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    1. 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 Lavery’s...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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 could...

    3. 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 toiled at...

    4. 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. This...

    5. 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 and...

    6. 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 Newson...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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 Broadway....

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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, means...

    13. 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...

    14. 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 live...

    15. August 29, 2014

      Little Revolution, Almeida Theatre, London

      The innovative playwright Alecky Blythe has developed a particular version of verbatim theatre according to which actors not...

    16. 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 get...

    17. 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 its...

    18. 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 a...

    19. July 18, 2014

      More theatre reviews and previews

      Medea, National Theatre, London Euripides may have written his play two and half thousand years ago but it still shocks,...

    20. July 4, 2014

      More theatre reviews and previews

      Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, London Jamie Lloyd continues to produce exciting work with his Trafalgar Transformed seasons...

    21. Business Blog

      July 1, 2014

      Great Britain's farce fails to match Pravda's power

      Oliver Chris and Billie Piper in Great Britain. Photo: Johan Persson Having written about the obsolescence of the Fleet...

    22. July 1, 2014

      Great Britain, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London – review

      This is surely the most detailed stage satire I have ever seen. It is not simply a diaphanously veiled retelling of the...

    23. June 27, 2014

      More theatre reviews and previews

      Great Britain, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London Talk about media secrecy . . . Astoundingly, without word getting out,...

    24. June 25, 2014

      Phone-hacking comes under satirical scrutiny at National

      The nexus of power between journalists, politicians and police in the UK during the phone-hacking era comes under satirical...

    25. June 9, 2014

      Hotel, National Theatre, London – review

      The paradise hotel on the paradise island in Kenya is occupied by just the sort of people you’d expect. Meet Robert and...

    26. June 5, 2014

      Sir Ken rails against Morrison successors

      The former king rails against his successors in a three-hour performance: not just King Lear in London at the National...

    27. May 16, 2014

      The Inventory: Richard Eyre

      Richard Eyre, 71, was director of the National Theatre from 1987 to 1997. His numerous productions there included Guys and...

    28. May 9, 2014

      Yellow Face, National Theatre Shed, London – review

      The representation of ethnic minorities on stage is a thorny issue, but David Henry Hwang’s sparkling 2007 comedy, drawn...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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