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Natalie Mendoza as Imelda Marcos with cast including Dean John-Wilson as Ninoy Aquino

Theatre review: Here Lies Love at the National Theatre Dorfman

With an Evita revival running in the West End, there seems a trend for musicals about despotic, spendthrift self-styled women-of-the-people who married international leaders.

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Our Town at The Almeida
Laura Elsworthy, David Cromer and David Walmsley

Theatre review: Our Town at the Almeida

The heartfelt message of Thornton Wilder’s iconic 1938 play is delivered with stunning directness in David Cromer’s unaffected revival.

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The House That Will Not Stand at The Tricycle Theatre by Marcus Gardley

Director: Indhu Rubasingham
Designer: Tom Piper
Lighting Designer: Paul Anderson
Sound Designer: Carolyn Downing
Composer: Paul Englishby

Cast:
Ronke Adekoluejo
Ayesha Antoine
Michele Austin
Martina Laird
Tanya Moodie
Clare Perkins
Danusia Samal
Paul Shelley

Theatre review: The House That Will Not Stand at the Tricycle Theatre

In Marcus Gardley’s 1830s New Orleans-set play, the ghost of a murdered European colonist threatens to bring down his property and his bereaved mixed race mistress and daughters. But there are few cracks evident in the buoyant UK premiere of this lyrical, witty and wildly unpredictable play.

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national youth theatre performs Selfie

Theatre review: Selfie at Ambassadors Theatre

The National Youth Theatre’s modern take on The Picture of Dorian Grey, is confident and energetic. Loud and clear, it proclaims that, in spite of different times, different mores, technical advances, the human race has learned nothing since Oscar Wilde wrote the original story. We are vain, greedy, self-deluding, superficial, cruel and stupid – and the cause of our own downfall.

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Shane Noone as Eddie and Omar Ibrahim as Ashfaq in Warde Street at Park Theatre

Theatre review: Warde Street at Park Theatre

You would think the 2005 London bombings and their turbulent aftermath offer more than enough drama for an 80-minute play, but actor-turned-writer Damien Tracey adds to the mix political intrigue, romantic scandal, and not one but two ethnically charged revenge killings. Needless to say, most elements of this sensationalist new work are left fatally underdeveloped.

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Martina Laird plays Beatrice in The House That Will Not Stand at the Tricycle Theatre

Voodoo and magic realism lace Tricycle’s new tale of race struggle in New Orleans

Like the Lorca play that inspired it, The House That Will Not Stand is an intensely lyrical drama about a widow with unwed daughters who pull against her controlling will.

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Richard Schiff and Lindsay Lohan in Speed The Plow

Theatre review: Speed the Plow at Playhouse Theatre

The onstage action in Lindsay Posner’s much-hyped revival of Speed-the-Plow can’t begin to compete with its offstage drama. Ever since tabloid target Lindsay Lohan’s casting was announced, people have been taking bets on her actually making it to the theatre, let alone giving a West End-worthy performance.

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Harriet Thorpe plays Clarissa Kingston-Mills in Great Britain

Harriet Thorpe revels in Great Britain’s nasty world of phone-hacking

Richard Bean’s latest comedy Great Britain had to remain under close wraps until the end of the phone -hacking trials earlier this year.

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Paige Britain (Lucy Punch) in Great Britain

Theatre review: Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Following a successful stint at the National Theatre, Richard Bean’s Great Britain has bulldozed its way into the West End with its irresistible blend of scorching satire and slick, sliding production in tact.

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Oliver Hembrough as Douglas, Roger Allam as Leonard and Rebecca Grant as Izzy in Seminar

Theatre review: Seminar at Hampstead Theatre

Considering the wide array of possibilities available to any talented playwright, a story about writers at best sounds indulgent and at worst downright lazy.

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Thusitha Jayasunder as Nadia and Peter Davison as Oliver in The Vertical Hour at the Park Theatre

Theatre review: The Vertical Hour at the Park Theatre

The continuing relevance of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour (premiered in New York in 2006) was emphasised as the press night was last Thursday – the eve of the vote in the Commons for a third campaign of military action in Iraq.

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Roger Allam in Seminar at Hampstead Theatre

Game of Thrones and The Thick of It star Roger Allam returns to stage for Seminar

In his latest role at Hampstead Theatre, Roger Allam plays a cantankerous former novelist all too happy to destroy the hopes and pretences of those who gather at his feet for advice. As a star of both stage and screen, with three Olivier Awards to his name, the actor in real life would surely be a valuable mentor for any aspiring thespian.

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Music See all

James Roose Evans

Hampstead Theatre founder James Roose-Evans ponders Dylan Thomas ahead of Hampstead Arts festival celebration

A boutique arts festival of words and music runs in Hampstead next month. The small but perfectly formed programme of events takes place at St John’s Downshire Hill and Burgh House, in New End Square, from November 1 to 22.

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Natalie Mendoza as Imelda Marcos with cast including Dean John-Wilson as Ninoy Aquino

Theatre review: Here Lies Love at the National Theatre Dorfman

With an Evita revival running in the West End, there seems a trend for musicals about despotic, spendthrift self-styled women-of-the-people who married international leaders.

Read full story »

Art See all

Jane McAdam Freud

Sculptor Jane McAdam Freud on war, family and getting to know her great granddad Sigmund

Award winning sculptor and artist Jane McAdam Freud is the daughter of artist Lucian Freud and great-grand-daughter of Sigmund Freud.

Her exhibition Dance of Disapproval War Works runs at the London Jewish Cultural Centre until November 10 and includes works created while she was artist in residence at the Freud Museum in 2005/6. She talks to Features Editor Bridget Galton about art, family and legacy.

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