Theatre

A mesmerising piece of theatre: On Blueberry Hill reviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

On Blueberry Hill sounds like a musical but it’s a sombre prison drama set in Ireland. Two bunkbeds. Above, an…

Corpse! really is as good as everyone says it is

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Here’s the problem. Much communication is done online, especially by youngsters, and much drama focuses on communication. So how do…

Unimpressive: The Prince of Egypt reviewed

7 March 2020 9:00 am

The Prince of Egypt is a musical adapted from a 1998 Dreamworks cartoon based on the Book of Exodus. So…

Comedy gold: The Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre reviewed

29 February 2020 9:00 am

A Moorish princess shipwrecked on the English coast disguises herself as a boy to protect her virtue. Arriving in London,…

Why foreign-language series will always have the edge over American ones

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

An office worker stands on the ledge of an open window about to leap. Two colleagues enter, ignoring him completely.…

A brilliant, unrevivable undertaking: Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt reviewed

15 February 2020 9:00 am

History will record Leopoldstadt as Tom Stoppard’s Schindler’s List. His brilliant tragic-comic play opens in the Jewish quarter of Vienna…

This is how theatre should work post-Brexit: Blood Wedding reviewed

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Blood Wedding, by the Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca, is one of those heavyweight tragedies that risks looking a bit…

A terrific two-hander that belongs at the National: RSC's Kunene and the King reviewed

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The Gift is three plays in one. It opens in a blindingly white Victorian parlour where a posh lady, Sarah,…

Strong performances in a slightly wonky production: Uncle Vanya reviewed

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Uncle Vanya opens with a puzzle. Is the action set in the early 20th century or right now? The furnishings…

Sweeping, sod-you comedy – irresistible: Billionaire Boy reviewed

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Falling In Love Again features two of the 20th century’s best-known sex athletes. Ron Elisha’s drama covers a long drunken…

People expecting punishment won’t be disappointed: Almeida’s Duchess of Malfi reviewed

18 January 2020 9:00 am

The Duchess of Malfi is one of those classics that everyone knows by name but not many have witnessed on…

Redneck twaddle: Young Vic’s Fairview reviewed

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury won last year’s Pulitzer Prize. It deserves additional awards for promoting racial disharmony and entrenching…

Full of fascinating data and excellent comedy: Messiah at Stratford Circus reviewed

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I’ve joined the Black Panthers. At least I think I have. I took part in an induction ceremony at the…

A flimsy tale of self-pity and thwarted ambition: Hunger at the Arcola reviewed

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Oh my God. The Nazis have invaded the Arcola Theatre. Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsen won the Nobel Prize in 1920…

Punk spirit underpinned by darkness and horror: Richard III at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre reviewed

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The history plays are different. In dramas like Othello, Hamlet and Much Ado, Shakespeare laid out the plot with great…

Smart, funny and beautifully imagined: RSC’s The Boy in the Dress reviewed

7 December 2019 9:00 am

David Walliams is one of the biggest-selling children’s authors in the world (having shifted some 25 million copies in more…

An astonishing treat: Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre reviewed

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Dear Evan Hansen, by Steven Levenson, opens as a standard American teen-angst musical. Evan is a sweaty geek with a…

The script’s a dud: Antipodes at the Dorfman Theatre reviewed

16 November 2019 9:00 am

The Antipodes, by the acclaimed dramatist Annie Baker, is set in a Hollywood writers’ room. Seven hired scribblers are brainstorming…

Why the Royal Court is theatre’s answer to Islamic State

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The Royal Court is the theatre’s answer to Islamic State, a conspiracy of nihilists fascinated with death, supported by groups…

A surefire international hit: Lungs reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

No power on earth can stop Lungs from becoming an international hit. Duncan Macmillan’s slick two-handed comedy reunites Matt Smith…

A 90-minute slog up to a dazzling peak: ‘Master Harold’… and the boys reviewed

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Athol Fugard likes to dump his characters in settings with no dramatic thrust or tension. A prison yard is a…

Circus routine rather than theatre: Noises Off reviewed

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Michael Frayn’s backstage comedy, Noises Off, is the theatre’s answer to Trooping the Colour. Everyone agrees that it’s an amazing…

Flimsy and pretentious sketches: Caryl Churchill’s Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. reviewed

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Caryl Churchill is back at the Royal Court with a weird collection of sketches. The first is set on a…

One for pauper-gawpers: Faith, Hope and Charity at the National reviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Tony Hawks’s musical, Midlife Cowboy, has transferred from Edinburgh to the Pleasance, Islington. At press night, the comedy elite showed…

How refreshing to see a show about prejudice that barely mentions white people

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Lynette Linton opens her stewardship of the Bush with a drama about racial and sexual bigotry. Four British women decide…