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Theatre

Donmar’s Henry IV: Phyllida Lloyd has nothing but contempt for her audience

Plus: to call Notes from Underground an artistic catastrophe would be to praise it too highly

18 October 2014

9:00 AM

18 October 2014

9:00 AM

Henry IV

Donmar Warehouse, until 29 November

Notes from Underground

Print Room, until 1 November

The age of ‘ladies first’ is back. Phyllida Lloyd reserves all the roles for the weaker sex, as I imagine she thinks of them, in this hybrid play assembled from Henry IV (i) and (ii). It’s a twin-layered production that poses as a piece of am-dram mounted in a women’s nick.

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