A finely tuned, rapid fire and utterly compelling 100 minutes of theatre. The Cane challenges, provokes and entertains
The Cane, Mark Ravenhill’s latest, represents an investigation that remarkably refuses to follow today’s tropes of outrage and counter-intuitively and presents a different kind of moral ethic.
Inspired by Mark Ravenhill’s realisation that some teachers retiring now would have been active when corporal punishment was outlawed in 1986, The Cane is his first new play for a goodly while.
Mark Ravenhill’s comeback play The Cane at the Royal Court Theatre is a brilliant, complex and mature account of the abuse of power.
Can we, I wonder, ever learn to deplore past attitudes without being vengeful about it? The Cane is a mischievously satirical – and unsettling – imagination by Mark Ravenhill.
Mark Ravenhill’s fascinating new play The Cane at the Royal Court Theatre examines the issues of culpability for small-scale endorsed acts of violence and the nature of justice.
Mark Shenton views the week of news, openings & upcoming awards… in the West End, Broadway & beyond.
Alun Armstrong, Maggie Steed and Nicola Walker have been cast in the world premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s play The Cane, directed by Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone.
It’s been a bumper week for rape. Harvey Weinstein was indicted. Tommy Robinson was jailed for filming the accused in a grooming gang trial outside Leeds Crown Court. The world’s most durable feminist Dr Germaine Greer told Hay Literary Festival that most rape cases were ‘just bad sex’ rather than serious crimes, and in Connecticut a man got his cock out in court to prove it didn’t match his accuser’s description.
James Graham is on an electoral roll: There’s certainly a surfeit of election nights in Labour of Love and Martin Freeman’s bright boy Blairite David Lyons
Extracts from recent interviews with British actors Nicola Walker and Cynthia Erivo, both now on Broadway, plus Noma Dumezweni and Jim Broadbent on London stages.
In case you didn’t know it, 2015 marks the centenary of Arthur Miller‘s birth, and what a ripe old time it is for this giant of 20th-century American drama here in Britain. After last year’s incendiary in-the-round production of The Crucible, starring Richard Armitage at the Old Vic, Ivo van Hove‘s award-laden A View From […]