Carrie Cracknell updates this 1925 German opera to modern Britain and it is a triumph.
The Match Box – Tricycle Theatre/The Hothouse – Trafalgar Studios Transformed – review by Carole Woddis.
Frank McGuinness, Harold Pinter, two giants and masters of their genre.
Somerset Maugham is probably a name that means little to today’s generation. Yet, like Terence Rattigan, he was one of Britain’s most popular and leading playwrights.
With every passing week, London seems to sprout another new theatre venue, converted from some old industrial wasteland, derelict factory or dockyard premises. And now here’s another, new to me but apparently in its second year of operation and certainly worth checking out.
The Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei’s iconic face stares out of the Hampstead theatre programme. One of the most famous profiles in western Art, he has become a symbol for the struggle for human rights and freedom of expression the world over.
Janice Okoh’s Three Birds, which won the prestigious Bruntwood playwriting prize for 2011, was warmly praised by Simon Stephens, one of this country’s foremost playwrights and Chair of the judges for the award.
Think of Tom Jones. Then again, think of Lucy Prebble’s Enron and you’ll get an idea of Bruce Norris’ rollicking The Low Road.
Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons has a sizeable reputation and presumably had a budget to compare for his docu-drama Trashed, on release across the globe to expose how much our society wastes and the damage that results.
What do you get if you cross two Chekhov short stories with a British novelist, in the words of the theatre’s artistic director, working `at the peak of his creative powers’? Answer: Chekhov lite.
As technology draws us further and further away from experiencing life to merely recording it – mobile cameras ever at the ready – along comes this latest piece from the ever inventive children and adult theatre company, Fevered Sleep, to remind us of what we are perilously close to losing.
There is one notable exception to the parade of Prime Ministers writer Peter Morgan presents before Helen Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. Tony Blair is conspicuous by his absence.
Anders Lustgarten is an anti-capitalist activist. And playwright. And this grandly titled assault on Coalition economic policy is but the latest in his campaign to open our eyes, not just to its iniquities but its illogicality.