Theatre

The playwright seems curiously detached about rape: The Breach, at Hampstead Theatre, reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Hampstead’s latest play is a knotty rape drama by Naomi Wallace set in Kentucky. Four teenagers with weird names meet…

Lviv diary: ballet, bomb shelters – and everyone loves Boris

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It is a glorious spring evening in Lviv and what could be better than a ballet gala at one of…

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…

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,…

Boy wonder: The Young Pretender, by Michael Arditti, reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

During his brief stage career Master Betty, or the Young Roscius, was no stranger to superlatives: genius, unparalleled, superior, Albion’s…

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…

Jonathan Bate weaves a memoir around madness in English literature

23 April 2022 9:00 am

There is a trend for books in which academics write personally about their engagement with literature. Examples include Lara Feigel’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…

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

The psychopath who wrecked New York

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton on the man who wrecked New York

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…

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…

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…

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…

The joy of the Great War memoir

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Harley Granville-Barker, actor, director, playwright, manager and critic, was a pasha of the Edwardian London stage. As a director, his…

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…

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…

One of the best nights of my life: Hampstead Theatre's Peggy For You reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Hampstead Theatre has revived a play about Peggy Ramsay, the legendary West End agent who shaped the careers of Joe…

Clive Rowe is astonishing: Hackney Empire's Jack and the Beanstalk reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Jack and the Beanstalk is a big, sprawling family show that opens with a baffling gesture. A booming voiceover announces…