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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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'True West' production photos

Theatre review: True West at Tricycle Theatre

“What kinda people kill each other most? Family people.”

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Peter Davison.

Ex-Doctor Who star Peter Davison enters global political battle in The Vertical Hour

Peter Davison cannot escape the prefix Dr in his acting roles – unless of course he’s playing a vet. On the advice of Patrick Troughton, the well-known actor famously quit the role of Doctor Who after three years to avoid being typecast.

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Jesse Rutherford, John Last 


other captions Lucy Roslyn and Jesse Rutherford

Theatre review: Chicken Shop at the Park Theatre

In 2009, Anna Jordan read an article about a raid on a secret brothel located over her local chicken shop in Hounslow. The dawning realisation of horror close to home forms the spine of her provocative 2011 piece, debuting at Park Theatre.

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Music See all

Manics; May 1991. Picture: Kevin Cummins

Glamorous anarchy of early Manic Street Preachers revealed in new photo exhibition

Back in 1991, the British music scene was still riding on the baggy tails of Madchester while its natural successor, the emerging rave scene, was just starting to build momentum.

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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.

Read full story »

Art See all

Jermiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem by Rembrandt

Early Rembrandts to show at Kenwood House this month

Two early works by Rembrandt go on display at Kenwood House this month thanks to reciprocal loans by The National Gallery and Rijksmuseum. Visitors to the Grade I-listed house on Hampstead Heath can see two works by the Dutch master, both dating from around 1630.

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