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Theatre Review 2013

Arturo Ui

Nicholas Hytner’s ‘Othello’ and Jonathan Church’s ‘Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ prove afresh the power of live performance I seem to have been sat in the darkness of a theatre much less in 2013, but two productions stand out for being particularly powerful: Jonathan Church’s version of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Othello,…

A Little Victorian Treat

The Magistrate

The Magistrate – National Theatre If The Magistrate now playing at the National Theatre teaches you one thing, it is to not trust lukewarm reviews; for this is a riotous comedy, an evening of light hearted frivolity, bizarre coincidences and seasonal mirth. Over the years, Victorian comedy has not always been favourably received, lost beneath…

Conquered by Comedy

She Stoops to Conquer – National Theatre For many years, Oliver Goldsmith’s farcical comedy of manners rested in the doldrums, the stuff of school plays and good, clean fun. Now the National Theatre has brought to life this gem of the eighteenth century in one of the merriest evenings on the London stage. We enter the…

Three Plays, All Comedies

One Man, Two Guvnors

Noises Off – Old Vic Theatre, now in the West End One Man, Two Guvnors – Adelphi Theatre, now at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, then touring A Comedy of Errors – National Theatre Perhaps it’s the gloom of recession, the spectre of unemployment and an economy in free-fall, but comedy seems centre stage right now in London.…

‘Searing, sobering, devastating and beautiful….’

Sinead Cusack as Juno

  Juno and the Paycock – National Theatre, London, NT/ Abbey Theatre Dublin co-production Perhaps the oddest thing about Juno and the Paycock is the title. ‘Juno’ is the woman at the centre of this deeply moving, poignant and tragic drama, a woman of grit and humour, determination, longsuffering patience and love. The ‘Paycock’ is her…