Hollywood star Jude Law is returning to the West End stage to play a sailor who falls in love with a prostitute.
Jacobi's Lear is too calm, not enough storm
Sondheim uncovers the pitfalls of youth and beauty, while Gambon shows age has its perks
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.
In Mark Haddon's first foray into theatre, a manic depressive slips into a decline and takes her saviour down with her
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.
Seven years after his debut novel announced the arrival of a distinct literary voice, Mark Haddon is preparing to take on the theatre
'I was climbing a pyramid when she rang: "Darling, it's Thelma, we have to help David Suchet"'
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Since Hugh Grant dumped her at the altar, Anna Chancellor has specialised in strong female roles. Tonight she tackles Strindberg.
Dame Helen Mirren is to return to the stage for the first time in six years. The Oscar-winning actress, 63, will star in a three-month run of Jean Racine's 17th-century drama, Phèdre, at the National Theatre.