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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. April 13, 2014

      Almeida Theatre and ‘Chimerica’ star in Olivier awards

      The stage play Chimerica dominated Sunday night’s Olivier Awards, winning in five categories, including best new play and...

    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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. October 20, 2013

      Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK – review

      It is becoming an inadvertent tradition that Royal Shakespeare Company supremos set the seal on their appointment by...

    9. 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...

    10. April 12, 2013

      ‘Cultural entrepreneurs’ tackle funds squeeze

      A quiet revolution is taking place at the top of some of the UK’s most important arts institutions. This week Sir Nicholas...

    11. July 18, 2012

      Timon of Athens, National Theatre (Olivier), London

      It would be impossible to review this play in 2012, much less to do so on these pages, without giving due consideration to...

    12. April 18, 2012

      One Man, Two Guvnors, Music Box Theatre, New York

      American audiences might be forgiven for thinking that One Man, Two Guvnors, the Richard Bean play nominally inspired by...

    13. December 23, 2011

      Why we smart with ignorance

      We live in a world that is startlingly incomprehensible. Collateralised debt obligations and credit default swaps, arcane...

    14. November 22, 2011

      One Man, Two Guvnors, Adelphi Theatre, London

      Having played at the National Theatre, where it originated, and jogged round the country on tour, you might expect One Man,...

    15. June 24, 2011

      The Diary: Nicholas Hytner

      An afternoon of wincing embarrassment spent reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s Black Snow in preparation for a play by John Hodge...

    16. May 27, 2011

      One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London

      Reviewing a Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Servant of Two Masters in 2000, I remarked that two and three-quarter...

    17. May 6, 2011

      Play for laughs

      Most of us, confronted with a big red button that says “Do Not Touch”, give it a wide berth. Not playwright Richard Bean....

    18. November 23, 2010

      Don Carlo, Metropolitan Opera, New York

      Agonies projected: Marina Poplavskaya Nicholas Hytner is a brilliant theatre director. But the demands of opera are quite...

    19. October 28, 2010

      Travelex chief puts £10m into theatre

      Lloyd Dorfman, chairman of the foreign exchange specialist Trav­elex, has donated £10m to the National Theatre and urged...

    20. October 26, 2010

      Arts Council defers pain of cuts for a year

      Arts bodies will be spared the full pain of public spending cuts for a year after Arts Council England, the funding body,...

    21. July 9, 2010

      Arts cuts could mark end of an era

      The past decade has seen the UK’s arts scene thrive as never before, with rising audiences, flourishing box offices and...

    22. April 29, 2010

      Penguin chief to chair the National

      John Makinson, chief executive of Penguin, the publishing company, was appointed yesterday as chairman of the Royal National...

    23. March 12, 2010

      A higher class of comedy

      Put Simon Russell Beale on the Olivier stage, and its problems of configuration and communication vanish. He makes the space...

    24. March 11, 2010

      London Assurance, National Theatre (Olivier), London

      Ebullient: Fiona Shaw as Lady Gay Spanker Put Simon Russell Beale on the Olivier stage, and its problems of configuration...

    25. January 22, 2010

      Boyle returns to theatre roots

      Danny Boyle, the Oscarwinning film-maker, is to make his directorial debut at the National Theatre with a new production of...

    26. December 31, 2009

      Selected new year honours

      Jenson Button and Ross Brawn celebrate after Button clinched the F1 world championship in October – both have now been...

    27. November 19, 2009

      The Habit of Art

      If Alan Bennett had written a play about W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten we would probably have welcomed it and slipped...

    28. September 23, 2009

      National rides to riches with West End transfers

      War Horse has been highly acclaimed as one of the most moving theatrical productions of recent years. Now the adaptation of...

    29. September 22, 2009

      National Theatre rides to riches

      War Horse has been highly acclaimed as one of the most moving theatrical productions of recent years. Now The play was...

    30. August 29, 2009

      Playwrights make drama out of financial crisis

      The global recession may have had many disastrous consequences, but it has also inspired dramatists to attempt to explain...

    31. August 28, 2009

      Playwrights make drama out of crisis

      The global recession may have had many disastrous consequences, but it has also inspired dramatists to attempt to explain...

    32. July 17, 2009

      Dramatists respond to crucial world events

      In April this year, Lisa Goldman, artistic director of London’s Soho Theatre, sat down to commission 10 plays. A year’s...

    33. June 16, 2009

      A queen without command

      While one could scarcely say that Racine was all the rage on the London stage, there has certainly been more of the...

    34. June 15, 2009

      A queen without command

      Phèdre National Theatre, London While one could scarcely say that Racine was all the rage on the London stage, there has...

    35. June 5, 2009

      Crimes and congratulations

      When political and economic turmoil is all around, it is the duty of cultural institutions to remind us that nothing in...

    36. May 16, 2009

      Best of British theatre to be seen live around the world

      It is hardly a typical, feelgood night out at the movies: a 17th century tragedy by a French playwright, performed in free...

    37. May 15, 2009

      British theatre to be seen around world

      It is hardly a typical, feelgood night out at the movies: a 17th century tragedy by a French playwright, performed in free...

    38. February 14, 2009

      Reviews

      One could not accuse Nicholas Hytner of timidity. With England People Very Nice , the artistic director of London's...

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