Theatre

Robert Lindsay as Jack Cardiff in Prism

Speech therapy

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Oslo opened in the spring of 2016 at a modest venue in New York. It moved to Broadway and this…

Bring on the dancing-girls: Follies at the Oliver

Age concern

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies takes a huge leap into the past. It’s 1971 and we meet two middle-aged couples who knew…

Worse for wear: Kevin McNally as Lear and Burt Caesar as Gloucester in King Lear

Keeping it in the family

9 September 2017 9:00 am

A new orthodoxy governs the casting process in Hollywood. An actor’s ethnicity must match the character’s. If you extend this…

Animal or vegetable?

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Against by Christopher Shinn sets out to unlock the secrets of America’s spiritual malaise. Two main settings represent the wealthy…

The many sides of satire

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Brexit the Musical is a peppy satire written by Chris Bryant (not the MP, he’s a lawyer). Musically the show…

Shirley Henderson (Elizabeth Laine) and Michael Shaeffer (Reverend Marlowe) in Girl from the North Country

Starting block

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Conor McPherson’s new play is set in dust-bowl Minnesota in 1934. We’re in a fly-blown boarding house owned by skint,…

Heavy-handed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Oliver Cotton is an RSC stalwart who looks like a man born to greatness. Google him. He has the fearless…

Out of sorts at the RSC

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The RSC’s summer blockbuster is about Queen Anne. It’s called Queen Anne. It opens at the Inns of Court where…

The good Palestinian

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Shubbak, meaning ‘window’ in Arabic, is a biennial festival taking place in various venues across London. The brochure reads like…

Animal crackers

8 July 2017 9:00 am

The Vaults at Waterloo are gallantly trying to pose as the party spot for hipsters in the world’s coolest city.…

Hyped to death

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Hand it to the Americans. They know how to hype a young talent to death. The latest to be asphyxiated…

Here comes the Sun

1 July 2017 9:00 am

It was most odd. Four decades after I’d walked into the Sun to start my first shift as a news…

Hymn to self-slaughter

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Anatomy of a Suicide looks at three generations of women in various phases of mental collapse. They line up on…

Party piece

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The National Theatre could hardly resist Barber Shop Chronicles. The play shines a light on a disregarded ethnic community, black…

Fantastic Mr Fox

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Sand in the Sandwiches is the perfect show for those who feel the West End should be an intellectual funfair.…

Army surplus

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Georg Büchner, a justly neglected German playwright, died at the age of 23 leaving a half-finished script about a mad…

Sado-erotic review

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The Olivier describes Salomé by Yaël Farber as a ‘new’ play. Not quite. It premièred in Washington a couple of…

Honey-glazed rural whimsy: Laura Donnelly (Caitlin) and Paddy Considine (Quinn) in Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman

Killing time

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Jez Butterworth’s new play The Ferryman is set in Armagh in 1981. Quinn, a former terrorist, has swapped the armed…

Simpering windbags and self-pitying egoists: Halina Reijn, Jude Law and Gijs Scholten van Aschat in Obsession

Sins of the flesh

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Obsession at the Barbican has a complicated provenance. The experimental Belgian director Ivo van Hove adapted the show from a…

A must for Auster devotees; a mustn’t for the rest: Mark Edel-Hunt as Daniel Quinn and Jack Tarlton as Stillman in ‘City of Glass’

Masonic bodge

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Left-wing groupie Paul Mason has written a costume drama about the suppression of the Paris commune in 1871. We meet…

Adorably twerpish: Simon Bird as Philip in ‘The Philanthropist’

Pleasing pedantry

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Christopher Hampton’s 1968 play The Philanthropist examines the romantic travails of Philip, a cerebral university philologist, forced to choose between…

Boozy bard

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Even the Bard’s staunchest fans admit that ‘Shakespeare comedy’ may be an oxymoron. That’s the assumption of the touring company…

Law in action

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

It’s like Raging Bull. The great Scorsese movie asks if a professional boxer can exclude violence from his family life.…

Kill the DJ

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Don Juan in Soho rehashes an old Spanish yarn about a sexual glutton ruined by his appetite. Setting the story…

LA story

1 April 2017 9:00 am

BREAKING NEWS: ‘Enjoyable play found at Royal Court.’ Generally, the Court likes to send its customers home feeling depressed, guilty,…