’s 1969 effort, viewed through the prism of well-performed comedy.
Alan Ayckbourn’s 1069 tale of matrimonial mishaps is back in London for its first major West End revival. But what have the critics made of it? How the Other Half Loves continues until 25 June 2016 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
We’re back in the 1960’s, and how! Beyond the jolly geometric curtain a bygone world revives. Shiny pink plastic boots, a ridiculous frilled sub-Laura-Ashley print dinner frock. Nicholas le Prevost doing breathless “Swedish jerks” before setting out for work with bowler and brolly, and coming home to prod suspiciously at an avocado pear, while entertaining a shy colleague for the sake of old-fashioned departmental teamwork.
Post-show Q&A: What’s the essence of good comedy? And what marks out an Alan Ayckbourn comedy in particular? What does the UK’s most prolific, produced playwright (80 plays and counting) demand of actors and directors? And, despite the (often onerous, occasionally near-impossible) demands, why do actors and directors relish coming back for more?
There’s a bustle of backstage larking before the curtain, cast dashing around in shirtsleeves, manoeuvring a hamper , getting stuck in ropes and tripping over a life-size model crocodile. So get in your seat early. Especially if you want a random hug from Mr Scandal (Robert Cavanah) or to be picked on to represent Queen Anne with a polystyrene crown from the gift shop plonked on your head (the Queen, it seems, saw Congreve’s play on her 32nd birthday, in 1697).
Full casting is announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Congreve’s Love for Love and Helen Edmundson’s new play Queen Anne, both playing in repertory in the Swan Theatre this Winter. Love for Love is a glorious Restoration comedy, where love for love is stronger than love for money. This will be the first production of this play by …