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    1. April 20, 2016

      The Flick, National Theatre (Dorfman), London — ‘A blue-collar Jane Austen’

      Annie Baker’s play (of whose New York premiere production this is essentially a transfer) is set among the staff of a...

    2. April 18, 2016

      Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State, National Theatre (Temporary), London — ‘Thoughtful, absorbing’

      It is the anguished question of a mother whose son left Europe to join Isis in Syria that sticks with you after this...

    1. April 15, 2016

      The Suicide, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London — ‘Some very funny moments’

      It’s refreshingly different, that’s for sure. The National Theatre takes Nikolai Erdman’s 1928 comedy and refashions it...

    2. April 3, 2016

      Sondheim’s ‘Gypsy’ triumphant at 2016 Olivier awards

      A revival of Gypsy, the Stephen Sondheim musical about a mother driving her children to succeed on the vaudeville...

    3. March 31, 2016

      Les Blancs, National Theatre (Olivier), London — ‘Remarkable, intense’

      Could it be that the audience had rapturously misunderstood the play? The ovation for Lorraine Hansberry’s drama...

    4. March 27, 2016

      People, Places and Things, Wyndham’s Theatre, London — ‘Denise Gough is magnificent’

      London’s most exciting theatre of 2016 so far is neither one of the smaller producing houses nor a national flagship...

    5. March 22, 2016

      ‘Master of universe’ welcomed as head of National Theatre

      The National Theatre hailed the “cultural understanding” of private equity boss Damon Buffini as it named him as its...

    6. March 21, 2016

      The Effect, Barrow Street Theatre, New York — ‘A clever cocktail’

      When Lucy Prebble’s Enron came to Broadway in 2010 after a successful West End run, it closed prematurely amid hostile...

    7. March 11, 2016

      Ghanaian-Brit actor Danny Sapani stars in ‘Les Blancs’

      If we think of homecoming sons in drama, we probably think of Hamlet, Orestes, Biff (Death of a Salesman) or Teddy (The...

    8. March 1, 2016

      The Solid Life of Sugar Water, National Theatre, London: ‘heartbreaking’

      Dead. The word echoes unspoken through much of the 75 minutes of Jack Thorne’s two-hander about a couple coming to...

    9. February 26, 2016

      Playing with technology: drama in the digital age — video

      In the latest FT Arts video, theatre critic Matt Trueman explores the ways in which new technologies are changing the...

    10. February 24, 2016

      Cleansed, National Theatre, London: ‘Nothing short of magnificent’

      In some ways director Katie Mitchell is playing it safe for her first production at the National Theatre since a...

    11. February 12, 2016

      A ‘long overdue’ debut for Sarah Kane

      The playwright Alistair McDowall vividly remembers his first encounter with Sarah Kane’s work. At 16, he read Blasted,...

    12. February 3, 2016

      National Theatre brings down curtain on Sunday shows

      The National Theatre is to bring down the curtain on Sunday performances to cut costs, underlining its continued...

    13. February 1, 2016

      Iphigenia in Splott, National Theatre (Temporary), London — ‘A dramatic sucker punch’

      Not for the first time lately — indeed, not for the first time at this address — I have found myself relishing the...

    14. January 22, 2016

      August Wilson and the African-American experience

      We’s the leftovers,” says Toledo, the piano player in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, August Wilson’s play about blues...

    15. January 8, 2016

      FT Masterclass: Stage fighting with Kate Waters

      In a rehearsal room at London’s National Theatre a huge man in wrestling gear is swinging a much smaller bloke around...

    16. December 14, 2015

      wonder.land, National Theatre (Olivier), London — ‘Visually spectacular’

      Before you take your seat for this digital-age update of the Lewis Carroll classic, you can flirt with wonder.land...

    17. November 30, 2015

      Here We Go, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London — ‘Haunting, unsettling’

      Caryl Churchill’s new work is short, slight, and, in its deliberately tedious third scene, maddening. Indeed, despite...

