06 October 2013 12:00 AM
The Royal ballet, London
06 October 2013 12:00 AM
The Royal ballet, London
04 October 2013 12:09 PM
The play's emotional daring and dark humour are conveyed here with matchless immediacy
03 October 2013 02:35 PM
In Neil Bartlett’s staging of Great Expectations at Bristol Old Vic, you hear the story more than watch it. The chains of the convict, the hammering of the blacksmith, the unhinged humming of Miss Havisham are as much a part of the characters as the costume, expression and lines.
03 October 2013 12:27 PM
It lacks Chimerica's subtelty, but it fearlessly shines a light on Chinese society
02 October 2013 02:41 PM
The Queen and Margaret Thatcher are fast becoming as staple a stage double act as Hinge and Bracket. The pair featured in one of the testier confrontations in Peter Morgan’s The Audience. Now Moira Buffini has developed a sketch she wrote for the Tricycle’s 2010 Women, Power and Politics season into a fully fledged play.
30 September 2013 06:02 PM
Fittingly for a play which is in part about the difficulties of saying what you think, Virgin is a little unclear as to what it thinks it is saying. EV Crowe’s play aims to explore how far our online lives mirror our offline ones, but the internet felt strangely incidental to her story. It could just as easily have been a marketing project for better roads, or a new hospital, and not a scheme to roll out broadband to rural communities, that the play’s central character, Emily (Laura Elphinstone), is trying to convince her male employers to let her lead. In fact, the play is often at its best when it deals straightforwardly with gender politics in the workplace and when the internet is left, so to speak, unconnected.
30 September 2013 05:57 PM
There has never been a shortage of stage and film adaptations of A Tale of Two Cities. The unique selling point of this production is that it is the professional premiere of a version of Dickens's novel that was co-written in 1935 by Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud for a West End management.
30 September 2013 05:41 PM
With heart-warming tales of talent-spotting and a starry cast that ranged from Sergei Polunin to Imelda Staunton, the gala in aid of the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School came out as a cheerful jumble. There was the odd lurch as it switched from pure dance to showbiz and back again, but there was enough talent and good will to go around.
30 September 2013 05:33 PM
Arguably Ian Rankin’s pre-existing fame as a crime novelist of some note is what holds his first play, written in collaboration with Lyceum artistic director Mark Thomson, back the most. For all Rankin’s experience as a writer, Dark Road is essentially still the work of a debut playwright dressed up and given prime billing amidst the Lyceum’s current season, and in places it can’t help but fold given the weight of expectation placed upon it.
27 September 2013 12:11 PM
The hospital bedside of your cancer-ridden husband of forty years is perhaps not the most tactful place to be flipping through glossy magazines in search of ideas for home redecoration. But the imminent demise of its head seems to have disinhibited the middle-class Jewish Lyons clan from much semblance of mutual sensitivity and restraint. Propped up on his pillows, Nicholas Day's irascible Ben feels free to fulminate in foul-mouthed rants against everyone but his idolised and long-dead father. “I'm dying, Rita,” he rages at his wife. “I know, dear. Try to look on the positive side,” she replies brightly.
26 September 2013 05:10 PM
The role of Arturo Ui calls for bravura, high-definition acting and that's what it gets, in spades, from Henry Goodman in Jonathan Church's splendid production, which began life last year in the Minerva Studio at Chichester and has now transferred to the West End. Brecht's blackly farcical "gangster spectacle" satirises Hitler's bloody rise to power by cutting him down to size as a ridiculous Chicago hoodlum who seizes control of the city’s greengrocery protection racket. In a tour de force of wild-eyed demonic intensity, the actor brilliantly charts the evolution of an absurd upstart into blood-freezing demagogue.
25 September 2013 02:13 PM
The play that allegedly caused Scandinavian divorce rates to double comes to London in a production directed by Trevor Nunn
23 September 2013 05:52 PM
There's the atmosphere of an end-of-term romp at The Lightning Child which is both the last show in the Globe Season of Plenty and the venue's first attempt at a musical. Playwright Che Walker and composer Arthur Darvill have joined forces on a crude, lewd, rumbustious remix of Euripides' The Bacchae which keeps hopping from ancient Thebes to contemporary London as it offers an updated low-down on the dangers of either denying or uninhibitedly indulging subterranean passions.
23 September 2013 05:41 PM
You needed stamina for this one: two hours-plus without an interval, standing in the open air at an ex-military barracks in Derry-Londonderry, as rain clouds threatened and a stiffening breeze blew inland up the Foyle estuary.
22 September 2013 12:00 AM
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