Lloyd Evans

Memo to Nick Payne: filling your plays with cosmic chit-chat doesn’t make you intelligent

24 May 2014 9:00 am

How do you write a play? Here’s one theory. Put a guy up a tree, throw rocks at him, get…

From Bletchley Park to Take Your Pick – this baroness’s memoir is a blast

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Jean Trumpington’s memoir, published as she closes in on her 92nd birthday, is an absolute blast from the opening page.…

The Silver Tassie: a lavish, experimental muddle that slithers into a coma

17 May 2014 9:00 am

The Silver Tassie is the major opening at the Lyttelton this spring. Sean O’Casey’s rarely staged play introduces us to…

Everyone should see this pious anti-war monologue – seriously

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Off to the Gate for a special treat: a pious anti-war monologue from the prize-winning American George Brant. Curtain up.…

The Guardian didn’t much like Noel Coward’s Relative Values – but you will

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Cripes. How did I get that one wrong? A few issues back I blithely predicted that Harry Hill’s musical I…

The real original kitchen-sink drama

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Rewrite the history books! Tradition tells us that kitchen-sink drama began in 1956 with Look Back in Anger. A season…

Another Country could almost be a YouTube advert for Eton

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Another Country was an instant response to Anthony Blunt’s exposure in 1979 as a Marxist spy. Julian Mitchell set out…

Beware of Banksy: his art can make you homeless

12 April 2014 9:00 am

You may not have heard of Goldie. He’s an actor and singer whose name refers to the bullion with which…

An upmarket panto with top-quality jokes and strong tunes: Jordy, Simon and Louis

Simon Cowell’s latest attempt at global domination

5 April 2014 9:00 am

I Can’t Sing! is a parody of The X Factor, which already parodies itself at every turn. Quite a tough…

Why are Shakespeare’s women so feeble?

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Shakespeare did not give his female characters pivotal roles, but some of his contemporaries did, as Lloyd Evans discovers

Where’s a goofy, flat-chested shrew when you need one?

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Ray Cooney, the master of farce, is back. These days he’s in the modest Menier rather than the wonderful West…

A gaggle of husbands and a pair of piglets

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Here’s a great idea for a play. Turn the polygamy principle upside-down and you get a female egoist presiding over…

A brilliant turn: Imelda Staunton as Margaret in ‘Good People’

If you're going to adapt a bestseller, don't choose the A-Z

15 March 2014 9:00 am

What’s the quickest way to create a hit musical? Base it on a bestselling book. The writers of The A-Z…

Rape, porn and Cheesy Wotsits

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Interesting times at Soho Theatre. One of its outstanding shows of last year, Fleabag, was an offbeat Gothic love story…

Superior Donuts – a very irritating success

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Tracy Letts, of the Chicago company Steppenwolf, has written one of the best plays of the past ten years. August:…

Brave Tommies and dim earls — Oh What a Lovely War is hoity-toity reductionism

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Here it is. Fifty years late. Oh What a Lovely War was originally staged at Stratford East in 1964. It…

Putin: ‘Oi, Europe, you’re a bunch of poofs’

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Sochi 2014 is the least wintry Winter Olympics ever. Yes, there’s a bit of downhill shimmying going on in the…

A World Elsewhere hints it's about Bill Clinton. But it's about Al Gore

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Why, oh why, the producers ask, are the national press so reluctant to cover the London fringe? The snag is…

Sam Mendes's King Lear is a must-see for masochists

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Directors appear to have two design options when approaching a Shakespeare tragedy. Woodstock or jackboot. Woodstock means papal robes, shoulder-length…

If you can figure out the mind-boggling plot of Ciphers — join Mensa

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Here’s a heartwarming tale from the London fringe. A company named Above the Stag was merrily plying its trade at…

The 'semi-detached' member of Margaret Thatcher's cabinet

18 January 2014 9:00 am

John Biffen was mentally ill. This is the outstanding revelation of Semi-Detached, a memoir which has been assembled from his…

The play to watch if your country is breaking up

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Of all the West End’s unloved venues the loveliest is the Arts Theatre. It specialises in creaky off-beat plays like…

Ben Miller as Robert Houston MP in ‘The Duck House’

The Duck House is the best show in the West End

11 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s taken me a few months to catch up with the political farce The Duck House. Then again, it’s taken…

On the train with Emil Tischbein and his precious cargo

Get tickets for Emil and the Detectives, and opera glasses — some of the child actors are tiny

4 January 2014 9:00 am

It starts with a brilliant joke. We’re in the Weimar Republic in 1929. Little Emil Tischbein is listening to his…

Is this the real First Lady of 'Borgen'?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans tries to get a handle on Birgette Hjort Sorensen