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‘There is a lot here to savour’: PHAEDRA – National Theatre

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

A very interesting programme article will tell you the difference between the multiple takes (the National’s programmes remain the most informative and best value for money in the capital) but what audiences really need to know is that this is very much Simon Stone’s Phaedra, and he has once again done what he effected upon Lorca’s Yerma at the Young Vic then subsequently in New York in 2016-7.

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‘The actors create a compelling story as soon as the lights go on’: PHAEDRA – National Theatre

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Simon Stone turns his attention to another important literary woman, Phaedra as imagined by Euripides, Seneca and Racine and given a modern retelling in a production at the National Theatre written and directed by Stone. Stone’s vision for Phaedra is riveting in a piece that explores mature sexuality, fantasy and generational competition between mother and daughter.

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SALOME – National Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

Is God female? It says a lot about Yaël Farber’s pompous and overblown new version of this biblical tale at the National Theatre that, near the end of an almighty 110-minute extravaganza, all reason seemed to have vacated my brain, and its empty halls, battered by a frenzy of elevated music, heaven-sent lighting and wildly gesturing actors, were suddenly open to the oddest ideas.

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Just how relevant to today is Steve Waters’ Limehouse?

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews, Sticky by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

“Labour is fucked!” roars Goodman-Hill’s Owen to open Limehouse. And the next hour and forty minutes watching the Gang of Four debate ideologies, divided loyalties and political contexts, including the hard-left’s anti-EU stance, leave you in no doubt just how relevant the play is to the party’s woefully position today.

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NEWS: Donmar Power season includes Lenny Henry as Arturo Ui, new plays on Labour split & Kids Company collapse

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Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham announce today the Power Season at the Donmar Warehouse. This spring season includes a new play by Steve Waters examining the 1981 split in the Labour party; a revival of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring Lenny Henry; and a new musical with book and lyrics edited from the transcript …

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NEWS: Donmar Warehouse’s The Vote Achieves Record TV Viewing Figures

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The live broadcast of The Vote from the Donmar Warehouse on More4 (Thursday 7 May 2015) attracted an audience of more than half a million, peaking at 555,000 viewers during its election night broadcast. This is the highest figure for a Donmar Warehouse production – with the previous record of 180,000 being set by Josie Rourke’s production of Coriolanus broadcast …

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Tony trivia: Twelfth Night is officially a history play

In Awards, Broadway, Features, London theatre, News, Opinion, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Twelfth Night is generally classified as one of Shakespeare’s comedies, but last week it officially became a history play as well, after its phenomenal haul in this year’s Tony Awards nominations. Mark Rylance is already something of a Tony legend. He has won Best Actor twice for two other London transfers –1960s farce Boeing-Boeing in […]