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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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....

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. April 26, 2015

      Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London — review

      You only realise how expansive the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage is when you see virtually its entire area covered...

    12. April 17, 2015

      National Theatre chief Tessa Ross quits after just 6 months

      The National Theatre’s chief executive has unexpectedly resigned just six months after taking on the role. Tessa Ross,...

    13. March 23, 2015

      National Theatre: revealed in all its brutal beauty

      “I’ve got no time for cherubs,” said architect Denys Lasdun on the opening of London’s new National Theatre in 1976. He...

    14. February 26, 2015

      Man and Superman, National Theatre, London — review

      My goodness, this is a wordy play. Hardly a surprise with George Bernard Shaw, but Shaw himself cut the third act...

    15. February 4, 2015

      Arcadia, Theatre Royal, Brighton — review

      As Tom Stoppard’s new play The Hard Problem sells out at the National Theatre, English Touring Theatre revives one of...

    16. January 29, 2015

      ‘The Hard Problem’, National Theatre, London — review

      It’s a specific hard problem that Tom Stoppard has in mind in his new play for the National Theatre: the “hard problem”...

    17. January 28, 2015

      Dara, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London — review

      The action of Dara never shifts from 17th-century India — evoked here in a visually ravishing production — but the...

    18. January 12, 2015

      Tree, Old Vic, London — review

      There are two men, a tree, and a significant offstage presence. But this is not Waiting for Godot — although the two...

    19. December 14, 2014

      Treasure Island, National Theatre, London — review

      If you were on a sailing ship, far out to sea, could you work out your latitude by the stars? After seeing Bryony...

    20. November 21, 2014

      Wholly family: Tena Stivicic’s ‘3 Winters’ at the National Theatre, London

      There is a picture of Tena Stivicic’s great-grandma on the rehearsal room wall at the National Theatre. But not for...

    21. November 19, 2014

      Behind the Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre (Olivier), London – review

      There is a great and welcome impulse behind this staging. Written by David Hare, directed by incoming National Theatre...

    22. November 14, 2014

      Players on a global stage

      “Join the Navy”, the recruiting slogan ran, “and see the world”. It’s snappy and enticing. Perhaps London’s theatres...

    23. November 7, 2014

      Museum eateries go upmarket

      On Friday and Saturday evenings, Londoners can sit down to a three-course, £47.50 dinner cooked by a chef who has...

    24. November 5, 2014

      JOHN, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London – review

      Lloyd Newson likes controversy. His dance theatre company DV8 has previously picked at brutal sex and radical Islam....

    25. October 31, 2014

      Katie Mitchell and carbon-cycle agitprop

      Katie Mitchell: the polarising director of the British stage. Best known for her radical takes on Euripides and Chekhov...

    26. October 17, 2014

      Lloyd Newson’s DV8 dances out the devil within

      “All art should be controversial. The problem with dance is that too much of it is happy to avoid controversy.” Lloyd...

    27. October 14, 2014

      Here Lies Love, National Theatre (Dorfman), London – review

      If any money-man deserves to have a UK arts venue named after him it is surely Lloyd Dorfman, whose Travelex company’s...

    28. October 10, 2014

      Here Lies Love, Dorfman, National Theatre, London

      Centre stage here will not just be the work but the theatre itself: this is the opening show for the newly refurbished...

    29. October 6, 2014

      The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York – review

      Simon Stephens’ adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has arrived on...

    30. September 26, 2014

      Joan Littlewood and the People’s Theatre, Radio 4

      The year 1963 was a proud one for British theatre in Paris. Under the auspices of the Théâtre des Nations, two British...

    31. September 19, 2014

      More theatre reviews and previews

      Hamlet, Royal Exchange, Manchester Maxine Peake plays the Danish prince in a fresh look at the play by director Sarah...

    32. September 17, 2014

      Ballyturk, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London – review

      “Do you know my name?” – “I made myself forget it.” Sounds like pure Samuel Beckett, doesn’t it? Which, these days,...

    33. September 12, 2014

      Sofie Gråbøl, queen of Scots

      Our national addiction to the box set has had one particularly strange side effect. After hours spent in front of The...

    34. August 29, 2014

      Hot ticket: live-streaming theatre productions in cinemas

      On December 30 2006 the Metropolitan Opera in New York conducted an experiment. Building on 75 years’ experience of...

    35. August 29, 2014

      Little Revolution, Almeida Theatre, London

      The innovative playwright Alecky Blythe has developed a particular version of verbatim theatre according to which...

    36. August 8, 2014

      Edinburgh International Festival, various venues

      The Edinburgh Fringe has already been running for a good week but now it is the turn of the International Festival to...

    37. July 30, 2014

      Study puts London ahead of New York as centre for theatre

      London has the biggest theatre audience of any city in the world, according to a study of the sector that underscores...

    38. July 22, 2014

      Medea, National Theatre (Olivier), London – review

      Its cast of characters may include kings and heroes, but in Tom Scutt’s design Medea looks comparatively low-rent, like...

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