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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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”....

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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....

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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,...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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”...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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