Theatre News

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

From a book of monologues, to a play set in a prison van, one of the UK's most remarkable theatre companies is celebrating 40 decades of giving a voice, and a fresh chance, to women in the criminal justice system.

Far more than a green polemic, this Frankenstein of a play is a glorious absurdist blend of stand-up, drama, dance/disco radio and mime.

Samuel Adamson's riff on Ibsen's A Doll's House collides decades of queer history with an exuberant look at the institution of marriage

This wonderfully energetic and perceptive spectacle, appropriates Tony Blair's infamous 1997 mantra to explore the impact of academies and league tables on the teaching profession

Wife at Kiln Theatre

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Samuel Adamson explores four generations of queer relationships through the prism of Ibsen's A Doll's House and his transgressive heroine Nora

Stephen Schwartz's untold story of the witches of Oz holds up well after more than a decade entertaining audiences

Thornton Wilder's tale of the simple lives of simple folk is a plea for community and connection in divided times

"Never make the mistake of taking acting too seriously." This was the advice that actress Coral Browne followed throughout her stage and screen career, from the moment she fled Australia in 1934 as a 20-year-old hopeful.

Thirty years on, Philip Osment's witty, lyrical coming of age tale in the age of Aids and Section 28 stands the test of time

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer prize winning play calls for no scenery, no curtain and no props so its perfect to stand in for the hamlet of Grover's Corners in Regent's Park

Jonathan Maitland's hilarious satire at Park Theatre imagines a future when the mop haired MP has been knighted and is still grasping at high office

Bojo, Brexit and the burden of high office are debated at the Islington dinner party which 'changed history' says playwright Jonathan Maitland

Tonally uneven reworking of Hardy's Jude the Obscure has flashes of sharp wit and an intense central performance but Ed Hall's final production at Hampstead is below par

Inua Ellam's rich writing and powerful storytelling flies in this brilliantly acted epic tale of a mother and son's bond

An under rehearsed, patchily acted and self indulgently limp satire of the 2015 election misses an open goal to shed light on today's political meltdown

Inua Ellams' Half God of Rainfall marries Greek and Yoruba myths to weave a story of a mother and her demi-God son with a superhuman power to play basketball

The former pub in Hampstead Road has been championing experimental socially conscious coummunity facing performances for two and a half decades

Anne-Marie Duff's raw and honest performance anchors a biting take on the resilience of a group of dancers for hire in Josie Rourke's inventive swansong at the Donmar

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