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ROOSEVELVIS – Royal Court

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

It’s a portmanteau of Theodore Roosevelt and Elvis Presley. And, one must sorrowfully surmise, was lit upon by The Team, a collaborative group, mainly for the sake of using that gamesome centaur of a title. Not too bad an idea, though, to have the spirits of two national heroes competing to hearten a shy, depressed citizen of today on a road trip. As if we were to portray a struggle between Churchill and John Lennon to offer life-coaching on the A 14 .

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PLAQUES AND TANGLES – Royal Court

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

Once upon a time, quite recently, you couldn’t move for plays about youth. Now, there’s been an avalanche of dramas about ageing, usually in the context of dementia and family life. Maybe all of our main playwrights have suddenly grown up, or maybe the endless quest for novelty has deposited us on the shores of the current trend-setting idea. Nicola Wilson’s Royal Court debut is yet another play about Alzheimer’s, ageing and memory, but is it any different from Florian Zeller’s The Father, April de Angelis’ After Electra or Emma Adams’s Animals?

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NEWS: Royal Court marks 60th with new plays by Churchill & Neilson

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In 2016 the Royal Court Theatre celebrates its 60th birthday by looking towards the future. The new season includes six world premieres, five UK and worldwide collaborations, one European premiere, a major collaboration with LIFT, a partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas, the return of Open Court and ongoing work in Tottenham and Pimlico. Caryl Churchill starts the year with ESCAPED ALONE, …

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Review: How To Hold Your Breath (Royal Court)

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Maxine Peake is a great young actress. Maxine Peake, now she’s shed the girth she sported as Twinkle in Dinnerladies, is a lithe and lovely young actress with a gamine haircut and both the features and stage presence to remind you of a young Julie Walters. Maxine Peake has a television profile Olivia Colman might […]

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My theatre diary: From tears to laughter with The Crucible, The Events, Invincible and Shakespeare in Love

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

I’m really doing well for play choices in July. Don’t let the warm weather put you off catching these compelling productions, which scale great heights and depths of emotion. (Apart from the entertainment, most of these theatres were lovely and cool on the hot summer evenings I attended. So you’ll get a respite from the […]

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Review: In Basildon (Royal Court)

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We love a bit of festering resentment. We’re quite fond of a bit of working class argy-bargy too, especially in an emetically-carpeted housing estate setting. And we’re having echoing déjà vumoments for the Royal Court on 8 May 1956. It is only slight exaggeration to compare what we’re dying to call a ‘Rom’ Com because […]

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