It is easy to see why this story of racial prejudice in 1930s Alabama made such an impact on Broadway in 2018 when Trump’s presidency swept aside any notions that these attitudes were consigned to history.
Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel is engrossing to watch from start to finish.
Aaron Sorkin’s much-anticipated production of To Kill a Mockingbird may have had to exchange original British lead Rhys Ifans for the equally impressive Rafe Spall, but otherwise emerges relatively unscathed from its two-year delay.
Aaron Sorkin worked on this play in the age of Trump and of Black Lives Matter, and it shows. A fusillade of trigger warnings reminds us that it cannot be handled without numerous racial slurs and acknowledgment of violence, sexual and otherwise.
Ruth Wilson is strong casting in the central role with a, for once, restrained Ivo van Hove directing.
The Donmar West End production of Constellations launches its first two casts in Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah and Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Multi-Olivier and Emmy Award nominee Rafe Spall will play Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, opening at London’s Gielgud Theatre on 31 March 2022, with previews from 10 March. This new play by Aaron Sorkin is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and directed by Bartlett Sher.
The National Theatre will reopen with a socially distanced production of new one-person play, Death of England: Delroy, by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams, directed by Dyer and performed by Giles Terera.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Roy Williams and Clint Dyer’s one man play Death of England starring Rafe Spall.
In our continuing series, editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 9 February 2020), including Ian Foster seeing Rafe Spall give a career-defining performance in the National Theatre’s production of Death of England.
A new monologue about rage, racism and national identity, Death of England at the National Theatre is magnificent in its fury and perception.
In Death of England, Rafe Spall delivers the performance of a lifetime in this punchy monologue by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams at the National Theatre.
The National Theatre has announces 15 productions of new plays and fresh adaptations by leading writers. Olivier Theatre My Brilliant Friend 12 November 2019 to 18 January 2020 (Press day is 26 November). Plays in rep, with further performances to be announced Following a sell-out run at Rose Theatre Kingston, the two-part adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend by April De Angelis is reworked …
Top director Ivo van Hove makes an uneven Southbank debut, preferring visual beauty to emotional connection.
In this new version of Ibsen’s play by Patrick Marber, director Ivo van Hove has the equally extraordinary talents of Ruth Wilson leading his company. And as with his revelatory A View From The Bridge, this is a contemporary reworking of a classic that will frustrate some with its froideur but left me gasping at its gut-wrenching rawness.
Further casting has been announced today for the National Theatre’s upcoming production of Hedda Gabler, with Rafe Spall returning to the stage to join leading lady Ruth Wilson in the modern version of Ibsen’s classic.