    18. November 25, 2015

      Evening at the Talk House, National Theatre (Dorfman), London — ‘Casually grotesque’

      Wallace Shawn’s plays have a tendency to articulate the guilty conscience of upper-middle-class liberal New York. His...

    19. November 18, 2015

      British Business Bank backs PE fund aimed at creative industries

      The UK government’s British Business Bank has backed a private equity fund aimed at the country’s creative industries...

    20. November 4, 2015

      As You Like It, National Theatre (Olivier), London — ‘Inconsistent’

      After the summer production at Shakespeare’s Globe, this is London’s second major As You Like It of 2015 to show...

    21. October 28, 2015

      Husbands & Sons, National Theatre (Dorfman), London: ‘Female perspectives on everyday reality’

      The tail sometimes threatens to wag the dog in this production, as each solution throws up a new problem to be solved...

    22. October 23, 2015

      It takes two in theatre

      Directors and playwrights tend to form long-term relationships: professional marriages, even. Peter Hall wrote the book...

    23. October 16, 2015

      Ai exhibition strikes note of disharmony on eve of Xi visit

      British diplomats would be wise to take a polite detour avoiding Piccadilly when they view the sights of central London...

    24. September 2, 2015

      People, Places and Things, National Theatre (Dorfman), London — review

      There is an outstanding performance at the centre of Duncan Macmillan’s new play — which is, in a sense, ironic. Denise...

    25. August 30, 2015

      Our Country’s Good, National Theatre (Olivier), London — review

      Botany Bay, 1788, and a lone Aboriginal Australian — half-naked, lithe — watches the First Fleet drift “on to the sea”....

    26. July 29, 2015

      Three Days in the Country, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London — review

      A red door hangs in mid-air over Mark Thompson’s spare, Perspex-panelled set throughout the first act of Patrick...

    27. July 21, 2015

      Candide, Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, New York — review

      With its sprawling nature and unorthodox subject, Bernstein’s Candide has a reputation as a flawed work, but it...

    28. June 22, 2015

      Well-managed factories should have nothing to hide

      My first — and probably still my favourite — factory visit was to London Rubber Company’s Durex condom plant in...

    29. June 19, 2015

      Interview: Moira Buffini on ‘wonder.land’

      Lately the playwright Moira Buffini has been playing a lot of video games. So what, you may think; if she wants to...

    30. June 19, 2015

      ‘The Motherf**ker with the Hat’, National Theatre, London — review

      The programme for Stephen Adly Guirgis’s blisteringly funny, raucously rude and unexpectedly tender play about love and...

    31. June 16, 2015

      We Want You To Watch, National Theatre (Temporary), London — review

      There are two alternative interpretations of this mess. The first is that the theatre-making duo RashDash and their...

    32. June 12, 2015

      ‘The Motherf**ker with the Hat’, National Theatre, London

      The necessity of two stars in the title gives an inkling of the sort of profanity-loaded dialogue we might expect in...

    33. June 11, 2015

      London Road — film review

      London Road, a British docu-musical, steps off the National Theatre stage on to national screens. It’s good enough to...

    34. June 11, 2015

      The Red Lion, National Theatre (Dorfman), London — review

      At the beginning of The Red Lion, Kidd, the mouthy manager of a lowly football team, stands at the club house window....

    35. May 29, 2015

      Sport on stage: talk a good game

      When playwright Patrick Marber responded to a plea for help on the website of his local football club, the move was to...

    36. May 27, 2015

      The Beaux’ Stratagem, National Theatre (Olivier), London — review

      Simon Godwin’s revival of George Farquhar’s 1707 comedy appears at first to lack a sense of identity. At least, so it...

    37. May 5, 2015

      Beyond Caring, National Theatre, London — review

      Political theatre comes in many forms — satirical, funny, polemical. But it is perhaps at its most powerful when...

    38. May 1, 2015

      Everyman, National Theatre, London — review

      This is Rufus Norris’s first production as artistic director of the National Theatre and he is starting big in every...

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