Lloyd Evans

Skilful and riveting: Poltergeist at the Southwark Playhouse reviewed

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Sasha is angry. He’s a gay artist on his way to his niece’s birthday party and he keeps popping codeine…

As an essay in cheap comedy the show is a great success: Emilia reviewed

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Emilia is a period piece about Emilia Bassano who may have been the ‘dark lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The writer,…

Racists will love it: National Theatre's Death of England – Delroy reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Death of England: Delroy is a companion piece to Death of England, which ran in February at the NT and…

The Beeb could turn this script into TV gold: Howerd's End reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s touch and go whether the theatre will survive this latest assault. Some venues have pushed back their entire programme…

Finally a lockdown drama that will endure: James Graham's Bubble reviewed

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Theatres can open if they want to. That’s the current position. The only factor keeping a playhouse dark is a…

The mix of slapstick and sermonising is certainly original: In Bad Taste reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

In Bad Taste is a slapstick comedy about five female terrorists who murder the governor of the Bank of England.…

The jackboot zealotry of ushers is ruining theatre

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Southwark Playhouse has revived an American show, The Last Five Years, whose run was cancelled in March. In advance, I…

A night of angry pipsqueaks: Young Vic's 50th birthday gala reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

When Kwame Kwei-Armah took over the Young Vic he strapped a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign over the front of the…

Enjoyable but hardly classic Alan Bennett: The Outside Dog & The Hand of God reviewed

3 October 2020 9:00 am

The season of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads continues at the Bridge. In The Hand of God we meet Celia, a…

Inside the anti-lockdown rally

28 September 2020 2:30 am

The anti-lockdown rally at Trafalgar Square was organised by Save Our Rights UK. This embryonic organisation is so new that…

Brilliantly performed twaddle: Old Vic’s Faith Healer reviewed

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The Old Vic refuses to reopen. Director Matthew Warchus says the social distancing rules make it impossible for him to…

Covid marshals are killing theatre: The Shrine & Bed Among the Lentils reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Covid marshals have invaded theatreland. Arriving for a weekday matinee at the Bridge, I was greeted by stewards holding up…

What I learnt as an Oxford vaccine guinea pig

13 September 2020 4:04 pm

Was the Oxford vaccine trial paused? Mine wasn’t. I signed up for it last week, in the 55 to 69-year-old…

An investor should snap up this weepy musical: Sleepless reviewed

12 September 2020 9:00 am

It has roughly the same proportions as Shakespeare’s Globe. The Roman Theatre in Verulamium (St Albans) is an atmospheric ruin…

Defund theatres – and give the money to gardeners and bingo halls

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Why does the state fund theatres and not gardening and bingo, asks Lloyd Evans

‘It’s not a crime to understand science': Behind the scenes at Extinction Rebellion

2 September 2020 3:47 am

There was plastic aplenty at today’s Extinction Rebellion rally in Parliament Square. Plastic shoes, plastic badges, plastic sunglasses, plastic phone covers. A…

Edinburgh Festival is in ruins – but there's one gem amid the rubble

29 August 2020 9:00 am

The virus has broken Edinburgh. The shattered remnants of the festival are visible on the internet. Here’s what happened. The…

How No. 10 outsmarted Alastair Campbell

20 August 2020 11:00 pm

LBC broadcaster Iain Dale has moved his Edinburgh Festival ‘All Talk’ series to Zoom, and yesterday he spoke to Alastair…

The New Normal Festival shows how theatre could return

15 August 2020 9:00 am

So the madness continues. Planes full of passengers are going everywhere. Theatres full of ghosts are going bust. My first…

From riveting Hitchockian melodrama to bigoted drivel: BBC’s Unprecedented reviewed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Back to the West End at last. After a four- month lay-off, I grabbed the first available chance to catch…

Theatres can now reopen – but they will resemble prison camps

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Auditoriums can now reopen — but they will resemble prison camps, says Lloyd Evans

RSC’s Merchant of Venice is full of puzzling ornaments and accents

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The BBC announces Merchant of Venice as if it were a Hollywood blockbuster. ‘In the melting pot of Venice, trade…

Italy owes Wales reparations for the wrongs of the Roman Empire

18 July 2020 4:10 pm

There’s talk of reparations in the air. Lobbyists from around the world are demanding sin-payments from former colonial powers. Let…

James Graham's small new drama is exquisite: BBC Four's Unprecedented reviewed

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Let’s face it. Theatre via the internet is barely theatre. It takes a huge amount of creativity and inventiveness to…

Starmer’s weaknesses are on show at PMQs

16 July 2020 3:05 am

Keir-mania. Is it possible? Can we imagine it? Stadiums full of besotted voters chanting his name in frenzies of adoration.…