Lloyd Evans

What a comic treat: The Game of Love and Chance at the Arcola reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Lady Sylvia is a gorgeous aristocrat whose hand is sought by the charming Dorante whom she has never met. To…

A shrill, ugly, tasteless muddle: Romeo & Juliet reviewed

17 July 2021 9:00 am

What shall we destroy next? Romeo & Julietseems a promising target and the Globe has set out to vandalise Shakespeare’s…

This play is a wonder: Bach & Sons at the Bridge Theatre reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Bach & Sons opens with the great composer tinkling away on a harpsichord while a toddler screeches his head off…

Staged: a handful of VIP events is no substitute for normality

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Uncertainty is crippling our cultural life

Enjoyable in spite of the National's best efforts: Under Milk Wood reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Before the National Theatre produced Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood they had to make a decision. How could they stuff…

Corbyn: A deity has fallen

27 June 2021 9:18 pm

Jeremy Corbyn’s brand is slipping. Yesterday, supporters of his Peace and Justice movement joined a much larger demo in London…

This interactive Doctor Who show is as bombastic, fey and tedious as the TV series

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Death of a Black Man is a little-known script from the 1970s written by Alfred Fagon who suffered a fatal…

Godot Is a Woman will have you laughing all evening and arguing all night

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Godot Is a Woman opens with three tramps standing on a bare stage beneath a solitary upright. This isn’t Samuel…

Two hours of kitsch tomfoolery: Amélie at the Criterion reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The latest movie to turn into a musical is Amélie, from 2001, about a Parisian do-gooder or ‘godmother of the…

A Shakespeare play at the Globe whose best features have nothing to do with Shakespeare

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Back to the Globe after more than a year. The theatre has zealously maintained its pre–Covid staffing levels. On press…

A brilliant, tense, ragged slice of drama: Waiting for Lefty reviewed

29 May 2021 9:00 am

A Russian Doll is a monologue about Putin’s campaign to swing the Brexit vote in his favour. It stars Rachel…

A last hurrah for the Zoom play

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Lockdown is about to end but some theatres are gripped by cabin fever and want to explore the two new…

Sir Keir was defeated by his own strategy at PMQs

20 May 2021 1:21 am

The great thing about being trashed in the polls is that the tiniest improvement looks like a triumphant comeback. At…

Clever, funny and fearless: Good Girl at Soho Theatre online reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

A new work by Alan Bennett features in Still Life, a medley of five ‘untold stories’ from Nottingham Playhouse. The…

Do theatres actually read scripts before agreeing to stage them?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Money is a new internet play about financial corruption starring Mel Giedroyc. She appears on-screen for less time than it…

Xenophobic twaddle: Bush Theatre's 2036 reviewed

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The Bush Theatre’s new strand, 2036, opens with a monologue, Pawn, which takes its name from the most downtrodden piece…

Why do theatres think audiences want Covid-related drama?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Hats off to the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. They’ve discovered a new form of racism. Some people say we…

Theatre's final taboo: fun

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The stage has become a pleasure-free zone in which snarling dramatists fight over their pet political causes, says Lloyd Evans

This comedy duo should be on Netflix: General Secretary reviewed

17 April 2021 9:00 am

General Secretary is a new drama with a dull title and an off-putting poster. A pair of angry women in…

A fantastic online show of Euripides's take on Helen of Troy

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Everyone knows Helen of Troy. The feckless sex popsicle betrayed her husband, Menelaus, and ran off with the dashing Paris,…

If you want a play that brings girls into science, commission a man: Jina and the STEM Sisters reviewed

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Jina and the STEM Sisters is a blatant act of propaganda. And its intentions are excellent. This is a musical…

Promising material squandered: BKLYN – The Musical reviewed

27 March 2021 9:00 am

BKLYN — The Musical gives itself a headache for no reason. What does ‘BKLYN’ mean? Perhaps it’s a random jumble…

There's the kernel of a good show in this copycat Hamilton: Treason the Musical reviewed

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Copycat Hamiltons are everywhere. Lin-Manuel Miranda led the way by turning an unexamined corner of history into a smash-hit show.…

Grotesquely plodding: Late Night Staring At High Res Pixels reviewed

13 March 2021 9:00 am

The Finborough’s new show is a love story with the male partner absent. Two women, one Irish and one American,…

Ben Shapiro's battle with Hollywood

8 March 2021 5:00 pm

The sacking of Gina Carano is still creating waves in Hollywood. The martial artist turned movie actress was dropped from…