Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon finds out what critics have had to say about the latest revival of Patrick Marber’s play Closer at Lyric Hammersmith.
I liked the tone of this production of Closer at the Lyric Hammersmith and the sense of sadness that underpinned it, even if I was glad to leave the characters behind. It is an interesting exploration of relationships with some nice production touches.
Not quite a perfect version of Closer at Lyric Hammersmith but a compelling one. If the heart really just looks like a fist wrapped in blood then why, Lizzimore’s production asks, does it hurt so much?
The holidays have always been a time of rich pickings for dramatists, bringing together people (pre-Covid at least) who probably avoid each other for the rest of the year.
Following on from the instant success of National Theatre At Home streaming event, it’s got me thinking about all the other wonderful NT Live screenings that I’d love to come to the small screen as part of this series. I have narrowed it down to my top 10.
Revival of Githa Sowerby’s 1912 classic of industrial patriarchy Rutherford and Son is worthy but rather cumbersome and inaccessible.
Githa Sowerby used her own upbringing as the daughter of a Tyneside glass-making family for her breakthrough play, Rutherford and Son, but whether her father was as cold, insensitive and bullying as patriarch John Rutherford is open to speculation.
Psychology, social rage, human sadness and betrayal move in an elegant circle in Rutherford & Son at the National Theatre and Findlay’s direction doesn’t miss a beat of it.
Nina Raine’s new play Stories is back to familiar territory: A woman desperately wants a kid. Unlike Yerma (Billie Piper was cracking in the Young Vic production two years ago) it’s not a physical problem, more of a partner problem.
Ultimately, Stories might not necessarily be too profound or truly enlightening, but it does speak to the ways in which a plan for life can lead you most astray and I did find it entertaining and impeccably acted.
At the National Theatre, Stories – Nina Raine’s follow-up to her very big hit Consent – is emotionally intelligent and often funny but rarely deep.
Nina Raine’s new play Stories is back to familiar territory: A woman desperately wants a kid. Unlike Yerma, it’s not a physical problem, more of a partner problem.
August was dominated by Edinburgh for me but the London theatre wheels were still turning; here’s my round up of my favourite bits of news, my theatre hits and misses and few celeb spots…
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The accurate reflection of contemporary society in Beginning at the Ambassadors Theatre is certainly a case of holding a mirror up to nature and the clarity of this reflection means the play has the makings of a modern classic.
The West End transfer of Beginning, the heartwarming and engaging new play from David Eldridge, has plenty to keep the audience engaged and entertained throughout.
David Eldridge’s Beginning at the Ambassadors Theatre is one of the best productions on in London, right now, and such an uplifting, life-reaffirming play that will lift even the gloomiest of evenings.
I was curious to see whether the intimacy of Beginning, David Eldridge’s two-hander originally at the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre, would survive transplantation to even this tiniest of West End proscenium houses, the Ambassadors. It does.
It is great news indeed that this Orange Tree production will be gaining further life in 2018 with a transfer to the National Theatre in the summer. I really hope that as much of the original cast comes with it, especially Nwosu.
It’s about three in the morning on a Saturday night in the living room of a one-bedroom flat in Crouch End. Laura is a 38-year-old managing director, and it’s the tail end of her housewarming party.
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