Lloyd Evans

An affectionate exercise in comic sabotage: Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) reviewed

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Let’s be honest. Jane Austen is popular because War and Peace doesn’t fit inside a handbag. Austen’s best-loved novel, Pride…

Pub theatres are a British institution

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Why pub theatres are thriving

Like Alan Bennett but less funny: 'night, Mother at Hampstead Theatre reviewed

6 November 2021 9:00 am

’night, Mother is a two-hander that opens like a comedy sketch. ‘I’m going to kill myself, Mama,’ says Jessie. She’s…

Every MP must see this play: Value Engineering – Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry is a gripping, horrifying drama. Nicolas Kent and Richard Norton-Taylor have sifted through the public…

Would the real Rishi Sunak please stand up?

28 October 2021 10:55 am

It was a tale of two chancellors at today’s high-spending Budget. Rishi Sunak began by embracing the big-state profligacy pursued…

Somewhere in this production lies Shakespeare's tragedy: Almeida's Macbeth reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Yaël Farber’s Macbeth sets out to be a great work of art. The director crams the Almeida’s stage with suggestive…

A triumph: Young Vic's Hamlet reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Here goes. The Young Vic’s Hamlet, directed by Greg Hersov, is a triumph. This is a pared-back, plain-speaking version done…

A well-meaning but dull Official History: Olivier's Normal Heart reviewed

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The Normal Heart is not about Aids. Larry Kramer’s play is set in New York in 1981 at a time…

Gripping slice of old-fashioned entertainment: Old Vic's Camp Siegfried reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Boy meets girl. Girl gets pregnant. Then the entire world collapses. That’s the story of Camp Siegfried, which is set…

Labour’s bid to lose the next election has begun

30 September 2021 7:22 am

Sir Keir stamped the Labour conference with his personality today. And the mark he left was very bland, vague and…

Jennifer Saunders is brilliant: Blithe Spirit at the Harold Pinter Theatre reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Blithe Spirit is a comedy with the plot of a horror story. Charles, a middle-aged novelist, lives happily with his…

Sexist, classist and pro-global warming: Frozen, at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, reviewed

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Frozen the musical declares war on woke politics. The 2013 Disney movie has been turned into a song-and-dance show that…

Tsunami of piffle: Rockets and Blue Lights at the Dorfman Theatre reviewed

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Deep breath. Here goes. Winsome Pinnock’s new play about Turner opens with one of the most confusing and illogical scenes…

Glib and snarky: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, at Gillian Lynne Theatre, reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

It’s a rum beast the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Cinderella is set in Belleville, a European city of 18th-century…

Captures the rapturous gaiety of the original: Globe's Twelfth Night reviewed

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The new Lily Allen vehicle opens in a spruced-up terrace in the East End. Allen plays a self-satisfied yuppie, Jenny,…

How we killed comedy theatre: Nigel Planer interviewed

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans talks to Nigel Planer about the death of comedy theatre — and how he’s trying to revive it

Homeric levels of misery: Paradise, at the Olivier Theatre, reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The National Theatre has given Sophocles’s Philoctetes a makeover and a new title, Paradise. This must be ironic because the…

The death of the Edinburgh Fringe

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans finds the newly returned Edinburgh Fringe quieter, more low-key — and all the better for it

Sinatra, Bacon and a YouTube star: Edinburgh Fringe Festival round-up

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Sinatra: Raw (Pleasance, until 15 August) takes us inside the mind of the 20th century’s greatest crooner. The performer, Richard…

Ian McKellen is riveting: Hamlet, at Theatre Royal Windsor, reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Ian McKellen in his early eighties plays the Dane in his mid-twenties. A production with such a strange innovation should…

One for hardcore Tennessee Williams fans only: The Two Character Play reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

It can be difficult to remember that Tennessee Williams, the great songster of the Deep South during the 1950s, was…

What a comic treat: The Game of Love and Chance at the Arcola reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Lady Sylvia is a gorgeous aristocrat whose hand is sought by the charming Dorante whom she has never met. To…

A shrill, ugly, tasteless muddle: Romeo & Juliet reviewed

17 July 2021 9:00 am

What shall we destroy next? Romeo & Julietseems a promising target and the Globe has set out to vandalise Shakespeare’s…

This play is a wonder: Bach & Sons at the Bridge Theatre reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Bach & Sons opens with the great composer tinkling away on a harpsichord while a toddler screeches his head off…

Staged: a handful of VIP events is no substitute for normality

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Uncertainty is crippling our cultural life