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  1. April 9, 2014

    A Small Family Business, National Theatre (Olivier), London – review

    A single generation can radically alter our perspective on a play, and not necessarily due to a swing of the political...

  2. March 26, 2014

    Channel 4’s Tessa Ross to take over at National Theatre

    The National Theatre has announced that Tessa Ross, the controller of film and drama at Channel 4, will become its new chief...

  1. March 25, 2014

    BBC expands arts coverage with links to cultural organisations

    The BBC has promised to build closer links with other cultural organisations, as it unveiled plans to increase coverage of...

  2. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Theatre tax breaks win ovation from arts groups

    George Osborne handed theatres a significant tax break in the Budget, bringing relief to an industry that has been under...

  3. March 19, 2014

    Chewing Gum Dreams, National Theatre (Shed), London – review

    Tracey Gordon, riotous and rude, is the sort of girl you would avoid on the bus. But, as Michaela Coel reminds us, she is...

  4. March 16, 2014

    riverrun, National Theatre (Shed), London – review

    Those yet to make it past the 100-letter word in Finnegans Wake’s third paragraph – it marks a rumble of thunder and puns in...

  5. February 27, 2014

    Analog.Ue, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London – review

    As a performer who made his name as a comedian, Daniel Kitson knows well that spontaneous engagement with an audience is the...

  6. February 19, 2014

    A Taste of Honey, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London – review

    What is the taste of honey to which Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 play refers? Is it brassy single mother Helen’s brief flirtation...

  7. February 7, 2014

    New London theatre about the first world war

    It will be difficult to escape the war of 1914-1918 across all artistic platforms in London in this anniversary year. While...

  8. February 5, 2014

    National Theatre loses its Starr

    Nick Starr is thinking about his legacy. He is about to step down after a decade as executive director of the National...

  9. January 26, 2014

    King Lear, National Theatre (Olivier), London – review

    Sam Mendes’ modern-militaristic revival of King Lear has been anticipated as one of the theatrical events of the year, if...

  10. December 27, 2013

    BBC plans big expansion of arts coverage and cultural fare

    The BBC will appoint a senior executive next year to lead a big expansion of its arts coverage and build relationships...

  11. December 22, 2013

    Protest Song, The Shed, National Theatre, London – review

    The protest song within Tim Price’s monologue is an adaptation of the “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Danny, a “rough...

  12. December 17, 2013

    The Elephantom, The Shed, National Theatre, London – review

    The National Theatre’s menagerie of imaginary animals expands with this charming, small-scale show based on Ross Collins’...

  13. December 13, 2013

    Welsh playwright Tim Price finds his political voice

    Tim Price shrugs his shoulders: “I never intended to write political plays,” he says with a sigh. He borrows a line from...

  14. December 9, 2013

    From Morning to Midnight, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London – review

    Everyone has bad days at work but it is fair to say that the drab little bank clerk at the centre of Georg Kaiser’s 1912...

  15. December 5, 2013

    Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre (Olivier), London – review

    Under Nicholas Hytner, the National Theatre has developed a strong reputation for not-quite-alternative Christmas...

  16. December 4, 2013

    The Little Mermaid, Bristol Old Vic – review

    A happy ending, with the mermaid marrying the prince and her physical agony conveniently forgotten, is the only major...

  17. November 6, 2013

    nut, National Theatre (Shed), London – review

    I have not been as diligent as I could in following the work of writer debbie tucker green (sic). She was one of those folk...

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    October 31, 2013

    Props for hire

    Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Masks hang on a rail at the National Theatre’s Costume and Props Hire department in Kennington in...

  19. October 23, 2013

    Microsoft, Burberry and leaders who linger

    If you are an American prisoner on death row, you should pray that your state governor loses the next election. Lame duck...

  20. October 15, 2013

    New National Theatre director defends public subsidy

    The man named on Tuesday as the next director of the National Theatre has defended public subsidies for theatre, arguing it...

  21. October 14, 2013

    The Light Princess, National Theatre, London – review

    Folk in fairy tales are forever venturing into the woods to wrestle with fantastical problems. It’s in keeping then that the...

  22. September 27, 2013

    Tim Rice’s musical ‘From Here to Eternity’ has a classic source

    Tim Rice’s first new West End musical for more than a decade started with a small act of daring and a receptive ear. Many...

  23. September 22, 2013

    The Herd, Bush Theatre, London – review

    This month alone has already seen significant London openings of plays written by actors Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag ),...

  24. September 13, 2013

    Interview: Michael Blakemore

    Feuds and power struggles often make great drama: just ask William Shakespeare. But sometimes the friction isn’t only on the...

  25. September 10, 2013

    Edward II, National Theatre, London – review

    The National’s new Edward II is likely to be a Marmite production: you’ll either love it or loathe it. If you don’t like...

  26. September 4, 2013

    Pope Joan, St James’s Church, London – review

    Staging a play about the legendary medieval pope – a John who was secretly a Joan – in an imposing, Christopher...

  27. August 14, 2013

    Edinburgh Fringe, various venues – review

    Business pressures rule the Edinburgh Fringe more than ever before, especially in these economically straitened times....

  28. August 9, 2013

    Liolà, National Theatre, London

    It’s 1916 and Pirandello’s sun-baked patch of Sicily is populated mainly by women. Most of the men have gone to America;...

  29. July 23, 2013

    The Hush, National Theatre Shed, London – review

    Many of us live our lives plugged into sound – just glance around any commuter train. And yet this capacity to capture or...

  30. July 12, 2013

    Connections 2013, National Theatre, London

    What’s on a teenager’s mind? To judge by Connections 2013, mainly sex, knife crime and the pains of fitting in. Swearing is...

  31. July 5, 2013

    The Inventory: Lesley Sharp

    Award-winning actor Lesley Sharp, 49, has appeared on stage, in film and on television. Her best-known TV roles include...

  32. June 28, 2013

    London theatregoers, I feel your pain

    Our family night out at the theatre was enlivened by a brief row when a man swore at the girl. Perhaps he was outraged at...

  33. June 14, 2013

    Alternative content at cinemas draws in the masses

    Thousands of British people will go to the cinema on Tuesday not to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster but to watch...

  34. June 10, 2013

    Mission Drift, National Theatre Shed, London – review

    “Good evening,” drawls our sultry blonde hostess, Miss Atomic, advancing on the audience with a microphone in her hand....

  35. June 5, 2013

    Strange Interlude, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London – review

    Eugene O’Neill aimed, like Tennessee Williams, to articulate the 20th-century American soul; but, lacking Williams’ febrile...

  36. May 28, 2013

    Bullet Catch, The Shed, National Theatre, London – review

    Rob Drummond, a slender, mild-mannered Scot, takes the stage and poses a question to the already slightly apprehensive...

  37. April 24, 2013

    Othello, National Theatre (Olivier), London – review

    The bulk of the action of Othello takes place in Cyprus, but the wall maps in Nicholas Hytner’s production are of the Middle...

  38. April 17, 2013

    Children of the Sun, National Theatre, London – review

    We may feel we know pre-revolutionary Russia from Chekhov’s great quartet of plays. But here is Gorky, writing a year after...

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