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Friday 14 January 2011
Hollywood star Jude Law is returning to the West End stage to play a sailor who falls in love with a prostitute.
Season's Greetings, NT Lyttelton, London<br/>King Lear, Donmar Warehouse, London<br/>Matilda, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Sunday 12 December 2010
Thursday 09 December 2010
He is the most exacting and pernickety of actors, Derek Jacobi, which means that his long-awaited Lear will never open the floodgates. But it is most beautifully spoken and detailed. It's also terribly polite.
Wednesday 08 December 2010
Sunday 26 September 2010
Friday 24 September 2010
Passion is the show that divides even Sondheim devotees. There are die-hard admirers who find the score – which instead of songs offers a nagging network of motifs and internal echoes – in singularly short supply of the eponymous commodity. Its gothic story has been dismissed as simultaneously distasteful and incredible. But Jamie Lloyd's Donmar revival of this rebarbative 1994 musical makes a compelling case for its power to unsettle and affront.
Friday 30 July 2010
Heinrich von Kleist's The Prince of Homburg (1811) is one of those deeply ambiguous works that can be co-opted by diametrically opposed political factions. It's said to have been a favourite of Hitler's and insofar as it dramatises the triumph of Prussian military discipline over individual impulse, you can see why the Nazis were keen to appropriate it. But it is also a lethal indictment of this nascent ideology. It may sound a queer objection to complain that Hitler could never have been hoodwinked into approving of this new version by Dennis Kelly. But in equipping the play with a radically different conclusion, this distorting adaptation robs the Kleist original of its subtlety, symmetry, and enigmatic equipoise.
Tuesday 27 July 2010
Thursday 03 June 2010
The late Harold Pinter, who first directed the late Simon Gray's The Late Middle Classes, found it to be a rich and beautifully wrought piece of work that was "deeply satisfying" to direct. I see what he means but I do not share his certainty.
Wednesday 19 May 2010
Polar Bears, Donmar Warehouse, London<br/>Andersen's English, Hampstead Theatre, London<br/>Beyond the Horizon/Spring Storm, NT Cottesloe
Sunday 11 April 2010
Thursday 08 April 2010
Mark Haddon made his name with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a novel about the break-up of a marriage as seen through the eyes of a teenager with Asperger's syndrome. When I heard that he had written Polar Bears, a play about the stresses of loving a female with a bipolar disorder, my first cynical reaction was to wonder whether he has started to collect disorders for creative exploitation across the art forms.
Wednesday 07 April 2010
Wednesday 31 March 2010
An Enemy of the People, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield<br/>A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rose Theatre, Kingston<br/>Serenading Louie, Donmar Warehouse, London
Sunday 21 February 2010
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street