Theatre

Finally — a play about insomnia that cures insomnia

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Athol Fugard is regarded as a theatrical titan but I usually need a microscope to find any trace of greatness…

Highly alluring: Gemma Chan as Athena in ‘Our Ajax’

'Keeler' is not just about Tory bigwigs chasing nymphettes around the pool

16 November 2013 9:00 am

It’s an unlovely venue, for sure. Charing Cross Theatre, underneath the arches, likes to welcome vagrant plays that can’t find…

Johnny Flynn

The sickeningly talented Johnny Flynn

16 November 2013 9:00 am

James Mumford talks to the sickeningly talented actor and folk singer Johnny Flynn

British empire? What British empire?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Here’s a tip for play-goers. When the curtain goes up on a garden, prepare for some feeble plotting. The glory…

Terrific: Barnaby Kay (Keith) and Tamzin Outhwaite (Briony)

Toffs rule! 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

This is a strange one. Simon Paisley Day’s new play feels like a conventional comedy of manners. Three couples pitch…

David Tennant plays Richard II like a casual hippie

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Gregory Doran, now in command at Stratford in succession to Sir Michael Boyd, launches his regime with Richard II, intending…

The Light Princess badly needs a mission

26 October 2013 9:00 am

There are many pleasures in The Light Princess, a new musical by Tori Amos. George MacDonald’s fairy story introduces us…

Bullied by a swaggering Conservative: Sam (Simon Lennon)

Did gay Conservatives have it easier in the past? Tory Boyz makes me think they did

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Bang! The race is on. James Graham is the celebrated author of This House, a superb examination of Labour’s administrative…

An audience with the Queen and Mrs Thatcher

12 October 2013 9:00 am

A feast of pleasures, and some annoyances, at the Trike. Handbagged, by Moira Buffini, is a fictional account of the…

The peril with Brecht is that he will always be Brecht

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Brecht in the West End? Quite a rarity. Jonathan Church’s zippy and stylish version of The Resistible Rise of Arturo…

Barking in Essex: a hit with hen-night hysterics

28 September 2013 9:00 am

How appropriate. Barking in Essex, a farce about gangsters, has been dishonestly billed as ‘a new comedy’. The script was…

Hysteria is a pile-up of unmotivated absurdities

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Terry Johnson’s acclaimed farce Hysteria opens in Sigmund Freud’s Hampstead home in 1938. The godfather of psychobabble is ambushed by…

Mark Ravenhill’s take on Voltaire’s Candide

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Ah yes, Candide, the adventures of an innocent abroad in ‘the best of all possible worlds’, as philosophers of the…

Gender bender: Sophie Crawford as Pope Joan

Theatre review: Fleabag's scandalous success

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Suddenly they’re all at it. Actors, that is, writing plays. David Haig, Rory Kinnear and Simon Paisley Day are all…

Blue Stockings defames women in order to defame men; Thark succeeds thanks to a trio of great perfomances

7 September 2013 9:00 am

More un-Shakespearean drama at London’s leading Shakespeare venue. The Globe has pushed the Bard off stage to make way for…

Henry Goodman by Dan Williams

Henry Goodman interview: How to make Brecht fun

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans talks to Henry Goodman about his role in the playwright’s political allegory

Gritty, sweet-natured charm: Stephen Campbell Moore as Joe

Chimerica is a triumph

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Chimerica. The weird title of Lucy Kirkwood’s hit play conjoins the names of the eastern and western superpowers and promises…

Opposing sides: Monica Dolan, the super-brainy lawyer, and Daniel Mays (Andrew)

Crash-for-cash scam at the Donmar

24 August 2013 9:00 am

High summer and it’s blockbuster time. The Donmar’s latest show is by the acclaimed Nick Payne, whose play about string…

The best satire at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans finds politics everywhere: not only in the architecture but at the Fringe too

A mega-musical that’s like watching the Downton cast crammed into a telephone kiosk

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Hats off for theatrical recklessness. The producer Danielle Tarento has taken a $10-million Broadway mega-musical and staged it in the…

Thwarted love between geriatrics

3 August 2013 9:00 am

This is brilliant. The new play by Oliver Cotton, a 69-year-old actor, is set in New York in 1986. An…

The National Theatre of Scotland has done more to demean Scotland’s cultural reputation than anything I can think of

27 July 2013 9:00 am

West End producers are itching to get their hands on the new show at the Bush. Mama Mia’s director, Phyllida…

A cast of celebs fails to bring any oomph to The Ladykillers

20 July 2013 9:00 am

The Ladykillers is back. Sean Foley’s adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy introduces us to a crew of villains who…

Private Lives at the Gielgud: Spot the sexual tension between Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens

13 July 2013 9:00 am

It’s always a problem with Macbeth: what accents to use? The Globe is applying the traditional remedy. Lord and Lady…

Theatre: Responsible Other: an assured effort from newcomer Melanie Spencer; The Moment of Truth: Peter Ustinov fails to impress as a playwright

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Dominic Cooke did it at the Royal Court. Now Ed Hall is having crack as well. Cooke’s crazy decision to…