Lloyd Evans

Two hours of bickering from a couple of doughnut-shaped crybabies: Middle, at the Dorfman Theatre, reviewed

14 May 2022 9:00 am

‘I fink I doan luv yew any maw.’ A marital bust-up drama at the National Theatre opens with a whining…

Angry diatribes and amusing pranks: Donmar Warehouse's Marys Seacole reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

The title of the Donmar’s new effort, Marys Seacole, appears to be a misprint and that makes the reader look…

Piers Morgan’s Uncensored has a huge mountain to climb

1 May 2022 8:00 pm

He sits alone at a huge glossy desk like a James Bond baddie inhis lair. The viewer expects Daniel Craig…

Muddled, tricksy and cheap: The Corn is Green at the Lyttelton Theatre reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams is a sociology essay written in 1938 about a prickly tyrant, Miss Moffat,…

This Trump satire is too soft on Sleepy Joe and Cackling Kamala: The 47th at the Old Vic reviewed

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Trump is said to be a gift for bad satirists and a problem for good ones. He dominates Mike Bartlett’s…

Could the Arts Council pay Americans to keep this stuff in America? Daddy and The Fever Syndrome reviewed

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The Fever Syndrome is a dramatised lecture set in a New York brownstone occupied by the super-brainy Myers family. The…

Boris's crazy defence

13 April 2022 7:25 am

‘I was very busy. The party was crap. I’m sorry you’re angry. Now leave me alone.’ That was the gist…

Shakespearean directors could learn from this: the National Theatre’s Hamlet for 8- 12-year-olds reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

The NT has rejigged Hamlet for 8- to 12-year-old children. It’s a decent attempt to cover the highlights at a…

A play for bureaucrats: David Hare's Straight Line Crazy reviewed

2 April 2022 9:00 am

It’s good of Nicholas Hytner to let Londoners see David Hare’s new play before it travels to Broadway where it…

It’s years since I saw anything as nasty as this: Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre reviewed

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Cock was written by Mike Bartlett in 2009 while he was in Mexico at a drama conference. The title suggests…

Keith Allen discusses Pinter, Max Bygraves and the sensitivities of contemporary audiences

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans talks to Keith Allen about Max Bygraves, how he fell into acting and the sensitivities of contemporary audiences

A must-see for Westminster obsessives: Riverside Studios' Bloody Difficult Women reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Bloody Difficult Women is a documentary drama by the popular journalist Tim Walker, which looks at the similarities between Gina…

Is Boris a Russian agent?

17 March 2022 2:50 am

Is Boris a Russian agent? That bizarre question occupied most of PMQs where Dominic Raab deputised for the PM while…

Stands alongside Under Milk Wood: Shedding a Skin, at Soho Theatre, reviewed

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Shedding a Skin opens with an office nightmare. Amanda is a mixed-race employee in a predominantly white firm who gets…

Zelensky's address was strange, but sensational

9 March 2022 6:28 am

This afternoon, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the House of Commons. A single flat-screen TV broadcast his speech to…

Paul Bettany's Warhol is a tour de force: The Collaboration, at the Young Vic, reviewed

5 March 2022 9:00 am

The Collaboration is set in the 1980s when Andy Warhol teamed up with the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat to create bad…

Boris is back

3 March 2022 2:52 am

Boris looks quite the statesman as he deals with the Ukraine crisis. MPs have spotted this and they want to…

A beautiful, frustrating bore: Florian Zeller's The Forest, at Hampstead Theatre, reviewed

26 February 2022 9:00 am

The Forest is the latest thriller from the French dramatist Florian Zeller, translated by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. It’s a…

All a bit Blackadder: Hamlet, at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, reviewed

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Never Not Once has a cold and forbidding title but it starts as an amusing tale set in an LA…

A tangle of nonsense from the sloppy Caryl Churchill: A Number, at the Old Vic, reviewed

12 February 2022 9:00 am

A Number, by Caryl Churchill, is a sci-fi drama of impenetrable complexity. It’s set in a future society where cloning…

PMQs: Boris looks chipper for a man on the brink

10 February 2022 2:20 am

And still they try. MPs are desperate to get the Prime Minister to quit, live on TV, during PMQs. As…

Is this the worst production of all time? Royal Court's The Glow reviewed

5 February 2022 9:00 am

It’s getting silly now. London’s subsidised theatres aren’t just competing to put on the worst play of the year but…

Starmer knows that Boris is safe – for now

3 February 2022 2:19 am

Calm returned to the bridge. Big Dog looked comfortable in the chamber as Sir Keir Starmer quizzed him at PMQs.…

Borderline soft porn but thrilling: Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre reviewed

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Moulin Rouge wins no marks for its storyline. A struggling Parisian theatre is bought out by an evil financier who…

Suchet makes Poirot sound like craft beer: Poirot and More, at Harold Pinter Theatre, reviewed

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Producers are getting jittery again. Large-scale shows look risky when a single infection can postpone an entire show. Hence Poirot…