The Woods feels decidedly old-fashioned in style and structure, using its characters as ciphers for David Mamet’s abstract conclusions about relationships between men and women.
There is a Field, a new play about two East End brothers is a strongly felt account of Islamism and addiction – cracking stuff.
Dark undercurrents flow beneath the surface of Fiery Angel and the Royal & Derngate, Northampton’s touring production of Love From a Stranger.
Here, Agatha Christie’s and Frank Vosper’s 1936 play is in the assured hands of Lucy Bailey in a production for the Royal & Derngate. Where the play flounders, the production remains enjoyable, stylish, and – surprisingly – manages to avoid the absurd.
A sparkling new production of Loot – the classic farce, fifty years on. The talented and well-drilled cast tear into this absurdist comedy with a reckless pace and energy.
Filth, farce and absurdism are individually difficult to pull off so combining all three in a ripely uncensored 50th-anniversary version of Joe Orton’s Loot is high risk, but when it works it’s excellent.
I’m not much of a fan of farce (my fault I fear…) and only really booked for two reasons. 1 – it’s on the list. And 2 – Sinéad Matthews, future queen of all our hearts.
The corpse is the talking point and to some extent the star. Certainly, Anah Ruddin, hopping out of the coffin spry as a fox for the curtain call.
Anniversary revival of Joe Orton’s black farce about money and death is a delight from start to finish.
To honour the 50th anniversary of his death, this is the first time we get to see Joe Orton’s original version of the Loot script before the Lord Chamberlain censored it prior to the 1966 production.
Elliott & Harper Productions have announced their first West End show in the form of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, a Simon Stephens play which will take up residency at the Wyndham’s from October. Rather excitingly, it stars Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece Loot, the Park Theatre’s forthcoming production of the play has announced initial casting news, with Calvin Demba, Sam Frenchum and Sinéad Matthews joining the company.